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4 Halloween Creative Writing Activities for Middle and High School ELA

Updated: Oct 4, 2023

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.

Help your middle and high school students unleash the full potential of Halloween themed creative writing with activities that go beyond traditional scary stories. Elevate your Halloween creative writing activities for middle and high school students with engaging, standards-based activities your secondary students will love.

Dive into Halloween writing lessons on voice, word choice, inferences, and rhetorical appeals with these exciting activities.

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.

Can negative attributes be spun to sound like positive ones? With these Monster Match dating profiles, students focus on word choice and stretching truths. Ten different creepy monster profiles provide students with ample room for creative expression. Their imaginations will bring these monsters to life for Halloween.

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.

Learning to create voice with diction and syntax doesn’t have to be challenging or boring. This Monster Voice activity is the perfect assignment to bring fun into a lesson teaching voice. This Halloween creative writing activity breaks voice down into simple terms and guides students with examples. Students even get to create their own monsters with unique voices.

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 writing scary stories, and writing a scary story in just two sentences is a challenge they won't pass up. How do you create mood and plot in just two sentences? This creative writing activity teaches students about micro fiction and walks them through the process of writing their own carefully worded two sentence horror stories. With precise and concise wording, students will be able to write horror stories that will give you chills.

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 transforms your middle and high school students into real estate agents, and their challenge is to use rhetorical appeals to sell a haunted house. This spooky way of practicing rhetorical appeals is perfect lesson for Halloween.

No matter what Halloween creative writing activity you choose, I hope your students have a blast embracing the spooky ambiance of the season. Happy Halloween writing!


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