53 Great October Writing Prompts w/Calendar Printable

Have some fun with the month of October using these exciting October writing prompts for students.

Celebrate holidays, traditions, school events, memories, and themes associated with the tenth month of the year using these prompts as writing activities.

No matter the grade you teach, these October writing prompts will motivate students to move their pens!

Not only that, but these prompts improve writing skills, ignite creativity, and encourage critical thinking.

That’s why these October-themed prompts fit well as part of your collection of writing prompts.

So try a few of these fun and engaging October writing prompts with students, and watch magic happen.

October Writing Prompts

The following include October writing prompts covering various topics.

1. Describe what your city or town looks like during the month of October.

2. Compose a poem about the month of October.

3. The answer is “October”. Write 10 questions.

4. Tell how a spider’s home compares to yours. Be specific.

5. What about a time when you did something nice for someone. How did it make you feel, and how do you think the other person felt?

6. Compose a spooky poem about bats.

7. Explain how to make a jack-o-lantern.

8. Compare and contrast a car and a motorcycle.

9. Draft an article for the school newsletter offering tips on how to prevent fires.

10. Write a story about a group of friends traveling on a ship.

11. Tell about the best Halloween or October-themed party you’ve ever attended.

12. Recall a time when you were frustrated. What happened? How did the situation end?

13. Share an experience of going trick-or-treating.

14. Describe your favorite dessert. Why do you love it so much?

15. What are the best things about the month of October?

16. Define a dictionary, and explain how to use one. 

17. What makes a great leader? Give examples and non-examples.

18. Share an experience of trying a new food that you absolutely did not like.

19. Describe strategies for accomplishing SMART goals.

20. If you were a chef, what types of food would be your specialty and why?

October writing prompts
October writing prompts

21. Using the 5 Ws, describe your school’s cafeteria.

22. In your opinion, what does it mean to be smart?

23. Write a diary entry from the perspective of a scarecrow.

24. Summarize a good book that you read this month.

25. Compose an acrostic poem using the word October.

26. Devise a strategy for winning first place in the Halloween costume contest.

27. Do you believe in bad luck and superstition? Why or why not?

28. Write about a typical day in the life of Frankenstein.

29. Would you rather have a cat or a dog? Explain your choice. 

30. Using your five senses, describe candy corn.

31. Write a fun Halloween story. 

32. In your opinion, what are the benefits of responding to October writing prompts?

33. Compare and contrast October and April.

34. Explain how to play your favorite sport to someone not familiar with the rules.

35. Describe the process of leaves changing colors in the fall.

36. Explain the act of trick-or-treating to a kid who has never participated in the event.

37. Convince your parents to take you to a pumpkin patch next weekend.

38. Write a fun story about a contest between two friends where the goal is to be the first to find a needle in a haystack.

39. As you’re in class responding to one of the October writing prompts, your desk begins to laugh! Finish the story.

40. Write a few similes or metaphors related to the month of October.

41. Write a series of October-themed math word problems.

42. Describe what your classroom will probably look like after a Halloween party.

43. Design a bumper sticker to advertise October.

44. Share some tips for getting lots more candy when going trick-or-treating.

45. Provide examples and non-examples of courage.

46. Summarize an October-themed book/movie that you read or saw recently.

47. Write a grocery list for a witch. Why do you choose these items?

49. Write a diary entry from the perspective of a ghost, goblin, witch, or zombie.

50. What are the pros and cons of celebrating Halloween?

51. Write a fun or spooky Halloween card message for your friends or classmates.

52. Explain the differences between a farm and a zoo.

53. What are some of the positive effects of technology?

Final Thoughts

Now you have a varied collection of October writing prompts to use for a variety of writing activities.

For a free printable calendar, download October writing prompts calendar 2023.

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October writing prompts

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