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Halloween Classroom Party Ideas for In-Person & Online

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Written by: Jess Dalrymple

It’s October and that means the spooky season has arrived! Whether you are teaching online or in-person, it’s time to decide – how are you going to celebrate this fun fall season with your students? 

It’s October and that means the spooky season has arrived! Whether you are teaching online or in-person, it’s time to decide - how are you going to celebrate this fun fall season with your students? Here are lots of Halloween party ideas to get you started!

If you could use some ideas, read on for dozens of Halloween-themed activities for virtual and in-person classrooms ~ all are sure to engage your lucky little learners this year!


Online Parties

Teachers all over the world have done a fantastic job making the virtual learning experience fun for young learners. Virtual holiday parties mean you can pull out all the stops! Here are some ideas that will make your online Halloween party a big hit:

Join the Party in Costume

Play a “guess my costume” game to get the party started. Check out these teacher-favorite costume ideas!

Hold a Decorating Contest.

Before the virtual party, challenge each of your students to decorate the wall behind where they sit for class. If you want to make it a true contest, take a vote virtually to name favorites in the following categories… Most creepy, most silly, most shocking, most creative, etc.  The more exciting the view, the more fun the experience!

Play Spooky Halloween Music in the Background

Have Halloween-Themed Games and Activities Ready to Go 

  • Pictionary with Halloween Objects
  • Halloween Hangman
  • BINGO with Halloween vocabulary
  • Halloween Scavenger Hunt (Give your students a list of fall things to find around the room; the first person/ team finished is the winner (i.e. something orange, something creepy, something black, something that rhymes with ghost or cat, etc.)
  • October Math Centers (1st Grade) (printed and digital included)
  • October Math Centers (2nd Grade) (printed and digital included)
  • Digital October Math Puzzles 
October themed math puzzles make a great activity for Halloween

Practice Math with Witches Brew Addition (Grab this free Halloween math game!)

Check out this free Halloween digital math game!  Students solve the problems to help the witch make her witch's brew!

Virtual Halloween Read Alouds

You can find lots of your favorite Halloween read alouds on YouTube! Here are some of ours: 


In-Person Parties

Are you ready to add some new party ideas to your Halloween toolbox?  We’ve got games and activities galore that will help you keep your little ghouls and goblins engaged and learning all day long!

Literacy Activities

Halloween Party Ideas: Bats and Spiders Lapbook

Math Activities

It’s October and that means the spooky season has arrived! Whether you are teaching online or in-person, it’s time to decide - how are you going to celebrate this fun fall season with your students? Here are lots of Halloween party ideas to get you started!
Skeleton Puzzles from 2nd Grade October Math Centers

Games

  • Halloween Truth or Scare
  • Halloween Themed Conversation Cards (For example, what scares you more, snakes or spiders?)
  • Guess the Witch’s Brew Ingredients: 

If you can serve food at your party, this game offers a few healthier choices. If you can’t serve food, you can still play this game visually. Display the “Ingredients” at the front of the room, labeled with numbers. Tell your students that each ingredient is a different body part. Have kids number a piece of paper from 1-5, then write down their guesses. Reveal the answers to see who got the most correct guesses!

  • Cooked spaghetti = brains
  • Carrot sticks = fingers
  • Peeled grapes = eyeballs
  • Corn kernels = teeth
  • Monster ears = dried apricots
  • Tarantula Toss 

Before the party, spread spiderwebs across the four corners of the classroom and place a piece of tape on the floor a few feet in front of each web. Divide the class into 4 teams. Give each team a bowl of plastic spiders. Send one team member at a time to the teams’ web. When the teacher says, “Go,” each student throws spiders at the webs, trying to get them to stick. The first student to get 3 spiders to stick earns a point. Play continues until each student has had a turn. The team with the most points at the end wins.


Our best hope is that whether your class is learning online or in person, Halloween can be a fun and memorable event for your students!

Don’t forget to grab the free digital math game below! Your students will love solving math problems to add ingredients to the witch’s brew!

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It’s October and that means the spooky season has arrived! Whether you are teaching online or in-person, it’s time to decide - how are you going to celebrate this fun fall season with your students? Here are lots of Halloween party ideas to get you started!

3 Comments

  1. Linda Brown

    Great Ideas!! Thank you for sharing! Happy Halloween!!

    Reply
  2. Julia

    Thank you. You always have such wonderful ideas! I am excited to try the Tarantula Toss. My students are going to love it!

    Reply

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