Lindsey has taught Elementary Education, Spanish immersion, and ESL. She has a MS in Elementary Education with a BA in Spanish.
Are you scared of the dark? How about witches, vampires, or mummies? On October 31st, we have a day to celebrate all things scary...Halloween!
Let's look at some exciting and spooky Halloween activities and some words we can use to describe them!
Activities on Halloween
Halloween night is memorable for any kid! Here's why.
- Costume: On Halloween night, children dress up in costumes. They put on clothes that make them look like someone or something else - anything from witches to dinosaurs, ghosts to princesses, you name it!
- Trick-or-treat: On Halloween night, children go out in their costumes and trick-or-treat along their street. When their neighbors answer their doorbells, they say, ''Trick-or-treat!'' and in return, get candy they can take home.
- Candy: The candy can be chocolate or fruity and come in the form of lollipops, chocolate bars, Hershey kisses, candy corn - anything sweet!
Symbols of Halloween
When people think of Halloween, they often think of these symbols. People use them to decorate and get in the spirit of the holiday.
- Spider web: People use white material like a cotton ball to form fake spider webs for decorations.
- Bats: Bats are black animals that live in barns, hang upside down, and fly at night.
- Skeleton: Halloween originated as a way to remember those who have died. Now skeletons, or people's bones, have become a popular symbol for the day.
- Ghost: Children sometimes wear sheets over their heads and dress up like ghosts. Ghosts are believed to be the spirits of those who have died.
- Black Cat: Some people believe black cats are ''bad luck'' so they make for spooky symbols of Halloween!
- Witch: Lots of children dress up as witches, women with tall black hats and cloaks, striped stockings, pointy shoes and noses, crazy hair, and warts on their noses! Witches are portrayed as women who cast spells and make potions.
- Vampire: A vampire is a mythical person who is said to suck people's blood. Some children like to dress up as vampires on Halloween.
- Mummy: A mummy is a dead person who has been wrapped in cloth for preservation. Children dress up as mummies by wrapping toilet paper around their bodies.
Throughout October, children wait excitedly for Halloween night. Here are some activities they can do in the meantime.
- Pumpkin: Pumpkins are big, orange fruits that grow from vines.
- Pumpkin Patch: Many children visit pumpkin patches, or large fields that have rows and rows of pumpkins growing on vines.
- Jack-o-lantern: People pick out pumpkins and take them home to carve faces into them. They stick candles inside to illuminate the faces or images at night, which are called jack-o-lanterns.
- Corn maze: Many pumpkin patches also have corn mazes, rows of corn that have been cut down in certain areas to form a maze, which children can walk through.
- Haunted House: A haunted house may have scary music, decorations, and people in costumes. Children visit and walk through the houses with the goal of getting spooked!
Whether you decide to carve a jack-o-lantern or go trick-or-treating, Halloween is truly a night to remember! You get to cut faces into pumpkins, dress up in a costume, and get lots of candy from neighbors. You can also decorate your house with bats, black cats, spider webs, and vampires or even visit a haunted house.
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