October Holidays ~ Teacher's Guide

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Activity 1 Halloween Differences interactive game
Activity 2 Send an email to Jan Brett.
Activity 3 Jan Brett character masks

Other October Links:

Picking a pumpkin online coloring page

Painting a pumpkin online coloring page

Multi-cultural holidays


Other Projects and Ideas:
Meet Jan Brett
As a child, Jan Brett decided to be an illustrator and spent many hours reading and drawing. She says, "I remember the special quiet of rainy days when I felt that I could enter the pages of my beautiful picture books. Now I try to recreate that feeling of believing that the imaginary place I'm drawing really exists. The detail in my work helps to convince me, and I hope others as well, that such places might be real."

Jan Brett's biography

Hear Jan Brett speak about her books at this site:

Jan Brett selection of postcards to send:


Videos may be ordered from: Cooperating School Districts, Inc. (CSD)
Catalog Number: 49015
Program Title: Katura and the Cat
Video: 1987
Run Time: 10 minutes
Synopsis: Katura's dying grandmother gives her a mysterious key and instructs her to cross the forest to attend an extravagant Halloween ball at the castle. Katura obediently leaves the cottage. As she makes her way through the woods, sinister spirits gather around her for their own spooky holiday celebration. Katura hopes to reach the castle before dark, but she encounters an evil forest witch, frees a handsome prince from an imprisoning transformation and finds the love she has been seeking.
Catalog Number: 12555
Program Title: Halloween
Video: 1977
Run Time: 15 minutes
Synopsis: Doodle learns about the origins of Halloween, April presents some safety tips for trick-or-treaters. Mr. Zippy tells the story of the origin of the Jack-o-lantern.
Catalog Number: 21540
Program Title: Disney's Haunted Halloween
Video Production.: 1983
Run Time: 10 minutes
Synopsis: Students will have a lot of fun as they discover the origins of some Halloween traditions. Goofy learns, along with your students, how "trick or treating" started, why people dress in costumes, and about other Halloween customs and superstitions. Animated.

Big Pumpkin Silverman, Erica
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything Williams, Linda
Space Case Marshall, James
The Ghost's Dinner Duquennoy, Jacques
Scared Silly Brown, Marc
The Very Worst Monster Hutchins, Pat
4 Scary Stories Johnston, Tony
Old Old Witch MArtin Jr.,Bill & Archambault, John
How Spider saved Halloween Kraus, Robert
Bernstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin Bernstain, Stan and Jan
The Spooky Halloween Party Prager, Annabelle
The Biggest Pumpkin Ever Kroll, Steven
Scary Scary Halloween Bunting,Eve & Brett, Jan (Illustrator)
Witch Hazel Schertle, Alice
Arthur's Halloween Costume Hoban, Liilian
Bats Creatures of the Night Milton, Joyce
The Halloween Performance Bond, Felicia
Halloween Cats Marzollo, Jean
Arthur's Halloween Brown, Marc
Stellaluna Cannon, Janell
One Dark Night Mitchell Preston, Edna
Humbug Witch Balien, Lorna
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