Saturday, October 24, 2015

Trick or Treat Blog Hop

I'm so excited to be linking up today with Rachael at Classroom Game Nook and tons of blogging pals to bring you a fabulous Trick or Treat Blog Hop!

You can hop along from blog to blog gathering all kinds of tricks of the trade and then enter to win fabulous treats too!

I'm going to share a little trick of the trade for the Halloween party, my least favorite party of them all!  It's just too much excitement for most ten year olds to handle well!  For the last few years I have found one thing that does seem to help keep things a little calmer.  Our classroom parties are one hour long.  Rather than do things as an entire class, which is what I used to do, now I divide my class into three groups.  I plan three different activities that will each take about 20 minutes and rotate the three groups through the three activities.  The key is to keep the kids busy and moving in an organized fashion.  I choose one parent helper to run each of the three stations which frees me up to move between them all putting out fires.  

One of the stations is always the Halloween goodies.  

The kids fill up their plates and head back to their seats.  By the time they all get through the line, they end up with about 10-15 minutes to munch. This is a perfect amount of time for kids who are used to scarfing down their lunches quickly to head outside for recess.  Remember the enemy is down time!  Down time equals kids getting antsy and out of control!

My second station is Halloween Bingo.  This is ideal because you can just grab a bag of candy and keep playing until time is up.  Also, the kids have to be quiet to hear what you are calling...perfect!  I always have this group back on the carpet to play.  

My third station varies, depending on the kind of group I have.  The last couple years my students have done "Boodoku" puzzles which are similar to Sudoku but have Halloween pictures instead of numbers.  

Moving the kids from one station to the next helps keep them occupied and helps the time go by faster for me too!  

My Halloween Bingo and Halloween "Boodoku" Puzzles are available in my TPT Store in addition to my Halloween Activities Bundle which contains many other activities along with the "Boodoku" puzzles.

Okay, now for the best part of Halloween, the treats!  I have a couple freebies for all of you!  One is a forever freebie in my store, my Trick or Treat Target Addition.  This is a fun game for 2-4 players that can be played over and over, a great time filler during Halloween madness week!  

Stop by my TPT Store to pick up this freebie any time!  If you grab it, I'd really appreciate your feedback!

My next freebie is a special one just for this blog hop!  I have been working for almost a year on this set of games and activities to use with a hundred board, and I finished it up just this week.  It has a couple things in it that are perfect for Halloween week!  The first one is a Hidden Hundred Board Picture.  The students solve order of operations problems and then color their answers specific colors to create this picture...

I also created a Halloween version of Roll & Race to 100 that I called Tootsie Roll!  The students use dice, counters, and their mental math skills for adding to see who can get to 100 first to win a Tootsie Roll!

But those are just two of the activities in this great bundle!  There are 11 games, 6 puzzles,  7 hidden picture activities, and 2 Digit Detectives worksheets!  You can grab this limited time freebie in my TPT Store but only through midnight on October 31!  I would love to see what you think, so please leave feedback!

My last treat for you is the opportunity to win two of my Halloween products...

and a $20 Amazon gift card!

Now head over to the next blog for more Tricks and Treats!


  1. A huge fan of stations for older kids. They keep them busy and focused, especially with a timer.

    Kovescence of the Mind

  2. You have the best idea for classroom parties!

  3. I love the different ideas you presented. Thanks for sharing.

    Third Grade Whimsy