Saturday 29th October.
Halloween is coming! It will be celebrated across the world on Monday 31st October. How much do you know about Halloween? Will you be doing any of the following activities? If you are, have fun! Many thanks to our EAL Team for suggesting these wonderful learning opportunities.
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The Year 1 Team.
Festivals are something everyone can share
Learning Question: What can I find out about a festival this weekend with a member of my family?
Keywords (for Mum and Dad to talk about with the children): festival, celebrate, costume, mask, fireworks, cards, presents, carnival, tradition, lantern, decoration, turnip, pumpkin, spirit, Halloween.
Some background for Mum and Dad to read and follow up with the children:
Halloween falls on the 31st October of every year and is a time when people dress in scary costumes, go trick or treating and play traditional Halloween games, such as apple bobbing.
· Can you draw a scary costume you would wear or choose an image on google that would best show how you would like to dress up?
(Information about Halloween for Mum/Dad)
Halloween involves a variety of traditions from different cultures and religions. It is thought that Halloween is one of the oldest celebrations in the world, dating back over 2000 years to the time of the Celts who lived in Britain and northern France. It has its roots in the feast of Samhain, which took place on 31 October each year to honour the dead.
It was believed that on Samhain the spirits of the dead would gather together, taking on different forms. Bad spirits would pretend to be animals, with the most evil ones becoming cats. In order to keep these spirits away people would dress up in costumes made from the skins and heads of their animals and carry lanterns, made out of turnips, to light their way. These lanterns would be painted or carved with faces in an effort to scare off any evil spirits.
Another explanation is as follows:
The word Halloween is a modern interpretation of its original name, All Hallow’s Eve. The first day of November was traditionally celebrated by the Catholic Church as “All Hallow’s Day”, when they took time to pay their respects to the Saints.
The date of Halloween, 31st October, marked the end of the Celtic year and they believed it was the day when the spirits of those who had died in the previous year would come back and possess a body of the living to allow themselves into the afterlife. However, the people who were living were not keen on being possessed and would dress up in scary costumes to try and frighten away the spirits.
Trick or treating nowadays involves dressing up in costumes and knocking on neighbour’s doors for treats. If treats are not given then tricks are played on the neighbour.
· Draw a picture of children in costumes knocking on doors to get treats. What kind of treats would they perhaps get?
Apple bobbing is a game traditionally played on Halloween. A number of apples are placed in a large bowl of water. Players have to try to catch one of the apples using only their teeth. The hands must remain behind the back at all times.
· Have you ever played this? Would you find it difficult and why?
Where does the name Jack O'Lantern originate from?
Carving a face in a pumpkin and placing a candle inside is to represent the Irish tale about a man called Jack. It is thought that Jack was a naughty man. When Jack died, he was refused his place in heaven because of his bad behaviour and as revenge Satan refused Jack entry into hell, but gave him a single light to guide him through the darkness. The light was to be placed inside a turnip to make it last longer. Over time the turnip has changed to a pumpkin.
· Can you draw a pumpkin with a face and a candle inside?
· If someone decorates their house to show they are ready for Halloween, what kind of decorations would they use?
On the BBC website there are some recipes that you might like to try with an adult.
· Which recipes would you make if you were inviting people to a Halloween party?