Halloween Writing Prompts for Kids [Free Template]

Use this fun list of Halloween writing prompts to add a bit more fun to your October classroom festivities. These journal prompts encourage imagination and critical thinking.

Halloween Writing Prompts

Spooky Prompts 

  • While you’re asleep, the jack-o-lantern on your porch comes alive. Write about his nightly adventures through the neighborhood. Be as creative and imaginative as you’d like. 
  • Sketch a zombie. Then write at least 2 paragraphs describing your unique creation. Using all 5 senses, describe in detail your zombie.
  • You’re a reporter and will have the opportunity to interview Frankenstein about his life. Write a script with a list of questions you’ll ask him along with his responses. If you need, use the 5 Ws + H (Who?, What?, When?, Where?, Why?, and How?) to help generate questions. Be as imaginative and creative as you’d like.
  • You and your best friend are trapped in a haunted house for the night. Describe what spooky and scary things happen during the night. Be as creative and imaginative as you’d like.
  • Give at least two reasons why someone would be afraid of the dark. Then share how they can overcome this fear. Be specific, and provide clear details. 
  • Wild Card Prompt: Create any story or piece of writing you’d like about a monster. Your writing piece can be a comedy, mystery, fantasy, tall tale, poetry, comic, persuasive, informative, etc. Be as creative and imaginative as you’d like.
  • Imagine that you have a mummy friend that will spend a day with you at school. Write a story about this adventurous day. Include any challenges you two will face plus how you’ll overcome them.
  • You’ve just finished carving your jack-o-lantern. After you place the candle inside, the jack-o-lantern magically begins to speak. Continue the story.

Related: See other holiday writing prompts for elementary students in grades 2, 3, 4 and 5.

Fun Prompts

  • You’re planning a Halloween party for your friends. Step-by-step, share everything that you need to do in order to have the best Halloween party. Provide clear details.
  • 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 term Halloween. 
  • You own a “pet pumpkin” who has gone missing. You are desperate to find her. Draft a “Pumpkin Lost” advertisement describing what she looks like. Include any additional information that would help a stranger identify your beloved pet. Use your creativity and imagination to create a cool ad!
  • H.A.L.L.O.W.E.E.N – Create an acrostic poem using the word Halloween. 
  • You’ve just opened a costume store in town, but the competition is stiff. Using specific details, write about what types of advertising tactics you’d use to entice your ideal customers to visit?
  • 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. 
  • Come up with a social media hashtag for Halloween. What ideas, events, adventures, activities will your hashtag be known for?
  • This year you’re in charge of the Halloween parade. Describe the route around your school the parade should take. Be clear so that the leading class knows exactly what to do.
  • You are designing the cover of a Halloween magazine. Describe the cover using lots of details.
  • For the past 3 years, you’ve succeeded at being the school’s costume contest champ! This year, however, you’ve decided not to participate. Explain to your best friend using specific details how he or she can win the Halloween costume contest. 
  • Imagine everyone in your city had to ride a broom instead of driving a car. Describe how transportation would be different and the same. 

Ghosts Writing Prompts

  • Create a story about a day in the life of a ghost.
  • Accompanying your friend Casper the Ghost, you get to be invisible for one night! Write about your adventurous night scaring folks.
  • If you were a ghost, what gift requests would be on your birthday list and why?
  • A friendly ghost will spend the day with you at school. Describe this adventurous day. Include any surprises and challenges you’ll experience.
  • Describe Halloween from a ghost’s perspective. Use the five senses to help you provide vivid details. 
  • Write at least 2 to 3 paragraphs comparing and contrasting a witch to 2 other Halloween iconic figures (e.g black cat, zombie, goblin, pumpkin, Dracula, ghost, bat, monster, mummy, etc.). Provide clear details.
  • I didn’t believe in ghosts until…

Halloween Story Starters 

  • For one week I will be a scarecrow. My typical day…
  • The 3 best things about Halloween… (Draft two to three paragraphs and provide specific details.)  
  • Write about the perfect Halloween. 
  • The best Halloween party I’ve ever attended… 
  • You arrive home to find an alien sleeping in your bed. Write a story about what happens next. 
  • You’re just about finished decorating your October-themed cookies. As you’re adding sprinkles, one of the cookies jumps up and starts running away! Continue the story.
  • As the teacher turned around to face the class, her eyes were blazing red…
  • Retell your favorite Disney movie with one change:  the prince is a vampire.
  • Setting: Haunted House, Characters: witch, zombie, black cat, ghost, Frankenstein, spiders, Problem/Plot: ?, Solution: ? – You’ve been provided the setting and characters. Now complete the story, providing a problem along with the solution. Be as creative and imaginative as you’d like. 
  • I jumped up from bed when I heard a loud…
  • A wolf is howling under the moonlight…
  • Create your own spooky starter.
halloween writing prompts

Include a few of these fun Halloween writing prompts in your October lesson plans.

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