History of Halloween Videos & Activities

Learn about the origins of Halloween traditions through these educational videos and activities. Students will learn about Halloween's Irish roots, the Celtic festival of Samhain, All Souls' Day, and the origins of trick-or-treating. Each Halloween video is paired with three extension activities for your classroom.
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Updated on: October 9, 2013

Watch these videos to learn about the origins of Halloween traditions.

Understanding the History of Halloween: Trick-or-Treat Alternatives

Appropriate Grades: K–3

In this video, students learn about modern alternatives to trick-or-treating and consider the future of Halloween traditions.

Source: Expert Village on youtube.com

Length: 1 minutes 48 seconds

Extension Activities

Bet You Didn't Know: Halloween

Appropriate Grades: 4–8

Share the story behind the tricks and treats of Halloween. In this history video, students will learn about the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, All Souls' Day practices, and modern Halloween traditions.

Source: History Channel on youtube.com

Length: 2 minutes 26 seconds

Extension Activities

Halloween History

Appropriate Grades: 9-12

Halloween is a cultural holiday rich in tradition. This video is packed with Halloween history. Watch it to learn about Samhain, the influence of the church, and how Halloween traditions came to America.

Source: National Geographic on youtube.com

Length: 3 minutes 12 seconds

Extension Activities

Please preview the Closed Captioning (CC) to ensure it is appropriate for your students. These captions are provided by the video publisher and may not represent the spoken content.











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