MFL Halloween treats

Heather Charles and Victoria Haughton
12th October 2017
Decorated calavera celebrating Day of the Dead, Halloween and All saint's Day in October

French, Spanish and German teaching ideas for Halloween and Day of the Dead

Highlighting how different countries observe Halloween, All Saints' Day and Day of the Dead is a great way to raise cultural awareness within an engaging context. We've hand-picked a selection of French, Spanish and German resources to help you make the most of pupils' interest at this time of year.

French resources

Presentations, quizzes, classroom games… There are plenty of ways to engage students this Halloween. Delve into the French festival of La Toussaint or give your lessons a ghostly twist with these simulating lesson ideas.

La Toussaint & Halloween

ppt explaining La Toussaint + interactive Halloween team game with answers. Also Halloween wordsearch. See extra word doc vocab support if required

By janeallman

French Halloween Presentation

35 slides plus teacher notes including:
1.Presentation of vocabulary with gorgeous images
2. What is it? Game (OR play beat the teacher- explained in notes)
3. Flying words game
4. Missing word game
5. Under the spotlight game
6. Listening Grid
7. Vocab match up
8. Magic potion activity
9. Link to French Halloween song
10. Noughts and Crosses game
By Betsy Belle


Key Stage 3 Halloween activities in French for each year group. Dictionary skills and word search for Year 7. Mystery word for Year 8. Magic potion for Year 9: key verbs for cooking, vocabulary for quantities and ingredients (with an Halloween twist!), immediate future and time references (Thanks to Geekie and sommersprossen for their original work and lovely resources). Thank you in advance for your feedback.
By Sandra1972

10 French Bingo Cards for Hallowe'en

Play standard bingo - lines, four corners or full house - with these cards. The list of the vocabulary illustrated on the cards is appended below. If you have access to a laminating machine, protect your cards with a coat of plastic and they will last until you retire! (And then you can give them to a younger teacher!)

un balai
des bonbons
une boum
la chair de poule
un chat noir
une chauve-souris
une citrouille
au claire de la lune
un costume / un déguisement
un cimetière
un épouvantail
faire du porte-à-porte
un fantôme
un hibou
jeter un sort
jouer un tour
une lanterne citrouille
un loup
une maison hantée
le maquillage
la nuit
les petits monstres
une potion magique
une poule mouillée
un squelette
un sorcier
une sorcière
une toile d’araignée
un vampire

By Carlav


Topical lesson for Halloween with activities to compliment the powerpoint.
By Sarah2209

Spanish resources

What better way to introduce Halloween traditions than with some hair-raising games and tasks? Explore the customs and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world and educate pupils in the difference between Day of the Dead and Halloween, before tackling some ghoulish grammar with these activities.

Day of the dead in Mexico - Dia de los muertos

Powerpoint about Mexican customs an traditions during the day of the dead (November 1st and 2nd). Useful also as a cross-curriculum activity when speaking about Religious Education.
By sash.aravis

Day of the Dead - Lesson 1

This is the first of 4 lessons in a module about the Day of the Dead tradition. It is part of a module that covers food and drink but from a different angle. It is part of a CLIL Scheme of Work for Y9 Spanish. All resources and the Scheme of Work can also be found at
By rhawkes

Halloween Numbers, Nouns and Colours

Practise numbers up to 30, Halloween nouns and adjectives of colour with this Halloween resource. Have fun doing word puzzles, spot the odd-witch-out, do some Halloween sums and play Halloween Lotto.

Also available in French:
Halloween colours and the definite article
Halloween prepositions
Halloween numbers
A Halloween Poem

Created by the author of Heinemann's Mira express 1 and 2 Resources and Assessment Grammar Sheets.
By wylamuk

The imperative

Opportunity for pupils to be implicitly introduced to the imperative mood via a halloween themed powerpoint based on taking instruction. Pupils work through a recipe as a class, then create their own recipe in Spanish using the imperatives they have discovered in the model text
By feather24

Halloween in Spanish - Vocab. sheets, wks, matching and bingo games


Halloween in Spanish is a booklet that focuses on the names of Halloween Words in Spanish.


13 full color pages of Halloween vocabulary with a pronunciation guide for your students
3 worksheets to reinforce the vocabulary words
6 copywork pages (manuscript and cursive)
1 bingo game (extra bingo cards are in the zip file)
1 matching game
1 completion certificate

All artwork is original and created by myself.

This product is also included in Spanish for Kids 2 - Bundle. With this bundle you receive a 5% discount. Check out this bundle here.

Thanks for stopping by my store,
Yvonne Crawford
Total Pages 32
Answer Key N/A
Teaching Duration N/A
By YvonneCrawford

German resources

From spooky Sudoku to a gruesome magic potion lesson, expand students' vocabulary and test their reading skills with this selection of themed activities. Make no bones about it, there’s something for every pupil!



with WHOLE-GROUP QUIZ really do help to create a lively language learning environment. Students can develop, embed, reinforce and refresh their vocabulary and knowledge of high-frequency GERMAN VOCABULARY in a cooperative, communicative and interactive way, independently of the teacher.

The cards and quiz have a bonus multi-focus on listening, speaking,
pronunciation, reading, writing and spelling. They also help students
identify cognates and words which may look similar to English, but
mean something different.

Students can play alone, in pairs or in small groups. There are lots of whole-group games to play too. Play the whole-group quiz either before or after students play the card games. It doesn’t matter if any of the
words don’t feature in your immediate or even longer-term learning plan: the games are a great way of encouraging your students to engage with GERMAN using a range of skills, and to build their vocabulary at the same time. They are particularly useful as revision activities as students progress to new stages in their GERMAN learning around HALLOWEEN time!

This set features vocabulary in the following word groups:
- die Begrüßungen
- die Tage der Woche
- die Monate des Jahres
- die vier Jahreszeiten
- die Nummern 0 bis 31
- die Farben
- die Länder

The resource itself comprises 3 non-editable files in a zipped format:

- game cards in both GERMAN and ENGLISH
- whole-group quick quiz
- whole-group quick quiz in pdf format that you can load on to a tablet or similar device which is really useful for more independent learning in the classroom, or if you're homeschooling.

The cards definitely take a bit of prep – printing and laminating. Laminating is certainly worth the effort and expense, as you will be able to re-use the cards for many HALLOWEENS to come. Printing in black and white will work equally well, as students can easily identify the GERMAN and ENGLISH cards from the different fonts used for each language. The whole-group practice and quick quiz activity is simply ready to go!

Sets 1 and 2 featuring 198 words and phrases are also available as a combined resource at the special HALLOWEEN price of £5.00 - you can see it here:

This resource consists of 3 non-editable files in a zipped format . Please read the TERMS OF USE carefully - the resource is copyright, and for single teacher/purchaser use only.

By LivelyLearning


Four different activities allow pupils to expand their vocabulary, practise their reading skills and test their knowledge of famous witches, wizzards and vampires. Enjoy a spooky lesson. Feed back please. Thank you.
By rosered27

Word Sudoku to Learn German: Halloween

This worksheet offers a fun and effective way to reinforce German vocabulary through an adapted version of Sudoku. Your students won't get enough of it!

Caution: Highly addictive.

By linguascope

Halloween adjectives

Powerpoint to introduce and practise Halloween vocab. Pupils can use the dictionary to make up their own sentences. Year 8 and 9 pupils could add qualifiers such as sehr/ziemlich etc to their sentences.
By RonnieTheRedPanda

German Halloween

A German version of Geekie’s Potion Magique - I’ve added some quantities but use as you wish.
By Cestrian

Halloween in Deutschland - wieso und warum?

The source text is based on a 'der stern' article about Halloween in Germany. It has been simplified and changed to make it accessible for learners of the language. Pupils will have the opportunity to learn more about why Halloween has established itself in Germany. There are seven different activities linked to the source text. They cover reading comprehension as well as translation, work on compounds, lexical items and language production. Please feed back. Thanks.
By rosered27

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