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4 Halloween Creative Writing Activities for Middle and High School ELA

Updated: Sep 11

In bold text, it says, "4 Creative Writing Activities for Halloween." The image shows an aerial view of a desktop. A hand is holding a pencil about to write on a notebook. The desk has seasonal items scattered around, like a little pumpkin, a paper ghost, some leaves, and a paper bat with googly eyes.

In secondary ELA, Halloween creative writing can be so much more than just a traditional scary story. Halloween creative writing activities for middle and high school students can be both fun and standards-based. Check out these creative Halloween writing assignments that teach secondary students about voice, word choice, inferences, and rhetorical appeals.

The images shows a close up of Monster Match Dating Profile worksheets. Each page is laid out on top of black construction paper, and the pages are overlapping. The pages show pictures of the monsters being profiled, like a witch, a man with a pumpkin head, a swamp monster, a scary clown, and a skeleton in a cloak. The characters are bright and colorful.

Monster Match Dating Profiles

Can negative attributes be spun to sound like positive ones? Students focus on word choice and stretching truths with these Monster Match dating profiles. With ten different monster profiles to choose from, students have a lot of room for creativity. Their imaginations bring these monsters to life.

One page of the Monster Voice activity is being filled in. The page says, "Create a Monster" and has an image of three bright monsters around an answer box. A hand is using an orange pen to answer questions.

Monster Voice

Learning to create voice with diction and syntax doesn’t have to be challenging or boring. This creative Monster Voice activity breaks it down into simple terms and includes examples to guide students. Students even get to create their own monsters.

Pages of the Two Sentence Horror Story resource are laid out on red construction paper. The pages are overlapping, and an iPad sits on top. The iPad shows the first slide of the Two Sentence Horror Story presentation about micro fiction.

Two Sentence Horror Stories

Students love scary stories, but how do you create mood and plot in just two sentences? This resource teaches students about micro fiction and walks them through the process of writing their own carefully worded two sentence horror stories.

A "Sell This Haunted House Rhetorical Appeals Activity" is laid out on a desk. There is a sample listing and a haunted house listing for students to fill in.

Sell the Haunted House Rhetorical Appeals Activity

Can your students sell a haunted house? This fun haunted house activity turns your students into real estate agents, and they must use rhetorical appeals to sell a haunted house. It's a spooky way to practice using rhetorical appeals.

I hope you are leaving with some creative Halloween writing activities to use in your secondary classroom. Happy Halloween writing!


Check out the resources:

Halloween Writing Bundle (all resources shown here)

Monster Match Dating Profile

Monster Voice: Creating Voice with Diction and Syntax

Two Sentence Horror Stories

Sell the Haunted House Rhetorical Appeals Activity

Descriptive Writing: Scary Story Edition

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