Classroom Ghouls: Terrifyingly Terrific Halloween Ideas
Do you remember when you were in school and had Halloween parties and parades? While the holiday has stayed the same, many schools have new rules and regulations regarding what students can eat and how they can dress. Follow these tips to help make your child’s classroom Halloween celebration a success.
Hauntingly Healthy Snacks
Many schools across the country are trying to make school lunches and snacks healthier by limiting junk food. In some schools, this includes not allowing candy bars on school property. These healthy alternatives can keep the classroom festive.
Carving a jack-o-lantern in a classroom could be a messy and time-consuming project. Instead, take an unpeeled clementine and draw on it with a black Sharpie. You can also create a jack-o-lantern with an orange: add a piece of celery in the middle to make it look like you picked it straight out of a pumpkin patch.
- Simply cut bananas in half vertically, and then cut them again horizontally.
- Heat coconut butter in a microwave safe mug for one minute, stop and stir the butter every 20 seconds to avoid it from burning or sticking.
- Spread the hot coconut butter over the banana by using your finger and give the banana eyes with either chocolate chips or raisins. The butter will set almost immediately, so move quickly!
- Put your “ghosts” in the freezer for 30 minutes and then enjoy!
Say cheese! These broomsticks are incredibly simple to make. This recipe requires mozzarella cheese sticks, tiny pretzel rods, and chives or a green onion.
- Cut the cheese sticks in half, and then create strips.
- Insert a pretzel rod into the uncut end of the cheese stick.
- Wrap the cheese with chive or a thin strip of green onion and knot.
Before you make any recipe for the classroom, consult with your child’s teacher to find out if anyone has food allergies.
Costumes in the Classroom
For schools that have Halloween parades, your children may want to dress up and show off his or her costume in front of his or her friends. However, it’s important to keep in mind that most schools will not allow masks and toy weapons. Be sure to check with your school about rules and regulations for Halloween costumes.
Before your child brings their costume into school, make sure that the costume fits comfortably and that they know how to put it on. When it comes time for parade day, place your child’s costume in a plastic waterproof bag. This will help protect it from any spills or incidents that could happen.
Once the parade is completed, make sure that your child knows how many parts their costume contains, and that they put it back properly. You wouldn’t want a ninja turtle without a headband, would you?
Incorporate Halloween History Into Your Lesson Plan
The origins of Halloween go back to an ancient the Celtic festival called Samhain, which started around 2000 years ago. People would dress in costume and light bonfires to ward off ghosts. Today, Halloween has spread to Europe and Saudi Arabia thanks to influences from American TV shows and movies. The massive amount of history associated with this holiday could fit in with your social studies or history lesson plans.
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This article was originally posted on September 19, 2015 and has been updated to include new content and links.