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Happy Halloween! Edutopia is celebrating with a (not so) spooky Tip or Treat.

You can join us by sharing:

Tips - Do you have a favorite classroom tip? Maybe it's a great morning routine for your fifth graders or a game for your second graders to help them focus. Share any tip, big or small!

Treats - We're looking for recipes, images, stories, and more. It can be anything that will make the community smile. Whether it's from inside or outside of the classroom, share your treat with us this Halloween!

You can leave a tip, a treat, or both!

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Becky Fisher's picture
Becky Fisher
Education Consultant

Here's a Treat for the Community:

Halloween Oreo Lollipop

Ingredients - Oreos, Halloween Sprinkles, White Chocolate, Lollipop Sticks

1 - Heat white chocolate in a double boiler (or just in a bowl perched atop a boiling saucepan - the crafty way)
2 - Stick lollipop sticks through the cream filling of the Oreo
3 - Dip the Oreo in the melted white chocolate
4 - Add halloween colored sprinkles to the warm white chocolate
5 - Place dipped Oreos on parchment paper to cool

An easy halloween treat that can really be used for any holiday!

Happy Halloween - hope it's filled with treats and not too many tricks :)

Clara Galan's picture
Clara Galan
Former Social Media Marketing Assistant for Edutopia

When I was teaching Spanish, I did this fun project with my students (grades 1-5).

1. Go to: and print out copies for your class.
2. Give each student a medium-large size piece of construction paper (preferably in Halloween colors!)
3. Have the students cut out the parts of the skeleton and paste them to the construction paper in the correct order.
4. Label the body parts of the skeleton in Spanish. Go to: for some vocabulary ideas.
5. I allowed the students to decorate the skeleton any way they wished as long as I could still see the words. Afterwards, we played "Simon says" in Spanish for the different body parts (i.e. "Simon dice.. toca el brazo!" (Simon says, "touch your arm!") The game moved fast, and the kids loved it and remembered the vocabulary.

Another way to practice L2 vocabulary is to write all of the words in two columns on the board. Divide the students into two teams. Say the word in English and a representative from each team must rush to the board to circle the correct corresponding vocabulary. The team with the most correct words wins. This gets the students moving while they review new vocabulary. These activities can work for any second language class, including ESL.

Dia de los Muertos also brings a lot of possibilities for the Spanish classroom. Our students had a blast making their own sugar skulls.

Happy Halloween! :)

Laura Thomas's picture
Laura Thomas
Director, Antioch University New England Center for School Renewal, Author of Facilitating Authentic Learning, Director of the Antioch Critical Skills Program; Elementary Library Media Specialist

When I taught 10th grade English, we used to read Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House every October. Not only is it a classic ghost story, but it lead into a great conversation about fear- what made this book scary (or not)? What techniques did the author use that you've seen in other books, movies, urban legends/ campfire stories, etc? Why did the main character make the choices she made? How would the story have been more (or less) scary if she'd mad different choices?

We ended the unit by watching the original 1950's version of the film on the last days of October. Great fun and an excellent novel!

Amy Erin Borovoy (aka VideoAmy)'s picture

I had a blast making a playlist of Halloween videos and activities last year:

Five-Minute Film Festival: Happy Halloween!

My favorite treat from the playlist? This stop-motion video for a vintage children's Halloween song from 1969, shot entirely on an iPhone with the Hipstamatic app:

How about doing some spooky stop-motion animation with your students? Happy haunting!

Mariko Nobori's picture
Mariko Nobori
Former Managing Editor and Producer, Edutopia

Chewy Caramel Mystery Cookies: I made these cookies from Martha Stewart's site last year and they were scaaarily good! I used Reese's Pieces on top for the Halloween colors. Not sure why they're called "Mystery" cookies, maybe you have to make them to find out... (p.s. This recipe is also a fun way to use up leftover Halloween candy.)

Lisa Dabbs's picture
Lisa Dabbs
Educational Consultant. Author. Speaker. Blogger.

I love Halloweeeeeen! It's my favorite holiday, as my oldest son, Jason was born on 10/31 (he'll be 27!) so it's always a big month for us.

As a the kids were little I would decorate the whole house with Halloween decor. Now that both are all grown up, they still like for me to decorate. We even do it up with lights and Jack-O's outside.

I'd like to share my Fall Holidays pinterest board that has a growing number of links with fun Halloween resources There are many more in that community so check them out! As a kinder teacher and principal, I'd sing funny Halloween songs with my students and read Halloween themed books as well. I'd also share Jason's Halloween birthday with them and they really seemed to like that. I'd include them in the celebration by bringing goodies on that day and sometimes, Jason would join me! The kids and community enjoyed knowing a little bit more about me personally, and would always go out of their way to wish, Jason the best. It also helped those who were not fans of Halloween see it in a little different light. I think when we can share a bit of ourselves with our students and families, it can bring us closer together.

Happy Rockober to you all!

Ashley Cronin's picture
Ashley Cronin
Digital Resource Curator

MiddleWeb published a really good Halloween-themed resource compilation recently, Halloween Goes to School: A MiddleWeb Resource Roundup. Susan Curtis has collected useful resources from all over the web, including multimedia, links to information about the history of Halloween, scary reading suggestions, science and math ideas, and service learning possibilities.

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