Some kids love to write, and some kids… well they need a little encouragement. These seriously spooky (but not too scary) Halloween writing prompts are a great way to encourage reluctant writers and inspire creative writing for everyone.
Halloween is such a fun theme to write about. There are all kinds of interesting characters kids can create and lots of fun and creative words they can include in their writing. Even if you don’t really celebrate Halloween (we don’t where we live) these Halloween writing prompts are
These writing prompts are designed to be short, creative, and fun!
Some of them incorporate drawing as that is a great way to hook in reluctant writer.
Some of them only require short responses, or lists of words, so there is not a big focus on sentence structure or punctuation, but simply on encouraging the child to write. But some encourage longer writing with more creative, story like, responses which give kids the opportunity to practice grammar and really develop their writing skills.
There is even a fun acrostic poem prompt!
In case you need a reminder about what an acrostic poem is – it’s a poem where one letter in each line of the poem spells out a word of phrase. The most common and simple type acrostic poem is where the first letters of each line spell out a word or phrase, and that’s the kind we’ve used for this Halloween acrostic poem prompt
Acrostic poems are a great way to introduce kids to poetry and to encourage writing because they follow simple rules and don’t require long or tricky lines of text, but they also encourage writers to come up with interesting words and phrases.
And just in case that magical thing happens where once a child starts to write, they just keep going and going, there is a plain lined page that you can make as many copies of as you need.
These halloween writing prompts were made with kids in grades 1-4 (ages 6-9) in mind but older kids will have fun with them too. Just print out some of the extra lined paper so they can write longer, more detailed responses.
You can download the Seriously Spooky (but not too scary) Halloween Writing Prompts here.
There are six writing prompts in this set, and one plain lined page. They come as an A4 pdf document that you can print in colour or black and white.
This printable is an A4 sized pdf file, you will need a pdf reader such as adobe acrobat to open it. If you are printing on US ‘letter sized’ paper be sure to select ‘fit’ or ‘shrink to fit’ from your printer options.
Please remember that the printables at picklebums.com are for personal use only, you may not sell, share, or link directly to these files.
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