10 Ideas for Teaching Halloween English

Do you always use the same Halloween lessons, crafts, and warm ups in your English class? Why not try something new this year? Here are ten ideas that you can adapt and make your own depending on the level, age,  and needs of your English monsters.

1. Check out 78 Halloween Journal Prompts. If your students are blogging for Halloween, this list might come in handy. Please let us know if you need comments for your kids!  The staff at ESL-Library would be happy to visit your Halloween blogs. (We don’t bite.)

2. Have a Trick-or-Treating debate. Is it right or wrong for kids to go door to door asking strangers for candy? Assign each half of the class a position (for or against).

3. Spelloween If you have a computer lab, have students try the test in pairs or small groups. Then have students create their own spelling quizzes based on vocabulary they’ve learned over the week.

4. Make a list of Halloween Safety Tips, or watch this film together and discuss what went wrong with the little witch’s costume. We spotted this oldie, but goodie, on Jeffrey Hill’s blog.

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5. Introduce your students to Michael Jackson’s, Thriller Lyrics here.

6. Read and discuss some short scary stories! Put the students in groups and have each one retell a story in their own words.

7. Try our NEW Hilarious Halloween Warm Up. The costumes are all mixed up!

8. Spider Web Craft Do a lesson on procedures with your YL or have advanced learners visit this blog post and leave a comment. Can they rewrite the materials and procedures necessary for this unique craft? What would they use to make the spider?

9. Create a Halloween Wordle challenge. Your school can also create its own Halloween Wordle gallery. Pick a theme and have a contest in each class!

10. Try the Smashing Pumpkins Fill-In-the-Blank from The New York Times.

BONUS: Here’s one more link, just for fun! Tell your class to email you photos of themselves. Zombify your students and have the kids guess which zombie is which.

Don’t miss our Halloween podcast. This is a FREE audio recording from our  Halloween lesson plan. The intermediate lesson includes a reading, comprehension questions, vocabulary review, a pumpkin carving activity, and pair work. We also have Halloween Flashcards.


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  1. Stardiva says:

    Oct 15, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Some awesome ideas there! I wrote this song https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=DUZReTbRQ8c specifically for Younger Learners and it works great for teaching /revising halloween vocabulary. Let me know if you find it useful :)

  2. Rebeca Vallejo says:

    Jun 25, 2015 at 12:10 am

    Thank you for all these great ideas, they are WONDERFUL.

  3. ESL Library Staff says:

    Oct 25, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    If you have access to a computer lab, here’s another one you can add! Halloween Dress Up Game via Digital Play.

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