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Halloween Word Search for Older Students

Teach Starter Publishing
PDF | 2 pages | Grades: 4 - 6

Stretch your upper elementary students’ vocabulary and reading skills with this devilishly-delightful Halloween word search.

Here at Teach Starter, we go batty for a good voca-BOO-lary! 👻 

This worksheet is best used during the month of October as independent practice to support your reading lessons. It is also a great task for fast finishers

Students will find the following horizontal, vertical, and diagonal Halloween vocabulary words:

  • Cauldron
  • Cemetery
  • Creepy
  • Darkness
  • Ghastly
  • Ghost
  • Ghoulish
  • Gruesome
  • Halloween
  • Haunt
  • Haunted
  • Horrify
  • Mysterious
  • October
  • Supernatural
  • Superstition
  • Tombstone
  • Vampire
  • Wicked
  • Witch
  • Zombie

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Frankenstein this beast of a puzzle into extra games and activities your whole class will enjoy! 

🔮 Bewitched Word Search

Print this worksheet on vellum and project it onto your whiteboard during your guided reading lessons. Students can take turns walking up to the board to circle the words. 

💀 Chilling Charades 

Write each word on a piece of scrap paper, fold them up, and put them into a container. To play, divide your class or small group into 2 teams. Teams will take turns sending up 1 student to choose a word from the bowl and get 30 seconds to act out the word soundlessly for their team. If no one guesses the word it goes back into the bowl and no point is given. Once every student has had their turn to act out a word, the game is over and the group with the highest points wins. 

🧪 Scary Sentences

Have students practice writing full sentences with words from the list. As a challenge, see how many sentences they can write that use more than 1 of the words.  

We also have a Halloween Word Search for Younger Students! 

Easily Prepare This Halloween Vocabulary Word Resource 

Because this resource includes an answer sheet, we recommend you print one copy of the entire file. Then, make photocopies of the blank worksheet for students to complete.  

Turn this teaching resource into a sustainable activity! Print a few copies on cardstock and slip them into dry-erase sleeves. Students can circle the words with a dry-erase marker, then erase and reuse them. 


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