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 Looking Forward
To Monday Morning

Halloween Fun




Prior to Halloween, send out to colleagues a notice about the "Secret Ghost" activity you are planning. This notice will help you determine those who will be interested in participating. The following poem might accompany the notice. Change the days of the week in italic type as needed so that the final revealing takes place on Halloween day. For example, in the poem below, Halloween day is on a Tuesday.

Halloween is almost here
So let's set out to spread some cheer.
On Wednesday, start with a card
Now surely, that won't be too hard.

On Thursday, brighten up the room
A decoration should lift the gloom.

On Friday, bring a little treat
Something edible and fun to eat.

On Monday, there's a pumpkin theme
Pretty simple, it would seem.

On Tuesday, bring a scary witch
To complete your task without a glitch.

At half-past-three we'll end the fun
By trying to guess the guilty one.
Can you pick the Ghost who has been concealed?
On Tuesday, all will be revealed.
Contributed by by Jeri Rohl, Van Buren Intermediate School District, Lawrence, Michigan

Once you have determined who will participate, each participant writes her/his name on a pumpkin-shaped piece of paper and places it into a plastic pumpkin container. Then each participant draws a name from the pumpkin and becomes that person's Secret Ghost. During the week before Halloween, participants secretly give small items to the person whose name they drew according to the plan described in the poem above and the list below:

  • Monday: a card
  • Tuesday: a decoration
  • Wednesday: something edible
  • Thursday: a pumpkin-themed gift
  • Friday: a witch-themed gift

The Secret Ghost might leave gifts in the recipient's mailbox, on his/her desk, or pinned to a classroom bulletin board. Or the Secret Ghost might have the gift delivered by another person.

At the end of the week, assemble all participants so they can guess the identity of their Secret Ghost and see if their guesses are correct as they personally give the last gift of the week.


Food makes great rewards for staff members. And immediately after Halloween is a great time to buy candy on sale. Stock up on some of the candy items below and when the time is right, attach an appreciative saying to the candy and give them at staff meetings, put them on staff members' desks, or drop them in teachers' mailboxes. Some examples of candy rewards include

  • Starbursts -- You are bursting with enthusiasm!
  • Peppermint Pattie -- Get students to have the sensation of learning!
  • M & Ms -- You are Marvelous and Motivated!
  • Red Hots -- Our staff is "Red Hot!"
  • Hershey Hugs -- Huge Undertaking -- Great Success!


    One Halloween, a trick-or-treater came to my door dressed as Rocky, complete with satin shorts and boxing gloves.

    Soon after I gave him some goodies, he returned once more.

    "Aren't you the same Rocky who left my doorstep a few minutes ago?" I asked.

    "Yes," he replied, "but now I'm the sequel. I'll be back five more times tonight."

    Find more smiles, chuckles, and grins in my books Laugh Lines for Educators and Grin and Share It!

    Drive your staff happy!

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