How to Write Spooky Ghost Stories

Written by joan russell
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If you're a teacher of younger kids, you probably will read ghost stories aloud by different authors with the children for Halloween. You may even want to write your own stories together. One important point to remember is that every story should have a beginning, middle and end. Each ghost story or character should have a mission or purpose whether it is good or evil. While discussing how to write the story, write down ideas for their own stories.

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Things you need

  • Paper
  • Pencils
  • Computers
  • Books
  • Coloured pencils
  • Crayons

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    Read aloud from a ghost story book to set the mood. There are many different chapter books to read for Halloween with a ghostly theme. R.L. Stine has several "Goosebumps" books to choose from. "I Double Dare You More Stories to Scare You" by Kathleen Keeler, "Moonlight Man" by Betty Wenn Wright, and "The Red Ghost" by Marian Dane Bauer are good choices.

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    Hand out paper and pencils to the children. Tell them to take notes and write down ideas as you discuss some of the points on writing a ghost story. Tell them that setting is the location of the story that sets the mood. A scary ghost story might be set in a haunted house, dark lonely road, abandoned town or factory, old antique store, graveyard or old building. Tell them to write down some ideas of a location or setting for their story.

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    Discuss the characters for the ghost for the story. Characters have different personalities, physical attributes and emotions. It might be a young girl with dark hair that is just 10 years old. She wears short skirts and colourful cotton blouses. She is a sad child because she is a ghost that is trapped in a house that she haunts. The ghost should have a purpose. Now have the children think about their character. Brainstorm and write ideas down.

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    Discuss plot with the class. This is what happens, and why, in a story. Most stories with plots have a beginning, middle and end. Have the children write down a beginning middle and end to the story before they write it. Now they will have information about characters for the ghost story, setting and plot. Using the notes they have written down, have them write the ghost story. Give them 30 minutes to write it.

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    Pass out coloured pencils and crayons. Tell them they can illustrate their stories if they choose. Later, read some of the stories aloud, and let the children read the story they wrote.

Tips and warnings

  • The theme is Halloween, but you can do this exercise almost any time of year.

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