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20 spooky writing prompts for Halloween

Halloween is a great time of year to showcase your writing skills.  Literally anything goes, fact, fantasy, horror and mystery.  What is there not to love if you are a young writer who is full of great ideas?

Sometimes those ideas are not as easy to find for some, so we have put together twenty writing prompts to cover both fiction and non fiction aspects of writing.

If you have any other suggestions or ideas we would love to hear them in the comments section below.  Enjoy.

  1. Write a spooky story to tell around the campfire. Remember, you want to build suspense and fear within your audience.. Don’t forget to have a big climax to scare everyone who is listening.

  2. The best Halloween costume I ever wore was…

  3. Write a recipe for a magic potion. Next, explain what the potion would do if someone drank it.

  4. It was a dark and stormy night when….

  5. Describe how to make a great Halloween costume using mostly supplies you have around the house.

  6. You are about to throw the best Halloween party in history! Describe your preparation, the event itself, the aftermath, and the cleanup. Did you enjoy yourself? Did your house almost destroy the street?

  7. Write a poem about ghosts. Make each line of the poem start with g, h, o, s, t and s

  8. Explain your most memorable Halloween of all time: from the treats you received, the costume you wore, the environment of your neighborhood (if you trick or treated) and why it was so amazing.

  9. I was counting all my candy when all of a sudden…

  10. The mad scientist was creating a new monster that could…

  11. Funny now, but not then? Share a frightening experience that you can look back on and laugh about... now that it's over.  

  12. Write a story about a kid who goes trick-or-treating. Start from the minute he or she puts on his or her costume and finish when he or she gets home and put on normal clothes again. Tell me everything that happens.

  13. Write a ghost story. It can be one you have personal experience with or completely fictional.

  14. Something in the closet was making a strange noise, so I opened the door and…

  15. You won’t believe this story, but it is true…

  16. If you could design a haunted mansion, what would you name it? What types of rooms would you have? Describe, in detail the best rooms in your haunted house.

  17. Everybody said the old Warwick mansion was haunted…..

  18. The zombies staggered through my front lawn…..

  19. Do you think our modern Halloween traditions still have value? Why or why not?

  20. A film company is sponsoring a nationwide Halloween script-writing contest. Write a brief summary of your prize winning movie plot.