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Spooky Story BOO! Book Halloween Project
Projects : Spooky Stories and BOO! Books Halloween Writing Project

Creative Halloween Story Writing & Book Making Project

Spooky Stories and BOO! Books

By Molly Anderson-Childers

For some nifty and imaginative creative writing ideas, read some submitted spooky and scary Halloween Stories!

Includes Four FREE Printable Jack-O-Lantern BOO! Book Project Templates to make your own story book!

How to Make a Jack-O-Lantern Spooky Story Book BookDownload Book Templates »
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Includes Jack-O-Lantern book covers and inside writing pages (blank and lined). See the "How to Make a Jack-O-Lantern Spooky Story BOO! Book" project box to the right for template instructions.

Hey, kids! Halloween is just around the corner. It’s my favorite holiday — and why shouldn’t it be? I love dressing up in costumes, I love spooky stories and funny tricks, and of course I love sugary, chocolatey treats! When I was younger, my little brothers and I dressed up and trick-or-treated all over our neighborhood. Then we went to the Halloween Carnival at our school to have our fortunes told, win a cake at the cake walk, get our faces painted, and hear a scary story. My librarian, Mollie Harris, was a fabulous storyteller. At Halloween, she was in her element. She decorated the library with cobwebs and fake skulls, and dressed up as an ugly old witch. She told the scariest, best stories ever!

There’s nothing like a good scare — and in that spirit, I’m here to help you create boo-tiful books filled with your own terrifying tales. I’ve even got some scary story starters, in case you get stuck and don’t know what to write.

First, let’s write a spooky story. Here are a few “fabulous first lines” to get you started…

  • I was trick-or-treating with my friend Ruth late one Halloween Night when we met a real witch!…
  • My big brother and I were walking home from school. Our route took us past an abandoned house that everyone said was haunted. One day, he dared me to go in…
  • Do you believe in ghosts? I didn’t…until I saw one with my own eyes!…
  • “I can see the future. Let me tell your fortune,” the Gypsy said…
  • As I watched the transformation in horror, I knew my friends would never believe me when I told them our new teacher was a werewolf…
  • When a black cat crossed my path on Halloween night, I knew I was in for a few scary surprises…
  • I was biking home after school when I decided to take a short-cut through the cemetery…

Using these ideas, or your own stories, create a short tale of terror. When you’re done, read it out loud to a friend. This will help you find anything awkward or strange that just doesn’t fit — if it just doesn’t sound right, try to re-write it three different ways and pick the one you like best. Then type up your story and print it out… you’re ready to begin making a book!

Using heavy construction paper, draw a simple shape that is large enough to cover the printed pages of your story. A haunted house, ghost, witch’s face, full moon, or a scary black cat are all good shapes to start with. Put a second, blank piece of construction paper under your design, then cut out the shape you drew, creating two identical covers for your book.

Line up the pages of your story inside the book’s cover, then punch three holes along the side — or two along the top — of the book’s cover and pages. When you’re done, tie them together with yarn or ribbon, then use markers, colored pencils, stickers, glitter, googly eyes and other fun stuff to decorate your book! It’s more fun to do this with a group — it’s a great activity for a Halloween party or sleepover! Take turns reading your stories aloud for a scary thrill fest that’s sure to make you lose a little shut-eye, or give your books as gifts to someone who enjoys a good scare! •

© 2006 Molly J. Anderson-Childers. All rights reserved.

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About the Author | More by Molly Anderson-Childers
Molly J. Anderson-Childers is a wildly creative soul living in Durango, CO. She is a writer, artist, and creative arts instructor. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Fort Lewis College with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, and successfully completed their Elementary Teacher Education Program. Her work has appeared in various publications, including The Durango Telegraph, Southwest Colorado Arts Perspective, Images, Voice Be Heard, The Four Corners Business Journal and On the Wings of Poetry. To contact Ms. Childers, please email her at: stealingplums[at] or send a snail mail to P.O. Box 4281, Durango, CO 81302-4281.