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Video Roundup: Halloween Movies For Students

Halloween is right around the corner, and teachers can spend October bringing Halloween-themed lesson plans, activities, crafts, recipes, and more into their classrooms. 

One large part of Halloween is sharing scary stories, and EducationWorld has curated a video-roundup of Halloween videos teachers can share with their students in the classroom, as part of a larger lesson or on Friday afternoons. In addition to a description of each video, we include a suggested grade level and in the spirit of Halloween, "scare factor". 

HappyTrickOWeen! The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat

Source: Unknown YouTube user

Grade Level: K-5

Run Time: 11:36

Description: In this story, Brother and Sister are planning out their trick or treat route, and want to avoid Miz McGrizz's spooky home. Mother Bear, however, teach the kids that looks can be deceiving. 

Scare Factor: Very low. This is a story about Halloween, but focuses more on life lessons that children can take with them. There is also a lesson about bullying, which fits with National Bullying Prevention Month.


Winnie the Pooh's Halloween Stories

Source: YouTube User, DisneyHolidayNet

Grade Level: K-5

Run Time: 1:01:15

Description: Join Winnie the Pooh and his friends as they encounter five spooky adventures, including Tigger's story about "Frankenpooh", and another story about the crew going on a ghost chase, where they find Eeyore glued to a swingset. Students will learn life lessons such as friendship, sharing, and more. 

Scare Factor: These collections of videos could be scary for the younger crowd, but just as Tigger tells Piglet, it is best to discover and realize what is real and what isn't. For the older students, the video will be entertaining and will get them into the Halloween spirit. 


Lumpkin the Pumpkin

Source: Unknown YouTube user

Grade Level: K-6

Run Time: 22:35

Description: Halloween is here and there is a contest between the jack-o-lanterns and witches to see who can scare children the best. Tara the Good Witch and Lumpkin the Pumpkin don't want to scare children, and decide they can show children how to have fun on Halloween and keep kids safe. 

Scare Factor: This video isn't that scary, and students will enjoy the video. The story is entertaining and has an interesting twist. 


Tell-Tale Heart 

Source: Unknown YouTube User

Grade Level: 7-12

Run Time: 19:40

Description: This short film from 1941 follows the storyline of Edgar Allen Poe's, "The Tell-Tale Heart", a story about a man who goes mad and murders a man with a disturbing looking eye. Teachers can access the story here. 

Scare Factor: Edgar Allen Poe can be considered the king of creepy stories, so students will have chills up their spine as they watch this man attempt to claim sanity as he kills a man with an eerie, disturbing eye. 


The Raven: Read by Christopher Walker

Source: Unknown YouTube user

Grade Level: 7-12

Run Time: 8:51

Description: Students can follow this script of Edgar Allen Poe's, "The Raven" as they listen to Christopher Walken read the story with creepy background noise. This is a story about a man who is thinking about the loss of his love, Lenore, when he is visited by a raven. 

Scare Factor: This video will creep students out, for it is a creepy story. Teachers can turn the sound on and turn the lights off as students listen to this spooky tale. 


Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor