Breaking News: Halloween Cancelled?

Halloween is getting cancelled in many public schools around the United States. But one mom in Seattle decided to take a stand and save Halloween for everyone!

Things like this are happening more and more in the United States – holidays and celebrations in public spaces or institutions getting cancelled in order to create a more inclusive atmosphere for students and families from all backgrounds. The hottest scandal around Halloween is always which celebrity wore an offensive or insensitive Halloween costume. There’s always someone! Either they didn’t get the memo, or the memo gets edited so fast it’s hard to keep up with. In any rate, you can use this Breaking News activity to talk about Halloween in an interesting way – rather than just asking about traditions, decorations, costumes, etc… Although, we definitely have activities for that kind of stuff, too!

The online-friendly PDF includes:

  • The article for your authentic material with vocabulary words and phrases in bold.
  • A reading comprehension activity in the true/false variant.
  • A paired speaking activity to talk about Halloween, inclusivity and other holidays in general.
  • A group activity where small groups will come up with guidelines for an inclusive and fun school Halloween celebration.
  • Two vocabulary activities.

A little late to the party? Check out a more current current event >>


There are no reviews yet.

Be the first to review “Breaking News: Halloween Cancelled?”

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

The reCAPTCHA verification period has expired. Please reload the page.

Ian Kime

Ian Kime

I have been teaching English abroad since receiving my CELTA certificate in Poland in 2018. I enjoy tracking my individual students’ development but love having lessons with big groups! Now that I teach online, I am accompanied by my sidekicks Olaf, Mała, Pirate and Bandit on a regular basis.

It takes a team of 13 to create and produce this material. In order for that to continue, please think about purchasing your own subscription to ESL Expertz and encourage your colleagues to do the same. We appreciate your confidence and support!

Featured now

Newest activities