Beyond costumes and candy, trick or treating and jack-o-lanterns we decided to have a study of all things Halloween.
- For the younger two – Homeschool Helper Online’s free lapbook by JoAnn S. HERE
- For the twins I bought a lapbook off of Currclick “The History of Halloween” HERE
For our pumpkin section for the little ones we used worksheets from Mama’s Learning Corner HERE. There are different levels of complexity for the worksheets though we chose to do all 3 together. We used two different books for our life cycle research. A storybook called Pumpkin Cat by Anne Mortimer and then a section out of the book Exploring Autumn by Sandra Markle.
We used a long list of interesting and fun books:
- Halloween by Gail Gibbons (I used this book to have the twins try and pick out facts and ideas of interest as I read. A nice basic intro on Halloween)
- Halloween by Mari C. Schuh
- Halloween is… by Gail Gibbons
- The Halloween Book of Facts & Fun by Wendie Old
- National Geographic Kids Halloween by Laura Marsh
- Halloween by Natalie M. Rosinsky
- The Story of Halloween by Carol Greene
- Halloween and Day of the Dead (Traditions Around the World) by Joan Axelrod-Contrada
- Halloween Sky Ride by Elizabeth Spurr
- All Hallows Eve: The Story of the Halloween Fairy by Lisa Sferlazza Johnson
- Alpha Oops! H is for Halloween by Alethea Kontis
- Katie’s Tricky Treat by Slade Stone (a great book that deals with peer pressure on Halloween)
- Trick or Treat, It’s Halloween by Linda Lowery
- Room on the Broom by Axel Scheffler
- Clifford’s First Halloween by Norman Bridwell
- H is for Haunted House by Tanya Lee Stone
- Spooky Beasts: Thunder and Lightning by Karen Wallace
- The Haunted History of Halloween by The History Channel (a little dry but some unexpectedly interesting facts, did you know the county of Anoka here in Minnesota is the Halloween Capital of the USA?)
For one of our lapbook activities I broke the kids up in pairs… one twin per little kid and they worked on defining some Halloween words. I used an online kid (mostly) friendly dictionary instead of straight Google. The littles typed the words in and the twins read them out and wrote out the definitions. You can find our choice HERE… Wordsmyth. I loved that I could pick the level of difficulty of the definitions. We chose beginner.
The littles also covered Spiders and Bats… We had two books – for bats: Bats by Gail Gibbons and for spiders: Spiders by Seymour Simon. The pictures in that one were a little too big for myself and Emanuel. Totally NOT fans of spiders but we managed! Since the life cycle of a spider can be a wee bit complicated I found a site that had a printable we could colour and glue into our books… from BlockPub.com HERE.
The 4 main festivals of Samhain were covered in the wiki page HERE. Though we did get our info from the small blurb on the Google search page, not the whole article.
Live Science had a great article on the history and origins of Halloween HERE.
The history of the term bonfire or BONEfire. Off of SuperBeefy.com HERE.
As always hunt on Activity Village by looking up Halloween for a lovely variety of resources HERE.
AND Education.com you can check out the file I had made for the sheets I have set aside to use over the last couple years HERE.