Halloween ESL Activities and Worksheets

Monster Maker

ESL Halloween Activity - Listening and Speaking: Describing, Drawing - Pair Work - 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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A Spooky Story

ESL Halloween Worksheet - Grammar, Vocabulary and Writing Exercises: Matching, Changing Tenses, Writing Sentences - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this Halloween worksheet, students learn Halloween verb-noun collocations and write a short story using verbs in the past simple. First, students match each verb with a noun or noun phrase to form a Halloween collocation. Students then match the collocations to pictures. Next, students change verbs into their past simple forms. After that, students use the past simple verbs and some pictures to write a story about Halloween. In the last box, students draw their own Halloween picture and complete the story. Finally, students share their stories with the class.
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Find Someone Who...

ESL Halloween Activity - Speaking: Asking and Answering Questions from Prompts, Controlled and Freer Practice - Intermediate (B2) - 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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Halloween Crossword

ESL Halloween Activity - Vocabulary: Listening to Clues, Describing, Guessing - Pair Work - 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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Halloween Vocabulary

ESL Halloween Vocabulary Worksheet - Vocabulary Exercises: Gap-fill, Matching, Identifying - Intermediate (B1) - 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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The History of Halloween

ESL Halloween Worksheet - Vocabulary and Reading Exercises: Word Search, Matching, Gap-fill, True or False Questions - Intermediate (B1) - 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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Creepy Clues

ESL Halloween Vocabulary Activity - Vocabulary: Writing Crossword Clues, Describing, Guessing - Group and Pair Work - 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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Halloween Word Wizardry

ESL Halloween Worksheet - Vocabulary Exercises: Matching, Unscrambling, Gap-fill - Speaking Activity: Asking and Answering Questions, Freer Practice Pair Work - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 25 minutes

This Halloween worksheet helps students practice vocabulary related to Halloween. First, students match verbs with the correct endings to make collocations related to Halloween. Next, in pairs, students discuss two Halloween questions. Students then unscramble letters in sentences to make Halloween words. Students then go on to match Halloween words from the sentences with their definitions. After that, students underline the correct Halloween word in each sentence. Next, students match sentence halves and complete them with Halloween vocabulary from a box. Following that, students complete Halloween conversation questions with words from a box. Lastly, students work with a partner and take turns asking and answering the questions.
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Tales from the Crypt

ESL Halloween Worksheet - Reading and Vocabulary Exercises: Matching, Categorising, Identifying, Writing Sentences, True or False - Advanced (C1) - 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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