The best collection of spooky Halloween activities for high school students perfect for getting older students excited about the scariest holiday of the year.
Halloween is a time of year when high school students can let loose and have so much fun.
Halloween season is also a perfect time for teachers to get inspired in the classroom and engage their students in creative and spooky ways.
From telling scary stories and Halloween writing prompts to creating spooky DIY décor, we’ve collected a huge collection of fun Halloween activities for high school students perfect for younger and older students alike!
These interesting activity ideas are a simple way to incorporate a Halloween activity or two into your class time or lesson plan.
Here are over twenty spooky Halloween activities for high school students that will keep your high school and middle schoolers entertained and learning throughout the spooky season of October.
21+ Halloween Activities For High School Students
#1 Read Some Edgar Allan Poe
Are you an English teacher?
Then, I bet you already know that Edgar Allan Poe was a master of horror and suspense, and his works are perfect for reading aloud and creating Halloween themed lesson plans for older students.
“The Raven,” “Tell Tale Heart,” and “The Cask of Amontillado” are all great Poe stories and poems to start with.
Also, you can have students retell one of Poe’s stories or poems in their own words, or write their own horror story in the Poe style.
The best part? These Halloween activities can be easily adapted to any grade level making it a great choice for middle school students or higher level high schoolers.
#2 Create Halloween Themed Art
This is one of our favorite Halloween activities for high school students!
Halloween time is the perfect time of year to get your students’ creativity flowing.
One fun activity is to have secondary students create Halloween themed art.
Here are some of our favorite Halloween themed art projects for older students because even big kids love to get creative in the classroom!
- Painted rocks for Dia De Los Muertos
- Make your own skull string art or diy rubber band origami spider webs
- DIY Mini Jack-O’-Lantern diorama
#3 Halloween Scavenger Hunt
Another of our favorite Halloween activities for high school students is a Halloween scavenger hunt.
It’s a great way to get students up and moving around the classroom and school (or even outside, weather permitting).
Make a list of Halloween-themed items for students to find, such as a black cats, Halloween candy, skeletons, ghosts (the possibilities are truly endless and a great time is guaranteed).
You can also make it a Halloween challenge by splitting students into teams or small groups and seeing who can find all the items on the list first.
Set time limits to really get kids moving!
#4 Halloween Science Experiments
Halloween is a great opportunity to do some spooky science experiments with your whole class.
There are so many great Halloween themed science experiments out there, but here are a few of our favorites science focused Halloween activities for high school students.
#5 Halloween STEM Challenges
For students who love science, technology, engineering, and math, try out some Halloween themed STEM activities since they make great Halloween activities for high school students.
These activities are one of the best creative ways to get high schoolers to use their critical thinking and problem-solving skills while incorporating a Halloween theme.
These activities take more than one class period so plan accordingly.
- Design the perfect Halloween costume using engineering principles (think the Headless Horseman)
- Build the ultimate Halloween gingerbread house
- Create Halloween themed Rube Goldberg machines (a machine to give out free candy for Halloween would be neat!)
#6 Halloween Writing Prompts
Get your English students pumped about creative writing during class time with these Halloween writing prompts.
These would also be great for a quick in-class Halloween writing activity or Halloween homework assignment.
Encourage students to load their short stories with Halloween vocabulary to get into the spooky spirit.
These prompts are a fun way to get kids excited about writing.
- You wake up on Halloween morning to find that you have turned into a character from your favorite Halloween movie. Who are you and what do you do?
- It’s Halloween night and you hear a knock at the door. You open it to find a monster standing there. What do you do?
- You are out trick-or-treating and come across a house that you’ve never seen before. You decide to go in and are greeted by the strangest Halloween party you have ever seen. Describe the scene.
- While walking home from a Halloween party, you see a black cat sitting in the middle of the road. You stop to pet it and it suddenly transforms into a witch. She offers to grant you one wish. What do you wish for?
- You are at a Halloween party when all of a sudden the power goes out. A few minutes later, you hear someone screaming. What do you?
#7 DIY Halloween Decorations
Get your high school students into the Halloween spirit by having them make their own Halloween decorations for the classroom.
These DIY Halloween decorations are perfect for any high school classroom, whether you want to keep it simple with a few pumpkins or go all out and turn your classroom into a haunted house (See #10 if building a haunted house is on your to-do list)
- Paint some pumpkins for your Halloween celebrations and classroom decor
- Create a Halloween toilet paper roll garland (ask kids to bring empty rolls of toilet paper to school)
- Design DIY Halloween paper lanterns
- Make Halloween piñatas that you can load with Halloween treats
#8 Build an Escape Room
Escape rooms are all the rage right now and what better way to get into the Halloween spirit than by building your own Halloween themed escape room.
We just love escape rooms as a choice for Halloween activities for high school students since they can be cross-curricular.
If you’re feeling extra creative, try incorporating some of the other ideas on this list (like making your own Halloween decorations, creating blackout poetry, writing Halloween themed riddles or jokes, close reading of famous texts like The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, analyzing Edward Gorey or Edgar Allan Poe) into your escape room.
This is a big project so a graphic organizer might help the class stay organized and on task throughout the project.
This is a good idea for Halloween, but it will take a few class periods to complete so plan to do this one until the end of October.
#9 Write A Spooky Story
Perfect for a language arts Halloween lesson plan, have your students write their own spooky Halloween story.
This is one of those spooky activities that can be as long or as short as they want, but make sure to encourage them to use descriptive Halloween vocabulary throughout.
These stories can be shared with the class during a ghost story telling activity to get everyone in the Halloween spirit.
If you want to take this a step further, have them illustrate their story and bind it into a Halloween themed book.
This is another of our favorite Halloween activities for high school students because it is so versatile and fun!
#10 Build A Haunted House
This Halloween activity is perfect for a high school drama class or art club.
Work together to design and build a haunted house that can be used during your classroom Halloween celebration or as part of a Halloween fundraiser where younger students are invited to walk through.
Make sure to include plenty of spooky elements like Halloween decorations, painted or carved pumpkins, Halloween music, and Halloween props (think bloody severed body parts!) to really set a spooky tone.
You could even have a few actors dressed up in Halloween costumes to jump out and scare people as they walk through.
#11 Create A Crime Scene
This Halloween activities for high school students is perfect for science class.
Work together to create a crime scene using Halloween props, true facts, Halloween decorations, and Halloween makeup.
Then, have students work together to try to figure out who did it and why.
#12 Discuss Halloween History
This Halloween activities for high school students is a great idea for a history class.
Discuss the history of Halloween and how it has changed and evolved over time.
It would also be neat to compare Halloween traditions across the globe by exploring and discussing how Halloween is celebrated in different countries.
Check out the history channel and PBS kids for some freebies on this topic!
#13 Make Halloween Treats
Get your students into the Halloween spirit by having them make their own Halloween treats.
This is one of the best Halloween activities for high school students taking a home economics class!
#14 Tell A Ghost Story
A proper Halloween holiday isn’t complete without a good ghost story!
So, gather your students around and tell them a spooky Halloween tale. If you’re feeling extra creative, you could even have them write their own ghost stories to share with the class.
#15 Do Some Pumpkin Carving
Halloween calls for a pumpkin carving party!
This is one of those great Halloween activities for high school students since it’s a bit more challenging than just painting a pumpkin.
You could even have a Halloween pumpkin carving contest with prizes for the best carved pumpkins.
#16 Do Halloween Word Searches
If you’re looking for a quiet Halloween themed activity, these Halloween word searches are a great choice.
Just print them out and let your students have at it. They can work on them individually or in teams.
Play some Halloween music in the background to really set the spooky mood.
#17 Halloween Brain Teasers
These Halloween brain teasers are perfect for a Halloween themed lesson plan and are another of our favorite Halloween activities for high school students.
Brain teasers are a great way to get students thinking critically and using their problem solving skills.
Plus, they’re just plain fun! You could even have a Halloween brain teaser contest with prizes for the people who get the most correct answers in a given time limit.
#18 Halloween Crossword Puzzles
Another great choice for Halloween activities for high school students are these Halloween crossword puzzles. Again, just print them out and let your students have at it.
We love crossword puzzles because they’re a great way for students to review Halloween vocabulary words.
#19 Try Some Dark Satire
Dark satire is a Halloween classic and is a great choice for Halloween activities for high school students . And what better way to get into the Halloween spirit than by reading some darkly humorous Halloween satire?
Or, better yet creating it? Ask students to write their own Halloween dark satire pieces. They could be short stories, poems, or even just Halloween themed jokes.
#20 Discuss Urban Legends
Urban legends are always a hit around Halloween time.
Get your students talking about famous urban legends and see if they can separate facts from fiction.
You could even have them do some research on popular urban legends and share their findings with the class.
#21 Watch Some Tim Burton
Tim Burton is a Halloween icon and his movies are perfect for a Halloween movie marathon.
If you’re looking for a kid-friendly option, try The Nightmare Before Christmas.
And if you want to go all out, watch Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. It’s a Halloween masterpiece and is one of the best Halloween activities for high school students.
#22 Use Halloween Themed Word Problems In Math
If you’re looking for a Halloween themed activity for your high school math students try using Halloween themed word problems.
This is a great way to review important concepts while also getting into the Halloween spirit.
You could even have a Halloween math contest with prizes for the students who get the most correct answers.
#23 Host a Halloween Costume Contest
Halloween isn’t complete without a good old fashioned costume contest!
This is one of those Halloween activities for high school students that’s really fun because it gets them thinking creatively and also allows them to show off their Halloween costumes.
You could even have a Halloween themed photo booth for people to take pictures in their costumes.
Or, create a Halloween costume theme like dark satire costumes, your favorite American writer or character, or Halloween costumes from your favorite horror movie or short story.
What are your favorite Halloween activities for high school students? Share in the comments below! Have a Happy Halloween!