Halloween Activities for the Whole Family

We are officially in “Spooky Season”! During this unconventional autumn, we are happy to share a few fun theatre activities for some non-traditional celebrations. Check out these projects for pre-k/early elementary students and middle/high school students!

For Pre-K/Young Elementary Students:

Scarecrow Adventure

Suggested Book/Read Aloud: The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams 

 

Materials: shoes, pants, shirts, gloves, hat, paper, crayons

Illustrations by Megan Lloyd

 
  1. Using a piece of paper and crayons draw a scary pumpkin head.  We suggest starting with a circle and using the shape of the triangle to make eyes and a nose. The shape of a half moon makes a great mouth. Don’t want to draw and just want to color? You can find printable pumpkin heads here

  2. Gather a pair of shoes, a pair of pants, gloves, and a hat. (Parents, want to extend the fun? Make it a scavenger hunt! Hide the items around your home and have your child find them. )

  3. Listen to the story The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams. As you are listening, use the clothing items and your pumpkin head to help act out the story. 

    • Make the shoes go clomp, clomp 

    • Make the pants go wiggle, wiggle 

    • Make the shirt go shake, shake

    • Make the gloves go clap, clap 

    • Make the hat go nod, nod 

    • Make the pumpkin face go “Boo!” 

  4. After you listen to the story, use the items like the little old lady to make a scarecrow. Take a picture and send it to info@emittheatre.org to see it shared on our social media. 

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Don’t have time to do the read aloud?

No worries--you can still make your scarecrow with items around your home! For older children, a great extension activity is to have them retell the whole story from the perspective of the scarecrow. If they are feeling ambitious, they can write the story down and send it to us! 

For Middle/High School Students:

Oh the Props-ibilities

Suggested Book: Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald Dahl (Audiobook available here)

 

Materials: 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of water, 1 cup of salt, measuring cup, bowl, spoon, newspaper. Optional: markers or paint

A great part of immersive theatre is the props that can be explored and used by audience members. For this activity we’re taking our inspiration for our props from Roald Dahl’s thrilling short story “Lamb to the Slaughter”. Use the salt dough recipe below to create your own food props to bring the story to life. 

  1. Lay the newspaper out a flat working surface. 

  2. In a large bowl mix together two cups of flour and one cup of salt. 

  3. Slowly add the water to the dry ingredients, stirring until you reach a smooth elastic consistency. 

  4. Knead the dough for five minutes, add additional flour if it still feels too sticky. 

  5. Sculpt props inspired by Lamb to the Slaughter. We suggest: potatoes, cheese cake, leg of lamb, a can of beans. 

  6. Leave your props to air dry overnight. Please note the larger the prop the longer it may take to dry.

  7. Optional step: paint or color your props using paint or markers. 

  8. Take pictures of your props and send them to info@emittheatre.org!

Show us your creations by tagging @EmitTheatre on Instagram!

 

Emit Theatre

New York, NY

info@emittheatre.org

917-719-6766

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