Halloween Topics – Occupations

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When I grow up, I want to be an astronaut

What do you want to be when you grow up?

One of the most exciting things about Halloween is the chance to have fun thinking about, choosing, preparing, and wearing a costume. It’s so much fun to see what everyone wears! As you can see from the video below, some costumes are more popular than others :-). We see a lot of boys dressed as pirates, cowboys, superheros, and recently, Harry Potter. For girls, princess always seems to be the number one costume, but witch and cat are very popular, too!

Check out the costumes in this video:



But remember that Halloween doesn’t have to be about spooky and scary things like witches, ghosts and monsters. You can use this time of year to explore other topics as well. Costumes are a great way to pretend and explore. Use them as a conversation starter for topics like occupations. Ask kids “What do you want to be when you grow up?” and talk about their ideas. Can you think of some ways to make costumes for their chosen job?

Classroom activity – Who Are You?

Listen to Knock Knock Trick Or Treat? (Part 2) from Super Simple Songs – Halloween. Afterwards, discuss which characters have occupations. How do you become an astronaut or a soccer player? How about a ballerina? Can you go to school to learn to be a mummy or a vampire? What other jobs can you think of? Have each child choose an occupation and make up a gesture.
Then, have students stand up and demonstrate their gesture while the other kids guess what it is. After you have guessed all of them, play the Sing-along version of Knock Knock, Trick Or Treat? from the CD using some of the new words and gestures.
Need some ideas to get you started? Try these:

  • Fireman
  • Taxi Driver
  • Singer
  • Chef
  • Dentist
  • Fisherman
  • Hairdresser
  • Teacher
  • Baseball Player
  • Doctor

One more tip…if your students are like ours and ask for Knock Knock, Trick or Treat? all year long, use the sing-along version with jobs, and instead of singing, “Knock knock. Trick or Treat? Who are you?” sing, “Knock knock. Knock knock. Who are you?”  You can have fun singing the song at any time without making it about Halloween.