Social Studies

History of Halloween

In this course, we will discuss the origins of Halloween, and how it's celebrated around the world.
Ashley Cratty
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60 minutes

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Meets once


year olds


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Class Experience

Define Samhain and how it shaped Halloween 
Describe how Halloween started in America 
Describe the origins of trick-or-treating and the different versions 
Compare and contrast costumes from history and today 
Describe the fear around poisoned candy and how it’s safer today 
Describe how cities considered banning Halloween 
Describe superstitions and their origins 
Describe the negative connotations of witches in history and how it’s changed today 
Describe rituals performed in hopes of matchmaking on Halloween  
Describe how Halloween is celebrated around the world 
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
1 hour per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
“Halloween Around The World.” History. Accessed October 1, 2021.  
“Halloween Costumes Through The Decades.” History. Accessed October 1, 2021.  
"Halloween: Origins, Meaning & Traditions." History. Accessed October 1, 2021.  
“Halloween Was Once So Dangerous That Some Cities Considered Banning It.” History. Accessed October 1, 2021.  
“How Americans Became Convinced Their Halloween Candy Was Poisoned.” History. Accessed October 1, 2021.
"How Jack O'Lanterns Originated in Irish Myth." History. Accessed October 1, 2021.  
"Samhain - Traditions, Halloween, Wicca." History. Accessed October 1, 2021.  
"The History of Trick-or-Treating." History. Accessed October 1, 2021.  
“The Haunted History of Halloween Candy.” History. Accessed October 1, 2021. 
“Why Do Witches Ride Brooms? The History Behind the Legend.” History. Accessed October 2, 2021.  
“Witches: Real Origins, Hunts & Trials.” History. Accessed October 1, 2021.   


Ashley Cratty
Lives in the United States
Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, minors in History and Music
2 total reviews
4 completed classes

About Me

Hello! Welcome to Outschool!

My name is Ms. Ashley 

I currently teach Anthropology classes, but I'm planning on adding multiple different classes!

I graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in... 
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