Candy Alternatives for Halloween Class

As Halloween approaches, we often do special activities at my studio or allow students to wear costumes.  Many teachers like to reward their classes with a special treat, which historically has been candy.  I feel that as dance teachers, we have a responsibility to celebrate healthy choices and I like to search out alternatives to candy–especially with all of the food-allergies and preferences that my students have.

Coloring Pages
Such an easy and low-cost “treat”


Glow Bracelets
This is my choice for this year – trying something new and potentially something that they kids can take with them on Halloween.  I found glow bracelets on Amazon for $8.79 for 100 bracelets, so for under $20 I was able to get enough to cover my 16 weekly classes.

Stickers, Stamps & Temporary Tattoos
My elementary-aged kids love stickers, stamps and tattoos.  Not sure if their parents love them as much, but its fun to do a grab-bag of these items.

Rolls of 500 Halloween Stickers:  $9.99
72 Glitter Halloween Temporary Tattoos: $5.50
24 Halloween Stamps:  $7.95

 

“Haunted House” Class Picture
This one is fun to do with the older kids or students who love social media… the “Haunted House” class picture – take a group picture but tell your students to make a face like they are going through a haunted house – leads to lots of funny faces!

Slap on a filter/background and send to your students and watch them share 🙂

More Ideas For Those Blessed in the Craftiness Department (THANK YOU PINTEREST)

Do you do something special with your classes for Halloween?  Do you hand out any treats?  Share in the comments!

Halloween Playlist

Looking for some new songs to add to your Halloween playlist?  Here are some suggestions to spice up your playlist.

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dancing pumpkinSuperstition – Stevie Wonder
– classic with a moderate tempo

Love Potion No. 9 – The Clovers

Sympathy for the Devil – The Rolling Stones

Devil With the Blue Dress On – Mitch Ryder – keeps those toes a-tapping

Headless Horseman – Kay Starr – tells the story of the Headless Horseman in a cheery sort of way

Little Demon – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins– a fun 50’s rock-sounding tune

Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical

Howl – Florence + The Machine

I Put a Spell On You – From “Hocus Pocus” soundtrack, or Nina Simone, and the cover by She & Him is particularly haunting

Howlin’ for You – The Black Keys – we’ve been using this for across the floor combinations in my jazz classes this week – works good for turns and battements

Strange and Beautiful (I’ll Put a Spell on You) – Aqualung – a melancholy melody in 3/4 time

Other Fun Songs

Dinner With Drac, Pt 1 – John Zacherle

What’s A Girl To Do – Bat For Lashes – basically the plot to Twilight summed up in a song

Grim Grinning Ghosts Remix – (link opens to YouTube – couldn’t find a link) could maybe use this for hip hop?

And of course, you have to add The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?) – Ylvis just for fun!

Looking for more ideas?

New Music Monday: Halloween Playlist

Tired of the playing the Kidz Bop version of "The Monster Mash"* or "Who Let The Ghosts Out"* for your halloween class yet?  Here's a fresh group of creepy and spooky songs just in time for the spooky season!

* Here's the link to that album in case you're not tired of it! Kidz Bop Halloween Party (Deluxe Edition) - Kidz Bop Kids

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Boogie Monster – Recess Monkey Boogie Monster - Tabby Road – your kids won't be able to sit still when this song starts playing
Harry's Haunted Halloween Circus – Ralph's World Harry's Haunted Halloween Circus - Ralph's World At the Bottom of the Sea
Looking for Dracula – Charlotte Diamond Looking for Dracula - 10 Carrot Diamond
Dressing Up – The Wiggles Dressing Up - Hot Potatoes! The Best of The Wiggles

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