In my first year of teaching classes at a Japanese kindergarten in the mid 90’s, I tried introducing Halloween as an October event to the director. Her response was a flat-out ‘NO!’ – too scary, strange, and foreign for Japanese children to understand.
Within a few years, an amazing series of events happened. The Nightmare Before Christmas debuted in movie theaters across Japan. Movie merchandise began appearing in stores and, importantly, Japan’s Disneyland launched a Halloween-themed event. Halloween took off like wildfire. Around that time, I was called into the kindergarten office to advise staff who were planning the director’s newest idea – a Halloween party! Wow! Since then, Halloween has become a yearly event with songs, dance, a costume parade, and Halloween treats.
Last year, I posted 13+ Halloween Activities for class parties. Easy to set up, play, and repeat, these activities can be used in your kindergarten through elementary school classes.
This year, I rummaged through my legacy files and found some old Halloween paper activities and decided it was time to recycle! These activities are print ready and can be used in tandem with other Halloween games. Try these as a cool down or warm up activity. I’ve also used them to introduce Halloween vocabulary the week before the party to get the kids looking forward to the fun ahead.
Click on the image below to download. They’re free and please feel free to use them again and again!
Looking for some more Halloween activities to liven up your holiday festivities? Look no further! Here are four ghoulish activities you and your kids are sure to enjoy! Click on the links to download separately or get the full Halloween Game Pack!
Halloween Bingo is a classic that’s easy to set up and easy to play! With 25 images, this is a bingo game you can play with your youngest ESL students.
Halloween House is a folding craft activity and 3D learning tool that you’ll want to keep around all year! With ghosts and goblins in every room, just print, cut, and fold!
Halloween Concentration is free, so download and enjoy! Halloween I Have Who Has is easy to set up, fun to play, and only available in the Halloween Game Pack! Also included is a Halloween Vocabulary Chart you can tack to a classroom board or directly in student notebooks.
Wishing you and yours a very safe and happy Halloween!
Kinney Brothers Publishing