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 work with it, rather than against it.
In this post I’ve shared of few of my favorite activities for keep students engaged and on task the day after Halloween. Of course, you can squeeze these in any time! You don’t have to wait! You can find all of the activities here.
Nutrition Facts Math
Halloween Candy Characteristics
Halloween 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. You have have students read the descriptive paragraph and try to guess what type of candy was being described.
Halloween 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. If students don’t have candy, they may work in groups or use extra candy. To make this activity more advanced, have students use the graph to write additive and multiplicative comparison statements.
Halloween STEM-Pumpkin Catapult
There is 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 corn.
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!