Halloween ESL Activities and Worksheets

Halloween Vocabulary

ESL Halloween Vocabulary Worksheet - Reading, Matching and Writing Exercises - Elementary (A1-A2) - 30 minutes

This free Halloween worksheet helps to teach students Halloween vocabulary and traditions. Students begin by reading a Halloween conversation and filling in gaps using Halloween vocabulary from a box. Afterwards, students read the conversation. Next, students match Halloween costume vocabulary with pictures and write the name of the person in the conversation who is wearing each costume. Students then find the words for popular Halloween images in the conversation and write them below the pictures. Finally, students do a gap-fill exercise using the vocabulary from the previous exercise to complete Halloween information.
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Monster Maker

ESL Halloween Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Drawing Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

In this creative Halloween activity, students take turns describing and drawing scary Halloween monsters. First, read the description of a monster to the class, pausing between sentences. Students listen to the description and draw the monster on their worksheet. Afterwards, students compare drawings with a partner and review the description sentence-by-sentence. Next, students draw their own monster and write a description of their monster for their partner to draw. Finally, students take it in turns to read their description to their partner who listens and draws the monster.
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Find Someone Who...

ESL Halloween Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this engaging Halloween activity, students ask and answer questions about Halloween. To begin, students go through the items on the worksheet and create the yes/no questions they need to ask for the activity, e.g. 'Did you go to a Halloween party last year?' Students then go around the class asking the questions to one another. When a student finds someone who answers 'yes' to a question, they write down that person's name and ask a follow-up question to gain more information, noting down the answer. When everyone has finished, students give feedback to the rest of the class on what they found out.
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The History of Halloween

ESL Halloween Worksheet - Reading and Writing Exercises - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this Halloween worksheet, students learn Halloween vocabulary and use it to complete a text about the history of Halloween. First, students find 12 Halloween words in a word search that match with pictures on the worksheet. Students then write the words under the pictures. Next, students use the Halloween related words to complete a text about the history of Halloween. In the last exercise, students read statements about Halloween and indicate whether they are true or false.
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Halloween Crossword

ESL Halloween Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Intermediate (B1) - 20 minutes

In this Halloween activity, students complete a crossword by listening to clues and guessing Halloween vocabulary. In pairs, students take it in turns to ask their partner for a clue to one of the missing words on their crossword. Their partner reads out the clue for that Halloween word and the other student tries to guess what it is. If the student guesses the word correctly, they write it on their crossword. If not, their partner continues to give more clues until the student is able to guess the word. When the students have finished, they check their spelling by comparing crosswords.
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Creepy Clues

ESL Halloween Vocabulary Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 30 minutes

In this Halloween vocabulary activity, students complete a crossword by describing and guessing Halloween words. In two groups, students invent and write down clues for the Halloween words written on their crossword. Students then pair up with someone from the other group and take it in turns to ask their partner for clues to the missing Halloween words on their crossword. Their partner reads out the clue they have written for that word and the other student tries to guess what it is. If the student guesses the word successfully, they write it on their crossword. If not, their partner gives more clues until the student can guess the word.
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Tales from the Crypt

ESL Halloween Worksheet - Reading, Matching and Writing Exercises - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 30 minutes

This Halloween vocabulary worksheet helps students learn and practice more advanced vocabulary related to Halloween. Students start by reading a Halloween story and replacing each word in brackets with a word from a box that has a similar meaning. Next, students categorize the Halloween words from the story. After that, students circle odd words out and write reasons why each word is different. In the last exercise, students decide whether Halloween-related statements are true or false. The student with the most correct guesses wins.
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