Trick or treat around the curriculum with these Halloween-inspired lesson plans and projects for math, science, reading, and writing.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8
See how we “put a spell” on literacy, math, and science with our Halloween Mad Science Spooktacular.
Engage students in high-flying science lesson that covers the bat's physical characteristics and habitat, echolocation, and more.
A thematic, interdisciplinary curricular unit that presents pumpkin-themed lesson plans in language arts, mathematics, and science
Three fun and festive ways to repurpose leftover Halloween candy
Let our many-legged insect friends inspire some science fun with these five bug-friendly activites for the classroom and the playground.
These hands-on Halloween math games make learning multiplication a little spooky and a lot of fun!
Spice up traditional manipulatives and word problems with these Halloween and fall-themed treats.
Spooky Arts and Crafts
Students will gain practice in several art skills, including drawing, tracing, and painting.
This project works well at Halloween or as part of a science unit about owls.
Get in the spirit of Halloween with this festive decoration. These charming ghosts will make your classroom boo-tiful!
This craft can be a Halloween decoration or cute addition to a bulletin board about bats.
Students will have fun making their very own creatures of the night to help you set a spooky scene in your classroom.
Students will use a template of a bottle to design a trapped monster! Display your students spooky artwork in your classroom for Halloween.
Scary Story Writing
Students get in the Halloween spirit by writing a spooky story that begins with a sentence that the teacher provides.
Students will think critically about what keeps a reader engaged in a story and practice their own suspense writing
Students will practice close reading and critical thinking skills by examining how author R.L. Stine uses word choice to create mode and understanding how words impact a reader.
Use this lesson plan and its scary story writing prompts to have students write spooky stories and create a classroom camp-out, all inspired by R.L. Stine’s The Birthday Party of No Return!
Students will watch author and illustrator David Costello transform scary characters and fun plot twists into an exciting picture book, then examine the elements of a story and write their own spooky tales in this lesson plan.
Reading and Vocabulary
Host an academic dress-up event with a Vocabulary Parade!
Put a literary twist on the season of bats, ghosts, and pumpkins with this lesson in literature with a Halloween theme.
Harry Potter–themed skill-building classroom activities, such as homemade trading cards, a Hogwarts yearbook, and more.
A festive Halloween-oriented activity that allows your students to dress up and learn unique vocabulary words
Quick and simple Halloween-oriented activities to get students motivated and excited while also keeping them focused on their learning.
Teacher Audrey Kennan shares seven ways she uses mysteries to teach crucial reading skills. 'Tis the season for a spooky story!
Through Cinderella Skeleton, readers will experience a fractured fairy tale, practice their prediction skills, and be introduced to a book-length poem.
In this lesson plan, students create The Hallo-Wiener-themed Happy Halloween signs.
Host a Ghosts and Ghouls Party and have students create their own Halloween-themed menus and recipes from the foods listed in this Halloween classic.
Browse book lists of spooky reads, dive into creepy booktalks, and read excerpts from ghostly books!
These Halloween-themed books are perfect for reading in the dark! Find scary stories featuring creepy creatures and your favorite characters, like Clifford and Horrible Harry.
Imagination can be a scary thing for children. Nightmares seem to hide monsters under every bed and behind every door! These books use humor to help alleviate some of the childhood angst found at bedtime.
Celebrate Halloween and all things spooky with these Goosebumps books about vampires, ghosts, zombies, and more.
R. L. Stine began his writing career when he was just nine years old, and he hasn't lost his sense of what children love to read. Check out his scary story recommendations for lovers of Goosebumps ... and everyone else!
Are vampires real? Werewolves? Ghosts? Aliens? Zombies? Faeries? In this book, you'll find facts that are genuinely stranger than fiction.
Two wych hunters take on the evil of the wych-folk and the power of the Fraternity to save the life of a young girl.
Look out for the ghost goo in this excerpt from Ghosthunters and the Incredibly Revolting Ghost by Cornelia Funke!
In this excerpt from Ghosthunters and the Gruesome Invincible Lightning Ghost, by Cornelia Funke, boy hero Tom' encounters the Gruesome Invincible Lighting Ghost.
Strange and stinky things are happening at Gloomsburg Castle. It appears that the murderous spirit of a 400-year-old, Totally Moldy Baroness has possessed the palace's owner, infecting her with a killer case of hic-hic-hiccups!
Halloween Treats for Your Classroom
Whether they’re dangling from the ceiling, waving from pencils, or taking a bite out of trick-or-treat bags, kids will love these cartoonishly creepy creatures.
Harness your students' interest and excitement about Halloween with themed activities, books, videos, and more!