In charge of throwing the Halloween party at school this year? Whether you're looking for ways to enjoy this holiday or opting for a fall-themed celebration instead, these resources offer a variety of ways to celebrate the season at school with students and their families.
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Halloween carnivals have grown in popularity in recent years and are sometimes a solution for schools who don't want to take time away from academics for a classroom party. Learn more about throwing one of these events, along with ideas for organizing a carnival, such as games kids can play and advice on getting a good turnout.
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Tips for Celebrating Halloween at School
If your child's school allows traditional Halloween parties in the classroom, look here for ideas for organizing one. You'll find suggestions for games, craft activities and snacks, as well as tips on working with teachers and parent volunteers.
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If your school's policy is to honor autumn instead of Halloween, look here for educational activities, snacks, songs and other ways to learn about the season during a fun, fall festival.
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Weather permitting, the schoolyard is a great place to host a pumpkin decorating party for students. The cafeteria is a great indoor alternative, because of the available space and tables. That's not to say this event can't be celebrated in the classroom -- with enough parent helpers on hand, this party really can be modified to suit any space your school provides. Best of all, these decorating ideas require no carving, which is more practical for a school setting.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Think of this as a field day held in autumn. Gather students to play some of these fun, outdoor party games as part of a fun, fall-themed school celebration.
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School Scarecrow Contest
This can be a really fun school-wide event. Challenge each class to make a scarecrow to place outside of their classroom door. Hold a season-long contest where students, faculty, administration and visitors get to vote for their favorite one. Reward the winning class with a pizza party or something fun like a "wear pajamas to school" day.
You can even use a theme for your scarecrow contest, such as a literary theme where the scarecrows are made to look like storybook characters, or where every class has to make their own scarecrow-version of the school's principal.
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Get inspired by these home decor Halloween front doors and have students help come up with a fun idea for decorating your classroom's door. Like the scarecrow contest, you can even make this a school-wide decorating event.
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5 Classroom Party Activities to Celebrate Fall
If you want to celebrate the autumn season with students without throwing an entire seasonal festival, this video demonstrates five activities students can do in the classroom while learning about fall.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Many schools host a "haunted hallways" event where parents, faculty and students come together after school to decorate the hallways in Halloween fashion. Divide your volunteers up into teams, assign each a hallways and have them come up with a theme with which to deck their halls. Once all of the halls have been completed, invite guests to walk through and enjoy the scenery.
You can have kids trick-or-treat as they pass through the hallways, or even host a snack party, school dance or kid-friendly Halloween movie night once the hallways tours are complete.
Want to host a similar event without the Halloween theme? Just make it an autumn theme where decorations stick to things like pumpkins, autumn leaves and scarecrows.
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Host a hayride that travels around the schoolyard or parking lot for Halloween. You can turn this into a school fundraiser by charging a small fee per passenger. Incorporate some of these ideas for hayride party fun to make your fall event a seasonal success.
Updated by Christine Gauvreau