A fun and educational Halloween activity for kids to do at home or school is to make up their own spooky mad libs and stories. This activity can be done in a group or alone, and either way will get the kids in the mood for trick-or-treating while at the same time promoting creative thinking skills.
Creating Fun Halloween Mad Libs and Creepy Stories
Mad libs are a great Halloween party idea! They can be purchased or made up ahead of time. To make up your own Halloween madlibs, try writing a haunted, scary story with the kids first. Then take out strategic words, replacing them with a hint indicating what would belong there (noun, verb, adjective, adverb, number, spooky nonsense sound, etc.). An example of a couple of sentences that might be found in a Halloween mad lib would be:
Johnny was in the woods when he noticed it was getting late. The _(noun)__ was rising, and he could hear a faint _(adj)__ sound in the distance. Quickly, he began to __(verb)__. He was just too scared to look back and before he realized what was happening….
Children can work in pairs or separately to write some really creative and scary tales. Once the story is done and the chosen words have been removed, the kids can be encouraged to read their stories and play mad libs with each other or with an adult. The Halloween mad lib activity will so much fun, and will promote their reading skills as well as their writing skills!
Halloween Storybooks Can Be Converted to Mad Libs
Another fun way to make mad libs would be to take a child’s favorite Halloween story and turn it into one! This is especially good for children who are too young to read and write. Take the Halloween picture book and read to the child, leaving out words and asking them to fill them in with creative ones of their own! Any of the above books would be great for this Halloween mad lib activity.