Susan Riley | October 2018

Halloween Grab Bag for Teachers

Teacher friends…that special day is almost here.  Halloween!  And whether you love it or dread it, we have a grab bag of goodies just for you.  These lessons, articles and tips will make your Halloween fly by faster than if you were on a broomstick.


Looking for a lesson to try with your students that highlights the day but doesn’t go overboard?  Try these:

Thrilling Information – Who doesn’t love a little Michael Jackson throwback?  For grades 2-3, connecting E/LA and Music.

Macabre Stories – This one works with the classic symphonic poem Danse Macabre.  For grades 2-3, connecting E/LA and Music.

Musical Notation – This festive lesson combines musical notation and observational drawing skills. For grades 6-8, connecting Music and Art.

Masking Mirrors – Dias de los Muertos is a significant cultural event for many students. This lesson for grades 6-8 connects Social Studies and Art.


Sometimes, you don’t need a whole lesson.  Maybe you just want a few new activities to try.  These should do the trick:

Halloween Internet Scavenger Hunt – What’s more fun than a scavenger hunt?  Combining it with Halloween and Internet Searches.

TASK Parties – If you’ve never tried a TASK party, now is the time to start. Students create art and collaborate at the same time.

22 Fun Halloween Classroom Games – This list from WeAreTeachers is a combines creativity and learning that will get your students talking for days.

Monster Mash – Check out this high school activity connecting tech with visual arts from our friends at Edutopia.

Halloween Jokes Cootie Catcher – For our younger students (pre-K and Kinders), this is a fun activity to make this scary day a bit lighter.

Image courtesy of Left Brain Craft Brain


Of course, any special day in school means a test to your classroom management plan.  Here’s some tips to help keep calm and carry on:

Creative Movement as Classroom Management – This is especially helpful when our students seem to have lots of energy they need to release.

How to Keep Your Students Calm and Focused – One of our favorite authors, Michael Linsin, shares 4 easy but powerful tips for managing your classroom during holidays and special activities.

Now it’s your turn. Do you have a favorite Halloween lesson or activity? Share it with us in the comments below!

About the Author

Susan Riley is the founder and CEO of The Institute for Arts Integration and STEAM. She focuses on teacher professional development in arts integration, STEAM, 21st century learning skills, and technology. She is also a published author and frequent presenter at national conferences on Arts Integration and STEAM education. Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and a Master of Science in Education Administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She lives in Westminster, MD with her husband and daughter. Email Susan