Digital and Printable Halloween Word Search and Crossword Puzzles

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These puzzles and activities were great to include in a Halloween work packet. They would also be great for morning work or for early finishers.
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These 3 word search puzzles and 1 crossword puzzle give your students a fun way to learn about Halloween. All the puzzles use the same 20 words related to this popular American holiday. Both Print and Google Drive™ versions are provided for all the puzzles. Please see below for a list of the words.

✓ Please Note:

* This resource is included in a money-saving bundle with 2 other Halloween resources; you can find it HERE.

* This resource is also included in another money-saving bundle with 4 other October & November & December holiday puzzle resources; you can find it HERE.

* You can also find this Halloween resource in a big money-saving bundle with word search and crossword puzzles for 17 other holidays occurring throughout the entire year. It's available HERE.

Resource at a Glance:

What will students learn?

* 20 vocabulary words and phrases about Halloween.

Who is it for?

* All students, including English Language Learners who may not be familiar with how the holiday is celebrated in the U.S.

How does it help teachers?

* Use it to introduce lessons about Halloween or to extend learning after teaching about the holiday.

*Puzzles can be used for homework, in centers, as fillers, and for early finishers.

* Printable and digital versions mean it can be used both with in-person classes and when teaching virtually.

* The digital version gives students practice using some technology skills.

What educators who have used this resource say about it:

♥ "Students loved it." -- Debra C.

♥ "Perfect to do after tests or for early finishers." -- Candace N.

♥ "Fun! Great for a sub activity or Friday fun. Love it!" -- Donna P.


What you get in this product:

In the PDF file:

★ Cover (1 page)

★ A list of materials in the PDF and Google Drive™ files (1 page)

★ Explanatory information for teachers (1 page)

★ Instructions for accessing the Google Drive™ materials (1 page)

★ Instructions for doing the online versions of the puzzles (4 pages)

★ 3 word search puzzles with answer keys (6 pages)

★ Word bank for the crossword puzzle (1 page)

★ 1 crossword puzzle with answer key (2 pages)

★ Copyright, related products, social media, and credits information (1 page)

In the Google Drive™ materials:

★ Cover (1 slide)

★ Instructions for doing the online versions of the puzzles (4 slides)

★ 3 word search puzzles with answer keys (6 slides)

★ Word bank for the crossword puzzle (1 slide)

★ 1 crossword puzzle with answer key (2 slides)

More Info:

These Halloween word searches are available at 3 levels of difficulty based on how the words are written in the puzzle, so they can meet the needs of all your students. Answer keys are provided for all the puzzles. In addition, there is a word bank for the crossword puzzle about Halloween for students who need additional support.

A PDF file includes teacher notes, instructions for accessing the online materials, instructions for completing the puzzles as well as all the word searches and the crossword puzzle. The Google Drive materials include instructions telling students how to do the holiday puzzles, all the word search and crossword puzzles, the word bank for the crossword puzzle, and answer keys for all the Halloween puzzles.

The vocabulary words included in this resource about Halloween are: Apple, Bat, Broom, Candy, Cat, Cauldron, Cemetery, Coffin, Costume, Ghost, Jack O'Lantern, Moon, Mummy, Pumpkin, Skeleton, Skull, Trick or Treat, Vampire, Witch, Zombie.

Here are some additional ways you can use the vocabulary words in these Halloween puzzles:

★ For words that may be new, you can have your students find their definitions and use those words in sentences.

★ Students can also draw pictures that illustrate the words to show their understanding.

★ More proficient students can write paragraphs or stories that include some of the words.

★ Extend your students’ learning by having them record their sentences or stories online, for speaking and technology practice.

You can use this Halloween vocabulary puzzles resource remotely in 2 ways:

a) When teaching synchronously or asynchronously online, use the Google Drive version.

b) For students to do on their own: Photocopy the puzzle(s) you want your students to do and the appropriate answer key (if you want students to correct their work themselves) and email/send the material home. Alternatively, if students have printers, email the puzzle(s) to them and tell them to print the work out themselves. Tell students what to do and have them email/send you their work when they’ve completed the puzzle(s). Use the rubric to correct the work if you prefer doing that yourself.

Let your students enjoy the Halloween season with these spooktacular puzzles!


You might also like these holiday products:

Halloween Vocabulary Task Cards for ELLs and Mainstream Students (Google Drive™ version)

Halloween Task Cards: Vocabulary Words for ELLs and Mainstream Students (Print version)

Thanksgiving Math: Fraction Task Cards for ELLs & Mainstream Students (Print & Google Drive™ versions)

Color-By-Number: Winter Holiday Math & Language Arts Activities

Winter Holidays Task Cards: Facts & Grammar Review


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.


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