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 may read the conversation in groups of four or pairs. Next, students match Halloween costume vocabulary with pictures. The students then 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 the Halloween information.
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Interactive Version - Here is a free Halloween interactive worksheet to help students learn words related to Halloween and Halloween traditions.

 

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. The students listen to the description and draw the monster on their worksheet. Afterwards, have the students compare drawings with a partner and then review the description with the students sentence-by-sentence, making your own drawing on the board. Next, give the students some time to imagine and draw their own monster, without letting their partner see. When the students have finished their drawings, they move on to write a description of their monster for their partner to draw. Finally, the 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, student 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?' The students then go around the class asking the yes/no questions to one another. When a student finds someone who answers 'yes' to a question, they write down that person's name in the corresponding column next to the item. The student then asks a follow-up question to gain more information and notes down the answer in the last column. When everyone has finished, the 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 from Exercise A 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, Student A begins by asking 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 Student A has completed their crossword, the two students swap roles. 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. When the students have finished writing, they pair up with someone from the other group. The students then 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 is able to guess the word. When the students have finished, they check their spelling by comparing crosswords.
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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 by circling 'T' for true or 'F' for false. The student with the most correct guesses wins.
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Interactive Version - In this Halloween vocabulary interactive worksheet, students work through a variety of exercises to learn more advanced words related to Halloween.

 
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