Halloween Activity Packs
Links to Halloween Activities for Kids
- Halloween Crossword Puzzle
- Halloween Wordsearch Puzzle
- Draw and Color – Dog Halloween Mask
- Draw and Color – Cat Halloween Mask
- Halloween Coloring pics with lots of cartoon characters – Dumbo, Winnie the Pooh, Hello Kitty…
Halloween Activity Books
Links to Halloween Coloring Pages
- Free Printable Halloween Coloring Pages from Fun with Pictures for kids to print and colorFree Printable Halloween Coloring Pages from Fun with Pictures for kids to print and color
- Free Printable Pumpkin Coloring Pages from Fun with Pictures for kids to print and colorFree Printable Pumpkin Coloring Pages from Fun with Pictures for kids to print and color
Halloween Costume Activities
Halloween pumpkin stencils
Links to scary pumpkin stencils – free pumpkin stencils,pumpkin carving patterns, scary pumpkin stencils
- Over 150 intricate pumpkin faces to carveAmazing amount of patterns for carving – lots of faces including John Wayne, Herman Munster, Luke Skywalker, Charlie Brown, Fred Flintstone
- 21 different pumpkin faces to carveIncluding Frankenstein’s Monster, Skull-and-Crossbones, Silly Skeleton, Great Ape and more pumpkin face patterns.
Halloween Coloring Activities
Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.
The ancient Celts thought that spirits and ghosts roamed the countryside on Halloween night. They began wearing masks and costumes to avoid being recognized as human.
Bobbing for apples is thought to have originated from the roman harvest festival that honors Pamona, the goddess of fruit trees.
Halloween, referred to as All Hallows Eve, was originally a pagan holiday in which they honored the dead. It was celebrated on October 31 since this was the last day of the Celtic calendar. The celebration dates back some 2,000 years.
The jack-o-lantern tradition comes from an old Irish folk tale about a man named Stingy Jack. It was said that he was unable to get into heaven and was turned away from the devil because of his tricky ways. So he set off to wander the world looking for a resting place. For light, Stingy Jack used a burning coal ember in a hollowed out turnip. When the Irish immigrated to the U.S. during the Great Potato Famine of 1845-1850, they found that turnips were not as readily available like they were in the homeland. So they started carving pumpkins as a replacement for their tradition.
On Halloween, Irish peasants used to beg the rich for food. For those that refused, they would play a practical joke. So, in an effort to avoid being tricked, the rich would hand out cookies, candy, and fruit – a practice that morphed into trick-or-treating today.