Halloween is a fun holiday – and it’s a holiday that’s made even better with grace and courtesy.
Photo is of my now-adult-kids, Christina (at 2½) and Will (at 7½). ready for trick-or-treating!
Halloween Walking on the Line
You can use a Halloween theme with a classic Montessori activity for developing grace of movement – walking on the line. Here’s an Activity of the Week post with ideas for lines and extensions you can use: Activity of the Week – Walking on the Line. When I was a Montessori teacher, we used colored electrical tape to make a circle or ellipse on the floor, although you can use whatever you want to create a line.
For Halloween, it could be fun for your child to walk on the line while carrying a pumpkin. For more advanced balancing, your child could balance a Halloween book or even a cloth or plastic pumpkin on his or her head. We had a large, soft cloth pumpkin that worked well for that.
Etiquette lessons are important any time of the year – and especially for holidays. Halloween is no exception. Demonstration with role play is probably the most effective technique for introducing and reinforcing Halloween manners.
I’d recommend pretending you’re trick-or-treating to show your child the appropriate Halloween etiquette. Here are the points I made with my own children (in wording similar to what I’d use in a demonstration):
- We only walk on sidewalks, not through yards or flower beds.
- We never go to a house with the lights off.
- If the porch light is on, I knock or ring the doorbell once and wait a bit. I don’t keep knocking or ringing the doorbell. If no one answers, I go to the next house. I don’t try to peek into the house.
- When someone answers the door, I smile and say, “Trick-or-treat!”
- If the person holds out a candy bowl or bag, I take only one piece of candy unless the person says I may take more.
- I always say, “Thank you,” after I’m given a treat. Even if I don’t like the candy, I still say, “Thank you.” I don’t say that I don’t like the candy.
- It’s always nice to say, “Happy Halloween!” at the end.
After you’ve demonstrated the appropriate trick-or-treat manners, it helps to give your child plenty of practice with trick-or-treat role playing. Your child could pretend to trick-or-treat at your house. You, a sibling, or even a doll, stuffed animal, or puppet (with your help, of course!) could give the treat. You could reverse roles as well.
I have a post at Bits of Positivity (my other blog) with free thank-you songs and rhymes for home or school to make learning to say thank you more memorable and more fun!
Other Halloween Posts (updated 2021)
- Montessori-Inspired Pumpkin Activities
- Homeschool Halloween
- Montessori-Inspired Pumpkin Unit
- 25+ Montessori-Inspired Halloween Activities
- Halloween Grace and Courtesy
- Montessori-Inspired Friendly Ghost Activities
- Montessori-Inspired Halloween Activities
- Montessori-Inspired Skeleton Activities
- Free Spider Printables and Montessori-Inspired Spider Activities
- 20 Pumpkin Phonics Activities
- Free Halloween Songs and Rhymes for Circle Time
- Halloween Activities for Montessori-Inspired Themes and Parties
- Montessori-Inspired Pumpkin Hammering for Toddlers
- 20+ Pumpkin Hammering Activities for Preschoolers
- Free Skeleton Printables and Montessori-Inspired Skeleton Activities
- Free Spider Printables and Montessori-inspired Spider Math Activities
- Free Tarantula and Spider Do-a-Dot Printables (Montessori-Inspired Instant Downloads)
- Free Spiderweb Cutting Strips (Montessori-Inspired Instant Download)
- Yummy Gluten-Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
- Montessori Pumpkin Scrubbing for Toddlers and Preschoolers
- Delicious and Nutritious Vegan, Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie and Pumpkin Pie Squares
- Simple Fun with Pumpkins and Pumpkin Seeds for Toddlers and Preschoolers
- Hands-on Fun with Montessori-Inspired Human Skeleton Activities
- How to Participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project with Non-Food Treats
- Non-Scary Montessori Halloween Printables for Preschool Through Elementary
- Free Bat Printables and Montessori-Inspired Bat Activities
- Free Bat and Vampire Bat Do-a-Dot Printables (Montessori-Inspired Instant Download)
- Free Bat Cutting Strips (Montessori-Inspired Instant Download)
- Kids’ Halloween Activities Pinterest Board
Happy Halloween! 🙂
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