MFL Halloween treats

Heather Charles
04th October 2016
MFL, Halloween, Day of the Dead, teaching resources, French, Spanish, German

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 selected five of the most popular French, Spanish and German resources to help you make the most of pupils' interest at this time of year.

French resources

Introduce your students to the vocabulary and typical traditions of Halloween with this presentation and accompanying resources. Take learning further with this selection of KS3 lessons, tackling Halloween-themed language with engaging activities, including dictionary work and potion writing.

Give the teaching of directions a ghostly twist with this interactive lesson, which reinforces prepositions and Halloween key words. Alternatively, focus on the traditional French celebration of Toussaint with this two-part resource, also containing a Halloween quiz and wordsearch.

For older classes, this differentiated Halloween worksheet puts comprehension skills to the test and is a good way for students to practise using a dictionary outwith the usual GCSE topics.

​Spanish resources

Those new to Spanish will enjoy this introduction to Halloween in Spain, which includes topical vocabulary and supporting activities. Although this set of materials was created for KS2, it can easily be adapted for Year 7 and contains a variety of hair-raising games and tasks based on language related to All Saints' Day.

Explore the Spanish-speaking world with this cultural lesson that focuses on the traditional Mexican customs and celebrations for the Day of the Dead. Or, try this resource pack, which can be used as part of a Clil scheme of work, to take a more in-depth look at the foods associated with the festival.

Tackle the imperative and bring some ghoulish grammar into your classroom as part of this Halloween lesson. With creepy vocab and instructional phrases, students can write their own horrifying recipes using the support provided. 

German resources

Expand students' vocabulary and test their reading skills with the varied activities in this spooky workbook. Useful as a prelude to dictionary work, this presentation of Halloween key terms introduces descriptive adjectives and can be extended with qualifiers.

Practise writing with quantities as part of a magic potion lesson, in which pupils learn a number of gruesome ingredients in German. Challenge older learners' comprehension skills using this Halloween in Germany reading activity, featuring seven varied follow-up tasks.

This Halloween-themed Sudoku works with word patterns and offers differentiation through a mix of English and German phrases. It's ideal if you teach other languages too, as there are also French and Spanish versions provided in the same resource.

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