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Check out the Budget Home$chool Holiday Section! Here we have provided links to holiday trivia, themes, educational projects just for kids and so much more... You will find information on the history of Valentine's Day, arts and craft ideas for Christmas, helpful ideas on starting your own family traditions the children will not only remember but pass along to their own children.

This page is packed full of links that will entertain and education children and adults alike.

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    • Halloween Worksheetsby ABC Teach Ages: 4 - 14We have over 5,000 free documents available, including printable worksheets, interactive activities, theme units, and much more. These Halloween activities are fun and easy for all ages. Simple items can be used such as egg cartons, cardboard boxes, string, crayons, glue, and much more. Subjects: resource, Halloween, alphabet, bookmarks, coloring pages, crafts, art, puzzles, crosswords, maze, counting, addition, word search, games, learning, educational tools, teaching aids, curriculum

    • Halloween Recipes and Halloween Activitiesby Kaboose Ages: 5+Try these fun Halloween recipes, kids' crafts, or ideas for your next Halloween party. Kaboose brings you decoration ideas, delicious recipes, puzzles and games for the kids and so much more...Subjects: crafts, recipes, pumpkins, printables, costumes, party games

    • Halloween Alternativesby Stormie's Stuff for Teachers Ages: 3 - 6I work at a Christian center where we focus more on pumpkins and fall instead of Halloween. An art project that we like to do each year is a "Paper Bag Pumpkin." You will need a brown lunch-size paper bag for each child.Subjects: preschool, games, fun, educational, math, counting, sorting, language arts, painting

    • Halloween - origins and beliefsby The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize Ages: 15+Halloween is a day when many children dress up in unusual costumes. The day was originally called All Hallow's Eve because it fell on October 31st, the eve of All Saint's Day. The name was later shortened to Halloween.Subjects: article, orgins, beliefs, All Saint's Day, All Hallow's Eve, Druids, Christian, pagan, Wales, Scotland, Ireland

    • Halloween Lesson Plans Ages: 4 - 15The Online Teacher Resource -- Write a story from a witch's broom's point of view. Create a collage of favorite Halloween candy. Students investigate what Halloween was like in the early to mid 1900's and compare it to what it is like now. Study a pumpkin's life cycle from seedling to full grown pumpkin and so much more...Subjects: resource, activities, safety, lessons, unit study, worksheets, teachers, education, activities, writing, math,

    • Hershey’s Trick or Treatby The Hershey Company Ages: 5+Make eye-catching treats for the kids with HERSHEY'S Halloween Party Recipes. Go from graveyard to monster mash with HERSHEY'S Halloween kid's crafts and activities. Find Halloween costume ideas, coloring pages, pumpkin carving stencils...Subjects: Halloween, party, crafts, activities, recipes, classroom resources, decorating ideas, clipart

    • Halloween Alternativesby Grant's Graceland Ages: 18+Halloween is a difficult time for Christian and Non-Christian families alike. Many parents have decided that Halloween isn't a custom they want their families to participate in, but this creates a conflict for us because our society promotes Halloween...Subjects: article, Christian, alternative, celebration, conflict, conviction, church, costume, dress up, activities, prizes

    • Halloween Songs for Children and Teens Ages: 2+Halloween song lyrics and downloads for all ages just in time to celebrate Halloween.Subjects: lyrics, song samples, music, Halloween, children, teens, adults, preschool, kindergarten

    • Halloween Hangmanby The Dimension's Edge, Inc. Ages: 6+We hope you enjoy our Halloween Hangman game. If you haven't noticed already, we modify our hangman game throughout the year so be sure to check back often.Subjects: game, hangman, online, interactive, Halloween

    • Halloween Jokes Ages: 8 - 12What do goblins and ghosts drink when they're hot and thirsty on Halloween? What is a Mummie's favorite type of music? What do you call a witch who lives at the beach? Learn the answers ... Subjects: humor, jokes, Halloween, riddles, goulish

    • Halloween Originsby Monstrous Ages: 10+This is the first source of information about Halloween, including its origins and monsters. Customs such as jack o lantern, trick or treat are explained. Get inspiration for your Halloween party with our image gallery and decorating ideas.Subjects: traditions, pumpkin, trick-or-treat, jack-o’-lantern, mischief night

    • Halloween Food, Fun & Recipes Ages: 8 - 18Have a scary family time with recipes that are fun and kid-friendly.Subjects: Pumpkin Bars, Eyeball Potion, Cat Cake, recipes, party tips, spooky ideas

    • Halloween Games and Activitiesby ESL KidStuff Ages: 4 - 12This page has a selection of Halloween games and activities that can be used in an ESL Kids classroom. Some have specific teaching functions, others are just fun games (good for parties!). At the end of each game is a Teaching Point (TP) Section.Subjects: resource, activities, games, costume party, dress-up, concentration, guessing games, holiday ideas, ESL, classroom, group activities, music

    • Pumpkin Historyby University of Illinois Extension Ages: 7+Native Americans dried strips of pumpkin and wove them into mats. They also roasted long strips of pumpkin on the open fire and ate them. The origin of pumpkin pie occurred when the colonists sliced off the pumpkin top, removed the seeds...Subjects: Native Americans, jack-o-lanterns, recipes, facts, varieties

    • The Real Origins of Halloweenby Isaac Bonewits Ages: 12+The Real Origins of Halloween discusses the history of Halloween, the origins of trick-or-treating, reasons behind some of the symbols of the season, and why the holiday is well worth keeping and celebrating.Subjects: history, pagan, trick-or-treat, feast, Celtic fire festivals, Days of the Dead

    • Halloween K-3 Theme Pageby Enchanted Learning Ages: 4 - 9Make an incredibly huge hat from a large brown paper grocery bag. This is a nice, simple craft that works well at children's parties. Print out spooky stationery/letterhead for Halloween with bats, jack-o'-lanterns, and/or skeletons. Create a very yucky treat made of chocolate pudding and gummy worms! Great at children's Halloween parties.Subjects: activities, Halloween, rhymes, crafts, quizzes, information, coloring printouts, masks, necklace, bats, spiders

    • Origins of Halloweenby All Family Resources Ages: 10+Samhain was a joyful harvest festival that marked the death of the old year and the beginning of a new one. The day itself was a time for paying homage to the sun god Baal who had provided the people with the ripened grain for use in the upcoming winter.Subjects: Celtic, Samhain, festival, symbol, All Hallows Eve, All Saints Day

    • Old Fashioned Halloween Partyby Brenda Hyde Ages: 18+It's Halloween and you want to stay away from the big parties and door to door trick or treating with strangers. What do you do? Give an old fashioned party that will please everyone and get the whole family together!Subjects: party, strangers, dress up, invitations, food, recipes, games, celebration, safe

    • Halloween Around the World Ages: 12+As one of the world's oldest holidays, Halloween is still celebrated today in several countries around the globe, but it is in North America and Canada that it maintains its highest level of popularity. Subjects: Halloween, celebration, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, England, Ireland, Sweden

    • Halloween for Kids and Teachersby Mike Davies Ages: 10+The early Irish people were Celtic tribes, similar to those found in Scotland, Wales, Breton (Northern France) and Galicia (an ancient region of N W Spain). The Celts embraced Paganism, one of many hundreds or even thousands of belief systems that were very common in the days before the three Abrahamic religions of Christianity, Judaism and Islam, and are still popular today (eg: Wiccan). The Pagan Celts all spoke Gaelic, although with some differences in each location. No one at that time, however, had yet heard of Halloween.Subjects: resource, Halloween, origins, Ireland, Celtic, Gaelic, Paganism, festival, October, Christianity, Hallowmass, crafts, games, stories

    • World Championship Punkin Chunkinby World Championship Punkin Chunkin Association Ages: 7+Sussex, Delaware hosts this annual pumpkin machine-chucking event. See images of past winners and the rules on how to build your own pumpkin chucking machine.Subjects: pumpkins, machines, flying, annual, contest, world record holders

    • The Pumpkin Patchby Marty Davis Hatcher Ages: 7+Pumpkins make everyone think of fall and fall holidays like Halloween. But did you know that pumpkins are healthy to eat? Do you know how long it takes a pumpkin to grow? Come into the Pumpkin Patch to learn more about pumpkins.Subjects: varieties of pumpkins, seeds, facts, pumpkin quiz, math

    • Spooky Astronomyby NASA Ages: 10+Long ago, the Celts of the British Isles used cross-quarter days to mark the beginnings of seasons. Winter began with Halloween, Halloween marked the transition between summer and winter, light and dark, and life and death.Subjects: folklore, astronomy, equinox, solstice, astronomy, cross-quarter date

    • Halloween Origins and Customsby Vic Bilson Ages: 12+History traces Halloween back to the ancient religion of the Celtics in Ireland. The Celtic people were very conscious of the spiritual world and had their own ideas of how they could gain access to it.Subjects: origins, history, customs, spooks, jack-o-lantern, witches, superstition

    • Make Your Own Halloween Make-upby Melani Roewe Ages: 8+Here's a surefire batch of scary brews and monster mish-mashes you can stir up yourself in no time. The costume cosmetics are all made from ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. They are non-toxic but aren't meant to be eaten.Subjects: activities, make-up, costume ideas, crafts, children art

    • Halloween Pranks & Tricksby Halloween Web Ages: 10+Want to have fun or create a good scare? Halloween is not only for treats, it's for tricks too. We've got some good ideas for pranks and jokes here that are sure to get a surprised reaction.Subjects: Halloween, pranks, practical jokes, tricks, harmless, party pranks

    • Halloween Around the Worldby The History Channel Ages: 14+Halloween, celebrated each year on October 31, is a mix of ancient Celtic practices, Catholic and Roman religious rituals and European folk traditions that blended together over time to create the holiday we know today. Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity and life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition.Subjects: history, Celtic, religious rituals, autumn, Guy Fawkes Day, All Souls' Day, El Dia De Los Muertos, pumpkins

    • Is Halloween a Witches' Brew?by Harold L. Myra Ages: 18+The contemporary Christian often finds Halloween an uncomfortable topic. It's a bit like walking past a graveyard and detecting among the tombstones a thoroughly raucous party in progress and wondering who might have called it.Subjects: Christian, Halloween, All Hallow's Eve, pagan, ritual

    • Pumpkin Gutterby Scott Cummins Ages: 10+This website features a gallery of my pumpkin carvings. Also find peculiar and fascinating facts about pumpkins and a pumpkin carving video. I hope you enjoy browsing through the gallery.Subjects: pumpkin carving, sculpting, jack o-lantern, computer illustrations

    • The Pumpkin Patchby Halloween Online Ages: 7+Pumpkins are believed to have originated in North America. Seeds from related plants have been found in Mexico dating back to 7000 B.C. References to pumpkins date back many centuries. The name pumpkin originated from the Greek word for "large melon".Subjects: farms, carvings, facts, pumpkin patch, jokes, cuisine, varieties

    • All Pumpkins’ Night in Germanyby Tatyana Gordeeva Ages: 8+Halloween came to us from those ancient pagan times when the Celts celebrated Samhain - the festival of the dead. Nowadays Halloween is a popular holiday with its special traditions and tasty Halloween treats!Subjects: Germany, holidays, Celtic, jack-o-lantern, traditions, All Hallows’ Eve

    • Pumpkin Pie from Scratchby Rebecca Wood Ages: 10+A homemade pie containing quality ingredients deeply nourishes and is in fact medicinal. Pumpkin specifically regulates blood sugar and digestive function. When combined with refined ingredients, pumpkin challenges the digestive system...Subjects: natural cooking, pumpkin, cushaw squash, healing with food

    • The Pumpkin Patchby Halloween on the Net Ages: 15+The Celts that lived in what is now Great Britain and Northern France would carry a lantern when they walked on the eve of October 31. These lanterns were carved out of big turnips and the lights were believed to keep the evil spirits away.Subjects: Celts, lantern, turnips, jack-o-lanterns, devil, legend, settlers, pumpkin

    • The Pumpkin Patchby Ohio State University Ages: 12+The word pumpkin is derived from the Greek pepon, Latin pepo. From the various European roots, it has come to mean large or ripe fruit. In 1586, pumpkins were referred to as "melon" or "million" and gourds by the English and "courge" by the French.Subjects: pumpkins, research, pictures, gallery, production, history, insects