Spooktacular Halloween Math Activities for Upper Elementary Students
By Mary Montero
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Are you looking for a way to make math more thrilling and engaging during the Halloween season? You’ve found it! In this blog post, I’ve curated a collection of fun and educational Halloween math activities specifically designed for upper elementary students. They’ll have a blast calculating candy costs with decimals, solving spooky word problems, making multiple monsters, and so much more. These creative activities will not only entertain your students, but also strengthen their math skills. So, get ready to embrace the Halloween spirit and transform your classroom into a cauldron of mathematical excitement!
Upper Elementary Halloween Math Activities
Your upper elementary students absolutely love seasonal fun just as much as their primary peers, but the key is making sure your holiday curriculum is rigorous too! All of these Halloween math activities are perfect for your older learners.
Halloween Math Project: Monster Mash
This Halloween math project is perfect for differentiating in grads 4-6. For example, some pages have decimals that are perfect for fourth graders while other pages have fractions for fifth graders. Just look at all the skills covered!
- Place Value
- Operations (Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division)
- Includes Multi-Digit Multiplication & Long Division
- Perimeter & Area
- Measurement & Distance Measurement
- Money (Decimals)
- Problem Solving
- Multi-Step Problems
- Elapsed Time
- Data and Graphing
- Patterns (Including Number Patterns)
- Factors and Multiples
- Line Plots
The intent of the project is to pull out the specific pages needed for each group of your learners and create different packets for different groups of students, while everyone is still enjoying the seasonal fun!
Note: Although Halloween themes are used, the term “Halloween” is never used in the project. Many of these pages have only a fall theme (Fall Festival, Apple Picking, etc.) and can be used in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving Break as well!
Multiplication Haunted Houses
You know what makes practicing multiplication representation more fun? Making Haunted Multiplication Mansions, of course! This freebie is included in the download at the bottom of this post! Your students will practice different multiplication strategies like repeated addition and skip counting with a fun Halloween theme. I shared a closer look at this activity in my Instagram stories here, so be sure to check that out for more tips!
If your students area ready to move on to multi-digit multiplication, this task card set is a mix of Halloween and fall word problems.
Engage your students in mastering multiples with this FREE multiple monster activity, also included in the download at the bottom of this post! Based on the popular strategy of teaching students with the multiple monster and factor ninja, this resource is perfect to reinforce multiples.
Halloween Math by the Numbers
Enrich and extend your math lessons with this Halloween Math by the Numbers activity that is perfect for 4th grade and up (or advanced 3rd graders). It’s an engaging way for your students to work on math skills, apply them to real-world situations, and celebrate the season at the same time. It covers:
- Comparing and Ordering Whole Numbers & Decimals
Halloween Math Logic Puzzles
These Halloween Math Mystery logic puzzles are the perfect challenge for 4th, 5th, and 6th grades. The puzzles are skills-based, so they integrate well with almost ANY math lesson or cumulative review. You can help your students increase their logical reasoning in a way that’s so much fun and perfect for the season with differentiated logic puzzles.
The introductory logic puzzles are perfect for fourth graders and reinforce the following math skills:
- Place Value
- Multiplying by Multiples of Ten
- Geometry – Shapes & Lines
- Time Conversions
- Comparing and Ordering Whole Numbers
The advanced logic puzzles are great for fifth and sixth graders. They cover:
- Adding and Subtracting Decimals
- Time Conversions
- Coordinate Graphing
- Comparing and Ordering Whole Numbers and Decimals
Candy Math With Decimals
This free candy math with decimals activity is the perfect way to practice estimating sums and differences as well as adding and subtracting decimals while comparing costs. You can download it as part of the Halloween math activities freebie pack below! It’s always one of my students favorite Halloween math activities year after year! Start saving Halloween candy ads now (or ask students to bring them in). I wrote the cards so that they are candy specific, but not Halloween specific, so you can use them pretty much any time there are ads with candy!
October Word Problem of the Day
Finally, solving word problems is a critical component of math instruction and increasing problem-solving skills all year long. But why not have some fun with spooky word problems throughout October? Word Problem of the Day October provides you with a variety of single and multi-step word problems with some fall-themed problems. It’s available for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades.
Many of the Halloween math activities from this post are included in this Halloween Math Activities bundle. My students absolutely LOVE making math pictures. I have used them for many different skills, but this set includes a review of addition and subtraction, making it a fun and engaging activity for Halloween. The differentiated haunted mansions have versions for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade!
Differentiated Halloween Math Activity Freebies
How about a Halloween math freebies treat?? This pack includes activities for 3-5th grades so there’s something for every upper elementary math learner. 🏚️ The multiplication haunted houses are perfect for 3rd graders. 👻 I love using the multiple monsters and factor ninjas for 4th grade. 🍬 And of course the candy math makes practicing decimals an engaging activity for 5th grade!
The free download also includes this Halloween math picture activity. One of the teachers in our FREE Inspired in Upper Elementary Facebook group shared this example. Her studnets had so much fun!
Halloween Math Books
Of course no unit would be complete without picture books! Here’s an Amazon affiliate list to some of my favorite multiplication books that are perfect to include with your Halloween math activities!
More Upper Elementary Halloween Ideas
I hope this collection of upper elementary Halloween math activities has given you new ideas to infuse the spirit of Halloween into your math lessons and create a memorable and engaging learning experience for your students. If you’re looking for even more Halloween and fall ideas, head to these posts next:
I’m so glad you are here. I’m a current gifted and talented teacher in a small town in Colorado, and I’ve been in education since 2009. My passion (other than my family and cookies) is for making teachers’ lives easier and classrooms more engaging.