Scary Story Writing Prompts Inspired by Goosebumps
Tell scary stories and create a classroom camp-out inspired by R.L. Stine’s The Birthday Party of No Return!
- Grades: 3–5, 6–8
Students will experience an indoor camp-out with a spooky classroom transformation; brainstorm a scary story using book-related vocabulary words; and write their own version of the classroom story.
- Set up the classroom for the indoor camp-out
- Think of a scary hook to start the scary story
- Choose words from the vocabulary bowl and think of a sentence to share and add to the class story
- Write their own interpretation of the class story using the vocabulary words in the printable
- The Birthday Party of No Return! by R.L. Stine
- Plastic spiders and skeletons
- Cotton for spider webs
- A big bowl
- Chocolate, marshmallows, and graham crackers for s’mores
- Goosebumps Scary Story Writing Prompts Vocabulary List (see Reproducibles, below)
Set Up and Prepare
- To transform your classroom into the perfect setting for a spooky storytelling adventure, gather an ample supply of scary spiders, cotton webbing, and bony skeletons.
- Ask students to help set up the classroom for the indoor camp-out.
Cut apart the page of words provided, or have your class brainstorm theirown eerie list.
Place the words in a large bowl.
Step 1: Work together to generate a hair-raising ‘hook’ with which to begin your class story.
Step 2: Pass the bowl around the room and have everyone choose a word. Each student will use their word to generate a sentence that they will add to the spine-chilling class story.
Step 3: As each student completes the task, the story will grow, and the tale will take on a life of its own! End the day with s’mores.
Step 1: After the storytelling fun of yesterday, have each student write down their own version of the story using the full vocabulary list. Hand out copies of the list to each student.
Step 2: Ask student volunteers to share their own stories with the class by describing how they changed the plot.
Written Outcome: Evaluate the student stories. Note how each student made a scary story and used the vocabulary.