Halloween Acrostic Poem Templates (4 Free Printables)

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Halloween activities for kids can be a great addition to the classroom or homeschool setting! To make the season even more enjoyable, I’ve prepared some free Halloween acrostic poem templates for you to use.

We always have so much fun playing with acrostic poems, they are perfect for kids of any age too!

These acrostic poem templates all spell out Halloween, but you don’t need to just write a spooky poem!

Let the kids get creative and write about whatever they want. It is amazing how much they are willing to write when they can choose the subject!

halloween acrostic poem templates

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What is an acrostic poem?

An acrostic poem is a type of poetry in which the first letters of each line or verse when read vertically from top to bottom, spell out a word, phrase, or message.

The content of the poem is often related to the word or phrase being spelled out.

They can be a creative way to convey meaning, express emotions, or simply have fun with language by using each letter as a starting point for individual lines of poetry.

Why use acrostic poems?

The reason we love acrostic poems so much is that they are one of the easiest poems to write!

For younger kids, acrostic poems offer a great entry point to the world of creative writing.

We first introduced poetry to my son when he was about 8 years old. We had so much fun with acrostic poems they are now something we do for every holiday including Halloween.

How to use our template?

Print out our Halloween acrostic poem template below. There are four different templates to print out with the word HALLOWEEN on.

The templates can also be colored in when the children finish writing their acrostic poem.

The children need to write a poem with each line starting with the capital letter that spells out the poem’s theme vertically.

They do not need to rhyme, but children should use alliteration, rhythm, and similies to make it the best they can.

Check out all of our free printable Halloween word games!

Who wrote the most famous acrostic poem?

Funnily enough, the most famous acrostic poem was written by the horror writer and poet, Edgar Allan Poe:

Elizabeth it is in vain you say
“Love not” — thou sayest it in so sweet a way:
In vain those words from thee or L.E.L.
Zantippe’s talents had enforced so well:
Ah! if that language from thy heart arise,
Breath it less gently forth — and veil thine eyes.
Endymion, recollect, when Luna tried
To cure his love — was cured of all beside —
His follie — pride — and passion — for he died.

Now, unless you are working with very advanced high school students, you shouldn’t expect your children to write like this! However, this is a great example of how amazing one can be.

Your child’s acrostic poem can just be one word, although try and get them to write as much as necessary for their age group.

For some fun, the older kids might enjoy our free Halloween photo scavenger hunt too.

Halloween words to use

There are 4 templates to print out, including 2 black and white templates (as we all know that ink is expensive!). The black and white templates can also be colored in when they have finished writing their acrostic poem.

You can either get the kids to write a spooky-themed poem or let them create a poem of their choosing based on the letters HALLOWEEN.

halloween acrostic poem

I know how hard it can be to find inspiration so here are some helpful words to use for your fall acrostic poems:

H – Hair Raising, Hat, Haunted, Hell, Horror

A – Afraid, Autumn, Alone, Alarming

L – Lantern, Lightning

L – Labyrinth

O – October, Owl, Orange, Outfit

W – Wail, Wand, Werewolf, Weird, Witch

E – Eerie, Evil, Eyeballs

E – Exorcist, Enchant, Effect

N – Neighborhood, Nasty, Nightmare, Night

halloween acrostic poem

Poem books for kids

Acrostic poems are a great way to get the kids to enjoy poetry but don’t stop there. These kids’ poetry books will continue their love of poetry.

Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl, we are huge fans of all his books including this one. Check out the best ways to celebrate Roald Dahl Day activities in September.

National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry

Write Your Own Haiku for Kids: Write Poetry in the Japanese Tradition – Easy Step-by-Step Instructions to Compose Simple Poems.

You will also enjoy our favorite Halloween books for middle schoolers. And get them to color in one of our Halloween bookmarks printable to add to their new book.

For even more educational fun this Halloween, check out our free printable Halloween writing prompts for elementary and middle school aged children.

Halloween activity bundle


Tips for downloading the free files

Below you will see a large sign-up box where you need to add your name and email address, and press I NEED THIS NOW!

Within minutes you will be sent the free PDF directly to your email address, so you can print it out and start using it immediately.

Sometimes emails get a little wonky, so if you can’t see it, please check your spam folder where I am sure it is hiding.

Download the free Halloween acrostic poem templates

Make sure you choose the correct paper size and click on the shrink to fit button. All of our free printables for kids work better when printed on cardstock (this is the one we use and love.)

If you love acrostic poems as much as we do check out our Easter acrostic poem and Thanksgiving acrostic poem templates too.

Last Updated on 21 April 2024 by Clare Brown

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