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Thanksgiving and Halloween Coloring and Activity Pages

Updated on November 3, 2018
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Ms. Inglish has 30 years successful experience in medicine, psychology, STEM courses, and aerospace education (Active AF Civil Air Patrol).

Harvest Balls and Halloween Halls

Autumn is a beautiful season in all of North America and much of Europe as well, full of brightly turning colors in the wind, bonfires in the cool evenings, apple picking by the bushels, caramel sauce, pumpkin pies, fresh vegetable soups made from your own backyard garden, canning supplies, pickles, jams and jellies, and many other crops from the farm, home gardens, and local farm markets.

A celebration of the harvest is always in order to share our abundance with others.

Gardening - Crops for Harvest

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We remember our veterans and all our deceased family and friends, really, on Veterans Day - those who died for us and those who benefited from their protection. The continent sees Harvest Festivals and Halloween fetes early in the season, and lots of local traditions as well. Schools hold Fall festivals with carnivals and cakewalks, entertainment and prizes. I always loved those as a kid. Our Native American cousins celebrate with wonderful Pow Wows around the full moons of these months - Harvest Moon, Hunters Moon, Beaver Moon, and Cold Moon; it's all about appreciation, sharing, and fun. A song from the Disney film Pocahontas lauds All the Colors of the Wind and autumn is it.

In October, we see farmers harvesting crops late into the night with the help of artificial lighting. From the highway, the scenes look like adventures colonizing the moon. The crops go into many fairs and festivals - Buckeye Lake's (Ohio) Corn Festival, the Circleville Pumpkin Show, Marion's Popcorn Festival, Reynoldsburg's Tomato Festival,

Considering all the harvesting of the autumn season, if you don't want to celebrate Halloween with witches and ghouls, there are a number of other possibilities that are fun. If you want to celebrate Harvest and Halloween, these coloring pages can help with both concepts, too.

The Audacious Scarecrow

The scarecrow is familiar to many that have seen them on farms. This coloring sheet scarecrow above can be used for either Harvest or Halloween. It can also be used from a Wizard of Oz Party. Kids and adults can dress as their favorite characters for a party in a place decorated as Oz. It would be fun if someone could portray the Gatekeeper of Oz accurately.

Some communities and church groups hold a mini Renn Fest in local recreation centers or church halls. A scarecrow and farming pictures would fit with that theme as well, since people grew crops during the Renaissance and celebrated harvest festivals. Renn Fests are usually held beginning in late August and extend to early November in the Midwest, capturing all the weeks of the harvest. We also offer an image of a castle, which could go with a Renn Fest theme party.

Bats and Pumpkins

This is a coloring sheet that can be modified to be presented as an invitation to a party. It has a more Halloween-ish theme to it, but pretty benign.

There are bats as well as pumpkins on some farms. I think only very young children might be frightened of the masks, which look live the comedy-drama symbol. Of course, some children are afraid of clowns.

Coloring Page, Invitation, or Note Paper

Vegetables to Color

Unless this on is applied as a place mat for a party theme involving The Children of the Corn, this ear of corn can be a fun image to color at most autumn parties. Kids can come up with their own colors - neon green Martian corn might be fun. They can use their imaginations.

If you hold a local Corn Festival, you can use the outline drawing as a fun handout.

Cornucopia - A Symbol of the Harvest
Cornucopia - A Symbol of the Harvest
Traditionally, only men have been permitted to wear the war bonnet or Native American headdress, but women who are chosen as chiefs may also wear them, if their tribal group is one that uses them. Natives helped European settlers learn to grow corn.
Traditionally, only men have been permitted to wear the war bonnet or Native American headdress, but women who are chosen as chiefs may also wear them, if their tribal group is one that uses them. Natives helped European settlers learn to grow corn.

Color and Bake a Pie Together

A freshly baked pie can be used as a coloring page in many celebrations all through the autumn and winter months. It's a simple image and fun to color. Kids might ask how a pie is made and what goes into to pie toppings like whipped cream, so the picture can become a fun education tool that yields up dessert at the same time.

A Stem of Wheat

A sheaf of grain is symbolic of the annual harvest welcomed across the globe among nations that grow wheat, oats, rye, and other life-giving grain crops. Children that have not had the opportunity to experience visiting a farm may not yet know what grains are grown in the fields. This coloring page is a good opportunity for an introduction to these plants that create what many groups call their "daily bread."

The coloring sheet can be used to educated kids in a fun way about growing harvesting crops and understanding the symbols of the United States. A sheaf of wheat and a shock of corn are often seen on our nation's coins and seals.

A Great Pumpkin

Have you ever hosted a Charlie Brown Great Pumpkin Party? This is a fun party for kids at either Halloween or Harvest Festival parties. This is especially true if you have a pumpkin patch in your backyard. However, you can make a pumpkin patch indoors as well, using pumpkins, squash and green crepe paper and green paper cutouts for vines.

The coloring sheet above can be used for Harvest Festivals, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and other celebrations. Kids can draw a faces on the pumpkins, if they wish.

By the Light of the Moon

The page above can be used with either paints or crayons, or can be adorned with glitter paste or glitter glue - whatever you have around.

Kids can color the moon any hue they wish and add characters to the drawing. Some will draw a moon base colony on the surface, with rocket ships. Others will draw moon monsters. Some might draw a whole city, while others will make the moon of green cheese, according to legend, and add mice.

The moon coloring sheet can be used for educational purposes as well, from discussing harvest festivals, moon festivals, pow wows, and moon phases and the oceans tides, to talking about NASA space missions and the International Space Station.

NASA provides many public domain images on its pages that children might enjoy. The moon image offered above, and many NASA images, can be tied in with the large body of literary works and legendary tales surrounding the moon, from Goodnight Moon to First Men in the Moon to The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.

The moon offers endless possibilities.

A Full Moon to spark the imagination-- Add your own moon bases, vehicles, and people.
A Full Moon to spark the imagination-- Add your own moon bases, vehicles, and people.

© 2009 Patty Inglish MS

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    • majehe09 profile image

      majehe09 

      9 years ago

      Great way for children to make their own decorations!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      9 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Thanks for all the comments and I hope the pictures come in handy.

      CS - I'l like to learn to use watercolors properly myself:)

      vinner - takes a lot of practice for me. Thanks.

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      vinner 

      9 years ago from India

      your hubs are amazing

    • sukhera143 profile image

      sukhera143 

      9 years ago from Home

      Excellent.

    • C.S.Alexis profile image

      C.S.Alexis 

      9 years ago from NW Indiana

      Great share, I can stay busy for hours with a box of crayons.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      9 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Good - hope she enjoys them!

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      ChrisAmsterdam 

      9 years ago

      Very Interesting...I will pass this on to my sister! Thanks

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      9 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      @dusanotes - I certainly appreciate your comments, especially since you've been an AP professional. That's high praise for this Hub. Participating at Hubpages has taught me how to write more fluently and to write via the computer, sans paper copies marked up with edits. It is freeing. Thanks for your continued visits!

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      dusanotes 

      9 years ago from Windermere, FL

      Thank you, Patty Inglish, MS. Your visuals are best I've seen, bar none. There is another writer on Hub named Lisa Rose who has done Halloween scenes, etc. I really appreciate good writing and layout. When you have the right story, which you did here, it all melds together and works real well. Thanks for that, Don White

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      9 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Happy Birthday, Joseph! Have a great day, whatever you plan to do.

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      Joseph Leming 

      9 years ago from Somewhere in the gaming universe!

      Great topic. My birthday is the 29th so I have always loved this time of year.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      9 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Thanks very much lyricsingray - everyone can have a good time this season. I hope folks like the coloring pages (I still like to color, you know).

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      lyricsingray 

      9 years ago

      The color of the wind-autumn is in - love it-great Hub and great idea's-thanks, Kimberly

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