… I mean Fall Festival!
Anyway, I learned a cool organizational technique from other teachers. Basically, the teachers at your grade level each develop a 15 or 20-minute Halloween activity. On the afternoon of the party, set aside about two hours. The classes rotate to each teacher’s classroom. Parents who attend the celebration can travel with your class, helping them to complete the activities.
This cuts down on your workload and helps you fill the entire afternoon. Additionally, it’s a party that doesn’t revolve around food.
Ideas for activities:
> Read a story and do a simple craft
> Decorate jack-o’-lanterns (use orange construction paper or an orange paper plate as the pumpkin)
> Make Tootsie Roll Pop ghosts with lollipops and tissue paper. I simplified this by having students draw the details on their ghost rather than glue things. Gluing things leads to problems. Other teachers are braver than I am about crafts.
> Play Halloween charades
> Halloween Pictionary
> Halloween Hangman
A quick search for Halloween activities yields many good ideas. Start planning now so you can send home letters requesting supplies!