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Do now activity scary starters halloween writing activity
Do Now Activity:Scary Starters – Halloween Writing Activity

  • Choose one of the following Scary Starters with which to begin a short story or a tall tale.

    • It was a cold Halloween night when I saw the...

    • The mad scientist was creating a new monster that could...

    • The large cauldron of purple liquid started to boil when...

    • I got an eerie feeling when I heard...

    • The mysterious object started floating in the air and...

    • The Halloween pumpkin turned into a...

    • The black cat started to crouch and hiss when...

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

    • I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw...

    • As I carefully entered the haunted house, the door shut behind me and...

    • Make up your own Scary Starter.

  • Start writing!!!

  • In a bit, you can present your story to the class if you’d like to.

Create your own story
Create Your Own Story

  • Use the following steps to guide you through the creation of your own story:

    • Choose a theme for your story. What do you want to write about?

    • Brainstorm characters.

    • Visualize a setting for the characters.

    • Outline the events for your story.

    • Pull your pieces together to create a final illustrated story.

Mr. Allgunky was the school janitor. He never said much but…


Halloween background info
Halloween Background Info

  • The Halloween customs observed on October 31 had their beginnings long, long ago. They came from the beliefs of the druids--priests of ancient Gaul and Britain. The druids believed that witches, demons, and spirits of the dead roamed the earth on the eve of November 1. Bonfires were lit to drive the bad spirits away. To protect themselves further from the mean tricks of the bad spirits, the druids offered them good things to eat. They also disguised themselves. That way the spirits would think the druids belonged to their own evil company. Surely the spirits would not harm members of their own group! Or so the druids thought. Thus we celebrate Halloween by playing "trick or treat," dressing up in costumes, and wearing masks.

  • Autumn leaves, cornstalks, apples, and nuts are a big part of the Halloween season. And they are reminders of the druids' autumn festival in honor of the harvest.

  • Much later the Roman Catholic Church set aside the first day of November to honor all the saints who had no special days of their own. Saints were known as the hallowed, or holy, ones. Their special day was known as All Saints', or All Hallows', Day. The night before was called All Hallows' Even. All Hallows' Even was shortened to Halloween.

Decorating for halloween
Decorating for Halloween

  • Part of the fun of Halloween is in preparing for it. One of the traditional decorations of this season is the jack-o'-lantern. The children in Britain and many other countries make their jack-o'-lanterns from turnips. But the pumpkin is traditional in the United States and Canada.

Trick or treat

  • Often boys and girls go out on Halloween to trick-or-treat and collect lots of candy. In 1950, to try to help other children less fortunate than themselves,a Sunday-school class in one small American community gave up their treats of candy and apples. Instead they asked for pennies, nickels, and dimes to give the United Nations Children's Fund. This example has been followed by other boys and girls around the country ever since.

Activity bottled monsters
Activity: Bottled Monsters

  • Distribute bottle-shaped template for monsters.

  • Students then draw the monsters inside.

  • Encourage students to fill the bottles as completely as possible.

  • Bottles will be arranged along the whiteboard ledge.

  • Do your best & enjoy the Halloween weekend!

Students can work in co operative groups with roles that match their strengths
Students can work in co-operative groups with roles that match their strengths.

  • Producer (gathers materials, leads project by keeping track of time in meetings, helps all group members stay on task, organizes all parts to create the final product.)

  • Writer (works closely with editor, takes notes in the brainstorming meeting, writes or types the story on a computer, consults with the team for ideas)

  • Artist (Creates illustrations by hand or on a computer.)

  • Editor (Works closely with the writer. Checks for spelling errors, as well as, story illustration accuracy and proper sequencing)