Halloween Writing Assignment

Halloween is a favorite among students of all ages. Whether you want to take a few minutes to have students “quick-write” or spend 20-30 minutes writing their answers to the writing prompts, these easy-to-use writing prompts will encourage your students to be creative. While all of the writing prompts are easy to incorporate independently, some of the prompts can be used in collaboration with a story or novel that you are reading in class.

Halloween Writing Prompts

1.If you could create your very own monster, what would it look like? What would it be called? What types of things would it do to scare people? Where does the monster live? Tell me everthing there is to know about your monster. If you want, draw a picture of the monster.


2.Do you love trick-or-treating? Dressing up in costumes? Haunted houses? Costume parties? Halloween games? Halloween decorations? Scary movies? Write a poem about your favorite part of Halloween, telling why it is special to you.ything there is to know about your monster. If you want to, draw a picture of the monster.


3.Write a story about a kid who goes trick-or-treating. Start from the minute he or she puts on his or her costume and finish when he or she gets home and put on normal clothes again. Tell me everything that happens.


4.If we had a Halloween party in class, what would you want to see? Should we decorate the classroom? How would we do that? What types of food and activities would we have? What costumes would you want to see?


5.What was the best Halloween you ever had? What made it great? What would make this Halloween even better than that?


6.Write a spooky story to tell around the campfire. Remember, you want to build suspense using onomatopoeia and alliteration. Don’t forget to have a big finale to frighten everyone who is listening.


7.If you could design a haunted house, what would you name it? What types of rooms would you have? Describe, in detail, 3 of the best rooms in your haunted house.

Have fun with these Halloween themed writing prompts. Your students definitely will. If you’re looking for more Halloween ideas for your classroom, you can check out Halloween Lesson Ideas for Grades 9-12 or Halloween Classroom Activities for All Grades.

Do you have any favorite Halloween writing prompts? Share them in the comments below.

Give each small group of three to four students one of the following Scary Starters with which to begin a short story. Have groups share their stories and then compile them into a class book.

As an alternative, have groups use Scary Starters to begin oral tales. After groups practice their stories, they can present them to the class.

  1. It was a cold Halloween night when I saw the…
  2. The mad scientist was creating a new monster that could…
  3. The large cauldron of purple liquid started to boil when…
  4. I got an eerie feeling when I heard…
  5. The mysterious object started floating in the air and…
  6. The Halloween pumpkin turned into a…
  7. The black cat started to crouch and hiss when…
  8. Something in the closet was making a strange noise, so I opened the door and…
  9. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw…
  10. As I carefully entered the haunted house, the door shut behind me and…
  11. Make up your own Scary Starter.

Adapted from A Cauldron of Halloween Ideas by Lorrie L. Birchall

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