Halloween Writing Prompts

Halloween Writing Prompts

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.

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Activity Village: Halloween Stationery5 stars

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.

JournalBuddies.com: Halloween Writing for Kids5 stars

"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.

Scholastic Teachers: Scary Starters5 stars

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.

Teach Hub: Halloween Video Writing Prompts4 stars

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?"

Unique Teaching Resources: October Writing Prompts4 stars

"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.

Halloween Writing Prompts Resource Handout for Classroom or Homeschool: Just $2.00

Honorable Mentions

The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!

Build Creative Writing Ideas: Halloween

TheHolidayZone.com: Writing Prompts for Halloween

Yahoo! Voices: Halloween Writing Prompts


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Feldman, Barbara. "Halloween Writing Prompts." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 9 Oct. 2012. Web. 1 Mar. 2015. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/halloween-writing-prompts/ >.


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