As we prepare for Halloween… buying/making our costumes, candy, and decorations, amongst our ghouls, witches, and vampires, let us not forget this… Halloween is not only about candy, costumes, and parties… there is also a history going back more than 2,000 years. While you’re doing your crafts and carving pumpkins use the time as an opportunity to teach your children the history of Halloween.
Halloween started with the Celts who believed in spirits, both good and bad. November 1st marked the end of warm weather, and therefore, harvest time. They had Harvest Time Festivals where they would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off bad spirits so they would not destroy the crops.
Many years later, as Christianity spread, November 1st became the day to honor good spirits, or “All Saints Day”. October 31st became “All-hallows Eve” or “Hallowe’en”. It is said that the tradition of trick-or-treating may have come from an old English custom called “Souling”, where people (mostly children and poor people) would go from door to door offering prayers for deceased loved ones in exchange for “soul cakes”.
While we don’t know the exact details of Halloweens past, what we do know is that Halloween has come to be known as a favorite for “children” of all ages.
Here are some crafts that your children can learn from while having fun as a family.
Halloween Science Experiments– Science Sparks
Dancing Frankenworms– Playdough to plato
Halloween Learning Activities- Numbers, Literacy, Math– Sugar Aunts
Science Activities and Sensory Play–Little Bins for Little Hands
Candy Corn Science Experiments– Coffee Cups and Crayons
Pumpkin Phonics Activities– Living Montessori Now
We, at Tender Loving Kare, wish you a happy and educational Halloween!