It’s the scariest time of the year – and we know our teachers love to celebrate it! To help you teach your students all about Halloween, we’ve brought together a wide range of resources, including worksheets, lesson plans and interactive materials.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This advanced-level story, by Edgar Allan Poe, was first published in 1843. In it, a cold-blooded killer explains how he prepared what he believes is the perfect murder of the old man he lived with. The story is told in two parts;each part contains audio and an accompanying lesson plan written by Daniel Barber, which includes teacher’s notes, student worksheets and a full transcript and glossary. Part 1 is free to all onestopenglish users.
Other spooky resources
This spookily-themed webquest by Luke Vyner includes activities on the history of Halloween, popular traditions, global celebrations and terrifying tales. It is free to all onestopenglish users.
Luke and James Vyner present a series of cinematic listening lessons that will take you and your students on a fantastic adventure through London – with your guide, Lord Jeffrey, the Ghost of London. Part audio guide, part audio play, this thrilling listening experience will excite and engage your learners whilst introducing them to the vibrant city of London and the colourful language that fills its streets.
Simon Mumford’s sinister winning lesson serves up a healthy dose of intrigue in order to revise the past tenses.