Reading Halloween stories in the classroom gets kids excited about learning and involved in the written word. Every teacher knows that when kids are excited and involved they learn more and retain more of what they learn. Try these Halloween stories to liven up your literacy curriculum and have a little fun at the same time.
Visit Apples for The Teacher to print nine classic Halloween stories. These include The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving, and Hansel and Gretel and The Old Witch by the Brother’s Grimm. These stories make excellent choices for story time and give kids practice retelling stories and sequencing events, but best of all they are just plain fun to read.
Check out these Scary Stories for Kids for some Halloween fun. Each story prints on its own page and can be read in a few minutes. Geared to the interests of young elementary students these stories are sure ideal for story time or as a filler before breaks or after recess. They are sure to tickle the fancy of the youngsters in your class.
Visit American Folklore for Halloween stories and podcasts. Halloween countdown stories from 2007 to the present are available with the click of the mouse. Check out the links in the sidebar to the left for links to specific stories. This site has a host of quality stories for Halloween and includes links to traditional folklore, as well.
Halloween Web provides short Halloween tales ideal for those extra few minutes between classes or when children need a short break from the regular schedule. These stories are geared to upper elementary students and are a great resource for lessons on storytelling, urban legends, folklore and writing your own Halloween stories. Don’t overlook the links at the top the page for Urban Legends and Scary Tales.
Stop by Short Halloween Stories for Kids for a host of interesting stories, jokes, optical illusions and Halloween games for kids. Browse the sidebar for links to topics of interest and have blast celebrating Halloween in your classroom.
Check out Kiddie House’s selection of Halloween Stories for Kids and Teachers for links to stories and activities sure to be a big hit in your class. There are a good variety of stories to choose from. One is sure to be of interest to your little goblins.
Choose stories that are appropriate for the age level of the children in your class. Although young children enjoy a good scare, make sure the story isn’t scary enough to frighten them of Halloween. Storytelling should be fun and engaging not a frightening experience. Use stories to Segway to writing activities.
For ideas for Halloween writing activities visit my article Halloween Writing Prompts and Story Starters for All Ages