Chills, Thrills and ELA Skills: Unmissable Spooky Activities for Your Students!

spooky activities

As the leaves turn golden and the school year kicks into high gear, my passion for providing my students with the ultimate English learning experience is at an all-time high! ??We all know that maintaining that September enthusiasm can be a bit challenging. By mid-October, the initial excitement seems to fizzle, leaving us with a group of seemingly unimpressed students. ? However, fear not, for the spooky activities season is here to reinvigorate our educational journey! ?

It’s like a gust of wind filling the sails of my teaching ship, propelling us toward our destination with renewed energy and excitement. The beauty of it all is that spooky activities are the secret sauce that can work wonders for your class. ?? These engaging and captivating activities are something I refuse to let go of easily, as they are the key to sparking enthusiasm and igniting the flames of curiosity in my students.

Are you in the same boat as I am, but you do not know what to do to get your students engaged and excited about your lessons? Let me share my favorite activities that my students are crazy about.


Blackout poetry is so popular these days and spooky season is the best opportunity to take advantage of this. My trick is to use pages taken from spooky short stories. In this way, we get to read a story, analyze and understand it, even do one or two activities with it. Then the students create the blackout poetry with the help of a useful template. The blackout poems are always mind blowing.

blackout poetry spooky activities


In this fun activity, each student gets the photo of a carved pumpkin and they have to fill in a template and try to convince people to buy their pumpkin. I often add to this spooky writing activity a speaking component so my students get a full experience and get to exercise multiple skills. This pumpkin picture is my students’ favorite one.

carved pumpkin spooky activities


Get ready to embark on an exhilarating Haunted Houses escape room experience! This specially designed escape room passage is tailor-made to enhance their reading comprehension, vocabulary, and critical thinking abilities, all while having a blast. With multiple Haunted Houses reading challenges that require decoding context clues, making insightful inferences, and mastering the art of close reading, your students will be on the edge of their seats.

haunted house


There’s something uniquely thrilling about sharing spine-tingling tales in ELA class. Whether you’re looking to celebrate Halloween or simply want to infuse some excitement into your literature lessons, these tales will transport your students to a world of mystery, suspense, and the supernatural.

scary stories spooky activities


Get your students hooked with poetry by offering them a cohesive spooky poetry lesson! My students loved poems like The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes, The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe, Song of the Witches from Macbeth or The Witch by Mary Elizabeth Coleridge. They adored creating one pagers and solving interesting bingo boards.

So this is what spooky activities season looks in my class. What interesting spooky activities are you doing in your students this month? Share below so that others can get inspired as well.

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