Middle School Halloween Activities
- Social studies is the study of history, government and economics. Have students embrace the holiday and history at the same time. Let each student pick out a figure from history. Someone might choose Elizabeth I, George Washington, Napoleon Bonaparte or Cleopatra. Students should study the figure they have chosen very carefully. On the day of Halloween or a day near it if the actual date is not a school date, have students dress up as their chosen historical figure and give a short oral report about the person to the entire class.
- Ask students to bring all candy collected after a day of trick-or-treating to class. Provide the class with several small scales. Have students weigh all their candy. Use these figures to make many different calculations. Students can determine the mean, mode and median weight for all Halloween candy collected by the entire class. They can also create graphs and charts to illustrate exactly how much candy each person has. Use common candies such as Mars bars or Kit Kat bars and have students make charts illustrating the percentage of each candy relative to the class's entire collection of candy.
- Read Halloween-themed stories to the class. Works of literature such as Ray Bradbury's novel "Something Wicked This Way Comes" can serve as inspiration for students. Have students write and illustrate their own Halloween stories. Ask students to pay close attention to genre, theme and vocabulary. Invite students to read their stories out loud to the rest of the class and act them out as they recite their own words.
- Halloween is frequently associated with skeletons and death in the popular imaginable. Use the holiday as a launching point for exploring both human and animal skeletons. Hang a skeleton on the wall. Have students learn the name of the bones, how bones are created and what happens when you break or fracture one. Bring in at least two other skeletons from different animals such as a bird or cat. Ask students to look closely at the skeletons, noting the differences and similarities between them.