Halloween is the perfect time to infuse some festive spirit into your Adapted Physical Education (PE) classes! With a little creativity and inclusivity in mind, you can make this holiday season a memorable and enjoyable experience for all students, regardless of their abilities. Here are some Halloween-themed ideas and activities to incorporate into your Adapted PE lessons. Below is a Haunted House Theme I did at my school last year.
1. Projector Games:
Take advantage of technology by projecting Halloween-themed games on the wall. Students can throw balls at moving targets or interact with virtual scenarios, enhancing their hand-eye coordination and reaction times.
Defeat the Count Throwing Projector Game! I put it in loop and students get plenty of practice throwing and is a nice and easy Halloween Station! #PhysEd #AdaptedPE— 🦍 𐌑ąȶȶ ɃąґҠ𝟈ґ ⚽️🏀JustAdaptIt.com (@DigitTheAPE) October 28, 2022
Full video: https://t.co/0LYZDKnEI0 pic.twitter.com/V7FK2nr5Is
2. The Graveyard is Lava:
Transform a section of your PE area into a spooky graveyard. Use river stones for stepping stones and create an eerie atmosphere with a red light pointed downwards on the ground. Add tombstones and skeletal bones for added effect. Challenge students to navigate through this “graveyard” without touching the “lava.”
3. Dr. Frankenoodles Monster:
Let your students unleash their creativity by creating a “Frankenstein’s Monster” out of various P.E. equipment like cones, balls, hoops, and more. This activity not only encourages teamwork and fine motor skills but also allows for imaginative play.
4. Halloween TABATA
Workout to one of the PE Chef’s Halloween Tabata
5. Spooky Scavenger Hunt:
Organize a Halloween-themed scavenger hunt where students search for hidden Halloween-related items or clues around the gym or outdoor area. This activity encourages problem-solving and teamwork.
6. Monster Mash Dance Party:
Put on some Halloween music and host a dance party. Students can groove to the “Monster Mash” and other spooky tunes. Dancing is a great way to improve motor skills and have a blast at the same time.
7. Sensory Play with “Witch’s Brew”:
Create a sensory station with a cauldron filled with colored water and various textured items like rubber snakes, fake eyeballs, and spaghetti “witch’s hair.” Students can explore and manipulate these items, enhancing sensory awareness.
So excited to introduce our new October sensory activities to my students today!!! Water beads with creepy spiders to count and candy corn uppercase and lowercase letter matching in Halloween colored rice, noodles and beans!!! @prekp pic.twitter.com/flm1cAEHGc— Jana Mosley (@JanaMosley14) October 2, 2023
8. Bat and Ball Games:
Adapt traditional bat and ball games like baseball or tennis with Halloween-themed twists. Use foam bats and play with an orange ball, making it easier to track. You can call it “Pumpkin Ball” or “Ghost Tennis.”
9. Pumpkin Bowling:
Set up a bowling alley using plastic pins and a small pumpkin as the ball. It’s a fun way to work on hand-eye coordination while enjoying a spooky twist on a classic game.
10. Ghostly Relay Race:
Incorporate ghost-themed relay races where students hold white sheets as they “float” from one point to another. Or egg and spoon relay as seen below. It’s a playful way to work on gross motor skills and cooperation.
11. “Trick-or-Treat” Games:
Set up a “Trick-or-Treat” station with a variety of small Halloween-themed prizes or treats. Students can earn these rewards by completing various physical activities or challenges during class.
"Trick or Treat"🎃👻🍬— Kyle.PE.Bragg (@ElemPE1) October 26, 2022
Simple, yet engaging. We talk discuss moderation of sweets (getting 1 piece of 🍫 at a time) bc of what it can do to teeth, with dentists🪥 putting candy back.😁 #physed #halloween2022 #Halloween @pecentral pic.twitter.com/27NG5Fkd0s
12. Haunted Candy Bowl Station:
Students can ring the doorbell if they dare, but it will awaken ghosts and ghouls!
By incorporating these Halloween-themed activities, including haunted house stations, projector games, and creative challenges like “Dr. Frankenoodles Monster” and “The Graveyard is Lava,” you can ensure that your Adapted PE classes are filled with spooky fun and beneficial physical activities that cater to students of all abilities. Happy Halloween! 🎃👻🕷️
Please share any of your ideas in the comments below :)