Why Do We Celebrate Halloween?
We celebrate Halloween every year, but do you know what the holiday is all about?
A holiday that is celebrated on the 31st of October every year is known as Halloween. The traditions originated along with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. On the day of Samhain, people come out dressed in costumes to ward off ghosts and would light bonfires.
Pope Gregory III in the 18th century designated November 1st as a time to honor all saints. Eventually, traditions of the Samhain were incorporated in All Saints Day. The evening before the day was known as All Hallows Eve. As days passed, it became Halloween.
Gradually, Halloween became a day with activities, especially children, where they trick or treat. One of the most important traditions that evolved was carving the jack-o-lanterns, dressing up in costumes, and eating treats. Religiously, people light candles on the graves of the dead.
Have a spooky Halloween! We explored this topic in depth for teachers with our article: Top 10 Tips for Incorporating Halloween Themes in Your Classroom
This holiday means slightly something different each year as you progress in age.
This one is fun to see all the different directions that kids take with this one.
Did you know that from a botanist's perspective, that is a plant doctor of sorts, a pumkin is considered a fruit. That is because it is seed bearing.
Put all these words in order: monster, zombie, candy corn, pumpkin, doorbell
haunt, treat, witch, goblin, skeleton.
Line up your thoughts with this fun way to go about getting reviewing this section.
Number 3 and 5 are simple, but they could be so many different things here.
Kids tend to take great interest in this topic and know more about it than other holidays.
Help the boy find the pumpkin patch.
Number five will stump some students, but if remember the theme it should not do that to them.
Border paper with a mummy theme.
Add the cauldrons together.
If you have so many pumpkins and take away a few, how many are you left with?
Put these words back together to make sense of it.
We purposely left out the capital letters for you.
Find each letter and uncover the words to solve the hidden puzzle.
Why wouldn't you want to share this vocabulary much more with your students?