What goes bump in the night? What makes you scared? What do you like to do on Halloween? Whether scary or lighthearted, there are tons of fun Halloween writing activities for kids. Here are some Halloween writing ideas to get you started.
Halloween Similes and Metaphors
For some fun independent work, print out this simile practice sheet from abcteach.com. This worksheet features the definition of simile, examples and then room to write their own. There’s also a work bank and ghost graphic for inspiration.
Another idea is to print out some Halloween Images like ghosts, spiders, and jack-o-lanterns. Then have kids write down a simile and/or metaphor about their Halloween image on the back.
Halloween Writing Prompts and Story Starters
Let kids have some freedom by creating a story. To give them a little guidance, provide them with a writing prompt. Kids can do this in groups, individually or even orally. Try these scary story starters from scholastic.com. Find some more writing Prompts and story starters at theholidayzone.com.
Writing Scary Stories
Have kids write their own scary stories. First, read kids a scary Halloween story like They’re Coming for You: Scary Stories that Scream to be Read (for ages 9-12) by O.Penn-Coughin. Or listen to a dramatic reading of a frightening story. Then discuss the elements of a scary story. After kids write their stories, they can tell them in the dark using a flashlight.
Halloween Compare and Contrast
Have kids compare and contrast their Halloween costumes. Have them pick two and then use a venn diagram to brainstorm how they are the same and different. Afterwards, they can write about it in paragraph form.
Halloween Writing Paper
Great Halloween writing needs some fun themed paper to write on. Try the fantastic collection of stationary from activityvillage.co.uk. There are both blank and lined versions to choose from. Some paper has black cats, others have ghosts and there are tombstones, vampires and witches too. There’s also a whole section of monster themed writing paper.
For more Halloween writing ideas, try some writing some Halloween Poems!
O.Penn-Coughin They’re Coming for You: Scary Stories that Scream to be Read