Looking for some writing ideas for kids this month? Look no further than everyone's favorite holiday, Halloween. The following sites have dozens of ideas on how to derive writing inspiration from the Halloween season.
Although this Activity Village page does not have any writing prompts, it does have a dozen printable Halloween stationery templates that will add a bit of seasonal fun to your Halloween stories. Most of the templates come in three flavors: blank (no lines), lined, and handwriting lines (with a dashed line between each solid line.) Designs include jack-o-lanterns, haunted houses, spiders, vampires and witches.
"It was a dark and stormy night when..." "Running down the street with candy flying, I saw..." "The silliest Halloween ever started when" These twenty-seven story prompts can be used for individual or group assignments, and are for early elementary ages. Below the prompts are links to Halloween stencils that can be used to illustrate the stories.
For teachers of grades 1 to 5 (or parents of the same age group) Scholastic suggests giving story prompts to students in small groups, compiling the stories into a class book, or alternatively using the scary starters to create oral tales for sharing with the class. In addition to the eleven Halloween story starters, there are more writing resources listed near the bottom of the page, along with a book list of recommended spooky books, such as "10-Step Guide to Living with Your Monster" by Laura Numeroff.
Start by watching this History channel video about the origins of Halloween customs, then choose one of the writing prompts grouped by grade level: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. "What is your favorite Halloween costume? Why did you like that the best?" "Do you think our modern Halloween traditions still have value? Why or why not?"
"I'm batty about ..." "The old graveyard was filled with..." Created for elementary classrooms by teacher Heidi McDonald, this page includes both free writing prompts, and inexpensive Halloween templates for stationery and classroom bulletin boards. In addition to Halloween, October Writing Prompts features writing prompts for National Book Month, National Pizza Month, National Fire Prevention Month, and Columbus Day. Scroll all the way down the page for a link to general (not holiday related) writing prompts.