According to the History Channel, “Guising” is a medieval tradition where young people would dress up in costumes and go door to door in order to receive food, money and wine in exchange for poetry, singing and jokes. Find out more here: http://www.history.com/topics/halloween/history-of-trick-or-treating
There are some children who simply hate to perform. They get nervous and scared at the very thought of getting up in front of a group, never mind adding singing or playing to that! I think this might be a way in! The truth is, most kids love Halloween. It is a time to play dress up be someone else for a day…in fact, I think that is why adults like it too! J If kids can perform something on their own terms, it can go a long way to helping them perform without the nerves that usually follow.
Next week take this wonderful opportunity to ask kids to bring their costume to your class and perform any song they would like ~ it could be one that they sing in class or a favorite song from home. The only stipulation is that they are in costume…and of course they will get a well deserved treat afterwards!!