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Differentiated Halloween Activities for the Special Education Classroom

October is RIGHT around the corner and is right up there with Christmas as one of my favorite holidays in the classroom. There is so much fun stuff you can do with your students during the month of October. In this blog post you’ll see some of my go-to Halloween themed resources, books, task boxes, and songs!

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If you’ve been around for a while, you know I LOVE file folders! When I was teaching, I switched out file folders constantly. I love using seasonal file folders because they contain the same skills, but they keep our students engaged and having fun with new clipart each month! Some of my former students would get SO excited when new seasonal tasks came out.

The Halloween File Folders are some of my original file folders. Inside this product, you receive 20 file folder activities with various academic skills PERFECT for a K-5 special education classroom.

In this download, these are the skills that are covered:

  • Matching number sets 1-10 & 11-20
  • Matching number to number word
  • ABC order
  • ABC upper/lowercase match
  • Dolch sight word match
  • Big/Small size sort
  • AB/ABB patterns
  • Ordering numbers 1-10, 11-20, and by 10’s to 100
  • Write in the missing numbers 1-20
I love these Intermediate Halloween File Folders for students who have more difficult IEP goals such as addition/subtraction, counting money, rhyming, etc.! We used them for independent work, morning work, 1:1 work tasks, and more. The possibilities are endless and your students are sure to love the spooky Halloween clipart!

In this download, you receive 18 file folder activities with the following skills:

  • Beginning sounds
  • Rhyming
  • Short/Long A, E, I, O, U sorts
  • CVCe word match
  • Antonyms
  • Addition/Subtraction
  • Addition/Subtraction with touch points
  • Telling time :00 & :30
  • Counting coins with & without touch points
  • More, less, equal

During the month of October, I also ALWAYS used these print & go Halloween ELA worksheets to cover some of my students ELA goals. These are also the perfect solution for homework!

In this product, you will find all of the following ELA topics:

  • Match the letters (upper to upper, lower to upper)
  • Fill in the missing letters
  • ABC order (upper and lowercase)
  • Write the beginning sound
  • Write the word
  • Beginning sounds
  • Sort by word family (at, an, am, ap, en, et, in, ip, op, to, ug, un)
  • Count the syllables
  • Rhyming match
  • CVC word match to picture
  • Singular/Plural Sort
  • Punctuation

Just like the ELA worksheets, I also love using these Halloween Math Worksheets to cover a variety of math goals during 1:1 work, to send into inclusion, or to send home for homework!

In this product, you receive the following skills:

  • Big/Small Cut & Paste Sorts
  • Short/Tall Cut & Paste Sorts
  • Shape Cut & Paste Sorts
  • Color the Shape
  • Count the Objects
  • Fill in the Missing Numbers
  • AB/ABB Patterns 
  • More/Less Than
  • Graphing
  • Addition/Subtraction with Pictures
  • Write the Time (:00 & :30)
  • Measure to the Nearest Inch

I love these Shapes File Folders for those kiddos who are working on identifying, matching, and sorting shapes!

Have students who are working on counting? The clipart in these Halloween Count It Out Books always made counting so much more fun for my students! They got bored SO easily by using the same old manipulatives day after day.

Another awesome way to work on counting AND fine motor skills are these Halloween clip cards. I always put a set of these in independent bins & would either put in some clothespins to mark answers – or would throw in a dry erase marker to circle the correct answer!

This Halloween shapes adapted book is super simple to put together and another great resource for students who are working on shape identification/matching and are getting bored with the same shapes materials.

I also love this Halloween Adapted Book with Comprehension to work on comprehension goals – but also just to discuss what happens on & around Halloween! I like to use a dry erase pouch to keep paper waste low and reuse the worksheets with multiple students.


What teacher doesn’t have an obsession with seasonal erasers? I have more erasers than I know what to do with! We loved using these as counting manipulatives. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, you can just grab a dry erase pouch or dry erase board, draw on a quick tens frame, and voila! Who knew kids would get SO excited to count when they got a cool looking eraser?!
These Halloween themed task boxes were super easy and cheap to make and are the perfect way to include the holiday in fine motor task boxes and independent work stations. 
One of my favorite things about new holidays are the books! These are some of my favorite Halloween books.

Looking for some fun Halloween YouTube videos to include during your day? We always loved incorporating videos during our snack time!

What do you have planned for the month of October in your classroom? Let me know in the comments!

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