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The Big Halloween Blog!

By Jenni Harrison | Competitions, Event, Holiday activities, Kids, Recommended Reads, Games, Halloween

The Big Halloween Blog!

Halloween is approaching and we're excited! Check out our amazing resources and fun activities to celebrate this spooky season

October provides the perfect writing inspiration, from pumpkin-spiced lattes, falling leaves, changing seasons and ending with Halloween, so we've used this opportunity to create some fun writing resources to celebrate this wonderful time of year!

The Perfect Halloween Poetry Guide

Have you checked out our how-to guide for the different types of poetry? Walking your young writer through acrostics, colour poems and riddles, this one-stop shop is great to teach them how to write their favourite poem in a spooky manner. Why not get them to try re-writing a poem in a different format? Give it a go and check out the guide here.

Ghost Stories Competitions: The Spook Squad & Fright Club

If stories are more your thing, then see if you can write a chilling tale of ghosts or monsters for our ghost stories competitions. We have two age categories: The Spook Squad for 5-11 and Fright Club for 12-18. See if you can scare our editors. Go on, I dare you! Find out more here.

House of Horrors Game

Download and print out our fun haunted house game here. All you'll need is a dice, a counter for each player, and a pen and paper. Good luck! We hope you make it out alive...

Our Exciting Halloween Hunt

We know that not everyone can get out and about for trick or treating, so we wanted to create something anyone can use to celebrate at home. Click here to head to our Halloween hunt blog, featuring 8 clues to give your young one an exciting chase to earn their sweets! Exclusively based in the home, you can use whichever prizes you want in the hiding spots, or just leave them the next clue to continue to the trail to one grand finale! Check it out and we hope you have a grand ol' time!

Meet the Team!

We all love a bit of Halloween here at Young Writers and thought you'd like to know who is behind the Young Writers team. We have the M-argh!-keting team, Deaditorial and Customer Scare:


  • Lynsey Hauntkins
  • Jenni Horrorson
  • Callum Hellsom


  • Vicki Skeleton
  • BellaDonna Samworth
  • Allie Bones
  • Bobbing Apples Tobolik
  • Roseanna Casketwell
  • Sarah Slaughterhouse
  • Daisy Goblin
  • Wendy Claws
  • Debbie Killer-Worth
  • Br👁️ony Kearney
  • Andy Portal-To-The-Underworld

Customer Scare:

  • Gemarghhhh Forth
  • Molly Restless-souls
  • Slasher Graham

The Spooky Name Game

What's your spooky name? Find out below! We created this handy little guide so anyone can create a devilishly delightful Halloween name, why not even use it as a character name generator? Let us know what you get!

Halloween Recommended Reads

Check out these spooky reads. We've put them in age groups but this is just a guide - we're big fans of reading whatever makes you happy, whatever the 'recommended age' is!

2-5 years

Gustavo the Shy Ghost by Flavia Z Drago

Christopher Pumpkin by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet

There’s a Ghost in This House by Oliver Jeffers

We’re Going On A Ghost Hunt by Martha Mumford

The Dinosaur That Pooped Halloween by Tom Fletcher

5-7 years
Bumble and Snug and the Shy Ghost by Mark Bradley

Rudy and the Forbidden Lake by Paul Westmoreland (Read Paul's guest blog with his 3 top tips for writing spooky stories here.)

How To Make Friends With A Ghost by Rebecca Green

Isadora Moon and the Frost Festival by Harriet Muncaster

Ghost Scouts by Taylor Dolan

7-11 years
Amelia Fang by Laura Ellen Anderson

Monster Max and the Bobble Hat of Forgetting by Robin Bennett

Malamander by Thomas Taylor

Monster Hunting For Beginners by Ian Mark

The Vanquishers by Kalynn Bayron

The Sad Ghost Club by Lize Meddings

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

Lockwood & Co by Jonathan Stroud

The House In The Woods by Yvette Fielding

Published: Fri 13th Oct 2023

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