Halloween is a fun holiday for students and also a great theme for drama and language arts activities. Here is a fun drama activity to play with a group of kids of any size. This zany game celebrates this spooky holiday while helping kids use their voices creatively.
How to Play this Halloween Drama Game
Have participants sit in a circle. Each child, one at a time, will be responsible for providing the needed sound effects for the following story. Let the children know that you will point to them when you are ready for them to do the sound effect. When you are ready for them to stop, you will put your hand down. Let participants know that participants who go out of turn or make noises when not signaled to will lose their turn.
Read the following story aloud, pointing to the students at their turn, making sure to put your hand down when you are ready for them to stop making the sound effect. Words to signal students to make sound effects are in italics.
The Spooky Sound Effects Story
It was a sunny afternoon. The birds were chirping. My little sister and I were walking our dog, Buster. Suddenly, Buster started barking. He raced away. He raced across the street and a car honked at him.
He kept barking. He ran right into the old haunted house at the end of the street. The wind blow eerily as my sister and I approached. We both gulped. The old metal gate creaked eerily in the wind.
My sister started to cry. She said she could hear an evil laugh coming from inside. I told her she was imagining things. But I did think I could hear a low, ghostly moan coming from the house. The wind again blew eerily.
My sister continued to cry. We again heard the strange moaning sound. Just then, we heard a dog barking. Pigeons flew out of the old house cooing agitatedly! So the pigeons had made the strange noises we had heard! Buster trotted back to us, panting with excitement.
Buster had come back! He was only chasing pigeons! My sister and I walked Buster home. We listened to the birds chirping. My sister gave a huge sigh of relief. I was relieved too.
Although the scary noises we heard were only pigeons, I still didn’t want to go into that house! The end!
Language Arts Variation on this Halloween Drama Game
A fun variation of this game is to have students write their own spooky sound effects stories to present to the class. First, after doing the activity above, make a list, as a group, of potential spooky sound effects to include in their own spooky sound effects story. Some examples of great spooky sound effects to include are:
- evil laughs
- ghostly moans
- a door creaking
- a wolf howling
- a witch cackling
- wind blowing eerily
Next, allow the students to write a short story using the spooky sound effects brain stormed by the group. Finally, let the students read their own spooky stories aloud one at a time, again signaling classmates to create the sound effects, as in the above activity.
Reminder for This Halloween Drama and Language Arts Activity
With younger students it is important to remind students to be polite and quiet when it is not their turn. These games are much more fun when students are respectful of each other and listening to others