Autumn is in full swing, and October, with its vibrant hues and imaginative themes, offers a rich palette of inspiration for young minds. For our monthly creative writing prompts I’ve fused together the changes to the season as well as some Halloween and spooky themed prompts for the month ahead so here we go our October Creative Writing Prompts for Kids.
Why are seasonal writing prompts important for children?
Seasonal writing prompts, like those for October, tap into the events, emotions, and experiences that children are currently living through. They offer relevancy to their environment and immediate world, making the writing process more engaging and relatable.
Here on Rainy Day Homeschooling you will find creative writing prompts for each month on individual cards, they are all part of our Creative Writing Subscriber Library, or they can be bought from our shop as a pdf.
How can I encourage my child to expand on these prompts?
From my own experience when we started using these creative writing prompts my kids wrote very short ideas out. A couple of sentences at the most. But, the more times we used them the more in-depth they wrote. Here’s what I did to help the process.
I encouraged my kids to visualize the scene before writing. Asking them open-ended questions about the setting, characters, or the sequence of events to give them more to write with. I often find that merging hands-on activities, like nature walks with writing can deeply enrich the creative process.
One of my favourite prompts for this month an “Write an acrostic poem using the word “AUTUMN” to describe your favourite things about the season.” really lends itself to that.
How can these prompts be adjusted for different age groups?
One of the questions I get asked in emails from our subscribers is “How can these prompts be adjusted for different ages?”
The beauty of these prompts is their adaptability. For younger children, you can simplify the scenarios or ask them to draw a picture first and then write a few sentences about it. For older kids, challenge them to delve deeper into the backstory, character development, or even twist endings.
You can also set the outcome differently – a 2nd grader may be working on expanding their vocabulary as they write stories and poetry using these prompts but a 8th grader may be looking more in-depth at using figurative language.
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October Creative Writing Prompts for Kids
Here are the 31 Creative Writing Prompts for October to share with your kids. Don’t forget you can subscribe to get access to this and other prompts or purchase the complete set from our shop.
- Write a short spooky story about a haunted house.
- Invent a new Halloween candy and describe its taste, appearance, and name.
- Combine two different monsters (e.g., a vampire and a mummy) to create a unique, friendly monster character. Write a story featuring this character.
- Imagine you woke up invisible one morning. Describe your day and how you feel about it.
- Write an acrostic poem using the word “AUTUMN” to describe your favorite things about the season.
- Describe a day when a friendly alien lands in your backyard. Write a story about your encounter.
- Personify a pumpkin. Write a short story or poem from the perspective of a pumpkin in a pumpkin patch.
- Create a list of ingredients and instructions for a magical potion. What does it do, and who would use it?
- Imagine you’re a composer for a spooky movie. Write the song for a haunted house scene.
- If your pet could talk for one day, what would you ask them, and what do you think they’d say?
- Write a page from a friendly witch’s spellbook. What spells can she cast, and who benefits from them?
- Describe a futuristic Halloween costume. What features does it have, and why is it cool?
- Write an entry in the diary of a ghost who is trying to make friends with the living.
- Describe a day in the life of a spider living in your backyard.
- You find an ancient key in your attic. Where does it lead, and what adventures await you?
- If you could swap superpowers with any superhero for a day, who would it be, and what would you do?
- Write an entry in the journal of a time traveler who visits a historic event.
- Write three haikus that capture the essence of autumn. Each haiku should focus on a different aspect of the season.
- Write a story about a friendly ghost who befriends a lonely child.
- Imagine the trees in your backyard could speak. Write a conversation between you and your favorite tree.
- Describe a day in the life of a kind-hearted monster who lives under your bed.
- Write a story about a group of kids who befriend an alien visiting Earth.
- Describe your ideal dessert in mouth-watering detail. What flavours, textures, and toppings does it have?
- You discover a time machine in your basement. Write about where and when you would travel to.
- Write about your family’s favourite traditions during the fall season.
- Write a story about a dragon who is a protector of the forest and its creatures.
- Describe an island you’ve created in your imagination. Who lives there, and what adventures can be had?
- Imagine you’re an astronaut exploring a distant planet. Describe your mission and what you discover.
- Write a story about a magical forest where everything comes to life at night.
- Describe a day in the life of a young explorer living in the year 3023.
- Write a diary entry about your favourite October memory this year.
Looking for more inspiration for Halloween – we have a separate pack which just contains Creative Writing Prompts for Halloween.
FREE Printable Creative Writing Prompts
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More Creative Writing Prompts for October
Why not combine these prompts with some fantastic Creative Writing Prompts for Autumn Poetry.