7 Spooky Activities for Halloween Season in the Classroom

October is such a fun time to incorporate Halloween activities into your daily lessons. Spelling spooky words is a great way to motivate kids to learn as we approach the fun holidays. Here are some fun Spooky Activities for Halloween that you can use with your kindergarten and first-grade students. Add them to your classroom lesson plans and watch as your kids have tons of fun with their learning.

October is such a fun time to incorporate Halloween activities into your daily lessons. Spelling spooky words is a great way to motivate kids to learn as we approach the fun holidays. Here are some fun Spooky Activities for Halloween that you can use with your kindergarten and first-grade students. babblingabby.net #hallloween #october #kindergarten #firstgrade

Make Sure to Use Spooky CVC Words

As you are working on vocabulary and short vowel words, be sure to include some Halloween spelling kindergarten activities like working with CVC words. There are tons of CVC words that can play into the spooky season; here are a few:

  • cat
  • hat (witch hat)
  • bat
  • rat
  • web
  • run
  • wet
  • mad
  • red

Use these CVC words and all the others to practice short vowel sounds and vocabulary in the classroom. Even better? You can create your own activities using any word list you like with these FREE Editable Spider Themed Word Work templates!

Practice Vocabulary by Discussing Student Costumes

Practice Vocabulary by Discussing Student Costumes

Start a great conversation with your students by talking about what they plan to dress up as for trick-or-treating. As they share their thoughts, make a list on the board that they can then use for writing activities and vocabulary work throughout the month.

The kids will find it super fun to incorporate their own costumes and personalities into their lessons for a few weeks. Invite the kids to share photos of themselves in previous years as well for inspiration.

Click here for a fun costume-themed activity for before Halloween!

Click here for a fun costume-themed activity for post-Halloween!

Halloween Word Search: A Spooky Spelling Activity

Kids love a good word search. It’s a fun way to search for vocabulary words, seasonal words, sight words, CVC words, and so much more. Use this fun Halloween word search to get kids excited for the spooky season.

Add the word search to your classroom activities by clicking the link above and printing your copies. Assign the worksheet as morning work or set it out during literacy centers for extra fun practice. These word searches make super cute independent activities or partner work.

Vocabulary Activities and Graphic Organizers

Halloween Vocabulary Activities and Graphic Organizers

Having exposure to a variety of vocabulary words every day and quality vocabulary instruction gives your students an advantage in reading, writing, and comprehending! That’s why you need this set of vocabulary activities, graphic organizers, and templates for ANY WORD LIST ! It’s the best way to get your students into the routine of interacting with new vocabulary words on a regular basis, while learning their spellings and meanings, too. Each connection they make to a word strengthens their vocabulary!

My Vocab Pack is a perfect fit for spooky words and all of your other word lists throughout the year!

Candy Corn Bandit Spooky Making Predictions Activity for Halloween

Do you know about the Candy Corn Bandit? He’s stolen a treat from your classroom and has left clues for you to find it! This fun activity also includes a directed drawing and writing activity for kids – perfect for your hallway display or bulletin board. Even better? It’s not Halloween-specific, so you can use it anytime during the fall season!

What’s included:

  • Suggested lesson plan
  • Prediction definition poster
  • Candy Corn Bandit Mini Activity Book
  • Note from the Candy Corn Bandit
  • Discussion Questions
  • Clue Envelope Labels
  • Candy Corn Bandit clues
  • Sequencing activities
  • Questioning prompts
  • Themed writing paper
  • Wanted poster activity
  • How-to-catch the Candy Corn Bandit activity
  • Directed draw
  • Craft

This activity is the perfect way to add a little spookiness to your, while learning how to make predictions!

“My students LOVED this activity. They still will bring it up even in May. This was such a fun way to incorporate a fun and engaging activity around Halloween.” – Kristy G. 

Your kids are sure to love it as well!

More Halloween Literacy Ideas for Kindergarten and First Grade

Holidays are the best time to read books aloud to your students. There are tons of great books to choose from but if you are having a tough time deciding, try some of the Best Halloween Books out there using this list. Kids will love these 10 exciting titles and the engaging activities that can be used with them.

Today, I’m sharing TEN of my favorite Halloween books and activities that will fit right into your curriculum whether you teach pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, or second grade. Each book shown below matches with a set of paired activities, so that your lesson plans are ready to roll and you can simply teach!  They’re Common Core standards-aligned, focused on comprehension and vocabulary, and include three differentiated assessments. BOOM DONE.

Another great way to practice vocabulary words and new Halloween spelling first grade words is to use this FREE Pumpkin adjective printable. Kids will use their descriptive words to explore the inside and the outside of a pumpkin. There’s nothing better than a little bit of science, a touch of writing, and a whole ton of fun.

Use these amazing spooky spelling activities for Halloween in the classroom and watch as kids light up about how fun they are. They will have so much fun they won’t even realize they are learning in the process. Don’t forget to grab the freebie above and enjoy your spooky season!


Abby is a former kindergarten and first grade teacher who channels her passion for education into creating engaging activities and resources for the kindergarten and first grade classroom. When not dreaming up or working on her next project, you’ll find her enjoying her family – most likely in her minivan on the way to a soccer field.


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