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This Halloween, ABC Life Literacy Canada reminds families to practice literacy skills with some fun literacy tips, tricks and treats:

  1. Tell ghost stories on Halloween night. Make up your own stories or read a classic scary book together.
  2. Have a costume party and write your own unique invitations. Once guests have arrived, why not play a word game using only Hallowe’en-related words!
  3. Organize Halloween candy in different ways. Organize by shape, size, candy name, or even candy type, and then trade! This activity helps to reinforce the importance of math in everyday life.
  4. Bake a pumpkin pie. Following recipes is a great way to improve both reading and math skills. Children can read the instructions out loud to help measure the ingredients when making a treat for the family.
  5. Research the history of Halloween, and share spooky statistics!

Literacy benefits the entire family. All it takes is spending 15 minutes a day reading, writing, singing, playing a game or following a recipe together. This year, Canadians from coast-to-coast will Play for Literacy in celebration of Family Literacy Day®, January 27, 2011. Play for Literacy includes all types of play that encourages literacy and numeracy development as well as comprehension skills, such as board games, card games and imaginative self-created activities and games. For more information, visit
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About ABC Life Literacy Canada

ABC Life Literacy Canada is a non-profit organization that inspires Canadians to increase their literacy skills. We mobilize business, government and communities to support lifelong learning and achieve our goals through leadership in programs, communications and partnerships. ABC Life Literacy Canada envisions a Canada where everyone has the skills they need to live a fully engaged life. For the latest news and information on adult literacy please visit
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