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Halloween, also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve, is a yearly celebration in many countries dedicated to remembering the dead. Today, it is a much more festive celebration and a lot of fun for parents and kids alike. Read the fact file below for more information on Halloween.
- Halloween began in Ireland’s Celtic culture. November 1, was New Year according to the Druid’s religious calendar. The celebration actually began the night before on October 31st. On this night all the spirits who had died in the prior year, would roam the earth on this night. The Celtic people began wearing masks and costumes to avoid being recognized as human.
- This was considered an evil night when spirits roamed the streets and villages. Lord Samhain, the lord of Darkness, would arrive in search of the spirits to take them to the underworld.
- Today, Halloween is more festive for a lot of people. It is celebrated with costumes, decorations, trick-or-treating, and parties.
- Halloween was commonly referred to as “All Hollows” Eve. It originated from the pagan holiday honoring the dead. The Roman Catholic Church created All Saints Day (also called Hallomas) on November 1st to honor Saints and All Souls Day on November 2nd to honor and pray for the souls of the dead. These holidays were created by the church, in part to downplay the pagan holiday of Halloween.
- Orange and black are the main Halloween colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.
- Jack o’ Lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts on the holiday.
- Halloween was brought to North America by immigrants from Europe who would celebrate the harvest around a bonfire, share ghost stories, sing, dance and tell fortunes.
- Halloween candy sales average about 2 billion dollars annually in the United States. Chocolate candy bars top the list as the most popular candy for trick-or-treaters with Snickers #1.
- Halloween is the 2nd most commercially successful holiday, with Christmas being the first.
- Black cats were once believed to be witch’s familiars who protected their powers.
This bundle contains 17 ready-to-use Halloween worksheets that are perfect for students to learn about Halloween the yearly celebration in many countries dedicated to remembering the dead although today it is a much more festive celebration and a lot of fun for parents and kids alike.
Students will also learn about facts surrounding the Halloween festive period and be able to engage in a variety of activities. Throughout the extensive worksheet pack there are multiple lesson resources and quizzes for students to practice their knowledge which can be used within the classroom or homeschooling environment.
Students are tasked to solve the spooky Halloween clues and fit the answers into the grid.
My. Jack o’ lantern’s Face
Fun drawing activity where students are tasked with drawing different faces on pumpkins.
Halloween Word Search
Word search filler task based upon what they have learnt from the study guide.
Is it True?
Students have to identify whether the statement is true or false. Task is based on what they learnt thus far.
Trick or Treat I
Creative task where students must draw their Halloween outfit. But there’s a catch! It must be made from recyclable items.
Fantastic planning task where students have to draw the map of the houses they will visit.
What am I? Who am I?
Identification task. Famous figures throughout Halloween history. Can your students name them?
Another writing task where students have to unscramble letters to form a word.
My Halloween Story
Creative writing task. Students are tasked with sharing their own Halloween stories. Includes a date element to the task.
Acrostic poem focused around the Halloween period.
After completing these worksheets students will be able to:
- Have a clear understanding of the Halloween period and how it’s developed from remembering the dead to fun, family celebration.
- Understand the fact guide and answer a series of challenging questions tied to the specific guide.
- Be creative in drawing Halloween related items.
- Core design skills and understanding of materials which can be recycled.
- Pick up key map drawing skills and the understanding of routes/directions.
- Be creative in their writing and describe a key personal event in the history of halloween.
- Have a clear understanding of concepts.
These worksheets have been specifically designed for use with any international curriculum.If you need Halloween worksheets for your classroom, you can use these worksheets as-is, or edit them using Google Slides to make them more specific to your own student ability levels and curriculum standards.