Ghost Story Writing Prompts

Instructor: Elisha Madison

Elisha is a writer, editor, and aspiring novelist. She has a Master's degree in Ancient Celtic History & Mythology and another Masters in Museum Studies.

Inviting students to explore the paranormal is an engaging way to get them writing creatively. This lesson gives a variety of ghost story writing prompts for students.

Ghost Stories

Whether they are ghost stories or urban legends, kids still love to tell these stories to their friends to scare and entertain them. Stories like Bloody Mary have been told for decades and changed over the years to properly horrify each new generation. Still, rather than recycle old campfire stories, students can take a more active approach to the supernatural realm by creating original tales. Writing prompts can inspire students to write their own stories. Like a good basic recipe that can lead to endless variation, an interesting writing prompt can provide a good foundation for exciting, new stories.

Image Writing Prompts

Images can provide the more visual among your students with an immediate way to immerse themselves in ghost stories. While a picture is worth a thousand words, including a caption can help students get started while giving them room to interpret the image in their own ghostly way.

Haunted House

A creepy-looking house invites questions. Students can use this image or a similar one to start asking questions and write a ghost story about a specific place.

The house crumbled into disarray, while the ghosts inside become more excited for the coming day.
Haunted House

Ghost Ship

A haunted realm doesn't have to be bound to one time or place. Take this ghost ship, for instance. It can be used for many ideas: undead pirates, a cruise gone wrong, or the Bermuda Triangle.

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