Friends! Halloween is just a few days away!! So we’re going to get our spook on and share ways you can teach the history of Halloween to your kids and have some fun doing it for a Homeschool Halloween Day.
If you haven’t already decorated and prepped for the Fall, this post I share some fun fall craft ideas to do with your kids. And in this post I share some of my Fall favorites I think every Now Mom should have.
Continue reading below for some activity ideas, a great homeschool Halloween day treat, and a lesson on Halloween history!
Homeschool Halloween Day History Lesson
If you don’t have a specific Halloween lesson planned, you can watch the following short clips on the history of Halloween below then ask your kiddos what they learned!
National Geographic Channel | Halloween History
History Channel | Bet You Didn’t Know: Halloween History
Homeschool Halloween Day Traditions From Around the World
Curious about other Halloween traditions from around the world? Me, too! So I did some research and discovered these two. For more cool international Halloween-like traditions check out this website.
Samhain | Ireland and Scotland
Samhain, pronounced saa·wn (or saw-win), is the Celtic version of Halloween. Similar to how they to use bonfires to ward off spirits, they scoop out a turnip, carve a scary face, and put a candle inside. Then they carry these around on October 31st to protect themselves! Cool, huh? I can see where we get our jack-o-lantern carving tradition, from! Which would you rather carve out, a pumpkin or a turnip?
DÍA de Los Muertos | Mexico
DÍA de los Muertos or Day of the Dead, is celebrated on November 1st and 2nd and is not associated with our Halloween, contrary to common belief. However, it originates from the combining of the Aztec worship of Mictecacihuatl, goddess of death, and the Catholic influence brought over by the Spaniards.
On November 1st it is believed the spirits of children, or angelitos, visit their living family. On November 2nd, observers believe spirits of adults, Difuntos, show up to celebrate with their living family. For more information on the history and festivities of Dia de lost Muertos, visit this website.
And last but not least..
A Homeschool Halloween Day Treat
Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Bars
We love everything pumpkin during the Fall holidays in our house, and these pumpkin snickerdoodle bars from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe are the perfect combo of pumpkin and snickerdoodle goodness. Dreams do come true, folks. Yum!
And there you have it! Have you ever done a homeschool Halloween Day? What did you do? Share your experiences in the comments below!