History of Halloween 1st-3rd Class

Here are some resources if you plan on teaching about the history of Halloween which might come in handy for you.

If you have any resources you also would not mind sharing please send them to fearasscoile@gmail.com it would be much appreciated and thank you to everyone for sharing so far.

  1. History of Halloween  with worksheet based on the lesson
  2. PowerPoint on History of Halloween

History of Halloween 

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Halloween falls on the 31st October of every year and is a time when people dress in scary costumes, go trick or treating and play traditional Halloween games, such as apple bobbing. All Hallow’s Eve. The first day of November was celebrated by the Catholic Church as All Hallow’s Day when they took time to say their prayers to the Saints. Such as Saint Patrick.

The date of Halloween, 31st October, let people know that it was the end of the Irish year and was believed to be the day when the ghosts of those who died during the year would come back and scare the people who were still living. That is why people wear scary costumes in order to frighten the scary ghosts off.

Trick or treating nowadays involves dressing up in costumes and knocking on neighbours doors for treats. If treats are not given then tricks are played on the neighbour. But we don’t do things like that anymore as we are always nice to our neighbours!

Apple bobbing is a game traditionally played on Halloween. A number of apples are placed in a large bowl of water. Players have to try to catch one of the apples using only their teeth. The hands must remain behind the back at all times.

 

Can you think of any other games that might be played on Halloween night?

Worksheet based on the above lesson: history-of-halloween-worksheet

 

History Of Halloween

Halloween falls on the _____ ______of every year and is a time when people dress in scary costumes, go ____ __ _______ and play traditional Halloween games, such as apple bobbing.

The date of Halloween, 31st October, let people know that it was the end of the holy year and was believed to be the day when the _____ of those who died during the year would come back and scare the people who were still living. That is why people wear _____ costumes in order to frighten the scary ghosts off.

Trick or treating today is all about dressing up in costumes and ______ on neighbours doors for treats. If treats are not given then tricks are played on the neighbour. But we don’t do things like that anymore as we are always nice to our neighbours!

_____ _______ is a game traditionally played on Halloween. A few apples are placed in a big bowl of water. Players have to try to catch one of the apples using only their _____. The hands must remain behind the back at all times.

Can you think of any other games that might be played on Halloween night?

 

31st October     scary knocking teeth

 trick or treating ghosts Apple bobbing

 

2. PowerPoint  halloween

 

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