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Eight Evil Lessons for Halloween

​Halloween, with its strong traditions of dookin fir aipples, carving turnips and guising, is an ideal time to use Scots in the classroom. Try some of the following: 

 

  1. Watch the Dookin for aipples video and share stories of Halloween traditions with your class. How many of these are described using Scots?

 

  1. Use our list of Edritch words to make a word cloud or write a Halloween poem.

 

  1. Listen and watch Wanderin Willie’s tale and use the related Primary or Secondary teaching resources from the Wee Windaes website.

 

  1. Research the origins of Halloween here.

 

  1. Listen to Alan Bissett’s ghost stories, written in modern Scots with a contemporary setting.

 

  1. Watch the animation of Burns’ ‘Tam O’Shanter’.

 

  1. Listen to the story of Da wife wi da Bluid Red Hand, a traditional tale from Shetland.

 

  1. Using Scots, tell a frightening story at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, or simply share one with your class. Why not submit the written version to Education Scotland’s competition?