Engaging Halloween Lessons for Middle and High School

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Trying to create Halloween lesson plans for high school students can be a bit challenging, especially when it seems like the only thing that engages teenagers these days are… their phones.

Which is why, when I began to think about creating Halloween activities for high school students, I knew the resources needed to be unique and creative!

So, I created three resources that require students to put a Halloween twist on things they are familiar!

Halloween Lesson Plans

1. Halloween Party Menu Using Imagery

In this activity students must create a Halloween party menu using imagery by creating detailed descriptions of an appetizer, entrée and dessert!

What’s engaging about this activity?
Students get a chance to research the menu of their favorite restaurant and put a Halloween spin on the food descriptions to practice for writing for their own menu!
What core concepts are being taught?

Imagery and descriptive writing! Students know and can recognize descriptive words and phrases, but most do not realize that using them is an actual technique writers use all the time!

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2. Halloween Blackout Poem Using Fairy Tales

In this activity students must create a blackout poem using a fairy tale!

A blackout poem is formed when you take a marker (usually black) and block out words on an already established text to create the poem. Blackout poems also usually include an image that is created when blocking out the letters to form the poem.

What’s engaging about this activity?

Students must use a fairy tale, known for being light-hearted and associated with children, to create a scary Halloween poem.

What core concepts are being taught?
Elements of fairy tales, identifying theme and creating original poem.

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3. Fairy Tale to Scary Tale

In this activity students must create their own “Scary Tale” based on a fairy tale.
What’s engaging about this activity?

Students must put a scary spin on a fairy tale and write their own short story!

What core concepts are being taught?

Elements of fairy tales, identifying theme and creating an original short story that includes the elements of a fairy tale.

Final Thoughts

I hope these Halloween activities for high school students have inspired you to think about lessons you can create for your own classroom!

You can also:

  • Grab a copy of all the Halloween resources mentioned in this post by clicking here!
  • Find more of my Secondary ELA resources here!

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