We love Halloween! It's one of
our favorite holidays. We were surprised to hear that in Austria they do
not celebrate Halloween. Instead, they celebrate a holiday called Rauhnachte. A long time ago, farmers used to believe, on
Rauhnachte, animals in the barn could speak and had other magical powers!
An American teacher, teaching
in Austria, found his students surprised that he had never heard of
Rauhnachte! He found it a fascinating holiday. But, since his own children
also wanted to enjoy Halloween, he set up his yard for some Halloween Fun....click
here to see what happened!
Halloween History: No
one is sure how old Halloween really is, but trace its probable origins
back to BC times to the ancient
Celts, who lived in England, Ireland and Wales.
ancient Celts held a festival called Samhain,
which celebrated the start of a new year. Halloween was their New
The ancient Celts believed that the night before each new year,
a door opened between this world and the Otherworld - a place the ancient
Celts believed was inhabited by supernatural spirits both good and bad.
They believed that October 31 was the most dangerous night in the year.
That night, people were exposed to the entire supernatural world.
Black Cats & Spooky
Tales: The ancient
Celts believed, on October 31st, the good spirits of the dead would
come back to earth, in the form of an animal, often in the form of a black
cat, to be reunited with loved ones, one last time. Today, silhouettes of
black cats are used as Halloween decorations, and everyone tells spooky
did pumpkins get
in the act? No one knows! It's a history mystery! (This mystery makes a great
subject for a creative writing lesson.) But most probably, pumpkins
replaced turnips, which is the vegetable people used to
carve during the ancient new year festival.
Pumpkin Seeds: Baked
pumpkin seeds are easy to make and fun to eat! Here's the recipe we use:
Dig out the pumpkin seeds, rinse them off, let them dry on a paper towel
for a couple of hours, dump them on a cookie sheet (without the paper
towel, of course), and cook at 400 degrees for about an hour. Throw them
in a bowl, sprinkle with butter and salt, and eat, shells and all.
you ever tasted fried pumpkin blossoms? They're delicious!
This recipe for Fried Pumpkin Blossoms is from our
private family cookbook, We Love to Cook, by The Jones Girls. Click
Here for the recipe for Fried Pumpkin Blossoms.
For a pumpkin themed soft drink, place one or two scoops of orange sherbet in
a glass. Pour in cold ginger ale. Add a straw, and drink!
here to find 101 Things to do with a pumpkin!
A Truly Original
Halloween Site. Halloween can be a scary time! To have yourself a safe
and happy Halloween, check out this great site! Spider Recipes included!
Trunk and Treat!
of Great Halloween Games for Kids (flash, shockwave, java)
Bats! and more - Free Ecards that are also games for kids
Ghost with the Most!
Pumpkin Patch (poetry by 2nd-graders)
House Graphic Organizer
(lessons, Presentations, games)
Cauldron (you set the numbers)
of the Dead (El Dia de los Muertos) Lesson Plans
in Myths and Literature Lesson Plans (Sass)
a paper stick puppet - Dracula's head and shoes
LIST of Halloween links (Awesome Library)
Presentations in PowerPoint format for Halloween