Halloween Escape Room and STEM Challenge

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We used this at my daughter's Halloween party this year! I made some adjustments so that it would work for our purposes, but it was a total hit!
This was easy to use and very detailed for set up. My students loved it and were so excited to try and find clues to be the first to escape. This was a fantastic activity!
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Are you looking for a great way to keep students engaged in October? This Haunted House Escape Room for elementary students is the perfect way to engage students during the busy month of October. This Escape event uses math, a coordinated grid, and a Halloween puzzle. There are goblins, mummies, vampires, witches, and haunted houses!

What is an Escape Room?

An Escape Room is a puzzle game in which students solve riddles and puzzles and find clues to finish tasks. In this Escape Room, students solve puzzles to open locked boxes. Open all three and you escape!

NOTE: This Escape Room is available in a money-saving bundle!

What are the tasks?

  • For the first task, students will complete a math riddle paper. The riddle’s answer leads to riddle poster displays and they will search for the lock code on the posters to open the first box.
  • For the second task, students will complete a coordinated grid paper by plotting points and connecting the points to draw a Halloween character. When the page is correctly completed the teams will earn a clue for the lock code of the second box.
  • For the third task, students will piece together a Halloween puzzle that spells a clue word or phrase. Students must search for Halloween posters to find the third lock code.

And there is MORE!

When that last box is unlocked students will find the Criteria card for a STEM Challenge. Opening the box gives them the task rules and they will grab a supply bin and get busy planning a Candy Pumpkin Launching device.

What do you need?

  • You will need three number locks for this Escape Room.
  • Directions are included to use this set without these locks! You will also need three boxes. This can be a plastic or metal toolbox, but any box will work- even a cardboard box!
  • Directions and photos are included for how to set up the boxes and locks or how to use a version without locks.
  • You do not need 3 boxes and 3 locks per group! It’s three boxes and three locks for the entire class.

What is included?

File 1 contains the Escape Room:

  • table of contents
  • 3 pages of tips and tricks for setting up everything
  • For Box 1- 2 pages of teacher directions, two versions of the Math Riddle paper, Riddle Poster Strips, answer keys, and the box labels.
  • For Box 2- 2 pages of teacher directions, the Coordinated Grid paper in two versions, answer keys, lock code clue cards in two versions, and box labels.
  • For Box 3 – 2 pages of teacher directions, Halloween puzzle strips in two sizes, two Halloween posters to display, and box labels.
  • Miscellaneous forms include hint cards for each task
  • An alternative locking system (made of paper)
  • Haunted House Maze for early finishers
  • Information page for the STEM Challenge
  • Certificates to award students completing the task
  • Black and white versions of all displays and posters

File 2 contains the STEM Challenge:

  • 3 pages of teacher directions
  • 2 sets of constraints and two lab sheets
  • 4 pages of photos
  • scoring rubric
  • File 3 has STEM Challenge forms in an editable format.

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How long does this take?

The escape room event can be completed in 30-45 minutes and the STEM Challenge in about 30-45 more minutes -if your students are familiar with this type of format. If this is your first Escape Room it may take a little longer.


  • print math sheet and coordinated grid paper for each team
  • print, laminate, and display joke strips and posters (there is one required poster and one optional)
  • print, laminate, and cut apart puzzle strips for each team
  • print lock code clues for task 2
  • optional items are completion certificates, maze paper, and the STEM Challenge

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