Halloween Windsocks

Halloween Windsocks by Fran W.

Decorate the yard with Halloween windsocks!

You will need...

Paper plate, construction paper, scissor, glue, crepe paper, yarn, and packing tape, stapler or a hole punch

What to do...

Bat Resource Page

Golden Crowned Fruit Bat
General Information About Bats

Bat Conservation International 
 Learn about bats

Enchanted Learning: Bats 
 Info about bats for young children.

How Bats Work 
 Learn how bats use echo location, their wings and more on How Stuff Works

Defenders: Bats 
 Quick fact sheet about bats

NWF: Night Friends - Bats of the Americas
On-line Activity Guide as a PDF

Wikipedia: List of Bat Species 
 A long list of bat species

Lubee Bat Conservancy
Fruit bat conservation & adopt-a-bat program

US Fish and Wildlife Service: Bats 
 White-nose Syndrome and Bats are Cool, US

Wikipedia: Bats

Earthlife: Bat Anatomy
Labeled bat skeleton.

EEK! Bats - Creatures of the Night
Find out a little about bats: What their name means, facts and information.

Bat Themes Units - Learning Across the Curriculum

Enchanted Learning: Bat Theme 
 Bat Theme, info, printouts, craft ideas.

Kidszone: Bats
Printable and online activities, information and slide show.

Homeschool Share: Stellaluna 
Lapbook and Unit Study.

Homeschool Share: Nocturnal Animals
Lapbook and Unit Study.

First School: Bat Theme Preschool Activities and Crafts
Letter 'B' printable page, link to facts and images, link to an online version of Stellaluna, bat coloring pages and bat crafts.

Bat Crafts and Activities

Fran's World of Discovery: Bats 

2 Sound games.

Difficult Origami Bat  
PDF illustrated instructions.

DLTK: Bats
Bat crafts, activities, coloring pages, puzzle sheets.

Origami Bat 
 Written and illustrated directions for a different bat. Downloadable PDF.

Origami Bat Video
Watch and learn how to make an easy origami bat.

Bat Paper
Printable paper with lines and a bat boarder.

Activity Village: Bat Crafts
Bat costume, bat felt toy, fuse bead pattern, Halloween moon, Halloween mobile and more.

University of Florida: Bat Cam
View of the exterior bat house.

Wild Watch Cams: Big Brown Bats

Washington Dept of Fish & Wildlife offers a cam that can be refreshed every 10 seconds and can be watched for 15 minutes at a time.

Bat Videos

If you have a bat resource you would like to share, please post it as a comment. Thank you!

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Two-Sided Diorama

5 Little Pumpkins Diorama

We made this two-sided diorama based our favorite Halloween poem, 'The Five Little Pumpkins'. On one side, we showed the pumpkins sitting on the fence, on the other, we showed them rolling away. It was a fun project that could easily be based on a favorite book, play, poem, song or movie, plus it's a great way to express an understanding for a story. You can even make one based on a story that you made.

This is how we made ours, but feel free to come up with your own unique way of doing this activity. 

FYI: There is a game suggestion at the end of this post.

We used..

1 Recycled cracker/cereal box, packing tape, a craft or utility knife, construction paper, scissor, glue, a paint brush, foam stickers, and colored craft sticks.

Make a Frame

Halloween Themed Pizza

Ghost Pizza
No matter what our dietary needs have been over the years, we have tried to find ways to make our favorite fun foods during the holidays. Pizza with a Halloween theme is one of those foods! 

Suggestions for alternate crusts for people who are gluten-free, on a low-carb or paleo diet, or are raw foodists are offered below.

You will need:

Lightly toasted pitas or your favorite personal-sized pizza crust, your favorite tomato or white sauce, and your favorite cheese

Use any of the following ingredients:

Black olives, pepperoni, green olives, peppers, mushrooms, ricotta cheese, spinach, sausage, meatballs, etc.

What to do...

Ghost Pop Candy Holder

Ghost Pop Candy Holder by Fran W.
These candy holders are great to hand out at parties, after a Halloween program or to Trick or Treaters!

To make a Ghost Pop Candy Holder you will need:

A box of tissues
A bag of round lollipops (Charms, Tootsie Pops, etc.)
Cardboard bathroom tissue paper tubes
Tissue paper cut into 4 x 6" rectangles
Construction paper cut into 4 1/2 x 6" rectangles
Artificial leaves, Halloween stickers or stamps
Small zip-top bags
Small toys, treats and stickers
Optional: Hot glue, regular white glue and a paint brush

Monster Mash

Monster Mash, by Bobby (Boris) Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers
The 'Monster Mash' is a fun song co-written by Bobby "Boris" Pickett and Leonard Capizzi, in 1962. After every major record label turned the song down, Gary S. Paxton's, of Garpax Records, decided to produce it. The song reached the #1 position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on October 20, 1962, remained #1 for two weeks, and sold a million copies that year!
In 1973 it hit #3 on the UK Singles Chart and sold a million copies again! 

Not bad for a one-hit-wonder!

As a matter of fact, it has been considered a Halloween favorite every year since its release 50+ years ago. 

Can you guess how the "Monster Mash" got its name?

Tissue Ghost

This ghost is very easy and inexpensive to make.

To make a simple tissue ghost, you will need:

2 soft tissues for each ghost, yarn, a marker, and a paper clip

Ball up a tissue and put it in the center of another tissue so that it forms the head of the ghost. Cut a length of yarn, tie it around the neck, and make a loop out of the remaining yarn. Draw a face on your head. Put a paper clip through the loop and tie another piece of yarn to the other end to hang it on a ceiling fan pull chord or to the ceiling. 
Decorate the house with them.

More ghost activities can be found here on Fran's World of Discovery.

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Pumpkin Luminary

Pumpkin Luminary by Fran W
A pumpkin luminary is a great way to repurpose a water or milk jug for Halloween!

You will need…

Recycled milk or water jug, scissor, pencil, acrylic paint, paint brush, glue, and black construction paper

What to do…

Castle Research Project

One of the largest and oldest castles was built in the 9th century and someone still lives there today!

Dragsholm Castle, in Denmark, is now a famous hotel. The castle was built in the late 12th century!

Windsor Castle, built in the 11th Century, is the longest occupied palace in Europe, and a royal residence!

Conwy Castle, a medieval fortification located in North Wales, was built by Edward I, in 1283. It cost about £15,000 - that would be over 200,000,000 (200 million) pounds today.

Castles were built in Europe and the Middle East during the Middle Ages.

Research Questions...

Create A 3-D Halloween Scene

3-D Halloween Scene by Fran W.
A 3-D scene, or a diorama, is a creative way to express an idea, thought, experience, or tell a story. They can be made very simply or very complicated and detailed. They can also be interactive, stationary, or somewhere in between! It's all up to you.

To make a 3-D Halloween scene, you will need:

Edgar Allan Poe Research Project

Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts, January 19, 1809, and became Edgar Allan Poe after the Allan family took him in at the age of two. 

During his lifetime, Poe was a self-taught author, poet, literary critic, and editor. Although his life was filled with great tragedy, Poe accomplished a great deal in his short life, and influenced many writers and genres.
He died, October 7, 1849, at the age of 40.


Columbus Day Resources

Christopher Columbus
Did you know...
  • Columbus started his journey on August 3, 1492.
  • Christopher Columbus landed in the New World on October 12, 1492.
  • Columbus made 4 trips to the Americas in total.
  • President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared Columbus day a federal holiday in 1937.
  • Columbus Day is observed on the second Monday of October.

Washington Irving - Research Project

Washington Irving was a successful writer and editor, born April 3, 1783, in New York City, New York, and is best known for his short stories which include, ‘Rip Van Winkle’, and ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’.
Irving was America's first internationally best-selling author who encouraged American authors - Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Henry Wadsworth, Longfellow and Edgar Allen Poe, and was admired by European writers including, Sir Walter Scott, with whom he was friends, Lord Byron, Thomas Campbell, Charles Dickens and others. Irving believed writing should be considered a legitimate profession and promoted the cause. He advocated for tougher laws to protect American writers from copyright infringements, but the legislation did not pass.

Did you know…

Rounded Gravestone

To make a rounded gravestone you will need:

Any cardboard box such as a cereal or cracker box
Gray acrylic paint (or mix black and white)
Black acrylic paint
Foam brush
Halloween themed foam stickers
White tissue paper
Hot glue
Optional: The template to make a rounded gravestone located at the bottom of this post.

Create a Scary Character

Frankenstein, written by Mary Shelley, and published in 1818, was the end result of a suggestion made by the famous poet Lord Byron!
Lord Byron suggested that he and a couple of friends write scary stories and share them when they were completed. It's hard to imagine that someone could invent such a fearsome creatures as Frankenstein’s monster, but Mary Shelley did it! Wouldn't it be fun to create a scary or creepy character of your own? You never know, your story may become as famous as Frankenstein someday!

You'll need one or more of the following items to do this activity:

Bram Stoker's Dracula

Dracula by Bram Stoker 1899 edition
In 1897, Bram Stoker, wrote his Gothic horror novel, Dracula. Since then, the story of Count Dracula, has been retold many times. 
Dracula is about a vampire, and was named after Vlad III Dracula, Prince of Wallachia's. Dracula wasn't the first vampire novel of its time, but it is one of the most legendary.