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Scavenger Hunt: Halloween Worksheet

Halloween: A Haunted History

Every holiday has a history. This worksheet links with a website to help students identify interesting facts about Halloween.

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Directions: What do you know about Halloween? Explore the Web site provided to learn about the history of that spooky holiday. Then use words from the Halloween word list to complete each sentence below.

Web Resource: A Brief History of Halloween



  • Samhain
  • evil spirits
  • All Saints Day
  • Anoka, Minnesota
  • saints
  • Pomona
  • All Hallow's Eve
  • Rome, Italy
  • Autumn Play Party
  • jack o' lanterns
  • Hall of Horrors
  • witches


  1. Halloween is a combination of two pagan holidays, the Celtic festival of _______________________________ and the Roman festival of ________________________.


  2. In the ancient festivals, villagers dressed in costumes to scare away ___________________________________.


  3. To stop people from celebrating the pagan festivals, the Catholic Church created _________________________.


  4. The name Halloween, probably first used in the 1500s, means _______________________________________.


  5. The first official celebration of Halloween took place in 1921 in ______________________________________.


If you're looking for a bigger treat, go to The Official Halloween Safety Game at and learn how to stay safe while trick-or-treating.

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Answer Key: Halloween: A Haunted History

  1. Samhain; Pomona
  2. evil spirits
  3. All Saints Day
  4. All Hallow's Eve
  5. Anoka, Minnesota