Halloween Festivities for Your Classes
October 14, 2020
Boy-o-boy do kids love October! From county fairs and colder weather to hot chocolate and hayrides-- what is not to love! And most of all, kids love Halloween! This year, Halloween and trick-or-treating might look a little different for our little ones. However, that doesn't mean we can't have Halloween fun in our classes! Because is there anything that kids love more than dressing up and candy? With October 31st nearing, here are some ways that you can incorporate the season’s festivities into your facility.
Halloween Goodie Bags
With COVID-19, Halloween festivities this year need to encourage safe and hygienic practices. One of the simplest ways that you can bring some Halloween fun into your gym is by passing out Halloween goodie bags to your kids at the end of practice.
Outdoor Pumpkin Decorating Competition
Pumpkin decorating is a Halloween classic that can be done socially distanced and outside! Invite your kids and their guardians to gather and decorate pumpkins together. Pick a theme such as Disney, Animals, Dia de Los Muertos, or School Pride (for football season). Let students or staff vote on their favorites pumpkins.
Don't have outdoor space or don't want to hassle with the mess of a craft project at your facility? Have your students decorate the pumpkins at home and bring them into class.
Halloween Inspired Practice Wear
It is likely that your students are already dressing up for Halloween but are they dressing up for class? Encourage creativity by hosting a costume contest where students come up with a costume that can be practiced in. Halloween costumes don’t have to be restricted to something bought from the store. A black leotard, black tights, and face paint whiskers make an excellent black cat!
Halloween Music for Warm-Ups
Incorporate some fun spooky tunes into your warm-up routines. Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” is guaranteed to bring a smile to your student’s faces and give them the energy to power through practice. There are a lot of Kids Halloween playlists on Spotify, Apple Music, and Spotify. Here are some of our favorite Halloween themed warm-up tunes:
Thriller - Michael Jackson
Ghostbusters - Ray Parker Jr.
Disturbia - Rihanna
Monster Mash - Bobby “Boris” Pickett
Somebody’s Watching Me - Rockwell
Torture - The Jacksons
Spooks - Louis Armstrong
Halloween Themed Workouts
Find creative ways to change up your workouts and routines to incorporate Halloween themes. Be creative! Turn a routine into a Halloween themed game. USA Gymnastics has a Halloween themed hour lesson plan that is available for download for gymnastics schools here.
Invite Students to Trick-Or-Treat
This year, with COVID-19, a lot of people may not be comfortable with door-to-door trick-or-treating. Create a safe place for your students to have some fun and get some candy by inviting them to trick-or-treat at your facility. This can be a great opportunity for your students to bond outside of class and for you to better get to know your student’s parents.