Do you have good memories of trick-or-treating? I loved swishing through the crunchy leaves in the dark with my skull flashlight and pumpkin pail full of candy. I feel like Halloween involved all of my senses: the sound of the crunchy leaves, the feel of my costume, the sight of flickering jack-o-lanterns, the taste of caramel apples, and the smell of my candy haul. Did you ever stick your nose into a trick-or-treat bag? They say smells can trigger more detailed memories than the other senses and in this case I believe it.
After a fall festival or Halloween party in your classroom, give each child a copy of this senses chart and ask them to write down things they tasted, touched, smelled, saw, and heard during the experience.
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