Nothing says fall quite like a pumpkin. The popular orange gourd is great as decor, dessert, and jack o’lanterns. But how can you bring Halloween’s favorite squash into the classroom? There are pumpkin patch field trips, Halloween-themed bulletin boards and classroom decorations, and more.

However, as a teacher, you can use pumpkins for fun and for teaching art, STEM, and ELA. To get your students in the fall and Halloween spirit, here are 12 great ideas and resources to get you started.

2 Pumpkin Halloween Art Projects for Elementary School

These Halloween crafts are pumpkin perfect to use in your classroom during autumn. Once completed, you can use these art projects as decorations or a bulletin board installation. Or, send them home with students so they can continue the pumpkin fun at home.

"Yayoi Kusama Dot Pumpkins and Infinity Nets" activity shown with her iconic pumpkins and two worksheet pages

Yayoi Kusama • Dot Pumpkin Art Lesson • Infinity Nets • Roll & Draw • Timeline by Expressive Monkey-The Art Teacher’s Little Helper

Grades: 2-5

"Pumpkin spinners" project shown with 8 round, orange pumpkins.

Clip Art~ Pumpkin Spinners for Fall and Halloween by Cara’s Creative Playground

Not Grade Specific

4 Halloween ELA Activities about Pumpkins for Elementary

This is Halloween, so it’s time to grab a pumpkin book for a read aloud! Find new ways to get your class ready for a spooky Halloween with these ELA lessons. From writing prompts to reading comprehension exercises, these fun pumpkin activities for elementary students are sure to delight your class.

"Preschool Pumpkins" halloween activities for elementary students shown with picture of halloween craft and pumpkin clipart.

Preschool Pumpkin Activities by Planning Playtime

Grades: PreK-K

4 pictures of "Read it up!" activity for "Spookley the Square Pumpkin" shown with orange border around graphic.

Read It Up! Spookley The Square Pumpkin by Kindergarten Smorgasboard

Grades: PreK-1

Black and white snapshot of worksheet pages for pumpkin-themed "Context Clues" exercise with an image of the teacher-author in the left corner and a clipart pencil in the right\.

Using Context Clues: Pumpkins by Hello Fifth

Grades: 3-6

Free

All-over, orange pumpkin print background with white silhouette pumpkin that says "Pumpkins ELA Literacy Activities" and bullets about the unit.

All About Pumpkins Literacy Activities: Reading, Writing, Vocabulary, Poetry by Loving Language Arts

Grades: 5-9

Free

6 Pumpkin-Themed, Halloween STEM Activities for Elementary Students

Halloween learning can be more than fun. It can also be rigorous! Bring some pumpkin spice into your math lessons for some extra spookiness. Devote a science experiment or unit to specifically studying pumpkins. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can even teach engineering principles to your students by having them design catapults and towers. It will be a trick and a treat your students won’t forget. 

"Halloween Roll a Jack-o-Lantern" activity page shown with a big carved pumpkin and a purple banner that says "No Prep!"

Free Halloween Math Activity Roll a Jack o Lantern by CreativeCOTA LLC

Grades: K-1

Free

Clipart student shown with pumpkin background and title of the activity "Free Pumpkin Lifecycle Powerpoint"

Pumpkin Life Cycle PowerPoint with Google™ Slides Version FREE by Jewel’s School Gems

Grades: K-3

Free

"October STEM Low prep Halloween Challenges" shown with 3 snapshots of what your student engineers will make.

Halloween STEM Challenges & Activities (October) Pumpkin Catapult, Candy Towers by Brooke Brown – Teach Outside the Box

Grades: K-5

"Lifecycle Unit: Pumpkin-Palooza!" shown with clip-art pumpkin, lesson table of contents, and orange polka dot border.

Pumpkin Life Cycle Unit by forkin4th

Grades: 1-4

Clip art pumpkin shown with laptop of the Halloween escape room math activity against orange background.

4th Grade Place Value & Rounding Digital Escape Room Fall/Pumpkin Themed by The Great Classroom Escape

Grades: 3-5

3 smiling pumpkins shown with a thought bubble with these halloween activities for elementary students, "Experimenting with Pumpkins!"

Experimenting w/ PUMPKINS! A Science Unit Exploring the Pumpkin by Mr Mault’s Marketplace

Grades: 3-6


While you might not be able to do all the fun Halloween activities with your elementary students, like trick or treating or eating candy corn, there’s still plenty of spooktacular ways to engage your students. Check out more pumpkin activities for elementary students on TPT.

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