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7 Quick Halloween Creative Writing Prompts

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  • October 23, 2016

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Halloween is a favorite among students of all ages. Whether you want to take a few minutes to have students “quick-write” or spend 20-30 minutes writing in-depth responses, these easy-to-use writing prompts will encourage your students to be creative. While all of the writing prompts are easy to incorporate independently, some can be used in collaboration with a story or novel that you are reading in class.

Halloween Writing Prompts

  • If you could create your very own monster, what would it look like? What would it be called? What types of things would it do to scare people? Where does the monster live? Tell me everything there is to know about your monster. If you want, draw a picture of the monster.
  • Do you love trick-or-treating? Dressing up in costumes? Haunted houses? Costume parties? Halloween games? Halloween decorations? Scary movies? Write a poem about your favorite part of Halloween, sharing why it is special to you.
  • Write a story about a kid who goes trick-or-treating. Start from the minute he or she puts on his or her costume and finish when he or she gets home and puts on normal clothes again. Tell me everything that happens.
  • If we had a Halloween party in class, what would you want to see? Should we decorate the classroom? How would we do that? What types of food and activities would we have? What costumes would you want to see?
  • What was the best Halloween you ever had? What made it great? What would make this Halloween even better than that?
  • Write a spooky story to tell around the campfire. Remember, you want to build suspense using onomatopoeia and alliteration. Don’t forget to have a big finale to frighten everyone who is listening.
  • If you could design a haunted house, what would you name it? What types of rooms would you have? Describe, in detail, three of the best rooms in your haunted house.

Have fun with these Halloween-themed writing prompts. Your students definitely will!

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20 Halloween Writing Prompts!

20 Halloween Writing Prompts

It’s that spooky time of year again! Get your kids writing (or discussing) with these creative Halloween writing prompts.

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20 Halloween Writing Prompts

  • What is the scariest thing that has ever happened to you? Why was it so scary?
  • Pretend the mayor of your town wants to outlaw Halloween. Write a letter to convince him that this is not a good idea.
  • What was the best Halloween costume you have ever had? What made it so special?
  • Pretend you are in charge of your class Halloween party. Make a plan for what you will do. What games will you play? What food will you eat?
  • If you could only do one, would you rather go to a Halloween party or go trick-or-treating? Why?
  • Do you like reading scary books or going to scary movies? Why or why not?
  • Write a Halloween acrostic poem using one of these words: Halloween, Monster, Ghost, Vampire, Zombie.
  • Onomatopoeias are words that sound like what they mean, such as “crackle,” “squish” and “plop.” Write a Halloween story using as many onomatopoeias as you can.
  • Explain Halloween to someone from another country where Halloween is not celebrated.
  • Create a list of safety rules for Trick-or-Treating.

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  • What is something that used to scare you but no longer does? Why was it so scary?
  • Write a story about visiting a haunted house.
  • Which Halloween monster (ghost, vampire, werewolf, zombie, mummy, etc.) do you think is the scariest? Why?
  • Pretend you are going to interview a vampire. Write ten questions you would ask him or her. Bonus: Pretend you are the vampire and answer the questions.
  • The Scream  is a series of paintings by Evard Munch. Write your impressions of  The Scream .   How does it make you feel? What do you think the artist was trying to express?
  • Some schools have replaced Halloween with a Harvest Festival. Do you think this is a good or a bad idea? Why?
  • You and your friends have created a haunted house. Make a flyer to tell people about it and convince them to come and visit.
  • Would you spend a night in a graveyard for $100? Why or why not?
  • Personification means giving human traits, such as feelings and thoughts, to objects. Personify a Jack-O-Lantern. Write a story from a Jack-O-Lantern’s point of view.
  • Finish this sentence: This Halloween, I hope…

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The best Halloween writing prompts

Spooky scary skeletons and things that go bump in the night have one favorite night of the year: Halloween. And we love this holiday just as much, which is why we've curated our favorite Halloween writing prompts — the perfect inspiration for any writer who loves the macabre.

The options are endless. A tale of trick-or-treating gone wrong. A haunted house that turns out to be haunted for real. Ghost, goblins, and witches roaming the streets freely. Parties, decorations, costumes and facades all provide ample inspiration for a spooky holiday story. Since you're spoiled for choice, we've narrowed down our top story ideas for you.

Here are our top ten Halloween writing prompts:

  • You have a few friends over for a Halloween party. You've just finished watching a scary movie when the power goes out and the door is slammed open. What happens next?
  • "Wow, great costume! How'd you make it?" you say to the kid dressed as the Grim Reaper, reaching a hand out to test the material of the mask. The mask doesn't come off. It's not a costume.
  • You are responsible for taking your neighbors' kids out to trick-or-treat, but you look outside and suddenly feel scared of the gloomy dark...
  • Write a story about someone spending the night in an old Victorian home-turned-hotel on Halloween.

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  • How to Master the 'Show, Don't Tell' Rule (free course) — Halloween stories are all about the atmosphere. And to capture atmosphere, you need to evoke all five senses. From the twinkling of a jack-o-lantern, to the scratchy interior of a monster costume, the sweetness of candy on your tongue, the sticky grab of cobwebs, or the chill of a wind whistling through a graveyard lit by the moon — all these sensations will immerse your reader in your story. Show, Don't Tell is the golden rule for descriptive writing, so check out our free course.
  • How to Write a Horror Story: 7 Tips for Writing Horror (blog post) — Our horror writing bible. If the story you're writing errs on the side of scary, this is where you'll find the best tips to pull it off.

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15 Haunted Halloween Writing Prompts

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BOO! Halloween is right around the corner—what better day to write some spooky stories? Sharpen your pencil and take a stab at one of these Halloween writing prompts !

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Scary Stories Connect With Readers in Big Ways

You write to get a reaction out of your readers. No matter the genre, you want your reader to feel  something when they read your writing.

For horror writers, that feeling is fear. But it's also so much more.

Great horror stories take the everyday creepy and turn it into something even  more  creepy (and often become a condemnation of injustices in society). The great thing is, horror stories teach you that those creepy things can be beaten. That's what keeps bringing the readers back.

And that's why horror writers keep churning out the fear.

Maybe you love writing scary stories. Maybe you don't, but I hope you'll give it a try, just for practice (we're fans of that around here!).

Just like reading outside your genre is valuable to mastering the writing craft, so is writing a scary story .

This story doesn't have to be long, it could be a short story . Try for something you can write in one sitting, like 1,500 words.

To get you started, use one of the Halloween writing prompts suggested in this article. Then let loose, and have fun!

Creepy Story Writing Prompts

1. It's late at night, and you hear footsteps in the cellar, but you're definitely home alone…or so you thought.

2. You've put that doll in the cabinet, in the closet, in the attic, but no matter where you tuck it, it always shows back up on the sofa. On Halloween night, you find it watching you…

3. A bad-tempered businessman is driving home after a long day of work. He thinks he sees his kids trick-or-treating and stops to pick them up but those aren't costumes.

4. It's Halloween night and you and your friends think it would be fun to visit the local town's annual corn maze. But when you're inside it, someone inside the maze doesn't look like an actor in a costume. And shortly after, your friends start to disappear one by one.

5. You don't believe in the rumors that say a certain scary book is cursed—and that anyone who reads it will meet their maker by the end of the week. So naturally, you read it. And then things start going wrong…

Monster/Ghost Story Writing Prompts

6. A young woman goes to her grandmother's house for tea on Halloween night. They have a wonderful time together, sharing stories, joy, and the best times of family. The next day, the woman learns her grandmother has been dead for a week and no one could get ahold of her to tell her.

7. A little boy is lost in the woods, but at least his faithful dog is with him. As they look for the way out, the dog defends his master against terrifying monsters and animals. But the closer they get to the escaping the dark forest, the more apparent it is that they'll need to face the person, or thing, releasing these monsters in the first place.

8. A farmer who dreams of being a scientist experiments on this year's pumpkins, hoping to enlarge them. He has a lot of success, until one of his potions is tampered with, and the cute pumpkin in his patch morphs into a monster that eats anyone who stumbles over its vines.

9. Your girlfriend/boyfriend brings over your favorite treat on Halloween, but when you eat it, you transform into a giant, poisonous snake that kills anyone who touches you. What do you do next?

10. You wake up on Halloween night, look outside your window, and see your sister sleep walking away from the house. You chase after her but can't catch her until she plunges into a dark lake, where there's a mysterious song that starts to pull you deep below the surface.

Not-So-Spooky Story Writing Prompts

Not all people love scary stories. If this is you but you'd like to try to write a scary story—and have a fun time writing it—try tackling a (not-so) scary story prompt that could turn a potentially scary tale into something that is fun (even funny):

11. You hate clowns, which makes it even worse when your husband secretly decides to hire a clown for you son's birthday party—which just happens to be on Halloween.

12. Aliens have just landed on Earth and boy, did they pick a weird day to come. How do they respond to Halloween, supernatural or otherwise? Do they decide this place is just too bizarre and get the heck out, or do they stick around and join in the fun?

13. On Halloween night, lovers get to come back and spend the evening together one more time. One couple from the Roaring Twenties decides to come back from the grave to help their extreme nerd great-grandchild or the kid will never get married.

14. You decide that this year you're going to crash the ten top costume parties in town—and prank each one while you're at it.

15. A mad scientist determined to destroy the world falls hopelessly in love with a not-so-wicked witch. As hard as he tries, he can't impress her.

Write Your Spooky Stories

Writing a scary story can be a fun exercise to give your students (regardless of age, elementary students to college graduates) around this time of year. It also can stir some exciting writing ideas in  any  writer, whether or not they're part of an entire class or their personal writing group.

As mentioned above, writing scary stories can also push you to better your creative writing skills, even if it's not normally in your genre lane. Bestselling author Neil Gaiman has some great insight about  why  this is true:

Fairy tales are more than true: Not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.

You don't have to love horror stories to write one, but you will learn about protagonists who face trialing, often life or death, situations when writing them. Challenge students or writers to become better at their writing craft by pushing them to write a short scary story with one of the writing prompts in this article.

Sit down with your favorite candy or flavor of candy corn and get ready to write. Pluck it from the list, and let your imagination free!

What is your favorite Halloween writing prompt from this list?   Why did it stand out to you?  Let us know in the comments .

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Abigail Perry

Abigail Perry is a Certified Story Grid Editor with professional teaching, literary agency, and film production experience. In addition to writing Story Grid masterwork guides, she works as a freelance editor and is the Content Editor for The Write Practice. Abigail loves stories that put women and diverse groups at the center of the story—and others that include superpowers and magic. Her favorite genres include: Smart Book Club Fiction, Women's Fiction, YA Fantasy, Historical Fiction, and unique memoirs. She also has a B.S. in TV, Radio, and Film and loves working on screenplays that are emotionally driven and/or full of action. You can learn more about Abigail on her website.

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Ruthanne Reid

Best-Selling author Ruthanne Reid has led a convention panel on world-building, taught courses on plot and character development, and was keynote speaker for The Write Practice 2021 Spring Retreat.

Author of two series with five books and fifty short stories, Ruthanne has lived in her head since childhood, when she wrote her first story about a pony princess and a genocidal snake-kingdom, using up her mom’s red typewriter ribbon.

When she isn’t reading, writing, or reading about writing, Ruthanne enjoys old cartoons with her husband and two cats, and dreams of living on an island beach far, far away.

P.S. Red is still her favorite color.

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30 Fun Halloween Writing Prompts & Ideas

Once every year, the weather cools down, the leaves change color, and, for those who celebrate, Halloween is just around the corner. Your students may be getting excited for the end of October, so use that electrifying energy to your benefit with some fun Halloween writing prompts and journal ideas.

Not only are these free ideas exciting, but also putting pen to paper with these themed topics is a great way to exercise your students’ critical thinking, vocabulary range, and general writing skills. Check out our list of writing and journal prompts below!

Traditions: Halloween Journal Prompts about the Holiday

  • What’s your favorite Halloween tradition? What do you do with your family and friends to celebrate?
  • Have you ever carved a pumpkin before? If yes, describe what you carved. If no, describe what you would carve as the face of a Jack-o’-lantern.
  • Your friends and family want to go trick-or-treating, but you don’t have a costume! What’s your last-minute outfit idea?
  • Come up with a Halloween-themed menu for a restaurant to serve to their customers. Plan at least five dishes.
  • Write about your Halloween costume! What would it look like and how can you make it?
  • You’re at a pumpkin patch looking for the perfect pumpkin to carve. What type of pumpkin are you looking for? What types would you avoid? Describe that moment of finding the perfect pumpkin.
  • How would you decorate a front lawn or apartment door to thrill trick-or-treaters? The sky’s the limit—you have all the money and resources in the world.
  • Imagine if Halloween took place during the summer and not in the fall. How do you think the holiday would be different?
  • Do you trick-or-treat? If yes, describe the time you got your favorite treat. How did it compare to the moment you found your least favorite one in your trick-or-treat bag?

Ghosts and More: Spooky Halloween Writing Ideas

  • Imagine you walk into your school and see a ghost! Describe the ghost, and tell what the ghost does next.
  • What scares a lot of people that you think shouldn’t? Great examples are bats or snakes. Explain why people shouldn’t be so afraid.
  • What’s something scary that you saw or read? What made you so frightened?
  • Someone you love is terrified of spiders and found one in their room. How do you help them work through their fears?
  • Would you ever visit a haunted house? Why or why not? If you have visited one before, write about that experience.
  • You’ve been hired to work at a haunted house as an actor to scare people. Tell us about your technique and what costume you’d wear to frighten the most costumers.

For Advanced Writers: Halloween-Themed Writing Topics

  • Write a story with at least two characters that takes place in a cemetery on Halloween night.
  • After carving a beautiful Jack-o’-lantern, you carefully place a candle inside. To your surprise, your pumpkin begins to speak! What does it say to you, and what happens next?
  • You’re an alien that landed on Earth the night of Halloween. Describe what you see as you park your ship in the middle of a busy neighborhood full of kids trick-or-treating. Don’t forget to write how you feel.
  • It’s late on Halloween night, and you’ve given out almost all your candy. One last knock on your front door sounds, but when you open it, it’s not a kid in a costume. It’s a black cat! And it’s trying to show you something. Write about what happens next.
  • You’ve woken up on the morning of Halloween and find you’re invisible! How do you spend the next 24 hours?

Seasonal Themes: Writing Prompts about Fall

  • You’ve just discovered a new type of apple no one has ever seen. What does it look like? Taste like? What will you call it?
  • Plan out the perfect fall day for you and your family. What will you do in the morning? What about the afternoon? And at night?
  • Is fall your favorite season? Why or why not? If you love the fall, write a persuasive essay trying to convince someone else to love it as much as you do. If you dislike it, what would you change about the season to make it your favorite?
  • Oh no! Your friend accidentally lost their favorite scarf at a pumpkin patch. Write about the scarf’s journey finding its way back to your friend.
  • You pick up a fallen leaf with a secret message hiding underneath. Write about what it says and what happens next!

Halloween Journal Topics from Writable

If you’re looking for additional spooky and fun writing prompts to help your students get in the Halloween spirit, check out Writable . Writable has Halloween-themed journal topics and short stories with short-answer questions, a wonderful way to exercise both writing and reading comprehension skills. You can also create new ideas in seconds thanks to Writable’s AI-generating assignments feature, plus it can detect AI-generated copy from students.

Check out these ideas from Writable's generative AI prompt builder below:

  • Explain the tradition of trick-or-treating and how it has changed over the years.
  • What are some popular Halloween costumes, and why do people dress up?
  • Describe the significance of Jack-o’-lanterns in Halloween celebrations.
  • What are some traditional Halloween symbols and their meanings?
  • What is the origin of Halloween, and how has it evolved over time?

We hope you enjoy using these Halloween writing prompts in your classroom. Share with us your favorite Halloween writing ideas for students via email at [email protected] or reach out on Instagram or Facebook . Happy Halloween!

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Halloween is coming, and what better way to scare off the ghosts and creepy crawlies than to show off fangtastic creative writing skills?

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Our Halloween writing prompts will inspire your child to write spooktacular poems, recipes, short stories, and much more:

  • Write an acrostic poem with the word SPOOKY. The first line will start with a word that begins with S. The second will start with a word that begins with P, next O and so on. Keep writing these lines until you spell SPOOKY.
  • Write a spooky recipe for a witch’s brew!
  • You’re throwing a Halloween party! Write a list of Halloween-themed supplies you may need.
  • Do you like reading scary books or watching scary movies? Why or why not?
  • In your opinion, what’s the best Halloween treat? Why is it your favorite?
  • Are you dressing up in a Halloween costume this year? If so, what character are you dressing up as, and why?
  • Your family takes you to a corn maze to celebrate Halloween and you get lost! Write a story about how you manage to find your way out.
  • A group of giant goblins are trying to break into your house! What happens next?
  • If you could dress up as any Night Zookeeper character, who would you pick and why?
  • What’s your favorite Halloween night activity? Do you usually go trick-or-treating or stay in and enjoy a scary film with your family? 🍿
  • Draw a picture of your perfect haunted house! Then write a paragraph describing it.
  • Write a spooky poem , all about Halloween! Make sure to use the word “haunted”.
  • Do you like to go trick-or-treating? Do you go with your friends, family, or both? Describe your yearly trick-or-treating routine.
  • Imagine the jack-o-lantern you just carved started speaking! What does it say?
  • Write a spooky story about a black cat that has been created by a mad scientist to defeat their scariest creation - Frankenstein!
  • Imagine that you met a friendly ghost. Write what this ghost’s name is, what they look like and why they are friendly!
  • Write a Halloween story mentioning as many common Halloween costumes as you can.
  • Journal prompt: Imagine you're a friendly ghost for a day! Describe this ghostly day in your journal.
  • Story starter: As I watched the huge spaceship land in my backyard, I knew I was in for an out-of-this-world adventure!
  • Write a scary story about a magical broomstick that can fly on its own.

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9 Creative Halloween Writing Prompts

9 Creative Halloween writing prompts

With Halloween just around the corner, we here at OurClassBook think it’s time to start conjuring up some creative writing prompts to help your students create the next best horror story!

Whether you want your students to do some quick-write sentences or to spend longer writing an in-depth story to develop their creative writing, sentence structure and spelling skills, these easy-to-use and imagination-fueling prompts will be sure to get your students engaged. 

9 Writing Prompts

#1: You and your friends are out walking one night and stumble upon a haunted house. You decide to go in. Describe how you felt, what you saw and what you did.

#2: If you could create your own monster, what would it look like, what would it be called and how would it scare people? Draw a picture of the monster to illustrate its features.

#3: What was the best Halloween costume you ever wore? What did it look like and why was it your favourite?

#4: An alien has just arrived on planet earth on the 31 st of October and has never heard of Halloween. Explain this time of year to it.

#5: You have been asked to interview a Vampire for the local newspaper. What 5 questions would you ask them and what do you think the Vampire’s answers would be?

#6: Your friend is throwing a Halloween party. What types of games will you play, what types of food will you eat and what will you dress up as? 

#7: You’re home alone and you hear something creaking upstairs. You go to investigate. What do you find? Describe what happens next.

#8: You eat one of the treats you received trick or treating and suddenly turn into a ghost for the night. Where do you go? What do you do? Who do you scare? 

#9: You decide to play a trick on your teacher to scare her for Halloween. What do you do and how does she react?

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30 Halloween Writing Prompts for Kids + Free Printable

Having a few elementary Halloween writing prompts ready to go for October is a must! These fun and spooky Halloween writing prompts will help get the kids thinking during the Halloween season and you can grab a free printable with the prompts for use in class too!

Halloween is fast approaching and while you may not be working on your Halloween plans yet, you may be getting ready for Halloween in your homeschool learning.

To help get the kids to work on writing, spelling, and creative thinking, I always do writing prompts. I will make writing prompts for fall , writing prompts for Thanksgiving, and some general prompts throughout the year.

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Spooky and Fun Writing Prompts for Halloween

These spooky and fun elementary Halloween writing prompts will get kids thinking and writing creatively. They can use their imaginations and put their thoughts to paper.

You can use these for journaling at home, homeschool writing topics, or print out the free Halloween writing prompts printable and use them for Do-Now or writing exercises in class at school.

30 Halloween Writing Prompts for Kids

  • Describe the perfect Halloween costume.
  • What is your favorite Halloween candy?
  • If you could make a dessert with your favorite candy, what would it have in it?
  • If you had a pet ghost, what would you call it?
  • What would you say to a pumpkin if it could talk?
  • Write a letter to your favorite Halloween character.
  • Convince a witch that she doesn’t need her broomstick.
  • What if a bat couldn’t fly?
  • What makes Halloween scary?
  • If Halloween was celebrated in the summer, would it be any different?
  • Would you trick-or-treat in a cave? Why or why not?
  • If candy could talk, what would it say?
  • What do you want to dress up as this year and why?
  • Design your own crazy costume, what would it look like?
  • Make up a short story about a vampire.
  • What if a vampire didn’t have any teeth?
  • Create a recipe for a new potion. What would you name it?
  • What do you think Halloween will look like in 200 years.
  • Why is Halloween celebrated?
  • Should adults go trick-or-treating?
  • Do you like scary movies? If so what is your favorite?
  • Write a letter to a ghost or goblin and tell them your Halloween plans.
  • Pretend you are a ghost at Halloween, what would you do?
  • Would you rather be a vampire or a ghost?
  • Would you rather meet a ghost or a werewolf?
  • What kind of lunch would a pumpkin eat?
  • How many zombies are too many?
  • Would you rather hang out with a skeleton or a mummy?
  • Do you think mummies would get along with ghosts?
  • If a skeleton had a job, what would it be?

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If you’re looking for a journal for kids,  Rip The Page! Adventures in Creative Writing is a great way to help kids spark their imagination.

We also love using black page journals . The kids really like using gel pens because of the colors they create. It looks pretty cool!

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  • Pumpkin Yogurt Popsicles
  • Witch’s Hat Yogurt Bites
  • Pumpkin Cookies
  • Samoa Dessert


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