There is no better way to celebrate the tricks and treats of All Hallows Eve while having your students practice key ELA and math skills than with printable Halloween activities! From spooky writing prompts to a coordinate plane full of creepy creatures, look no further for effective and easy-to-use practice for students.
Each of the activities listed below is a fun and easy printable that can seamlessly be incorporated into your daily classroom activities, giving your middle and high school students the chance to work on English, reading, and math skills in a fun and engaging way. Our Piqosity team has also included spooktacular math problems and reading comprehension questions exclusively for this article that are sure to challenge and delight!
Halloween Math Activities
One of the only things scarier than ghosts and ghouls is a student without a strong math foundation! To avoid a frightening outcome, consider implementing one of the following (completely free!) printables as a classroom activity or homework assignment.
1. Halloween Math Mystery Picture
Teachers are raving about this fun, printable Halloween activity! Perfect for upper elementary students, this resource tasks students with completing several addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division problems. The answers students get from those problems will direct them in coloring a mystery Halloween-themed picture!
This activity is great as an assignment for early finishers or to provide to a substitute. Its range of operations allow for students of different levels to be able to have fun and practice key skills.
Created and made available for free download by Mr. Peterson.
2. Creepy Coordinate Grid Activity
It’s essential for students to be comfortable working with coordinate planes and grids, as they are integral parts of upper-level math curricula. That’s why this next resource is a great tool for middle grade students to practice graphing while having fun!
This printable group activity provides a creepy coordinate plane with spooky creatures and Halloween objects spread throughout. Students will explore this coordinate plane, with tasks such as finding the ordered pairs of the Halloween icons and understanding the mirrored nature of the x- and y-axes.
Created and made available for free download by Mixing it up in the Middle.
3. Witches’ Brew Halloween Fractions Activity
Though this final activity will task your students with working with a recipe, don’t assign it before lunch—they might all lose their appetites!
This final Halloween math activity on our list is here to strengthen your students’ grasp on fractions. Provided is a recipe for Witches’ Brew—a dreadful dish made with ⅓ cup of eyeballs, 26 crickets, and more nauseating ingredients—and students are tasked to list the ingredient quantities for different serving sizes. Multiplying and dividing fractions is the key concept here, and students will even have the chance to make their own spooky recipe with fractions to operate with.
Created and made available for free download by Rachel Lynette.
Halloween Math Questions by Piqosity
Piqosity devised the following spooky problems in order to test your math knowledge and prepare you for a bountiful Halloween—solve these tricks to prepare for your treats!
Halloween ELA Activities
We are nearing October’s end, and Halloween is on everyone’s mind. Students need every chance they can to practice their reading and writing skills, and this spooky holiday provides the perfect opportunity to engage them with creative and fun themed assignments!
From printable reading comprehension worksheets to spooky writing prompts, the following free Halloween English activities are sure to impress and captivate even the most reluctant ELA learners.
1. Candy Corn Halloween Reading Passage & Questions
This first ELA printable Halloween activity is all treats, no tricks! Provided is an informational passage about the history and manufacturing process of candy corn. Students will appreciate learning about this famous (and somewhat mysterious) treat!
Following the passage is a worksheet of reading comprehension questions that quiz students on details from the passage, to find word meaning in context, and to write a paragraph concerning the main idea. This activity will help students flex their ELA muscles holistically and develop a better understanding of how candy is made today.
Created and made available for free download by Shelly Rees.
2. Spooky Story Writing Activity
This next resource is an engaging classroom activity great for upper-elementary and lower-middle students, even if you have minimal prep time. An interactive way for students to understand the elements of a story and practice creative writing, it’s equipped with lesson plans and printable activity tools to get your class in the Halloween mood ASAP!
The resource first has your students roll four dice to determine four different elements of their story—the setting, a character, an obstacle (or, the conflict), and the sentence they’ll start with. These random choices will prevent indecisiveness and inspire them in filling out their prewriting worksheets before getting started on their original stories. You’ll love reading the terrifying tales your scholars come up with!
Created and made available for free download by Brain Waves Instruction.
3. Picture Prompts Halloween Activity Packet
Another creative writing activity, this final, adaptable resource is perfect for any middle-grade classroom!
The resource comes with four Halloween themed pictures which students will be tasked with writing about. The printable worksheets ask students to pick one of the scary photos and describe different aspects of it, all in preparation for them to create a narrative about the image. While the Spooky Story activity focuses their writing on story elements, this activity will have them dive deeper into the writing process.
Created and made available for free download by A Pair of Pears.
Halloween Reading Comprehension Questions by Piqosity
A staple of American horror and mystery fiction is Edgar Allen Poe’s spooky stories, which is why reading his work is a perfect way to celebrate Halloween! The passage below is an excerpt from one of his creepiest stories, “The Black Cat”.
Piqosity has provided this passage and our original questions for free, directly from our newly published ELA 9 course! This quiz will put your students’ ELA skills to the test while preserving their Halloween-y mood.
Find More ELA and Math Resources at Piqosity!
We hope you didn’t find these printable Halloween activities too spooky or frightful. After all, ELA and math skills are the most integral academic skills to have! If you enjoyed these Halloween printables and resources, be sure to look out for our free Thanksgiving activities collection next month.
You can find more (non-Halloween-themed) ELA and math lessons with questions of similar difficulty levels, as well as the remaining excerpts of Poe’s “The Black Cat”, in our full-length courses! These are complete courses available online through our app and can be purchased separately or received for free when bundled with our ISEE test prep courses.
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