Halloween Activities & Resources

Halloween Resources for Teachers

Halloween Printables, Activities & More!

Explore activities, customs, and history of Halloween, using our worksheets, lesson plans, and resources for your school.

With TeacherVision's Halloween resource hub, you'll find fun Halloween activities for your school, including everything from story starters and writing prompts to math and science activities for use in your classroom Halloween celebrations. And, of course, all of the coloring pages, Halloween worksheets, cross-curricular resources, lesson plans, Halloween activities, and Halloween costume ideas and patterns you need for this exciting and spooky holiday!

The History of Halloween

Halloween is known today as a much-loved holiday for wearing costumes, going door-to-door to ask for candy, and watching scary movies, but its origins go back centuries.

The name “Halloween” originates from “All Hallows Eve”, becoming “All Hallows E’en” and later, “Hallowe’en”. This was the evening before All Hallows Day, later becoming All Saints’ Day, a Christian celebration of martyrs and saints that began in the 8th century. All Souls’ Day is celebrated the following day, November 2, and is a day that honors the dead.

Celebrated on October 31, Samhain (pronounced sah-win) is a Celtic festival that marks the end of summer and was believed to be a day when the ghosts of the dead returned. It was commemorated with bonfires and the wearing of costumes - traditions that echo into modern-day Halloween celebrations.

Teach your students about the history of this holiday, using this handy Halloween History reference, or these History of Halloween Videos and Activities for elementary, middle, and high school students.

How to Celebrate Halloween in the Classroom

Halloween is an exciting time for many students, but it also provides an opportunity for fun and engaging activities to develop students’ reading, writing, and math skills.

Choose from Halloween reading comprehension, ELA choice boards and activities, Halloween math worksheets, plus resources for science, social studies, art, and music lessons. For more laid-back, fun activities, particularly for kindergarten and lower elementary students, explore our Halloween coloring sheets, and fun arts and crafts activities.

Halloween Choice Boards and Activity Packets

Use these cross-curricular student choice activities for learning centers, extension activities, for early finishers, or as homework.

Featured Halloween Worksheets & Printables

Encourage students' creativity and enhance their writing skills this Halloween with our spooktacular Halloween worksheets. These printables include fill-in stories, Halloween writing prompts, reading warm-ups, word problems, Haloween math worksheets, and much more!

Halloween Videos

Get your students up to speed on Halloween history and traditions with these videos and activities! Students can learn about the history of the spookiest holiday, and also discover interesting facts about the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead (Dia de Los Muertos) which coincides with and influences Halloween.

Halloween Collections

Keep the Halloween spirit alive with these collections of Halloween resources! The collections contain top Halloween-related activities, such as books, recipes, games, and much more!

Halloween Lesson Plans

Be prepared for Halloween with these handy lesson plans, fun, creative ideas for planning a fun, Halloween-themed lesson.


Regardless of the subject, we have fun Halloween activities to both enhance student understanding and get them in the scary spirit. Students will strengthen their vocabulary with our review activities, learn about nutrition with our spooky recipes, and much more!

Bulletin Boards and Classroom Decorations

Reading, Language Arts, & Halloween Connected

Bring the Halloween holiday to life with these lessons, activities, Halloween reading comprehension, and reading guides that connect Language Arts, Writing, and Reading to classic Halloween tales of terror!

Science & Halloween Connected

Celebrate the holiday of "free candy" by teaching your students the nutrition behind their tasty treats! Help them enhance their creativity, watch their candy intake, and much more with Halloween versions of these science activities.

Social Studies & Halloween Connected

Take your students through the traditions and history that made this Halloween holiday what it is today. Use our videos and activities to enhance students' knowledge about the holiday and provide them with tips on how to stay safe while trick-or-treating.

Mathematics & Halloween Connected

Add some Halloween spirit to your math lessons this year! Help students understand the concept of matching, counting, addition, subtraction, division, multiplication of candy stashes, and more, with these Halloween math worksheets.

Art, Music, & Halloween Connected

Spook up the classroom with these fun arts and crafts activities! This section includes printables of ghosts, pumpkins, witches, and more - perfect for hanging around your classroom. There are also quick and easy DIY costume patterns to help your students get ready for Halloween - and of course, so ready-to-print Halloween coloring sheets.

Recommended Halloween Resources

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