Halloween at School

Halloween at school is Pajama Day!  Everyone wears PJs, teachers included.  Of course there’s a (wonderful) method behind our madness.  Costumes can be scary for some children, and how cool is it to wear your pajamas to school!

We also collect food, non-perishable breakfast items for our local food pantry. Win-win, and everyone participates.

My class has a “Day in the Dark”, perfect fun and exploring.


Light tables, flashlights, and glow sticks.  We make shadow puppets, investigate colors and creepy animals, explore with flashlights, and even snuggle together in the dark.  It was a wonderful day.

Happy Halloween!


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty-five years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I was a live guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show. I am highlighted in the seventh edition of Jim Trelease's million-copy bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital, and the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
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37 Responses to Halloween at School

  1. Happy Halloween Jennie! PJ day sounds great!

  2. srbottch says:

    Wonderful tradition. Does anyone wear the red long-johns with a flap in the back? 😂😂😂

  3. Count our eldest as one who went hysterical over people in costumes – including Santa! We respected that, but you’d be surprised how many tried to ‘cure’ her of her fears by persisting with the costumes. To her, all clowns were scary clowns (way before it was a ‘thing’)
    So, great way to do the Halloween dress-up thing – while adding the element of eerieness with dark classrooms illuminated with light boxes and glow sticks!

  4. That sounds like a great idea, Jennie. I have long been not in favour of the increasing horror aspect of Halloween. This is such a comforting and fun way to celebrate Halloween at school.

  5. What a fun idea, Jennie. Happy Halloween to you and all the children!

  6. Looks like a lot of fun, Jennie.

  7. Ritu says:

    I love this! 😍

  8. beetleypete says:

    As usual, you get it just right, Jennie. We never celebrated Halloween in Britain when I was young, but I would have enjoyed your ‘dark class’, I’m sure.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  9. Opher says:

    What a great idea!!

  10. Darlene says:

    What a great idea. Halloween was never a scary time when I was growing up so I have wonderful memories and still enjoy it. My favourite costume was Little Bo Peep. I usually dressed as a favourite character from a book. I do recall though that one girl in class didn’t celebrate Halloween due to her religious beliefs and I felt bad for her as the rest of us dressed up. A PJ party would solve that issue.

    • Jennie says:

      We struggled with the whole costume thing for years, Darlene. Pajama Day, and adding a day in the dark, solved the problem. Great fun for everyone! I would have loved a Little Bo Peep costume! 🎃

  11. Brilliant! I wish school had been this much fun when I was there. 🙂

  12. What a brilliant solution. Halloween is my least favorite of the holidays and I really don’t think is all that great for children. They don’t need all that sugar in their growing brains. I was not exposed to it until much later in life and my kids were a bit older too. It’s still my daughter’s favorite holiday though. She dressed as an office ninja this year. 😉 Love the pajama idea.

    • Jennie says:

      The pajama idea has solved so many issues and made Halloween at school fun for everyone. I agree with you that the sugar is not what they need, but they do enjoy going out in the dark in costume. That is a big deal! Officer Ninja sounds pretty cool. Thank you, Marlene.

  13. Dan Antion says:

    What a wonderful idea. Except for never wanting to see my coworkers in their jammies, I’d recommend it.

  14. A lovely idea for a nursery school, Jennie.

  15. L. Marie says:

    Oh how fun! And cozy!

  16. Great ideas, looks like a fun Halloween!

  17. christamhorn says:

    Looks like they enjoyed these Halloween activities!

  18. dgkaye says:

    So much fun! LOve the pajamas! 🙂

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