It’s almost Halloween, and kids of all ages are ready to get costumed and trick-or-treat, or head to the Halloween Carnival. This year, as more and more teachers are flipping their classrooms - students listen to lectures at home and do the enrichment in class – why not consider Halloween as a learning activity? A few spooky ideas for fun learning experiences are below:
  1. Have your child trick-or-treat for a good cause. At home, have them learn about the organization or cause and then collect money on their candy runs.
  2. If you have a younger child, set them up at home with candy bingo. This way they will get excited about counting the candy or identifying its color as they go.
  3. Have your kids research their favorite zoo animal and have them tell you about them while at Wild Zoo Halloween.
  4. Utilize problem solving skills by having your kids plan the trick-or-treat route. Have them plan the shortest path between points and to home or have them make a path that never crosses itself.
  5. If you have a tween or older, have them learn about some of the “haunted” spots nearby. Visit them together and have the tween tell you all the ghost story after the trick-or-treating is done.
Those are just a few ideas on how to make Halloween about more than candy. Do you have any educational ideas for holidays that can be done outside the classroom? If so, leave them in the comments below.  
  Fort Wayne Trick-Or-Treating Times: Fort Wayne: 6 pm – 8 pm Jefferson Pointe Shopping Center: 5 – 7 pm Leo-Cedarville: 6 pm –8 pm Grabill: 5 pm – 7 pm Huntertown: 6 – 8 pm New Haven: Halloween Carnival at Schnelker Park from 5 pm – 6:30 pm, offers trick-or-treat at downtown businesses from 5 pm – 7 pm, and then regular trick-or-treat hours from 6pm – 8 pm. tricktreat