Halloween is a great opportunity to add a bit of fun to the classroom (or homeschool in our case!). I have put together some free Halloween acrostic poem templates for you to enjoy.
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!
For even more educational fun this Halloween, check out our Halloween writing prompts for elementary and middle school aged children. They are also going to love these free Halloween bookmarks to color.
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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 Halloween Acrostic Poem Template?
Print out our Halloween acrostic poem templates 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.
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.
Halloween Words to use for the Acrostic Poem
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.
I know how hard it can be to find inspiration so here are some helpful words if you are struggling:
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
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.
Write Your Own Haiku for Kids: Write Poetry in the Japanese Tradition – Easy Step-by-Step Instructions to Compose Simple Poems.
I think you will also enjoy our favorite 19 Halloween books for kids over the age of 10 years old.
Halloween Acrostic Poem Templates
For some fun, the older kids might enjoy our free Halloween photo scavenger hunt too.
Last Updated on 12 November 2022 by homeschoolof1