Activities to go along with “Haunted Castle on Hallow’s Eve” (a MTH book) … and the Virtual Chapter Book Club for Kids

Jack and Annie , the main characters from The Magic Treehouse series (MTH), by Mary Pope Osborn , are favorites around our house.  We’ve been reading through the series (on & off) for about a year now.  It was just pure luck that the next book up in the series for us to read was, “Haunted Castle on Hallow’s Eve” .  Perfect for the mystery theme of the FIRST Virtual Chapter Book Club for Kids!  Perfect for October!

As we expected, we really enjoyed the book.  In this adventure, Jack & Annie are tasked by Merlin to restore order in a Haunted Castle.  With some teamwork, a lot of courage, and a bit of magic they solve the mystery of what happened in the castle and successfully complete the mission.   Here are some activities we came up with to go along with this fabulous, kid-friendly mystery …

Ghost Writing – Without giving too much of the story away, one of the ways the ghosts in the book communicate is by writing on a dusty mirror.  Fortunately none of our mirrors are (quite) that dusty, so instead we used a foggy mirror to write messages.  This works really great because once the fog clears up off the mirror you can’t see the message … unless the room gets fogged up again.  It’s as if a ghost wrote the message!  This is great to write sweet messages to your kids (or spouse!) … it’s also a fun way to practice spelling words!

Finding a Magic Wand – A “hazel twig from hazel tree” was used in the story, so the kids and I went for a search around the yard to discover our own magic wands.  I believe we found a “hickory twig from a hickory tree”, an “oak twig from an oak tree”, and a “maple twig from a maple tree”.

Sure they could be decorated ( here are some great ideas ), but we went with plain and simple.

“A Raisin Raven” snack  – I actually got this idea from a slip-up my husband made while reading us part of the book.  Instead of “ravens” he said “raisins”.  So the next day, I made Henry a “raisin raven” for an after school snack.  I found an image of a raven that I printed out and then I simply covered the image with raisins.

And a PlayDrMom empowerment tool, a Gem Touchstone – In the book the young magicians need to find the “Diamond of Destiny”.  Jack finds that when he is holding the gem he feels braver; fearless.  This gave me an idea to use some of the craft gemstones I have to help instill qualities for my kids – because as Jack also discovered many times the powers one has already within; one just needs to believe in him/herself!  Since Henry has been having a hard time remembering to bring home his red homework folder (and also turning in his red homework folder at school), I decided to give him the “Ruby of Remembrance” – in hopes to help him unleash his inner memory powers through this touchstone.  He can keep it in his pocket or in his backpack.

I can’t wait to check out all the other great books and activities the other participants in the Virtual Chapter Book Club for Kids came up with to go along with October’s theme of MYSTERY!

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This is SUCH a clever list of book extension activities. Thanks for sharing at the After School Linky Party. I’m featuring this tomorrow on my blog at this week’s link up. Stop by to check it out and share more ideas while you’re there!

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This is the first book where Jack and Annie have proven capable under the right circumstances of performing their own magic.

Synopsis [ ]

In their magic tree house, Jack and Annie are again transported to King Arthur's realm, where invisible beings, giant ravens, and mistaken magic spells have a duke's castle in an uproar on Halloween night.

Chapters [ ]

  • All Hallows Eve
  • The Heart of the Oak
  • Merlin's Diamond
  • One, Two, Three
  • SPREE! SPREE!
  • A Piece of a Star
  • Where Is It?
  • Jack and Annie's Magic

Publication Note [ ]

This book was originally published as book #30 of the Magic Tree House Series . In 2017 the books where Merlin sets the mission were separated from the main series and given their own numbering system.

  • 1 List of Books
  • 2 Morgan le Fay
  • 3 Annie Smith

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  1. Magic Tree House: Haunted Castle on Hallows Eve Questions and Activities

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  2. Haunted Castle on Hallows Eve (Magic Tree House: Merlin Missions Book 2

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  3. Magic Tree House #30: Haunted Castle on Hallows Eve by Mary P. Osborne

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  5. This 100+ page Magic Tree House unit is for Haunted Castle on Hallows

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  1. Magic Tree House Series: The Halloween Special Haunted Castle On Hallow's Eve Chapter 1

  2. In the Haunted House by Eve Bunting and illustrated by Susan Meddaugh

  3. “Chapter 2 Leaving Again” of Magic Tree House #2 The Knight at Dawn by Mary Pope Osborne

  4. “Chapter 10 One Mystery Solved” of Magic Tree House #2 The Knight at Dawn by Mary Pope Osborne