studentreasures 2nd grade halloweenOctober is many things to many people. To those in the northern hemisphere, it is the epitome of autumn; in the southern half of the world, it is the crown jewel of spring. It is the month of the hunter’s moon, when constellations Libra and Scorpio reign over the skies. In some countries, such as Cyprus and Nigeria, it is a time to celebrate independence, while in others, October is a time to honor unity and peace.

But of course, you can’t talk about the eighth month of the calendar here in America without talking about All Hallow’s Eve. Though many of us adults still enjoy it to its fullest, Halloween is in many ways the perfect holiday for kids. Playing dress-up, eating candy, hanging out with friends and telling spooky stories—what’s not to like? Your students will no doubt have trick-or-treating on the brain all day—so instead of letting that be a distraction from their studies, harness that pent-up energy and engage it with these fun Halloween writing activities for 2nd grade!

Writing Activity #1: Jack Talks Back!

jack o lantern writing prompt for studentsThis writing activity involves a little bit of anthropomorphization and a lot of imagination. Ask your kids to picture a jack-o-lantern in their minds, either one that they’ve seen or carved in the past or one they’d like to make this year. What would happen if that jack-o-lantern came alive and started to talk? What sort of things would a pumpkin have to say? Would one with an angry face be grumpy? Could a silly face hide a dark secret? Encourage your 2nd graders to really bring their jack-o-lanterns to life with their words!



While perfect for a bite-sized journal entry to start (or end) the day with, this Halloween writing activity also makes a great basis for a fun classbook project. Before assigning the prompt, ask your students to first design and color their jack-o-lanterns with markers and blank paper. Have them write about that jack-o-lantern specifically when responding to the prompt. After writing, ask them to polish up their responses with a self-editing exercise. Finally, publish your students’ drawings and stories in a classbook that’s sure to light up their faces just like jack-o-lanterns!


Writing Activity #2: A Sweet Defense

candy trick or treat halloween writing promptThis Halloween writing activity is a classic exercise in opinion writing. Discuss the wide variety of candy that’s given out each year to trick-or-treaters on the big night. Come up with as many different kinds as you can! Then, ask them to choose their favorite and write about why that candy is the best Halloween candy around. For those rare students who don’t like candy (or can’t have any), ask them to write about something else people could give out instead—and why it would be an even better Halloween treat.



To sweeten the deal with this writing activity, go deeper by beginning with a simple brainstorm worksheet and ask your students to first identify a clear opinion along with 3 specific details that support their choice. After they’ve written their first draft, have them peer-edit each other’s work to eliminate spelling and grammar mistakes. Follow this up with an art session: ask them to draw a scene involving the candy in question. Once they’re done drawing and writing, publish their work in the sweetest classbook written this side of All Hallow’s Eve!


Writing Activity #3: A Bat, a Cat, and a Rat

cat bat rat halloween story for students 2nd gradeScreeching bats, hissing black cats and scurrying rats are staples of the Halloween scene. For this open-ended narrative writing activity, ask your 2nd grade students to imagine all three of these creatures meeting up at midnight one dark and stormy Halloween night. Why have they crossed paths—and what happens next? Only your students know!



While engaging enough as a solo activity, this writing assignment can be twice—or even thrice—as much fun as a collaborative project! Divide your students into groups of three and ask them to take turns writing a full story response, with one student writing the beginning, another writing the middle, and the third writing the end. After completing and editing their work, ask them to apply the same process to a three-panel comic illustration depicting the events of the story, having each student draw one of the three panels. Publish their stories in a professionally bound classbook that will preserve their work for many Halloweens to come!

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Celebrating the Spirit of Halloween With Your 2nd Graders

As a certain redhead named Anne once said in an L.M. Montgomery novel, “​I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” It’s truly a magical time of the year—one which is perfect for bringing out the best in your young authors-to-be, whether they’re writing about talking pumpkins, sweet treats or a gathering of the creatures of the night.

A time of storytelling and transformations, of winking eyes and glowing grins to light the way in the darkness, the spirit of Halloween is, above all, a creative spirit. There’s no trick more impressive, or treat more enjoyable, than celebrating that spirit by doing something, well, creative! Writing and publishing a book with your students gives them both a keepsake and memories they’ll be able to enjoy long after the last of this year’s candy corn is chewed and swallowed and the last jack-o-lantern’s light blown out.

Whether you’re looking for more Halloween fun for the classroom or simply more creative writing activities for your students, be sure to treat yourself to the free resources in our online teacher’s lounge and sign up today for your free publishing kit!


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