I’ve come to the conclusion that one of the only days more challenging than Halloween is the day AFTER Halloween. There is nothing quite like a room full of children who’ve eaten nothing but candy over the past 24 hours. I’ve heard many teachers say that November 1st should be a school holiday, and I think that sounds like a great idea! However, I don’t see that happening anytime soon, so I’ve tried to find ways to go with it rather than fight for my students’ attention all day. I’ve combined a few of the activities I like to do with my students, which you can find here if you’re interested.
These activities range from multiple subject areas. If you’re looking for math only ideas or math center ideas, you may want to check out this blog post.
Halloween Activity-Candy Characteristics
Halloween Activity-Descriptive Writing
Students can also write a descriptive writing paragraph about a piece of candy. This is great to tie in visualizing and sensory images! I included a few different forms, because it seems like every year my students need something different for writing. We’ve recently started using a bubble map graphic organizer with the paper students will write on to make the transition from graphic organizer to actual writing a bit easier.
Halloween Activity-Candy Graphs
No day after Halloween would be complete without having students graph their candy. If you do this, you may want to remind students to bring some of their Halloween candy to school. I don’t have students graph every type of candy they have. We discuss frequency, and students graph the ten types of candy with the greatest frequency. If students don’t have candy, they may work in groups or use extra candy.
Halloween STEM-Pumpkin Catapult
I also added a Halloween STEM activity with a pumpkin catapult. Originally, I planned to use mini pumpkins for this activity, but I chickened out and bought pumpkin candy corns instead. The catapults for the mini pumpkins would be fun, so maybe next year!
Hopefully this will make the transition of going back to a regular school day a little easier for the students and teachers. Maybe these day after Halloween lessons and activities will help it be a fun (or tolerable) day after all!