Seasons of Service


Halloween Community Treats

What better way to beat the Holiday Gimmees and observe Red Letter Days than to practice good deeds? Here's a way to discover the true meaning of holidays and heroes. Please join us in celebrating the following Season of Service.

Instead of a sugar and safety nightmare, make Halloween a day where service and learning are authentic, fun, productive, and SAFE!! Discover and support student reflections on how to celebrate Halloween positively - without candy overload or vandalism concerns. Below are ideas for treating the community to a healthy, sane Halloween.

Boo is for Books Locate Halloween Books on line or in library. Create storyboards that help youngsters follow and identify five elements (setting, characters, problem, plot, and resolution) of a story. Present storyboards during Halloween Read Alouds at a school learning festival or the local library.


Safety Spells Sponsor a Halloween Safety Poster Contest. Display results throughout school and in community storefronts.


Candy Cutback Compare and contrast candy with nutritional snacks. Create shopping lists of yummy substitutes. Distribute shopping lists to families and children's organizations.


Haunted History Look up the history of Halloween. Create and conduct Halloween Memories Survey for family and friends. Share results with other classrooms. Make sure to leave room and recognition for folks who don't observe the day.


Parade of Heroes Make this year's school parade a celebration of patriots and heroes. Encourage children to make their own costumes of favorite patriots or community helpers. Schedule parade at a senior center or neighboring nursing home.


Wise Owl Exchange Start a correspondence with seniors in nursing or assisted living homes. Use friendly letter format for reflections about this second most commercialized national holiday. Ask them to write back.


UNICEF Initiatives Join the campaign to Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. This year's efforts focus on service learning with lots of classroom resources and materials.


Pumpkin Poetry Hold a pumpkin poetry reading for hospitalized children. If a hospital visit is impossible, record a tape of old favorites and new originals. Snail mail tape and cards or email poems and messages to local pediatric ward.


Grave Matters Visit a local cemetery. Identify ornamental plantings and monuments dedicated to Veterans of American wars. Back in the classroom, discuss ways to respect "outdoor museums". Write Public Service Announcements about zero tolerance for vandalizing hallowed grounds. Share with local radio and TV stations.


Eco-Friendly Post Halloween Pick up litter around and throughout school on the morning after. Make sure to cook and/or compost all those carved and decorated pumpkins.


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