41 Spectacular Pumpkin Writing Prompts for Students

Celebrate pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice, pumpkin patches, and all things pumpkin-themed using these fun and creative pumpkin writing prompts for students.

In addition to sparking creativity, these pumpkin writing prompts instill a love for writing and sharpen writing skills.

Even your reluctant writers will enjoy responding to these prompts!

So when teaching your pumpkin unit or during your writer’s workshop lessons, include a handful of these free writing prompts about pumpkins.

Related: Halloween writing prompts, Thanksgiving writing prompts, October writing prompts

Pumpkin Writing Prompts

1. Write a story that takes place in a pumpkin patch.

2. Explain how to write a really good pumpkin story.

3. Convince your parents to take you to the pumpkin patch next weekend.

4. You just finished carving your jack-o-lantern. Suddenly, the pumpkin starts to speak! Finish the story.

5. Compare and contrast a pumpkin and a watermelon.

6. Write an acrostic poem using the word pumpkin.

7. Using all five senses, describe a pumpkin.

8. Explain, step-by-step, how to carve a jack-o-lantern.

9. Imagine that your new restaurant only sells dishes with pumpkin ingredients. Describe what’s on your menu.

10. Create a story about a miniature pumpkin that is your good luck charm.

11. Write a poem about a pumpkin pie.

12. If a pumpkin were an emoji symbol, which emotion would it represent and why?

13. Sketch a pumpkin. Then write two paragraphs describing it.

14. Create an outdoor game that involves pumpkins.

15. Write a combination of similes and metaphors to describe a pumpkin.

16. The newspaper headline reads, “Nine Pumpkins Stolen from Pumpkin Patch Overnight!”. Write the news story.

17. Write two, grade-appropriate math word problems that involve pumpkins.

18. Describe a fun pumpkin arts and crafts activity that your class might enjoy doing.

19. Pretend that you have a pet pumpkin. Tell how to care for it.

20. Share five facts and five opinions about pumpkins.

21. Create any story you like about pumpkins.

22. Write a story about someone who dresses as a pumpkin for Halloween.

23. Brainstorm a list of ten words related to pumpkins. Now write a story that includes these words.

24. Explain how to make pumpkin pie.

25. Summarize a good pumpkin-themed book you read or heard recently.

26. As I was walking through the pumpkin patch, I saw the most interesting-looking pumpkin ever… Finish the story.

27. Write a story about a kid who turns into a pumpkin every day at midnight.

28. Oh no! You wake up one morning with a jack-o-lantern head! Tell about your day.

29. Compose a short story about magic pumpkin seeds.

30. Write a persuasive sales pitch that will convince potential customers to buy your pumpkin product.

31. Create a recipe that includes pumpkin. Share all the steps.

32. Draft a fictional biography about a pumpkin.

33. Make up a fun indoor recess game that involves pumpkins.

34. Write a recommendation for The Pumpkin Book.

35. Detail how to make a one-of-a-kind pumpkin soup.

36. Devise a strategy for winning first place of a classroom door-decorating contest with a pumpkin theme.

37. Describe all the benefits of practicing your writing using pumpkin writing prompts.

38. Write a diary entry from the perspective of a pumpkin in a supermarket.

39. Create a funny story about a slice of pumpkin pie and a can of whipped cream that escape a Thanksgiving dinner to go on a wild adventure.

40. Write a story about a pumpkin seed that doesn’t want to grow up.

41. Come up with a cool recipe that has pumpkin spice as one of the ingredients.

Wrapping Up

Now you have a ready-supply of pumpkin writing prompts to use with students during writer’s workshop, as independent writing, as homework, or for bell work.