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EFL classroom activities and resources for Halloween


As Halloween is nearly upon us, teacher trainer Stacey Hughes has been busy creating a collection of ghostly classroom activities for you to use with your class. 

It seems that everyone likes a scary story. As autumn days grow shorter and darker, forcing us indoors, this is the perfect time to tell ghost stories.

Ghost stories and tales of the supernatural have been around for centuries and are a feature of nearly every culture.  Though many people may not believe in ghosts today, stories about haunted castles, enchanted ruins and spooky spectres are still very popular.

Why do we like to be scared so much? One theory is that frightening stories cause a release of adrenaline which makes us feel a ‘rush’. Adrenaline is the same hormone that is released in a fight or flight situation, and, because there is no real danger, we enjoy this ‘thrill’. So we tell ghost stories around the campfire, go to frightening movies, read chilling novels – all in search of a spine-tingling sensation.

As Halloween approaches…

Why not use this opportunity to incorporate some ghostly language and tasks into your lessons? We have put together a variety of activities that can be used at various levels and with different age groups, including:

  • Scary Collocations
  • Ghoulish Word Forms
  • Frightful Idioms
  • Shadowy Web Quest
  • Write your own Ghost Story!

And much more. Click the link below to start your own Halloween adventure with your students. Happy Halloween! 

These resources are available on the Oxford Teacher’s Club. Not a member? Registering is quick and easy to do, and it gives you access to a wealth of teaching resources.

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14 thoughts on “EFL classroom activities and resources for Halloween

  1. I’m teaching a class on idioms next week, so your frightful ones will come in super handy, thanks!

  2. They are excellent source of teaching.

  3. They are excellent source of ELT materials.

  4. Thanx….i could use some cool BOOOOO material for my classes !!!
    Thanx again.

  5. Oh and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!:)

  6. Reblogged this on Laia's TEFL corner and commented:
    more ideas for next week!!!

  7. Thanks for sharing these fab ideas!!

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  9. Very good indeed but where are the answers? For the collocations it would have come handy…

  10. Reblogged this on egcloyd and commented:
    Better late than never 🙂

  11. Great post. I was checking constantly this blog and I’m impressed!
    Extremely useful information specially the last prt 🙂 I care for suchh info a lot.
    I was seeking this certain information for a long time. Thannk you and good luck.

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  13. Really useful. Many thanks for sharing

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