Trick or treat! If you’re looking for a way to celebrate Halloween with your classroom while practicing math skills at the same time, this Haunted House Classroom Transformation is for you! This transformation is perfect for elementary schoolers to practice math concepts. My class loved the spooky challenges in this math activity. It aligns with multiple common core math standards.
(This post contains affiliate links. By purchasing through this link, we get a small commission–at no additional cost to you. Rest assured – we only share links to products that we use and love!)
HALLOWEEN CLASS TRANSFORMATION STEP 1:
The first step in this classroom transformation is to arrange your classroom. Dollar Tree has a lot of great decorations around Halloween. I went to the Dollar Tree and was easily able to get spider webs, door decorations, and treat bags for under ten dollars. To further set the mood, I played Halloween party music on my Amazon Echo Dot in the background while we played.
I let my class wear their Halloween costumes to school the day of this classroom transformation to make it even more exciting. It’s such a fun day for students if they get to dress the part!
HALLOWEEN CLASS TRANSFORMATION STEP 2:
The second step is to tell students that they are going into a haunted house today and will meet ten Halloween characters. Students will look for all ten characters. Each time they find a family member, they have to complete the challenge and then bring it to you as the teacher to check! When they find all ten characters and complete all challenges, they win! For example, when a student finishes the Monster Challenge, they get the monster signed on their recording sheet. Depending on your classroom needs, students can work individually, in pairs, or even in groups.
Each time a student solves a math challenge and gets it correct, they get to put their hand in a bag and pull out a card. If it says “Treat”, send them to your candy jar! And if it says “Trick”, send them to your “Trick” bags. My treat box had candy, pencils, erasers, and vampire fangs.
If the kids pull out a trick card, they have to stick their hands in one of the trick bags. If they solve the mummy challenge, they have to stick their hand in the mummy bag. And, if they solve the zombie challenge, they have to stick their hand in the zombie bag. The trick bags are filled with things that truly feel like Halloween items! For example, the Monster Toes bag is actually filled with carrots. Students put their hands in the bag and feel it.
HALLOWEEN CLASS TRANSFORMATION STEP 3:
There is also an additional writing activity in which students can scan the QR codes on each poster placed around the room. It contains fun facts about Halloween! This is a great addition for early finishers.
“Extras” certainly aren’t needed for room transformations, but they can be super fun if you want to include them! If you want to add any extras, you may like some of these ideas.
I also offer all room transformations in a DIGITAL format! This means students can complete the challenges on Google Slides if you’d like to save on paper. The QR codes/fun facts also come in a digital game format that students can complete and copy down online. You can learn more about how to do a digital room transformation here.
You may also find this post on Classroom Transformation Tips helpful. It lists my top 10 tips for making your classroom transformation easy and stress-free.