Halloween is one of my family’s favorite holidays. As a parent of two young children and one teenager, I am a collector of memories - just writing this, I am brought back to last year: the baby dressed as an avocado, my toddler abandoning her astronaut helmet after the second house, and my oldest going as Robin Hood to brilliantly acquire an archery set. At the end of the night, we head home and dump out those same vintage plastic pumpkin buckets that my sister and I used as kids. The exact same ones! Now that’s a family tradition!
Of course, as much as I love incorporating traditions and fun into Halloween, I am also a mom who believes in making literacy a priority - and my kids will tell you that reading and writing games can be really fun with a Halloween theme! Here are some themed activities my kids have tried and loved that can be adapted for any age. Try a few and see if your children enjoy them as much as mine do! If you have more ideas, or if you try any of these out and want to share how they went, please leave a comment below! Here’s to Halloween fun, family traditions, and raising our kids to be strong readers!
Have a safe, spooky, and word-filled Halloween!
1. Put together a spooky scavenger hunt: write spooky words on pieces of paper and hide them around the house. Ask your children to go on a scavenger hunt to find the hidden words. They get a point for every word they find, and two points when they sound it out or read it correctly!
2. Read a spooky book: I recommend OMG... Am I a Witch?! and OMG... is he also a Witch? by Talia Aikens-Nuñez.
3. Dress up as characters from your child’s favorite book. Bonus points for recreating their favorite scenes!
4. Or dress up as a literacy pun: a book worm, an Oxford comma, alphabet soup, an audiobook, spelling bee... the list of possibilities goes on!
5. Print and enjoy this custom word search we created for you!
In 2020, Alex and Ruby read her favorite book before going trick-or-treating.