Halloween ESL Lesson: A No Prep Guide
Updated: Oct 18, 2022
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Fall is easily my favorite time of the year. The weather cools. Night comes earlier. PSLs. Scary movies. Halloween. And ESL Halloween lessons.
If you've been following me and the ESL games that I make for any amount of time, it may come as no surprise to you that I absolutely love Halloween. My class games have aliens, monsters, zombies, graveyards and plenty of other spooky stuff. It also may come as no surprise that I'm here for you when it comes to Halloween ESL class material: games, lessons, and more.
I've put together a collection of this material below that you can find and use in your ESL class this holiday.
The No Prep ESL Halloween Lesson
First up, we've got the Halloween ESL lesson. This lesson is a cauldron full of games, activities, and presentations.
You can download it here.
As the lesson title suggests, this lesson is about the monsters that we see on Halloween. Students will learn about eight different monsters and then use that vocabulary to play tons of games and practice activities. Printable Halloween flashcards are also included.
The lesson contains not one, but two presentations as well! In one, students talk abut the monsters they just learned about and in the other, they talk about what we do on this supernatural holiday. Everything is in good fun and nothing gets too spooky.
This lesson is completely ready to go. All you need to do is put it on your USB stick or classroom computer and load it up. Start out by teaching the new words and then move on to the practice activities and games. After students are familiar with the keywords, teach one (or both) of the presentations. And then, to round it all out, you can play some flashcard games, more of the games built in to this software, or one of the following games....
Hallowheel: The Halloween Spinner / Wheel Game
Next up we have the Halloween spinner game. This is a simple to use and fun wheel that you can add to your own existing Halloween lesson and use it with any content.
Download it for free here.
This is the latest edition to the Cool Stuff section on my site.
This Halloween class game is easy to use and actually has not one, but two games built in!
In the first game (pictured above), two to four teams of students compete to answer your questions (any questions). When they spin the Halloween spinner to earn points. The team that has the most points at the end wins!
The second wheel is a trick or treat wheel. Your ESL students answer your questions and spin the wheel, earning a treat...but also...maybe nothing!
Halloween Class Game: Grave Danger
Grave Danger is a Halloween game that is sure to send shivers down your students' spines. It's a funny and spooky game that you can check out here.
$3.99 | 30 RMB
In this interactive whiteboard game, your students answer your questions and then search the graveyard for candy. They do this by tapping a tombstone to reveal what it is hiding. They may find three different kinds of candy (worth different point values) or find a monster! Uh-oh!
Like all of my ESL class games, the game play is completely randomized and can be played over and over again. Grave Danger contains two modes for your Halloween class. One mode is a team game that tasks your students with gaining the most points before the game is over. The other is a trick or treat class mode.
One of the most interesting things about this game is the odd occurrence feature. At any point in the game, you can tap the moon in the background, and something strange will happen. Perhaps a spooky fog will roll in, a skeleton might wave hello, or a spider may crawl down the screen. These odd occurrences are sure to delight your students.
Halloween Class Game: Zombie Danger
Zombie Swarm is a zombie class game that works not only on Halloween, but all year round! Check out this exciting interactive whiteboard game here.
$3.99 | 30 RMB
Zombie Swarm is an action packed game that tasks your ESL students with defeating an oncoming zombie invasion. The students help the two heroes throw their magical dodgeballs at the zombies to defeat them. They must aim carefully or they might miss.
What makes this game exciting is that the zombies never stop coming. As you are asking your questions, the zombies continue their march. They march slowly but they are coming.
I've never seen students more eager to answer questions than when playing this game! As always, you can ask any questions you like when you play.
You may also pause the marching when you ask questions if you like.
One neat feature in this Halloween class game is that if you press the moon in the background, you'll be taken to a comedy stage. Here, the villain of the game is telling bad Halloween jokes! If your students can understand the jokes...they're sure to get a kick out of it.
Annnnd there we go! This is Halloween.....eh...this is a Halloween lesson! Using the content above, you've got yourself a great no prep lesson filled with exciting content that will get your students pumped for this holiday.
Next up? Thanksgiving! Stayyyyyy tuned.
~Richard 'Griffy' Griffith
creator of Happy Everyday English