37 October Writing Prompts

The leaves crunched under my feet as I ran through my backyard to my treehouse.

It was cold outside, and I couldn’t wait to climb into my hideout and bundle up in the blankets my sister and I brought out over the weekend.

As I started to climb the ladder, I heard a rustle in the bushes nearby…

October is known for many things: the leaves changing, pumpkins, Halloween… The list goes on.

Below, you’ll find a list of fun and exciting writing prompts to get you thinking about the month of October and all the unique things that come with it.

How to Use The Prompts

Our writing prompts can be used in any way that makes sense to you—as long as you’re writing, that’s all that matters. If you’re stuck and need a little help getting started, here are some ways to use our list:

  • Count the number of pumpkins you can see from your front porch or window, and use that number to pick your prompt.
  • If you’ve printed this list out, drop a piece of candy onto the paper and pick a prompt that the candy landed on.
  • Ask your family for funny Halloween jokes. The person with the funniest joke gets to pick a number.

Let’s Get Writing!

  1. Write a poem about your favorite thing about fall.
  2. What’s the silliest Halloween costume you’ve ever seen (or worn)? What is the scariest?
  3. Write a short story from the point of view of a tree whose leaves are changing.
  4. What is your favorite fall activity?
  5. Do you like scary stories? Why or why not?
  6. Have you ever been apple-picking? If so, what was it like?
  7. Which flavor do you like best: pumpkin spice or apple spice? Why?
  8. Write a poem or short story using the following words: orange, breeze, time, friend
  9. What are you going to be for Halloween this year?
  10. Write a short scary story, poem, or play.
  11. What is your earliest fall memory?
  12. Have you ever been to a pumpkin patch?
  13. Write a short story from the point of view of a haunted house.
  14. Does your family do anything special to celebrate fall?
  15. Write a story about jumping into a pile of crunchy leaves.
  16. Would you rather have a scary jack-o’-lantern or a funny one?
  17. What is your favorite fall vegetable? Least favorite?
  18. October 12 is Indigenous Peoples Day. Research indigenous people associated with your city or town and write about them.
  19. Describe a fall day using all five of your senses. Be as descriptive as possible.
  20. Write a short story or skit called “Two Grumpy Scarecrows”.
  21. If you could make your own homemade soup, what would you put in it?
  22. Write a poem where the first letter of each line spells out “October”.
  23. Which would you rather explore: a corn maze or a haunted house? Why?
  24. Write a poem or short story using the following words: crunch, howl, laugh, cold
  25. What is your favorite thing about October? Why?
  26. If you were a mad scientist, what would you try to create?
  27. Write 2-3 paragraphs about bats.
  28. October 5 is World Teacher Day. Write a letter to your favorite teacher.
  29. Think of something you’re afraid of. How can you conquer this fear?
  30. Write a short story or skit called “The Witch Who Found a Roomba”.
  31. What is your favorite kind of candy? Least favorite? Why?
  32. Using as many onomatopoeias as you can, write a short story or poem about a haunted house.
  33. Write a short story that starts with this line: A shiver ran down my spine and I turned around. Right in front of me was…
  34. What is your favorite fall tradition?
  35. When you see a house that has left a bowl of candy out for trick-or-treaters, how many pieces do you take?
  36. What would Halloween be like if it was celebrated during another season?
  37. Write a short story or poem using the following words: monster, lift, soft, night

Looking For More?

If you’re looking for more fun writing prompts to fuel your creativity, we’ve got you covered.

We also have resources for educators and parents, covering a wide range of subjects.

And if you’re looking for something specific but can’t find it on our site, let us know! We’d love to hear what amazing ideas you can come up with.