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Inevitably, Halloween is going to look very different this year. With COVID-19, we must continue quarantining, wearing masks, and practicing social distancing. This makes it very challenging to practice Halloween traditions like trick-or-treating or celebrating with Halloween parties.
However, that doesn’t mean Halloween must be canceled! Kids (and adults!) love dressing up in fun costumes for school, having parades, playing spooky games, carving pumpkins, and eating lots of candy. So let’s do it! Just remotely!
We have many suggestions on how to make Halloween special for your remote classroom.
Teachers are masters of divergent thinking -- so let’s innovate!
Students can still absolutely dress up for Halloween! You can encourage your students to dress up in costume on Friday, October 30th for a Halloween Party. You can then curate a Halloween parade and costume contest.
To curate a Halloween parade over zoom, choose a spooky Halloween song, and make use of Zoom’s spotlight feature. Create a parade lineup by organizing the students into a certain order, and simply “spotlighting” each student in that order. When the students are spotlighted, they can show off their costumes! After the “parade”, they can vote on whose costume is best!
Speaking of costumes…check out this hilarious tik tok for a perfect remote learning Halloween costume! It shows someone dressing up in a greenscreen bodysuit, hopping on Zoom, and messing with virtual backgrounds so that HE becomes the virtual background of his choosing! With this genius Zoom Halloween costume, you can be ANYTHING!
With masks being worn during this pandemic, why not ask students to create custom masks that are spooky or tie in with your current language arts units, such as animal-themed books? Then, you can have them “share” them over Zoom and pick the scariest or the most creative. Check out these great resources that will inspire your students and provide step-by-step instructions:
Go on a Halloween Science Virtual Field Trip
Virtual field trips have become a favorite of innovative teachers during this time of COID. Halloween can be the perfect time to expand your students’ science interests by introducing them to creepy insects and Arachnida! After engaging your students on these virtual field trips, ask them to write essays on the facts that creeped them out the most. Or, direct them to list questions and later, have groups of students research these questions in smaller Zoom sessions. Check out these interesting, icky virtual field trips that will amp up their Halloween spirit while learning, as well as Quizlet sets to expand vocabulary.
St. Augustine Alligator Farm’s Virtual Backyard Field Trip: Creep, Gross & Whoa!
With Parents Help, Turn a Fun Halloween Activity into a Forum for Thoughtful Discussion
With the help of parents, every student can experience a mini-haunted house at their desk and learn an important lesson. During your Zoom, ask the parents to set up -- and conceal -- 2 bowls with the following: slimy eyeballs (aka grapes) and brains (cold spaghetti). Then, ask all your students to put their hands in the bowls, one at a time, and tell them what they are feeling -- eyeballs and brains! They’ll love and laugh at this Halloween activity, but it also presents an excellent opportunity to segway into a serious discussion on being sensitive to people with visual disabilities and all disabilities. Check out this article from The University of Washington with helpful tips for your dialogue:
Teach Through Halloween History and Art!
For older students, National Geographic presents a short, informative video on the origin of Halloween. Watch with this with your students and then use Zoom’s breakout room feature to divide your class into smaller groups to discuss, research, and present to the group. Suggested topics include The Pagan festival of Sowan, the Irish’s influence on Halloween, and how different cultures and religions view life after death.
We hope these ideas inspire you. Happy Halloween!