Fun Halloween Printable Activities for Kids

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What Is Halloween

Halloween Printables
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Halloween is celebrated on October 31 each year. The holiday originated as the evening before All Hallow's Day, but likely has roots that go much further back.

Says ThoughtCo's David Emory about the history of Halloween,

"According to the best available evidence, Halloween originated as a Catholic vigil observed on the eve of All Saints Day, November 1, in the early Middle Ages.

It has become commonplace to trace its roots even further back in time to a pagan festival of ancient Ireland known as Samhain (pronounced sow'-en or sow'-een), about which little is actually known. The prehistoric observance is said to have marked the end of summer and the onset of winter, and was celebrated with feasting, bonfires, sacrificial offerings, and homage to the dead."

The Halloween practice of children dressing in costume to go trick or treating came from a tradition in Ireland and England. People would dress up on All Hallow's Eve to avoid being recognized by ghosts. They would also leave a bowl of food outside to appease the spirits. 

A carved pumpkin, also called a Jack O'Lantern, is another popular Halloween tradition. The history of the Jack O'Lantern, according to ThoughtCo's Patty Wigington, goes like this:

In the case of the jack o'lantern, the story that inspired it is one in which Jack tries to outsmart the Devil himself. In the tale, Jack tricks the Devil into agreeing never to collect his soul. However, once Jack dies, it turns out he's led too sinful a life to get into heaven, but because of his bargain with the Devil, he can't get into hell either. Jack complains about how dark it is, wandering around earth with no place to go, and someone tosses him a hot coal, which he places in a hollowed-out turnip. Now poor Jack uses his turnip-lantern to guide him, and he is known as Jack of the Lantern.

Other popular Halloween traditions include bobbing for apples, playing pranks on people, decorating in black and orange, and eating candy apples.

Have fun learning about Halloween with these free printables. You might also want to try our collection of free fall printables.

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Halloween Vocabulary

Print the pdf: Halloween Vocabulary Sheet

In this activity, students will define each of the Halloween-themed words or phrases in the word bank. They should write each word next to its correct definition.


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Halloween Wordsearch

Print the pdf: Halloween Word Search

Discuss common items and activities with your students. Do they know why those things are associated with the holiday? 

After your discussion, let your children complete this Halloween word search activity.


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Halloween Crossword Puzzle

Print the pdf: Halloween Crossword Puzzle

Students can review Halloween vocabulary in a fun way with this crossword puzzle. Each clue describes something related to the holiday. Students will fill in the puzzle using the correct word or phrase based on the clues provided.


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Halloween Challenge

Print the pdf: Halloween Challenge

Let your children demonstrate how Halloween-savvy they are with this challenge activity. Each description is followed by four multiple choice options. Can your students get all of them correct?


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Halloween Alphabet Activity

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Let young students practice their alphabetizing words with this Halloween-themed worksheet. Children should write each word from the word bank on the blank lines provided.


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Halloween Door Hangers

Print the pdf: Halloween Door Hangers Page.

Decorate your house for Halloween with these door hangers. For best results, print them on card stock.

Cut the door hangers out along the solid lines. Then, cut on the dotted line and cut out the small circle. Color the door hangers and place them on the door and cabinet knobs in your home.

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Halloween Draw and Write

Print the pdf: Halloween Draw and Write Page

Invite your students to draw a Halloween-related picture. Then, use the blank lines to write about their drawing.

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Halloween Coloring Page - Jack-o'-lantern

Print the pdf: Halloween Coloring Page

Let your students color this page while you read a book about Halloween aloud. Remind them of the history of the Jack O'Latern.

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Halloween Coloring Page - Costume Party

Print the pdf: Halloween Coloring Page

This fun coloring page depicts costumed trick-or-treaters. Ask your children about their Halloween costume plans.


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Halloween Coloring Page - Happy Halloween

Print the pdf: Halloween Coloring Page

The Halloween party-goers in this coloring page are bobbing for apples. Ask your students to do some research to discover the history of apple bobbing and how it related to the holiday.

Updated by Kris Bales