In my kids’ eyes, Halloween is a time for dressing up in cool costumes and getting lots of candy. However, Halloween is actually a pretty interesting holiday. To help you with your homeschooling journey I have compiled 5 simple ways you can teach your kids about the origin of Halloween.
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5 Tips for Teaching Your Kids About Halloween
Do a little research.
You can’t tell your kids about the feast of Samhain or the Celts appeasing the spirits by giving them treats unless you do your homework. 😉
Keep it age appropriate.
Young children could be easily frightened by some aspects of Halloween history. So, you could talk to them about the Romans celebration of the goddess of the fruits and trees and how they would have a harvest feast that our bobbing for apples evolved from. 🙂
Make cookies together.
You can make pumpkin-shaped cookies and talk about jack-o-lanterns or ghost cookies and talk about the ghosts and spirits coming out to haunt the Celts.
Do a Halloween craft together and discuss how Halloween came to America. Irish immigrants came and brought their practice with them. It looked like a really fun thing to do. So other people wanted to do it.
Read or watch “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.”
Just because I REALLY love the book AND the movie! And then talk about how Halloween became what it is today. Little by little it became more of a children’s holiday. People found a way to make money off of it via costumes, candy, etc.
There are people who won’t celebrate Halloween because of its pagan origins and the idea that it’s associated with witchcraft. There are certain groups in Christianity that embrace Halloween exactly for what it is—a combination of what came before the holiday was incorporated into American culture. And some just feel that it’s a time for kids and adults alike to dress up and be someone else for a day and get lots of treats!
My research was done from the following website: