I am always on the hunt for super fun Halloween activities for my kids.
From the time they were teeny, we played Hats, Cats, and Pumpkin Grid Games, ABC Leaf Hunt, GHOST Bingo!, or Halloween Word Search. Anything to ring in this spooky holiday with a bit o’ sneaky learning.
But as they get a little older, they’ve grown out of those kinda little-guy-ish games. They love the Halloween Printable Games we play at Halloween Class parties, but I also wanted something fun for them to do here at home.
So I thought I’d force Maddy, Owen, and Cora to play a bit with the ole parts of speech–one of my favorite things ever to teach. And I’d let them get a little crazy, spooky, and creative with a Halloween Mad Libs. SO fun.
Be forewarned: this story can be pretty spooky. (Or not.)
Here’s the skinny. . .
Halloween Mad Lib — Spooky Fill-In Story for Halloween Fun:
It may be best to start with a quickie refresher about the story fill-in concept and parts of speech before you hand this to your kids. Otherwise, you may find yourself yelling from the kitchen:
What? Oh, come on! You don’t know what a noun is? You’re killing me. A noun is a person, place, thing or idea. You know nouns!
Just kidding. I’m sure your kids will all remember the basic parts of speech.
But if they don’t, here’s a quick refresher:
- noun: person, place, thing or idea (ex: box, cat, spider, love)
- plural noun: more than one noun (ex: books, animals, bags, treats)
- verb: expresses an action or state of being (ex: run, jump, fly)
- past tense verb: action that occurred in the past (ex: ran, jumped, flew)
- adjective: a describing word (ex: spooky, tricky, green, six)
- exclamation: a sudden remark expressing a thought (ex: Hey, watch out! Happy birthday! Gimme a hug!)
Maddy, Cora and I have done these little Halloween Story Fill-Ins twice now. We pulled them out one day when we were waiting in the car for my husband, and we played with them again one day after school.
Not sure how to write this Halloween Story? Don’t worry. I got you.
- First, fill out the information in the box. You choose a word for each part of speech specified. Remember, what makes Mad Libs — or these kind of story fill-ins — so funny is that the words are totally and completely random! And choosing the words without looking at the story first makes it really, really hilarious!
- Then, read the story out loud with your words in the blanks! Be ready for some serious laughs!
The cool thing about this kind of activity is that every, single time you do it, it can be a totally different story.
But just so you know: you have to be a little careful with these. Kids–many of ’em–think story fill-in’s like these are a great excuse for pulling out a little potty talk. Big kids or littles. Beware.
So what are you waiting for?
Print a few of these out. Leave them on the table for your kiddos this weekend to get them in the Halloween spirit! (And, of course, get them talking a little bit about our beautiful–and complicated!–English language, too!)
Planning a little Halloween par-tay for kids this month? These are great for that extra 10 minutes that is always hard to fill!
You can download your Halloween Mad Libs here:
Want a few more fun halloween party ideas?
- halloween class party
- more halloween class party ideas
- GHOST bingo!
- spider web craft
- pumpkin match
- halloween word search
- halloween ghost cookies
- boo! your neighbors
- alternatives to halloween candy
- halloween joke notes
- halloween learning
- hats, cats, and pumpkin grid game
- dinner in a pumpkin
- candy experiments
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