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Halloween resources

A range of worksheets, lesson plans and interactive materials to help your students learn all about Halloween.

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Whether you teach children, teenagers or adults, you’ll find plenty of choice for your Halloween-themed lessons. From worksheets about the history of Halloween to songs and activities for young learners, and from a scary webquest to audio serializations of literary classics, we’ve got all your spooky needs covered!

Want more? Visit the Macmillan Readers page of Halloween resources for a collection of spine-tingling stories this October.



Trick or treat! This is a lesson plan to teach pupils about the costumes and traditions associated with this ‘ghoulish’ festival, popular in many English-speaking countries, while reinforcing the present continuous. Pupils solve riddles to guess the Halloween character, draw and describe a Halloween costume, and use patterns to create Halloween decorations.

Fantasy characters

Describing story characters is an important stage in the development of creative writing. In this worksheet, pupils match pictures and text descriptions to fairytale creature before writing their own description of a fantasy character.

Selections level 6: The long walk home

A story by Josephine Cotterill about a boy who sees something unusual whilst walking in the rain, with a complete lesson plan and worksheets by Adrian Tennant.

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Happy Halloween! Video

A song and interactive games on the spooky topic of Halloween.

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Celebrations: Halloween

Students do a Halloween word puzzle and read and write a horror story.

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Webquest: Halloween

This spooky webquest includes activities on popular Halloween traditions, global celebrations and terrifying tales.

Grammar: Murder mystery

Simon Mumford’s sinister winning lesson serves up a healthy dose of intrigue in order to revise the past tenses.  

Macmillan Readers

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Owl Hall

Owl Hall, by Robert Campbell and Lindsay Clandfield, is a gripping teenage mystery story told in thirteen spooky parts. But that’s not all … find out all about Owl Hall and everything it has to offer you and your students here!

Oh, Whistle and I'll Come to You, My Lad

This advanced-level story, by M R James, is set in Burnstow, a seaside town on the east coast of England. It tells of how university professor makes an interesting discovery with disturbing consequences. It is told in seven parts; each part contains audio and an accompanying lesson plan written by Daniel Barber or Ceri Jones, which includes teacher’s notes, student worksheets and a full transcript and glossary. Part 1 is free to all onestopenglish users.

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