39 Fun Halloween Writing Prompts for Students Of All Ages

Celebrate ghosts, goblins, witches, pumpkins, costumes, and the month of October using these fun Halloween writing prompts.

In addition to bringing excitement to writer’s workshop, these Halloween writing prompts reduce writer’s block, sharpen writing skills, spark creativity, and encourage expression of thoughts.

That’s why they make a great addition to your collection of creative writing prompts.

Why not pencil into your lesson plans a couple of these free spooky Halloween writing prompts which add a bit more fun to your October classroom festivities?

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Halloween Writing Prompts

Even reluctant writers enjoy responding to these Halloween journal prompts and writing topics!

1. Write a story about an elementary kid who dresses up as a pumpkin for the school’s Halloween parade.

2. While you’re asleep, the jack-o-lantern on your porch comes alive. Write about his nightly adventure through the neighborhood.

3. Sketch a zombie. Then describe it.

4. Write a combination of similes and metaphors to describe Frankenstein.

5. If you could interview Frankenstein about his life, what questions would you ask and why?

6. You and your best friend are trapped inside a haunted house. Describe what spooky and scary things happen during the night.

7. Give at least two reasons why someone would be afraid of the dark. Then share how they can overcome this fear.

8. Create any creative story you’d like about a monster.

9. Imagine that you have a mummy friend that will spend the day with you at school. Write a story about this adventurous day.

10. You’ve just finished carving your jack-o-lantern. After you place the candle inside, the jack-o-lantern begins to speak. Continue the story.

11. Come up with a social media hashtag for Halloween. What ideas, events, adventures, activities will your hashtag be known for?

12. You’re planning a Halloween party. Share everything you need to do in order to have the best Halloween party.

13. List all the words (2-letter, 3-letter, 4-letter, 5-letter, 6-letter, 7-letter, and 8-letter) that you can make using the letters from the word Halloween. 

14. Your “pet pumpkin” has gone missing. Draft a “Pumpkin Lost” ad describing what she looks like. Include any information that would help a stranger identify your pet.

15. H.A.L.L.O.W.E.E.N – Create an acrostic poem using the word Halloween. 

16. You’ve just opened a costume store in town, but the competition is stiff. What types of advertising tactics could you use to entice ideal customers to visit?

17. The local diner is having a special menu on Halloween day. Describe what breakfast, lunch, dinner, beverage, and dessert items may be found on the menu. 

18. This year you’re in charge of the Halloween parade. Describe the best route around school for the parade.

19. You are designing the cover of a Halloween magazine. Describe the cover using lots of details.

20. Explain to your best friend how he or she can win the Halloween costume contest. 

21. Imagine everyone in your city had to ride a broom instead of drive a car. Describe how transportation would be different and the same. 

22. Create a story about a day in the life of a ghost.

23. Accompanying your friend Casper the Ghost, you get to be invisible for one night! Write about your adventurous night scaring folks.

24. If you were a ghost, what gift requests would be on your birthday list and why?

25. A friendly ghost will spend the day with you at school. Describe this adventurous day.

26. Describe Halloween from a ghost’s perspective.

27. Compare and contrast a witch to another Halloween figure (e.g. black cat, zombie, goblin, pumpkin, Dracula, ghost, bat, monster, mummy, etc.).

28. I didn’t believe in ghosts until…

29. For one week, I will be a scarecrow. Here’s my typical day…

30. The three best things about Halloween…

31. Write about the perfect Halloween. 

32. The best Halloween party I’ve ever attended… 

33. You arrive home to find an alien sleeping in your bed. Write what happens next. 

34. As you’re adding sprinkles to your freshly-baked cookies, one of them jumps up and starts running away! Continue the story.

35. Summarize a good Halloween-themed book that you heard or read recently.

36. As the teacher turned around to face the class, her eyes were blazing red…

37. Retell your favorite Disney movie with one change: the prince is a vampire.

38. Setting: Haunted House, Characters: spiders. Complete the story, providing a problem and solution.

39. I jumped up from bed when I heard a loud…

40. A wolf is howling under the moonlight…

Final Thoughts

Now you have a collection of fun Halloween writing prompts to include in your October lesson plans.

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