Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

October 29, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

More Halloween Resources


Here are a few additions to my already massive The Best Websites For Learning About Halloween:

28 Halloween movies and TV episodes for wimps and scaredy-cats is from Vox.

Halloween activities for ELLs is from Engames.

15 #ESL teaching ideas and a load of useful links for Halloween is from Adam Simpson.

The Tragic, Forgotten History of Zombies is from The Atlantic.

October 25, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Google’s “Frightgeist” Lets Teachers Combine Geography With Halloween


Google’s Frightgeist is an interactive site that lets you track the most popular Halloween costumes nationally in the United States, as well as locally.

It’s a perfect tool for combining Geography with learning about Halloween. Coincidentally, we’ve just begun learning about the United States in my ELL Geography class. Students are making reports on individual states this week, so I’ll be asking them to use Frightgeist to identify the most popular costumes in those regions, too. It will be a fun addition to the report, as well as a nice introduction to Halloween for some of them.

I’m adding it to The Best Websites For Learning About Halloween.

October 21, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Three Thought-Provoking Halloween Links


Here are three new additions to The Best Websites For Learning About Halloween that offer different “takes” on the holiday:

Esther Cepeda: Is Day of the Dead the new Halloween?

‘Mental patient’ Halloween costumes: a scientific guide to dressing accurately
is a great piece from the Scientific American, and the headline is a clever play on the contents of the article (which is actually a thoughtful discussion of the social stigma of mental illness and how common it really is).

Video: Berkeley elementary school bans ethnically-based Halloween costumes is from a San Francisco TV station (thanks to Rethinking Schools).

November 1, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Very Last Halloween Resource List Of The Year — Some Excellent Ones Here!

Here are a few very good new additions to The Best Websites For Learning About Halloween:

The Creepiest Ghost And Monster Stories From Around The World is from NPR.

7 charts that explain Halloween is from Vox.

Celebrate this weekend with a spooky ghost playlist is from Vox.

3 fantastic descriptive Halloween writing activities is from Adam Simpson.

Halloween in Numbers is from The Guardian.

Don’t get what’s wrong with blackface? Here’s why it’s so offensive. is from Vox.

Why Australia Hates Halloween is from Vox.

This first video is an excellent one for English Language Learners, and I’m adding it to The Best Movie Scenes For Halloween:

Lights Out – Who’s There Film Challenge (2013) from David F. Sandberg on Vimeo.

October 30, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo

A Few More Halloween Resources

Here are a few more additions to The Best Websites For Learning About Halloween:

Festivals of the Dead Around the World is from Smithsonian Magazine.

Mischief Night: New Jersey’s special pre-Halloween holiday celebrating vandalism is from Vox.

Test Yourself | Thousands of Pumpkins Light the Night is from The New York Times Learning Network.

The Purest Halloween Music Ever Written is from The Atlantic.

The Halloween Industrial Complex is from The Pacific Standard.

Decoding The Food And Drink On A Day Of The Dead Altar is from NPR.

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