Halloween Story Ideas & Writing Prompts— Sometimes writing can be tough, but when you have a list of great ideas to inspire you very often the writing experience begins to flow and becomes so much easier. We hope you have a spook-tacular time exploring these new Halloween writing ideas listed below!
Halloween is a holiday of fun and creativity and many people enjoy letting their imaginations run wild this time of year. In addition to the enjoyment of finding the right costume, looking forward to parties, and collecting candy, writing about this spooky holiday can be a wonderful creative outlet for kids of all ages.
Listed below are twenty-two new writing ideas to help make any Halloween-themed story a little more exciting and enjoyable.
In fact, we hope these new Halloween writing ideas will spark some creative writing brilliance in young writers, and, hopefully, inspire kids to write the best story they possibly can!
Halloween Story Ideas
- Writing a ghost story of your own can be great fun – what is the scariest ghost story you can think of and what exactly makes it sooooooo spooky?
- What’s your favorite Halloween tradition? Why is that? Write about your favorite Halloween traditions and why you are such a fan of them.
- Describe in great detail how crazy the world would be if we all dressed up like it was Halloween every day!
- If you were going to make the perfect Halloween costume, what would you make and what would you need to make it?
- You can be anything you want for Halloween – who would you go as? Describe your costume choice in detail.
- Who would be the best person — or group of people — to go out trick or treating with on Halloween night? Why?
- What are three of the best tricks that you know when it comes to tricking somebody? What makes them the best?
- Halloween is a very unique time of year – how does it make you feel?
If these writing ideas failed to get the young writer’s creative juices flowing, then surely the fourteen Halloween writing starters listed below will do the trick. These ghastly ideas will get any child’s creative mind working overtime and coming up with amazing Halloween stories. All the writer needs to do is choose a sentence and build on it.
14 More Halloween Writing Starters
What does your mind come up with when you read these stories starters? How far can you take just one sentence?
- The big fat cat dressed in its funny costume turned around and started to…
- The house was said to be haunted by the ghost of…
- Nobody knew who the kid in the costume was, he took the mask off and…
- The stormy weather came down on the building, and the kids were all set to go…
- The howls in the distance made everyone scared, but…
- You might not believe in ghost stories, but…
- I couldn’t believe it! There it was…
- The strangest Halloween ever all started with….
- I was eating all of my candy when…
- The door swung open, nearly coming off the hinges, and…
- The big gooey cauldron kept bubbling, and then…
- And just like that, the little child in the ghost costume…
- We didn’t know if he was serious or not, so we…
- I shut the door behind me quietly, and then….
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Even MORE Halloween Fun for Kids
The following article was published in Oct, 2017 and may be of interest to our readers today.
The highlight of the Halloween season is the night of October 31, when everyone heads out to trick-or-treat in their costume of choice. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t have some fun at home or in the classroom prior to the big night of candy collecting!
Kids of all ages delight in the thrills, spooks and treats of Halloween, but it’s particularly fun for those between the ages of 9 and 13. Whether you’re an upper elementary or middle school teacher, or you’re a parent of a tween who wants to add an extra dose of frights in this year, these ideas will help you make this the best Halloween yet.
6 Halloween Fun for Kids Ideas
Pumpkin Carving Contest
Around the age of 10, children may be able to start using safe pumpkin carving tools to create their own jack-o-lanterns. Giving them the freedom and autonomy to do this on their own will help them build confidence and inspire them to get creative. Teachers can host a pumpkin carving party in their own classrooms, or parents may opt to host a weekend event that involves a trip to the pumpkin patch with a carving contest to follow. Be sure to create lots of categories so that everyone walks away with a winning jack-o-lantern!
Pumpkin Painting Party
Sometimes it’s just too daunting to let a bunch of 11-year-old kids start hacking away at pumpkins. As an alternative option to the carving party, consider hosting a pumpkin painting party. Pie pumpkins are great for painting because they are smaller and easier for elementary and middle school students to handle. This could be a great addition to the art class lesson plan, or it could be a viable option for an after-school play date.
Spooky Story Hour
About the time that students enter the fourth grade, they can begin to identify the different elements of a story. It’s important to start introducing the concept of an introduction, a climax, a conflict and a resolution to students, while also encouraging them to take note of the characters, setting and time period of any story.
To help with these concepts, ask the children to write a scary story that includes all of the necessary components. On the day the assignment is due, ask each student to read their story aloud in their most mysterious and spooky voice. This Halloween story hour will quickly become an annual tradition! Click on the image to the right to see a list of awesome 30 scary story writing prompts for kids!
Halloween Poetry Reading
Students in upper elementary school and middle school are just beginning to discover that poetry can be a wonderful way to showcase their creativity and express their emotions, but many are surprised that you can create thrilling poems with a Halloween twist. Ask students to spend some time drafting poems that include ghoulish characters and dark, twisted themes. After the poems have been written, host an event where students can read their poems out loud while others relax, have a few snacks and offer feedback as to which poems left them sitting on the edge of their seats with fear.
Historical Halloween Party
While modern superheroes and contemporary icons often make amazing Halloween costumes, teachers and parents alike can have a bit of fun with Halloween by incorporating a historical twist. Ask the kids to read a book about a favorite historical figure, and then encourage them to make their own costume that represents the individual they chose. Everyone needs to wear their costume to the Halloween party, and those in attendance need to guess who they are dressed up as. It’s an easy way to create a living history lesson that is not just informative but also tons of fun!
Concoct a Creepy Snack
Kids who are entering their tween years have not lost their desire to get their hands dirty and make a mess, yet they are craving a lot more independence. Give kids the freedom to create their own creepy recipe and allow them to make it for their friends. Hot dogs wrapped in biscuit dough can make some pretty frightful mummies, or green olives skewered onto mozzarella cheese balls can become delicious yet disgusting eyeballs. These are the perfect treats to serve at the next Halloween gathering!
Take one or more of these ideas and incorporate them into your lesson plans this Halloween, or plan a party for the kids after school to get them excited for Halloween. There’s an educational element to each activity, but they are so fun-centric the kids won’t even realize they are learning along the way!
Hopefully, these ideas help you have a spook-tacular Halloween!