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Spooky Writing Prompts

Spooky Writing Prompts

Calling all Halloween and horror fans! We’ve put together four creative writing prompts based on these spooky titles in the Teen Central collection. Grab your journal or laptop and take a stab (no pun intended) at writing your very own scary stories.

Prompt 1:

What Big Teeth by Rose Szabo

Eleanor Zarrin returns home to her family of monsters after years of estrangement. Throughout the novel, Eleanor must learn to embrace herself and her darkness, as well as her place within her monstrous family.

Write a story about a family of monsters–based on your own family or a fictitious one. What kind of monsters are they? What are the relationships between each family member like? What haunting adventures do they get into? Be as creative and terrifying as possible!

Prompt 2:

Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall

A year ago, Sara’s sister Becca went missing on a strange road in the forest while searching for Lucy Gallows, the infamous ghost of Briar Glen. Now, Sara will step onto the same road–one that is full of angry spirits and dangerous creatures–to rescue Becca.

Write your own story about venturing into haunted woods. Is it full of ghosts, witches, werewolves? What are your characters trying to find? Do they make it out alive, or do they get lost in a never-ending maze?

Prompt 3:

The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass

Sixteen-year-old Jake Livingston can see the dead. Most ghosts are harmless and prefer to keep to themselves rather than interact with the living. That is, until the ghost of a dead teenager begins to haunt Jake.

Write a story about a character who is being haunted and/or possessed by a ghost. Who is the ghost and what do they want? Are they vengeful, shy, funny?

Prompt 4:

Pet by Akwaeke Emezi

Monsters do not exist in the town of Lucille. Or so Jam thought. Until one day a terrifying creature–called Pet–emerges from one of her mother’s paintings to hunt a hidden monster.

Write a story about a creature from a painting, book, song, etc. that comes to life. What does it look like and what is it after? Is it good or evil? Take your creativity a step further and draw a picture of your creature!

We’d love to see what terrifying tales you come up with, so feel free to share snippets of your stories or pictures of your drawings with us on Instagram or in Teen Central!

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