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Halloween Art Lessons

It’s fun to have Halloween art lessons but I still want to deliver lessons that are full of creativity and teach new skills.  Dumbing down and colouring in certainly isn’t good enough.  All the resources below teach valuable skills but are ideal for this spooky time of year!

Halloween Skull in a Bottle

Your students will love the wonderfully spooky drawing challenge below.

Halloween Art Project

Halloween Pumpkins Watercolour Lesson

‘Halloween Pumpkins’ below is a great opportunity to teach your students to gradate watercolour.  The good example included with this resource uses all warm colours and required lots of subtle changes of colour.

Halloween Art Lessons

Zendoodle Pumpkin Art Lesson

The zendoodle pumpkin resource below is ideal to introduce your students to zendoodles and to pattern.  I have found that students love zendoodles!  This resource comes with a lesson plan so you can also use it as a sub/cover lesson.

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Spooky Skull Art Lesson

If you want to get your students involved with some detailed, accurate drawing, the bandaged skull below is ideal.

Halloween Bandaged Skull Art Lesson

Halloween Potions Art Lesson

Teach your students how to use watercolour wet-on-wet with the ‘Halloween Potions’ art resource below.  The good example shows students exactly what you want them to achieve.

Halloween Art Lessons

Halloween Grid Drawings

5 Halloween grid drawings for younger learners.

Halloween Grid Drawings

Zendoodle Cobweb

A fun zendoodle cobweb resource that is ideal to teach zendoodles and patterns.

zentangle cobweb

Skulls Make Great Halloween Art Activities

The worksheet below, which comes in two different versions depending on whether you want to use the word ‘tone’ or ‘value’, is ideal for Halloween and is really useful for getting students to practise using a wide range of tones.  I’ve used this many times and students have really enjoyed doing it.

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Halloween Demon – Teach Shading and Blending

The Halloween demon art resource below is a great way to teach your students how to use different media.  It’s also a useful resource for engaging boys!

Halloween Art Lessons

The Day of the Dead art resource below asks students to copy the image they can see.  The top box is a straight forward copy and the box below requires the students to create a mirror image.

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The skull and skeleton image bank below includes 22 fantastic photographs of a human skull and rib-cage.  They make a great starting point for numerous drawing or painting tasks.

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The dark ‘Skull Drawing’ below gives your students the opportunity to practice their drawing skills.  They can never do too much of that!

Halloween Skull Art Lesson

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I need some good long term art projects for high school students.

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Hi Lior, Well, you have come to the right place. Long term projects are here: https://theartyteacher.com/downloads/category/resources/unit-of-work/ All resources are here: https://theartyteacher.com/downloads/category/resources/

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Thank you! It’s great when art lessons can be fun.

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31 Halloween Themed Art Journal Prompts

Get creative this fall with these 31 Halloween themed art journal prompts! Spooky or silly, there’s lots of ideas to get your creativity going!

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I love the fall season – pumpkins, apples, spooky stuff, witches – you name it! It’s especially my favorite time of year to create! To kick-off fall here, I decided to put together 31 Halloween themed art journal prompts.

We’ve got monsters, we’ve got potions, we’ve got spiders, we’ve got pumpkins…if you’ve been wanting a reason to get creating, you’re sure to find something that sparks your creative mood in this list!

How to Use These Halloween Creative Journal Prompts

Halloween altered board book

There’s no rules! Thank goodness! 🙂

Most importantly, you should kick back and relax and let yourself make a gigantic mess of paint and paper.

You should also totally get together with some friends and do these prompts together. Yes! Please DO share these prompts for any sort of personal, educational or other type of non-commercial use!

These prompts are not in any order – you can choose to them randomly in an existing art journal, or even make an entire art journal dedicated to Halloween art.

Not sure you want to use them for an art journal?

Use them to inspire some wall art on canvas, or make a doodle a day on artist tiles or index cards. Have a Halloween ATC swap with your friends.

The possibilities are endless!

Truly, No rules, no limits. You don’t even have to do these in September/October before Halloween!

If you’re only finding this post 6 months from now in February and you like some of the ideas, why wait?

I mean, I posted my mixed media daffodils video in September. It’s okay to have fun with these any time of the year.

31 Prompts for Some Spooky Art/Journal Pages 

Halloween Art Journal Prompts

1. Haunted House: This could be a spooky take on the whimsical mixed media style of houses, a doodle or a sketch, or maybe even the interior.

2. Spider Web Inspired : Spider webs are amazing to look at up close. Even if you are a little creeped out by spiders…They are fantastic weavers and spinners! Make a spider web design to use a background if you’d like!

3. Silhouettes : This is a great time to explore using silhouettes in your artwork! They can be mysterious figures, pumpkins, witches cackling in the moonlight or even just shapes you like painted in the traditional halloween colors.

4. Shadows: One of the easiest ways to help make art go from “flat to all that” is to practice adding some shadowing. Play around with some lighting on objects and try to illustrate an item with its shadows!

5. Hidden Spooky Eyes: Add a set of hidden spooky eyes to your page!

6. Black Cats: Halloween is the perfect excuse to draw a cat! {I love cats, lol…like I need an excuse!}

7. Around the Cauldron: Think witches, spells and potions to inspire something creative.

8. Stereotypical Classic Ghost: I recently learned about the movie A Ghost Story from a longtime blogging friend…I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I love the idea of how the movie makes one of the main characters the stereotypical ghost from a sheet. It’s the classic ghost, and perfect inspiration for an art journal page.

9. Edgar Allen Poe : Quoth the raven, nevermore… You can always find inspiration from Edgar Allen Poe stories and quotes!

10. Potions & Spells : Take inspiration from apothecary type bottles or a witch’s spellbook or maybe concoct a recipe for a spell you wish existed!

11. Dias De Los Muertos: I have always so admired the traditions, customs and artwork of Day of the Dead – so much inspiration!

12. Monster Mash : Make a monster by combining different creatures – what happens if you mix a werewolf with a rabbit? A toad with a giraffe? If you get carried away and make more than one, it’s now a party. 🙂

13. Dress-Up: What do you like to dress-up as for Halloween? Take inspiration from a costume or if you’re like me and haven’t decided yet…you could always have some fun cutting out images of clothes from magazines to put together some wacky or spooky outfits.

14. Moonlight Sonata : Use the moon as inspiration for a page – whether it’s a moonlit scene or aliens playing music in outer space with the moon as a backdrop.

15. Treats : Have a favorite Halloween treat? Create a page all about it, or use candy wrappers as ephemera in your junk journal .

16. Masks : For this prompt, either design your own mask or draw inspiration from the metaphoric meaning of the word mask. Or, use it as a reason to practice using stencils as a mask to try new art techniques… {Or, challenge yourself to try to combine all three ideas in a page if you’re feeling really ambitious!}

17. Pumpkin Patch : Create your own pumpkin patch scene or use photographs you enjoy.

18. Paint it Black: Get out the black paint! If black paint is too dark/dreary for you, you can also always use it as a base layer behind brighter colors to give your work a different effect!

19. Owls: I love owls anytime of year, but they should definitely be a must on this list of Halloween Art Journal Prompts! Serious or silly, spooky or cute – your choice!

20. 31 Things Gratitude List: There’s never a wrong season for practicing gratitude! Challenge yourself to think of 31 things you’re grateful for.

21. Hidden Pockets + Secret Doors: This is a great way to experiment with adding secret doors and pockets to your junk journals ! I like to use envelopes to create hiding places in my journals for notes, tags, and more.

22. Halloween Color Scheme: Create a page using traditional Halloween color scheme colors, like purple, orange, green, and black.

23. Spooky Village/Cityscape : I love creating mixed media city scenes – would definitely be fun to make one specifically for a Halloween theme.

24. Fear Quotes: A friend recently shared with me the quote: Fear is an acronym for “False Events Appearing Real” and I quite liked that. There are a lot of quotes about facing fears or overcoming challenges – use one of your favorites as inspiration for a page.

25. Halloween Traditions: Does your family or a group of friends have any special traditions for Halloween? Make a page inspired by one of the things you love to do this time of year.

26. Scary Photo Contest: Go around your house with your camera or phone to see what spooky things you might find. You can either then print out the picture and add to the journal or use it as inspiration for your art journal page. {I think if I went to do this right now it’d be the sink full of dishes from dinner!}

27. Things That Go Bump in the Night: Take some inspiration from the sounds/sights/and mood of the night: creaky floorboards, raccoons + other nocturnal creatures, the wind howling, etc.

28. Fall Festival : October is full fall festival season here! Take inspiration from a local festival near you, or incorporate flyers or ephemera you might gather from local October events in your city or town.

29. Autumn Trees: How could I have gotten this far without including trees on this list of Halloween art journal prompts? I’ve always loved the way bare trees look against the sky – take inspiration from your favorite trees this time of year for a page in your art journal.

30. Unsolved Mysteries : Sometimes the scariest things are the unknown. What are some of the great mysteries you’ve always wondered the answer to? Again, this could be serious or silly – pondering the mysteries of life or wondering what ever happened to that pair of scissors you lost.

31. Halloween Jokes: What’s a ghost’s favorite amusement park ride? The scary-go-round! I’m not much of a fan of tricks, but I do love a good Halloween pun or silly joke. Use something funny that is Halloween related for inspiration for your page.

I hope you enjoy these Halloween art journal prompt ideas! If you make anything with them, I’d love to see what you create! Tag your creations #artjournalist on instagram, or join our all new Art Journalist community Facebook group to share what you make!

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13 Halloween Art Lessons for Kids

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Halloween Art Lessons


Halloween Art Lessons—making art is fun any time of the year. However, during holidays it’s especially fun because kids have some parameters to work within to help them decide what to create (sometimes that is the hardest part about art—where do I start?).

For Halloween, kids get to work with shapes/symbols like ghosts, bats, and cats while they explore colors such as orange, black, and purple. Here I have compiled (in detail) 13 Fun and Easy Halloween Art Lessons for Kids . You’ll have enough ideas here to keep you busy for years to come. Feel free to pin this post so you can refer back to it whenever you need to—I’ve added to it over the years!

Halloween Art Lessons

1. Halloween Art Lessons: Halloween Shapes & Symbols Using Magazine Strips

Free halloween templates of a bat, ghost, witch hat, cat, and spider.

Materials: Magazine strips, glue, scissors, construction paper, and FREE Halloween templates

To get started on this lesson, download the silhouette outlines of the Halloween symbols HERE . Cut out the templates and have the kids use them to trace onto thick construction paper (the kids can share to save on paper).

Free halloween templates of a bat, ghost, witch hat, cat, and spider.

Then, depending on the age of your students, you can either have your students cut the strips of magazine pages OR you can pre-cut them and set them out on the table for the start of this project. I like to pre-cut because I have a paper cutter, and it’s much faster (and straighter) if I do it. The kids take a looonnnggg time when they look through the magazines because they get…ya know…distracted!

Students should then cut the magazine strips to fit into the Halloween shape they traced. They can play with the direction and texture as they place the strips within their Halloween shape. This project is excellent for fine motor development.

Once your students have filled the shape with the magazine strips, they can then cut it out. This will “trim” the edge that didn’t line up perfectly. Finally, glue the finished work to a different color of construction paper and hang it up for display. The final artwork will be full of texture, color, and lines!

2. Halloween Art Lessons: Pumpkins with Tissue Paper

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Materials: Tissue paper, orange crayon, glue, scissors, paintbrushes, permanent marker, construction paper, and FREE Pumpkin template ( click HERE ). 

I like to use the technique of this lesson for all different kinds of other projects. It’s a nice “trick” to have up your sleeve as a teacher. I love the way different warm colors of tissue paper like orange, yellow, and red create new and interesting colors. The final pumpkins are rich in color and texture.

Kids get to work on cutting and gluing while strengthening their fine motor skills. Again, depending on your students, either pre-cut the tissue paper, have them cut or tear it.

Steps for Tissue Paper Pumpkins

  • To start this project, have students trace a pumpkin template onto a piece of construction paper and outline it with a thick black marker (it needs to be a permanent marker, or it will bleed when it gets wet from the glue). Download the free template HERE  if you have not already).
  • Then, each student should color their pumpkin with an orange crayon
  • For step three, place a few drops of glue down onto the pumpkin and then add the pieces of tissue paper. Cover the entire pumpkin going over the edges with the tissue paper. Be sure to let pieces overlap, so you create new shades of yellow, orange, and red.
  • Finally, put glue over the top of the tissue-papered pumpkin and “paint” the glue on top to create a consistent layer over the pumpkin—this is sort of like using modge-podge.
  • Once the tissue paper and glue dry, cut out along the pumpkin outline to reveal the final artwork. I like to glue it to black backgrounds to get a strong contrast!

13 Halloween Art Lessons for Kids: Making tissue paper pumpkins.

3. Halloween Art Lessons: Interactive Halloween Coloring Sheets 

13 Halloween Art Lessons for Kids. Pop Art Interactive Coloring Pages.

Materials: Crayons, colored pencils or markers, and interactive coloring sheets. 

I have had an interest in Pop Art all of my adult life. I created interactive Pop Art style coloring sheets to provide students with the opportunity to learn about Pop Art images themselves.

The great part about these coloring sheets is that no two will ever be the same. There is an endless number of combinations students can create with my coloring sheets. Writing prompts are included with these sheets to help align them to the common core and provide students more time to practice writing.

Here is what one of my Instagram teacher friends says about my interactive coloring sheets…

“I found that my 5th/6th graders come to me and, because of the focus on testing, never played with color or design or patterns. Your products give them that opportunity, and I’ve seen so much improvement in their attention to detail and noticing patterns, lines, etc. It’s so much more than just coloring.”

To get these coloring sheets to use in your classroom, click HERE .

Free Sample Page of My Interactive Coloring Pages

FREE pop art interactive coloring page of stacked pumpkins from Art with Jenny K.

If you’d like to try one of my Interactive Coloring Pages for FREE simply join my email list below, and I’ll send you a free copy of my stacked pumpkin interactive coloring page. This freebie includes a pop art handout, instructions, an example, and the stacked pumpkin coloring page!

4. Halloween Art Lessons: “Create a Creature” Group Project

13 Halloween Art Lessons for Kids. Create a Creature Group Project.

Materials: 8.5″ x 11″ paper, pencils, crayons/markers/pencils, and handouts. 

This lesson is an adaptation of the popular Exquisite Corpse game made popular by Surrealist artists like Salvador Dali. I, for one, don’t like using that name with students, so I’ve always done my own version called “Create a Creature.”   I’ve made an easy handout with directions so you can use this lesson as an “I’m done” activity, with a sub, or with your entire class for fun. A writing prompt is also included—giving students more time to practice developing their writing skills.   Your kids are going to L-A-U-G-H with this project!!! It’s a great group project.

Get your FREE handouts and directions to this lesson HERE .

5. Halloween Art Lessons: Ghost Story Tessellation Collaboration Project 

Halloween activities for teachers.

Materials: Copy paper, pencils, erasers, markers/crayons, or colored pencils and project instructions and pages.

While discussing group activities, I would like to share my ghost story collaboration tessellation project (reviewing story elements). This is one of those projects that looks complicated (and is a mouthful to say) but is so easy for you as the educator. I have done everything possible to make this easy for you and fun for your students—I have even included a teaching video. 

As one educator said…

” There are so many options to make this fit your class and your kids!!! An idea page with the story elements, a prewriting page, regular lines, early elementary lines, fill in the blank stories (more than one to choose from), story starters, completely blank ghosts!! This TPT lady knows what we want to make this fit our class the best and gives us what we need to do so!!!” 

 If you’d like to try it with your students, you can find it on Teachers Pay Teachers HERE .

6. Halloween Art Lessons: Milk Carton Haunted Houses 

Halloween haunted houses made out of milk cartons from the school lunch room.

Materials: Empty milk cartons, construction paper, scissors, glue, and masking tape.

Have you ever been in the lunchroom at the end of lunch to witness all the milk cartons that get thrown away (or maybe recycled)? One year I decided that we should make little haunted houses with those empty milk cartons. Luckily I have a super cool custodian, and he was kind enough to save the milk cartons. He even rinsed them out–what a guy!

Milk Carton Haunted Houses Steps

  • To start this project, I opened up all the tops of the milk cartons and rinsed them one more time. Originally, I thought each kid would make a haunted house using one milk carton (like the house on the right up above), but you know how kids are–they have WAY better ideas than I ever do.  
  • Students started building and designing their haunted house however they wanted to. They, of course, wanted to build multi-level haunted houses. I had a TON of milk cartons, so that was a great idea!
  • Then they used masking tape to hold everything together as they were designing.
  • Once they had their house designed, they started covering their milk cartons–er, I mean haunted houses, with paper. I didn’t require them to do this any particular way. I was more interested in letting them “solve” the problem of how to cover the house.

Halloween haunted houses made out of milk cartons from the school lunch room.

Not all kids were successful in creating a “perfect” haunted house–but so what? It’s a haunted house! I wanted them to think for themselves and not rely on me to tell them exactly how to cover their house. I also hoped they would work together to figure out the best way…many kids did!

Some students measured the house and measured paper, and glued it on. Some wrapped the house in the paper…all kids solved it their own way–perfect! Once the house was covered, then students added details like windows and doors from scrap construction paper.

Students were completely engaged in this project and truly enjoyed taking something they use every day, their milk carton, and transforming it into something completely new. That’s the beauty of art!

7. Halloween Art Lessons: Brown Paper Bag Haunted Houses

10 Halloween Art Lessons for Kids: Brown bag haunted houses.

Materials: Brown paper bags, a mix of colored construction paper, scissors, glue, shredded paper, markers, crayons, and pencils. 

My second-grade students love how easy and fun this project is. I provided students with an assortment of construction paper and very little “how-to,” so they would dream up their designs (just like on the milk carton haunted houses). Each student got one brown paper bag and was asked to design a haunted house.  

Brown Paper Bag Haunted House How-To

  • First, students designed the front of their bag, and then I showed them how to flip the bag over and fold the flap so they could design the back of the house (if you don’t show them, they’ll draw on the flat, which later becomes the bottom of the house).
  • Once windows and doors were glued on and other decorations were added, we opened the bag and filled it with shredded paper.
  • An easy place to get the shredded paper is from your front office. They often shred materials and have more shredded paper than they know what to do with. You might give them a little heads up that you’d like them to save you the next bag of shredding.
  • Finally, use a piece of construction paper and staple it to the top to create the roof and seal the bag.

The kids loved the playfulness of this project, and so did I. However, the best part had to be the end when we lined up all the houses on the floor to see. I loved watching the kids sit by them and look at them. I felt like I was standing at an art gallery watching the people “experience” the art. My second graders would just come, sit down and “look” at all the work and notice all the fine details kids came up with!

Variation: If students needed trick-or-treat bags, you could leave the roof off, leave out the paper shredding, and add strings to the bag so they could use them on Halloween to receive their goodies.

8. Halloween Art Lessons: Haunted House Classroom Door Poster and Fall Stacked Pumpkin Collaboration Poster.

Classroom collaborative door poster gets everyone involved in Halloween decorating!

Materials: Haunted house collaboration door poster (click HERE ). Stacked pumpkin door poster ( HERE ), copy paper, colored pencils, markers/crayons, and tape.

I wanted to design something that would make your life as a teacher easy for Halloween. I know teachers love the “idea” of decorating their doors for holidays, but the thought of actually coming up with an idea, gathering the supplies, and then making the door often gets marked off the “to-do” list before it’s created or never even makes it on the list.

This project is very easy for the teacher and allows all the kids in your class to be involved. This poster is a product available in my TPT  store. In this project, the kids will color the pieces, cut them out, add their faces to the windows (which makes it extra fun), and then put the poster together and hang it up! This makes for a great classroom cooperative activity. There are 30 places to add kid faces, but if you don’t have that many students (hallelujah !!!), Have the kids color the blank windows yellow.

Take a look at this detail…

Haunted house classroom collaborative door poster.

I’ve left room for kick plates at the bottom of your door and soft-close hinges at the top. If you want the entire door to be covered, use butcher paper to cover the door and add the poster to the paper. Once the poster is up, cut around the doorknob and be the envy of your hallway!

Click HERE to view my Halloween door poster on TPT.

Teachers have loved my Halloween door poster so much that I made another one for Fall or Halloween. 

Welcome to Our Patch Collaboration Poster

You can find my Fall door poster in my TPT store HERE .

9. Halloween Art Lessons: Fall, Halloween & Thanksgiving Agamographs 

Agamographs from Art with Jenny K. Halloween Art Lessons for teachers and students.

Materials: Crayons, colored pencils or markers, copy paper, rulers, agamograph templates, and video.

This product has all the templates you need and a complete 4-minute how-to video that you can use to teach your students how to create the agamographs—let me do the teaching for you!   You can find it HERE .

10. Halloween Art Lesson: Student “Selfies” in Costume 

Student "selifes" in their halloween costumes.

Materials: Halloween selfie resource, crayons, markers or colored pencils, scissors, and pencils.  

Kids love selfies. Teachers love selfies. Everyone loves selfies these days (or so it seems). In art, we’ve been in love with selfies for years and years. We always call them “self-portraits.” I set out to teach my students about self-portraits with the popular buzzword “selfie,” and what better time to play with this idea than Halloween?!

Kids have so much fun making up these pictures. Have your students draw a self-portrait as if they were dressed in their Halloween costumes. When their drawings are finished, they make a perfect bulletin board display.

The resource for this project is in my Teachers Pay Teachers store, and it comes with a PowerPoint that features famous artist self-portraits on smartphones and text message writing prompts.

You can check out my selfie resource here for more details. 

11. Halloween Art Lessons: Art Escape: “The Scream”

13 Halloween Art Lessons for Kids: The Scream Art Escape.

Materials: Copy paper, colored copy paper (optional), file folders or large envelopes (optional), pencils, glue, scissors, crayons/colored pencils/markers, and the complete teaching lesson.

Infusing your classroom with art shouldn’t make you want to SCREAM… or should it?? Learning is about to get really fun with this escape-room-like challenge. That’s because this resource combines puzzles, learning, and art! The lesson begins when students learn about an art heist—in this case, Edvard Munch’s Halloween-esque “The Scream.”

As art detectives, they’ll need to work together to solve 5 creative challenges. Each challenge will have them learning more about the stolen piece of art and practicing critical READING skills. If they can crack the case, they might get their hands on the masterpiece!

See it on TPT HERE .

12. Halloween Art Lessons: Pumpkin Pinch Pots 

Clay pumpkin pinch pots from "13 Halloween Art Lessons for Kids."

Materials: Kiln-dry clay or air-dry clay, orange paint (or glaze), and various clay tools.

Pinch pots are the easiest of all the clay projects. You take a ball of clay and then “pinch it” to make an opening. Use this technique with kids during Halloween to make small little pumpkins. You can use air-dry clay if you are a classroom teacher without access to a kiln. Or art teachers can use kiln fire clay. Or, the best of both worlds, classroom teachers and art teachers can collaborate to make these cute little pumpkins!

Clay Pumpkin Pinch Pots Steps

  • Step #1: First, roll a ball of clay and then take off about 1/3 of it. Next, roll both portions of clay into balls. Then, with the larger ball (this will be the base of the pumpkin), put your two thumbs on the top of the clay and then push your thumbs into the clay, thereby “pinching” the clay between your thumb and fingers on both hands. Finally, use your fingers to work the clay into the right size and opening you would like
  • Step #2: Use 1/3 of the clay that you set aside for the top. You can do one of two things. Either create a flat top with a stem coming from it or create a smaller pinch pot that fits onto the bottom of the pumpkin. Play with both shapes to be sure they match and fit together.
  • Step #3: For this step, you will want to add details and texture to the pumpkin. Using a skewer, you can etch lines into the clay. You can even create eyes, nose, and mouth if you are more interested in a jack-o-lantern design. If you use kiln fire clay, you will want to let the top and bottom dry separately so the two pieces don’t get stuck together). Make sure kids have put their initials on the bottom of both pieces. I love seeing an entire classroom set of clay pieces like this…
  • Step #4: Fire the kiln fire clay. Do so after letting the pieces dry to leather hard. Or let the air-dry clay dry per instructions on the container.
  • Step #5: Next, decorate the pumpkins using acrylic paint for both kiln-dry and air-dry clay. If you have access to beautiful glazes, then go that route. Be sure to use the little pointed stilts for the glazed pieces; you’ll need to keep the bottom free of glaze. Without those stilts, the glazed pumpkins will stick to the kiln shelf.

Clay pumpkin pinch pots from "13 Halloween Art Lessons for Kids."

I recommend that you use pointed stilts so you can glaze the pieces on all sides. They are pictured above. Place them in your kiln with the clay piece on top. Then, after the pumpkins are fired, the clay pumpkins will pop off the metal stilts. The finished products are stunning.

13. Halloween Art Lessons: Pop Art Halloween Math Coloring Sheets 

Halloween Pop Art math coloring sheets from Art with Jenny K.

Materials: Handouts, crayons, colored pencils or markers, and copy paper. 

I have so enjoyed using these math sheets with my students. The set reviews addition up to 20, subtraction from 25, and all times table with the multiplication and division sheets. Kids can’t easily guess the answers since the images are Pop Art and don’t necessarily have to be one color or another. The kids will eventually realize that small areas make patterns. But by the time they figure it out, they’ve usually worked through most of the page by then.

You can see my Halloween Math set HERE or my entire bundle HERE .

Whew! That’s it! If you made it this far, thank you!!  I hope you found many “treats” to get you through the next month (or the next few years!).

Thanks for reading and for making art with your students!

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Halloween Sketchbook Prompts: 70 Spooky Ideas to Get You Started

By: Author Valerie Forgeard

Posted on Published: September 13, 2022  - Last updated: June 23, 2023

Categories Inspiration , Art , Creativity , Writing

It’s that time of year again! Halloween is just around the corner, so it’s time to get creative with your sketchbook. If you’re looking for some inspiration, we’ve got you covered. This blog post will provide 70 spooky sketchbook prompts to help get you started. From haunted houses to monsters and witches, there is something for everyone on this list. So grab your sketchbook and get ready to create some amazing artwork!

70 Halloween Sketchbook Prompts

  • Draw yourself as a monster.
  • Draw a skeleton.
  • Draw a coffin with a skeleton in it.
  • Draw yourself as a skeleton.
  • Draw a skeleton hand from behind a pumpkin and snapping at you!
  • Draw an army of skeletons marching through the streets
  • Draw a picture of you as Frankenstein’s monster.
  • Draw a picture of you as a vampire
  • Draw a bored vampire
  • Draw what scares you.
  • Draw a scared child.
  • Draw a scared woman.
  • Draw your favorite costume as a child (or adult).
  • Draw a horror movie scene
  • Draw a horror movie poster
  • Draw a ghost
  • Draw a ghost holding a burning lantern
  • Draw a ghost standing in front of a mirror, looking at his reflection and frowning.
  • Draw a monster lying under the bed.
  • Draw an evil witch or wizard.
  • Draw a zombie attack.
  • Draw yourself being chased by a zombie in a deserted graveyard at midnight!
  • Draw a vampire looking at himself in the mirror.
  • Draw a vampire looking for its prey.
  • Draw a group of vampires feeding on blood in a dark cave
  • Draw a pumpkin and add a face.
  • Draw twelve pumpkins of different sizes and colors in your sketchbook, then write “pumpkin field” under them all at once!
  • Draw a haunted house with glowing eyes on the roof and bats flying around the house.
  • Draw a spooky tree house
  • Draw a creepy gothic mansion with a secret room full of skeletons!
  • Draw a witch riding a broomstick.
  • Draw a witch hat
  • Draw a witch stirring her brew in a cauldron
  • Draw black cats and witch hats everywhere!
  • Draw a werewolf howling at the moon.
  • Draw a bat.
  • A bat in the moonlight
  • Draw two people lost in the woods on Halloween night.
  • Draw your favorite Halloween candy.
  • Draw a scene from a Halloween party.
  • Draw an ax-wielding monster wearing a severed head.
  • Draw a mummy wrapped tightly in bandages holding candy corn.
  • Draw the sarcophagus of a mummy at the base of an ancient pyramid.
  • Draw a mummy and a vampire fighting over a coffin
  • Draw a wisp with a human face on it
  • Draw creepy cobwebs stretching across the page
  • The moon shines brightly through cobwebs
  • Draw a giant spider chasing children
  • Draw a cemetery with a full moon
  • Draw a dark and creepy forest
  • Draw a creepy tree
  • Draw a mountain of skulls
  • Draw a Halloween fashion show
  • Draw your own spooky Halloween costume
  • Draw a spooky mask
  • Draw your favorite Halloween activity (trick or treating, scary movies, etc.).
  • Draw a Halloween party taking place in your house
  • Draw a devilish face with a pitchfork
  • Draw an evil black cat
  • Draw a dead monster
  • Draw a scary clown
  • Draw an animal you think would be creepy if it were on your doorstep on Halloween night.
  • Draw a portrait of your favorite villain
  • Draw the creepiest thing you can think of.
  • Draw a blood-soaked knife in the hand of a murderer
  • Draw a happy ghost
  • Draw a laughing vampire
  • Draw dancing zombies
  • Draw dancing skeletons
  • Draw scared monsters

How to Make a Spooky Halloween Theme

Halloween is the time of year when people like to get into the spooky spirit. If you’re looking for ways to make your Halloween drawing prompts a little spookier, here are some tips:

First, it’s important to know that the prompt you choose isn’t about drawing faces – it’s about drawing feelings. So if you want to set the mood, focus on your characters’ emotions rather than their facial features. A good way to do this is to use shapes and lines instead of detailed drawings.

For example, drawing a haunted house, you should use a dark rather than a colored pencil. Drawing in black and white with a pencil creates a darker mood and helps you focus on emotions rather than colors.

It’s also important that you don’t rely too much on color in these sketches. Color can help make things look creepier, but it can also detract from the overall effect of the image if not used properly (for example: don’t use bright reds or purples when depicting blood or gory areas). Try to use black and white instead.

But before you get started, make sure your sketchbook is ready for the task. Here are some tips on how to prepare it:

  • Make sure your paper is heavy enough to draw on with markers if you need them.
  • Add a few pages of tracing or graph paper before you start your sketches, so you’ve room to practice without worrying about ruining the rest of your work.
  • Don’t forget the erasers! You don’t want any unwanted marks to ruin your masterpiece.
  • If you’re using markers, make sure they’re completely dry before you put your artwork in the box, so they don’t smudge or rub off on other pages.

Posting Your Halloween Sketch on Social Media

You want to post your Halloween sketch on social media. Great! But before you do, there are a few things you should know.

When you post your sketch on social media, you should always remind people that it’s Halloween – you don’t want them to think you’re just being weird! Even though they may be used to seeing weird things on the internet, you don’t want it to invade their feed.

Next, be prepared for feedback. People will have an opinion about what you draw and how it looks, and they’ll likely tell you that opinion in the comments section of your post or on other social media platforms. That’s fine – it’s part of being an artist! But remember, if someone says something mean or rude about your art, they don’t know what they’re talking about. They’re probably jealous because they can’t draw as well as you (and maybe because they just want attention).

Lastly, read the social media guidelines, so you don’t end up with a suspended account! The last thing you want is for this blog post to be censored because it’s too inappropriate or too sensitive for public consumption.

How You Can Still Use Your Halloween Sketches

Halloween is a great time to get creative, and one of the best ways to do that’s with a sketchbook. Whether you’re an artist or just want to try something new, sketching is a great way to express yourself. Plus, it’s a lot of fun!

However, I know that sometimes it’s hard to find ideas for what you want to draw. That’s why I’ve put together a list of other ways you can use Halloween sketching in your everyday life!

  • Make your own Halloween cards : write “Happy Halloween!” in your best handwriting on one side of the card (or print it out if you’re unsure). Then get creative and draw spooky shapes on the other side! You can also draw pictures of pumpkins or bats – whatever suits your family this year!
  • Use them as inspiration for crafts: You can draw any templates on a piece of paper and then cut them out or transfer them to different materials like felt or construction paper to make cool decorations for your home.

Other ways to use Halloween sketches

If you’re looking for ideas, don’t forget that there are other ways to use Halloween sketches. Here are a few ideas:

  • Book covers are a great way to show off your creativity and style. They can also help you stand out from the crowd. If you want to design your book cover, you can use our Halloween Sketchbook suggestions! You can create a unique book cover by drawing the main character with features from the guidelines, such as skeletons, monster eyes, or even an eye patch!
  • Movie Posters: If you’re a budding filmmaker or just love watching movies, why not design some movie posters? This is a great way to get creative and flex your artistic muscles! You could use your favorite horror movies as inspiration for movie poster design. Or come up with something original!
  • Music album covers: how about using one of your favorite bands as inspiration for the cover of their next album? You could design some ideas about their music and submit it to them to be signed as an official artist!

Enter a Halloween Drawing Challenge!

A Halloween drawing contest can be a great way to kick-start your artistic process and get in touch with your inner artist. Whether you’re an experienced artist or just looking for a fun way to get started drawing, here are some tips to get you started:

  • Find the right contest . There are many contests, so ensure you enter the appropriate one for your level. If you’re drawing for the first time, look for a contest that isn’t too challenging but still gives you room to grow. If you’re more experienced, you should look for a contest that’s a theme that appeals to your style or interests.
  • Make sure the rules are clear and understandable to you . If they aren’t clear at first glance, ask questions! Don’t worry about sounding stupid or asking too many questions – the organizers want you to succeed as much as you do, and they’ll be happy to help answer any questions or guide you through the process.

Other Halloween Ideas to Express Your Creativity

If you’re looking for a creative way to spend your Halloween, here are some fun suggestions that have nothing to do with drawing!

Making a video for Halloween can be a fun and creative way to celebrate the vacation. Plus, it’s a great way to create memories and share your love for this special time. Whether you make a funny, spooky, scary, or entertaining video, there are many different types of videos you can make that your friends will watch repeatedly!

Here are some ideas for a video for Halloween:

  • You could make a simple and short video of you wearing a great costume and lip-syncing to a song. Or, if you don’t want to mess with costumes and makeup, you could just make a video of you talking about what it was like as a kid.
  • You could make a horror movie! The best thing about horror movies is that they don’t have to be scary; they just have to be creepy or suspenseful. You could even have suspenseful music playing in the background while you film, or include sound effects like creaking doors and footsteps in the distance!
  • You could make an instructional video about how to survive the zombie apocalypse! The most important thing is that everyone knows exactly what to do when zombies roam the city – because no one wants to end up on the menu! Such a video should contain important information, such as where the best weapons are (e.g. axes and chainsaws), how much ammo you need per zombie headshot (just one) and

Scary music is a great way to get into the Halloween spirit. If you’re looking for inspiration, here are some ideas for spooky music:

  • Make sure your piece has lots of dissonances, sounding angry or mysterious, depending on the mood you wish to set. You can use bells or whistles for this.
  • Add a lot of creepy sounds like screams and howls.
  • Try using an organ or another instrument that sounds like it’s trying to kill you.

No matter what your goal is, there are many ways you can make your writing more compelling. Here are some tips on how to get the most out of your Halloween writing this year:

  • Write a short story or poem about what it’s like to be home on Halloween night instead of trick-or-treating (you’ve all those candy bars anyway).
  • Write about what would happen if one of your family members turned into a zombie because they ate too much candy!
  • Write about your favorite Halloween character or costume. Did they’ve any superpowers? Were they good or evil? What were their strengths and weaknesses? What was their favorite vacation food?

You can also write something that’s nothing to do with Halloween. Just make sure it’s a spooky element or twist (like an unexpected ending!) so people know it fits this time of year!

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Interactive Haunted House Art Lesson


Allow me to introduce you to one of my students’ favorite halloween/ fall themed lessons! This interactive haunted house project has been one of my tride and true lessons over the last 15 years as an art teacher, and my students never cease to amaze me with their creativity!

First, to create this haunted house (or fall house for any students who do not celebrate Halloween), students will need my Haunted House Drawing Guide that can be found in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. This drawing guide easily breaks down how students can use line and shapes to create an old creaky and run-down haunted house. Students are able to follow along with this guide both in person or it’s perfect for remote learning! There were even several times last year that my Smartboard wasn’t working, so my students pulled up these guides from their ipads and followed along without missing a beat!


Once students have finished drawing their haunted house, they are able to add several signature creepy halloween characters to their houses (also provided in the guide)- but don’t add them all YET because the best part is yet to come!

After drawing, have your student trace their pencil lines in varying-sized Sharpies (fine for the larger shapes of the house and an ultra-fine Sharpie for the small details and textures around the house. Have students color their haunted houses in materials of their choice (I usually do crayon, construction paper crayons or colored pencils).

Once the Haunted Houses are colored in, using a Xacto blade, carefully cut open the window flaps or door to the house leaving one seem open and tape a small piece of paper behind the windows on the back. Have students add more funny/ creepy characters in the windows for added fun. I love giving my students the prompt of “What would be the weirdest/ silliest thing you would never expect to see in a haunted house?” A ghost singing in the shower? Dracula cooking garlic soup? You will be pleasantly shocked and in awe of the creative ideas your students come up with for this project!

If you decide to do this lesson with your students be sure to tag me on Instagram so I can see (@artwithmrs.e ). Have fun and Happy Halloween!

Kaitlyn Edington

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Treat the class to an art activity, then trick them into a writing assignment. A fun and easy art watercolors lesson all wrapped up in an hour.

• 3 printable sizes (full, postcard, mini).

• 3 writing prompts.

• Designed for watercolors, but also works with colored pencils, chalk, pastels, and crayons.

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65 Best Halloween Activities for High School Students

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Celebrating Spooky Season

Are you struggling to find Halloween activities that are exciting, engaging, and appropriate for high school students? Halloween time is an opportunity for older students to let loose, get creative, and have fun. It’s a time of year when imaginations run wild, and there’s a magical energy in the air. But as my kids get older, I find it harder to create age-appropriate Halloween experiences that they actually want to do. In this blog post, I’ll share 65 fun Halloween activities for high school students that will get your older kids excited about the spooky holiday. These activities are perfect for homeschool, classroom use, or Halloween party ideas, and are even great for middle school students too!

Interactive Activities are Key

It’s easy to just break out Halloween picture books like  Creepy Carrots  for elementary students, but when it comes to planning Halloween activities for high school students, it’s essential to offer experiences that cater to their age group and interests. I want to provide my kids with engaging and interactive activities that encourage their creativity, keep them entertained, and create fond memories for years to come. Whether it’s organizing a haunted house experience in the backyard, hosting a Halloween-themed movie night with their friends, or challenging them to solve mysteries in an escape room, these activities allow high school students to embrace the fun and excitement of the Halloween season without feeling like a little kid.

Learn Lessons & Have Fun

While Halloween is undoubtedly a time for fun and entertainment, it’s also a great way to weave in educational aspects that can benefit high school students. As a mom and former teacher, I aim to create a well-rounded Halloween celebration that combines enjoyment with learning. From exploring the history and cultural significance of Halloween through interactive scary stories to encouraging creative writing using Halloween writing prompts, I love encouraging imagination and fostering intellectual growth in a fun and memorable way. Additionally, STEM challenges such as building spooky-themed structures or conducting simple science experiments are a fun way to engage their problem-solving skills and encourage a love for learning.

Educational Halloween Lessons for ELA & Math

These Halloween lesson plans are great for keeping high schoolers and middle schoolers engaged and in the Halloween spirit!

1.  Explore the History of Halloween & Dia de los Muertos

Dive into the history of the spooky holiday with a close read of this informational text . Students will learn about the origins of Halloween in Europe and the United States as well as the traditional celebration of Day of the Dead in Mexico. This is a great time to break out some graphic organizers to compare and contrast traditions in different countries. If you’re looking for Halloween ESL lessons, celebrating Dia de los Muertos t opportunity.

2. Read & Discuss Edgar Allan Poe

If you’re an English teacher, is there a more perfect time to read Edgar Allan Poe with your English students than Halloween time? From close reading the classic text to adding a more modern twist, these Edgar Allan Poe activities from Creative Classroom Core are perfect for older students.

3. Read & Discuss Urban Legends

Looking for Halloween English lessons that will keep big kids engaged? Try a research project on spooky myths and urban legends. Students will love reading about the legend of Sleepy Hollow and the Headless Horseman and other unique myths they haven’t heard. Students can even create a media presentation on their findings. This is a great Halloween activity for homeschool too!

4. Listen to a Spooky Podcast

Podcasts are a great opportunity to practice listening skills in language arts, and the podcast  Lore  has some spooky episodes that are sure to have high school students on the edge of their seat. Engage students in higher level thinking by following along with these podcast graphic organizers from Faulkner’s Fast Five.

5. Have a Spooky Story Writing Contest

Encourage your students’ creativity with a spooky story writing contest! Use horror genre studies to help your students write a suspenseful Halloween story. Have students share their short stories in a dramatic, spooky way and vote on the creepiest ghost story of the year.

6. Brain Teasers

Brain teasers can be a lot of fun with both older and younger learners. Break your whole class into teams of students a Halloween theme brain teaser to solve. Such collaborative holiday fun!

7. Crossword Puzzles & Word Searches

Crossword puzzles are a great way to build Halloween vocabulary for older students. If you’re working with young children, try a Halloween word search instead. These activities are great for independent practice during extra class time!

8. Monsters and Scary Creatures around the World

Incorporate some social studies into your Halloween lesson plans by studying monsters and scary creatures from myths and legends around the world. Assign small groups of students a creature to research and create a media presentation on for a cross-curricular Halloween activity. They could even write a spooky short story with the terrifying creature!

9. Blackout Poetry

Hone in on Edgar Allan Poe’s gothic themes and spooky tone with blackout poetry. Follow this lesson by Spark Creativity to have students display their blackout poems in a visual way. Hang these up for a spooky addition to your classroom Halloween celebration!

10. Math Activities

Practice math skills in a spooky way this Halloween season with these fun activities for middle school students and high school students. From word problems to puzzles, there’s something for every learning level with these fun math games.

Halloween Themed Art Activities

Halloween time is an excellent opportunity for teens to let their creativity soar by creating different types of art.

11. Halloween Thumbtack Art

I love putting a spooky twist on this easy project! Instead of using a canvas, use a foam pumpkin from the dollar tree. Make a typical jack-o-lantern face or try out a more whimsical or spooky design!

12. Spooky House Halloween Art

Grab some oil pastels and water color paint to make a spooky Halloween house.

13. DIY Halloween Decorations

Planning a Halloween party? Get the kids involved with making the decorations. Check out this list of 40 Dollar Store DIY Halloween decoration ideas from This Tiny Blue House that won’t break the bank!

14. Pumpkin Carving

Everyone loves this classic Halloween activity! Need some inspiration for a creative pumpkin  this year? You’re sure to find something on this list of 50 creative pumpkin carving designs!

15. Pumpkin Painting

Don’t want to mess with cleaning out all the pumpkin guts? Try painting pumpkins this year if carving isn’t your thing! From marbled pumpkins to confetti designs, this post has 21 pumpkin painting ideas for kids of all ages!

16. Day of the Dead Painted Skeletons

If you’ve been learning about Day of the Dead celebrations, grab some black paper, white acrylic paint, and crayons to make painted sugar skulls. This is one of the best spooky ways to encourage creativity because each skull’s design is completely unique!

17. Day of the Dead Foil Skulls

This foil art activity is another way fun and easy way to celebrate Dia de los Muertos without painting. Check out the full tutorial from Art Teacher in LA!

18. Painted Sugar Skull Crafts

Check out this post by Ooly for more DIY sugar skull crafts. From DIY masks to painted rocks, these creative Halloween activities are a nice break from painting on plain paper. Make sure to check out my post on the best tips & tricks for painted rocks before starting your painted rock sugar skull!

19. Zentangle Pumpkin

Need an art project that’s low prep? Try this zentangle pumpkin activity! All you need is the printout and some writing utensils.

20. Spooky Cut Outs

Encourage kids and students to get creative by creating their own carnival-style spooky cut out. Have fun taking pictures as they transform each other into a vampire, bat, ghost, or other spooky monster!

21. Skull String Art

This project requires a little more prep, so it’s great for celebrating Halloween at home. Follow the tutorial from A Beautiful Mess to create your own skull string art. This can double as a Halloween decoration that you break out each year during spooky season!

22. DIY Mini Jack O Lantern Diorama

Want to put a unique twist on pumpkin crafts? Try making an eerie Jack-O’-Lantern diorama! You can make a  Stranger Things  pumpkin like this tutorial from Brit + Co , or depict a different scene from your favorite spooky book or movie!

Halloween Science Experiments & STEM Challenges

If you’re looking for fun Halloween science experiments and STEM challenges, you’ve come to the right place. These activities are great for both old and young learners. They can be used with a whole class, a small group of students, or at home!

Science Experiments:

Bring out your inner mad scientist with these Halloween science experiments:

23. Halloween Slime

If you’re not afraid of a little mess, try making ooey, gooey Halloween slime . You can even use this as part of your Halloween party decorations!

24. Magnetic Flying Ghosts

It’s not magic – it’s science! Use the force of magnetism to make ghosts fly in this fun and easy science experiment.

25. Erupting Pumpkin

This is a messy one – so definitely head outside for this erupting pumpkin science experiment. Kids of all ages will get a kick out of watching the pumpkin erupt as they learn about chemical reactions.

26. Spooky Science Spiderwebs

Get in the Halloween spirit by making a mysterious, slimy spider web to add to a dark and spooky room. Another great way to combine science with Halloween party decorations!

27. Pumpkin Power

In this experiment, students will literally harness the power of pumpkins to create a functioning battery. Make this a fun challenge by seeing which group of students can generate the most volts!

28. Spooky Ghost Bubbles

These spooky ghost bubbles would make a great addition to any Halloween party or haunted house. Check out the full tutorial here!

29. Dancing Ghost

Similar to the magnetic flying ghosts experiment, use the power of a static charge to make a dancing ghost with this activity from Stem Spark . What a fun activity for a Halloween party in class or at home!

30. Halloween Bath Bombs

Bath bombs are super popular these days and such a fun way to learn about chemistry. Put a creepy spin on this classic project by making a  Glow in the Dark Bath Bomb ,  Pumpkin Bath Bomb , or  Monster Eye Bath Bomb .

31.  Grow Scented Halloween Crystals

Just like bath bombs, crystals are all the rage right now. Your teens and tweens will love making their own scented Halloween crystals and can even give them as gifts to their friends.

32. Glow in the Dark Milk Plastic Skeleton

Did you know you can make plastic out of milk with just a few ingredients? Use the science behind chemical reactions to make some of your own glow in the dark Halloween figures!

33. Glow Salt Circuit

Give an eerie feel to a salt circuit by making this glow in the dark circuit. Use the salt to make a pumpkin, skeleton, or other Halloween creature for an extra spooky twist.

STEM Challenges:

Add the challenging element of engineering and design with these Halloween STEM challenges for the classroom or at home:

34. Halloween Gingerbread House

Get some STEM practice in by building a haunted gingerbread house! Put some of that Halloween candy to good use by using it to decorate.

35. Halloween Rube Goldberg Machine for Passing Out Candy

Rube Goldberg machines are such a fun and creative engineering activity. Challenge your students or kids to make a chain reaction machine that could pass out Halloween candy!

36. Halloween STEM Challenge Bundle

Want some more Halloween STEM challenge ideas? Check out this bundle from Feel-Good Teaching .

37. Spooky Dry Ice STEM Challenge

There’s just something about dry ice that makes everything more spooky. Explore the phenomenon of dry ice with this engaging STEM challenge from Teaching with Potential.

38. Candy Corn Catapult

It doesn’t matter the age, kids all seem to love launching items across the room. Channel that energy with the candy corn catapult challenge. Who can design and build a catapult with popsicle sticks and rubber bands that will launch the candy corn the farthest? This is a great activity for school because it could totally be completed in one class period.

39. More Halloween Science & STEM Activities

Try out these 22 Halloween Science & STEM activities for endless Halloween fun!

40. Build a Skeleton Hand

Combine some biology with STEM by creating an articulating skeleton hand. Older kids could use this as part of an interactive piece in a haunted house!

41. Pumpkin Elevators

Design a working elevator by creating a cranking device. Give this activity a Halloween theme by lifting small pumpkins, black kettle’s full of candy corn, or other spooky items.

42. Flying Bat Challenge

Again, kids just love to throw things – even teenagers! Another way to channel that energy is with this flying bat paper airplane challenge. Use this as a fun party game with a content to see who’s bat flies the farthest!

43. Can You Touch with No Hands?

Students can design their own Frankenstein monster by acting as a biomedical engineer. Get the full lesson plan by Career in Stem here. You definitely need internet access for this one!

44.  Haunted House Paper Circuit Design Challenge

This is another fun circuit activity with the added challenge of building the structure of a haunted house. Students can use their circuits to give the house a spooky glow!

45. Build a Crime Scene

Middle school age students and above will love learning about forensic science and crime scene investigation with this CSI STEM activity.

Interactive Halloween Activities Just for Fun

Try out these fun games to make this Halloween better than last year!

46. Halloween Escape Room

Escape rooms are actually a mix between educational and fun, depending on how you set them up. Kids can work together in teams to solve spooky clues to break out of the escape room! You can make this easier or more difficult depending on their skill level. Check out these fun escape room ideas from Home School For 1.

47. Halloween Scavenger Hunt

This free printable scavenger hunt is a fun and engaging activity for any Halloween party! Raise the stakes by rewarding the winner with a super creepy prize!

48. Group text scavenger hunt

Perfect for teens, this group text scavenger hunt puts a virtual twist on a traditional scavenger hunt. Download a list of scavenger hunt items from Play Party Plan, or make your own!

49. Build & Run a Haunted House

If theater or acting is your kid’s jam, challenge them to build and run their own haunted house. This is a great creative outlet for teens and can be a fun addition to a Halloween party or trick-or-treating on your street. Check out this guide on making your own haunted house by Love to Know for tips and tricks on location, design, props, and more!

50.  Homemade Horror Movie

If you don’t want to wait for tick-or-treaters or party guests to experience a haunted house, try making your own horror film with a smart phone! While it’s technically just for fun, this can double as a writing activity as kids write an original plot for their scary movie.

51. Murder Mystery Party Game

Murder mystery party games are great for a more structured holiday celebration. The best part? You can buy them on Amazon!

52. Halloween Costume Contest

Encourage students, party guests, or family and friends to dress up in their most creative Halloween costumes with a costume contest! Check out the different types of contests you can run from P arty Game Ideas to add an element of fun for all ages!

53. Make Halloween Treats & Halloween Party Foods

If there’s one way to get high school students engaged and interested, it’s with food. Make some special Halloween rice krispie treats and party foods at home or have a creepy crawly classroom potluck! This Tiny Blue House has some great options for finger foods and desserts perfect for a Halloween celebration!

54. Halloween Movie Marathon

Check out this guide to the best Halloween movies for teens and tweens in 2023 for a spooky movie marathon on Halloween night!

55.  Halloween Karaoke

Enjoy a fun karaoke session with this list of the top 10 Halloween karaoke songs!

56. Touch & Feel Mystery Bags

This is the perfect activity for some spooky Halloween fun that’s not too scary. You can set this up and play in 5 minutes with this guide!

57. Halloween Movie Trivia

Break out some Halloween trivia during your spooky movie marathon for some added fun with this printable from Girl with a Glue Gun !

Halloween Party Games

58. halloween would you rather.

Would You Rather is a pretty popular game for high school age students. Add a creepy twist with these printable Halloween Would You Rather questions from Play Party Plan !

59. Truth or Scare

Give this popular classic game a spooky makeover with 100+ Truth or Dare questions just for Halloween!

60. Halloween Forehead Detective

A spooky twist on the popular game “Apples to Apples”, this Halloween forehead detective game will have everyone engaged! Cards can range from easy words like “black cat” to harder terms like “All Hallows Eve”

61. Halloween Quick Draw/Pictionary

Got some future artists on your hands or planning a virtual Halloween celebration? This quick draw game can be played in person or over Zoom!

62. Ghost Cup Stack

Remember the speed stack game from school? Teens love to compete to see who can stack the fastest. Easily transform some regular cups into ghosts for a fun and competitive ghost cup stack party game!

63. Halloween Charades

Need some ideas for Halloween charades? Check out these 50 printable Halloween charade ideas from Play Party Plan!

64. Mummy Wrap

This activity is always a hit with elementary students, but I think older kids will get a kick out of it as well. Party Game Ideas has 4 different ways to play the mummy wrap game – all you need is plenty of rolls of toilet paper!

65. Deadly Wink

This is a great game for high school kids that enjoy acting. One person is designated the “killer” and discreetly winks at other guests. If you’re winked at, you must “die” dramatically. The game continues until someone can guess who the “killer” is. What a hilarious way to get everyone involved, even introverted friends!

Happy Halloween!

Whether you’re planning a Halloween party for teens and tweens at home or in the classroom, I hope you found some easy and entertaining options on this list of 65 spooky Halloween activities for high school students. Happy Halloween!

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Haunted House Craft - Easy Halloween Art Activity for Kids

This Haunted House Craft is the perfect last-minute easy Halloween art activity for kids! With only a few materials, kids can make a cool and spooky haunted scene.

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This papercraft is great for all ages and is a fun activity kids can do in the classroom, in homeschool, in art class, or just for fun on Halloween .

Plus, I've made it even easier for you with 4 FREE printable haunted house templates! Make sure you read the whole post for the free downloads.

Easy Halloween Art Activity for Kids

Try this fun silhouette art activity with your kids for Halloween. It's a great way to explore warm and cool colors, different textures, and various paint options.

All you need for this craft is a haunted house silhouette (free templated below), white card stock, scissors, and paint. Kids of all ages will love making their spooky haunted house scenes!

How to Make a Haunted House Paper Craft

  • Gather your materials and cover your workspace with newspaper or plastic for protection.
  • Provide your child with white card stock paper and paint. I love using Kwik Stix solid paint sticks! It's easy for even toddlers to use and the paint dries in about 90 seconds.
  • Let your child choose 3 colors they like (great time to discuss cool & warm colors) and paint the entire white paper. Set aside to dry.
  • While kids are painting, cut out the haunted house templates. Choose from 4 different houses below to print or feel free to make your own.
  • Encourage your child to glue to tape the haunted house silhouette on their painted paper.
  • Add fun elements by cutting ghost or bat shapes from black card stock paper.
  • Hang up the spooky haunted house craft and enjoy!

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Free Haunted House Silhouette Templates

To make this craft even easier for you, here are 4 FREE Haunted House templates to use! Choose PDF or PNG versions below. The PDF is great for printing and cutting out with scissors. The little windows on the houses may be hard to cut out but one tip is to use a yellow marker to color them in. This way it's still spooky and you don't need to cut tiny windows.

The PNG zip file contains the 4 haunted house images with transparent backgrounds. Perfect for using with a Cricut (I used mine) or Silhouette cutting machine if you have one.

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Choose your FREE download below. For personal use only.

I love the finished craft! It's so fun and spooky for Halloween. My favorite part is really how customizable it is. Kids can use any colors and patterns they want for the background, the haunted house they choose, and any extra elements.

I hope you love this idea and try it out with your kids! They are sure to love it and you will too. It's easy, low prep, and a great art activity for all ages.

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Spooky Classroom Activities for Halloween

Discover Halloween-themed activities that will bring a fun, spooky twist to students’ learning during this season of haunted houses, jack-o-lanterns, and candy corn.

The air is crisp, the Autumn leaves are falling, and it’s starting to feel a little spooky. Halloween is the perfect time to bring some fall-themed fun into the classroom. Whether you want to host a classroom Halloween party, decorate pumpkins, or simply integrate Halloween-themed reading, writing, and math activities into your lesson plans, we’ve got something for you!

Read on for classroom activities, worksheets, and lesson plans for Halloween. Organized by grade and topic, to help you find what you’re looking for.

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Choose from our top 10 Halloween activities, worksheets, and themed packets for elementary students that build important reading, writing, and maths skills while incorporating some spooky fun!

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Add some Halloween spirit to your math lessons this year! Choose from activities suitable for Kindergarten through 5th grade that help students understand the concept of matching, counting, addition, subtraction, division, multiplication of Halloween candy, and more.

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Spook up the classroom with these fun arts and crafts activities, and Halloween-themed coloring pages. Choose from printable templates and Halloween costume patterns. Perfect for Pre-K and elementary grades!

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History of Halloween dates back to the ancient traditions of the Celts. For the first time the name of the holyday is mentioned in the 16th century as a Scottish shortening of the English «All-Hallows-Even», which translates as «The evening of All Saints».

Halloween has gained a lot of popularity in Russia for the past years. This year the celebration takes place on holidays, therefore, you have 3 days to party – from October 31 to November 2! We Heart Moscow has chosen the brightest and crowded with ghosts Halloween parties in Moscow.


While different places compete with each other to do the holiday as scary as possible, «16 tons» Club will make the audience feel scary funny.

This celebration is for those who are tired of the ubiquitous zombies and witches that fill all the clubs in the night of October 31. This is not necessarily come in scary costumes – just dress up to have as much fun as possible!

A team of DJs: Miloslav Chemodanov, duo Hollo and Vastashin, DJ Emtsev, Sophie Tronza and their friends will spin your favorite hits and create exceptionally friendly atmosphere until the dawn. Those who cannot prepare to a masquerade at home, can to use the services of two make-up artists directly in the club absolutely free.

The party will start at 23.59 on October 31. Entrance will cost from 500 rubles (€10).

Club “16 Tons” – Presnensky Val St., 6, build. 1.


The founders of the legendary club «Arma 17» have announced first of five global parties, to be held this year. Halloween Party will last 24 hours and will take place at the territory Trekhgornaya manufactory.

The creative team of «Arma» keep their visitors in total ignorance about the new site for the club. However, the first party will take place on November 1 in the space on the fourth floor of the building on the Rochdelskaya street, and apparently, Halloween from «Arma 17» promises to be quite impressive.

Lineup of «Manufacture» is going to very worthy – Rhadoo and Petre Inspirescu, Resident Club der Visionaere Vera, which is known to work with Ricardo Villalobos, DJ Sleeparchive, Tin Man and the Dutchman Orgue Electronique. Three dance floors are promised – two main and one secret.

Celebrate Haloween with «Arma 17» on November 1, at 23:00 Entrance costs from 1000 rub.

Trekhgorny manufactory – Rochdelskaya St., 15.


There will perform outstanding legends of the world electronic scene. The event will be held at one of the largest and comfortable event-site of capital «RAY JUST ARENA».

For total immersion in the atmosphere of the sacraments and illusions, organizers have prepared for you 100 kW of clear powerful sound, laser and light show, psychedelic performance to world stars music.

Headliners of the performance are: The long-awaited, retro LIVE set, Skazi, Avalon Live, Sesto Sento Live, Laughing Buddha Live, Gataka Live], TLN DJ’s team.

Visitors are invited to come in mascaraed costumes. The party starts at 23.55 on October 31. Entrance costs from 750 rubles.

Club Ray Just Arena – Leningradsky Prospect 31, build. 4.


Edward Scissorhands or dead bride – only you can decide how to look this night! Frightening makeup, lurid stories and best pictures from the most mysterious director of our time await you in art cafe «The Sea Inside» (More Vnutry). The party will be held in an atmosphere of fear, horror and hell fun. It offers a rich program with watching the best films by Tim Burton, a variety of mystical competitions and tricks.

Professional make-up artists will cast over your unique horror make-ap. After the transformation, you can make a photo of yourself in the real coffin.

Participants of the holiday will remember all the horror stories that scared them in childhood, and Playback Theatre «Paraphrase» will turn these stories into the most sinister tale performed on stage! Playback is a custom theater; its foundation is improvisation and diving into the psychology of the narrator. Actors of «Paraphrase» do not show rehearsed performance, but seek to convey the feelings and emotions of the audience – here and now.

The party will be held on October 31, at 19.00. Entrance costs from 3000 RUB.

Cafe «The Sea Inside» – Peschannaya Alley, 7 (Sokolniki park)


Lawson’s Bar decided to combine two holidays – Halloween and Night of sales – Black Friday. The original costume party offers not only monsters, but also the crazy prices for the bar menu!

The Scottish Lawson’s Bar is simply obliged to arrange a truly terrible holiday. the most unusual party Black & Bloody Friday in Lawson’s Bar offers guests unprecedented sale on the bar menu – all the drinks (except single malt whiskey) can be purchased at 199 rubles!

In addition, from October 31 to November 1, staff will turn into horrible monsters, charming Go-go girls will show their performance, the best DJs will play music and professional photographers will shoot the Sabbath. All guests are strongly encouraged to come in costumes to remember this night for a long time.

The party starts on October 31, at 22.00. The entrance is free.

Black & Bloody Friday, Lawson’s Bar – Blagoveshchensky lane, 1A.


The most rock ‘n’ roll party in Moscow in honor of All Saints’ Day will be held in «China town cafe» club. Each year the place offers a special theme for Halloween. This year’s party is called the «Rock of Ages», as the famous Broadway musical, and later the famous movie with Tom Cruise in the lead role. The festive atmosphere and the sounds of rock will shake you like a hurricane.

The party will be held on October 31, at 23.00.

Club «China Town Cafe» – Lubyanka driveway, 25/12

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October 26, 2023   (Moscow, Idaho)  — The Moscow Arts Commission and the City of Moscow invite artists to participate in  Honest Portrayal,  an exhibition at the Third Street Gallery with a registration deadline at 5 p.m. on Friday, December 22, 2023.  The exhibition is inclusive of two-dimensional, three-dimensional, or text-based portraits made by artists residing in the Palouse region.  From marble statues of emperors to paintings of pets, portraiture has a long and rich history. Far from being a mechanical replication, a portrait always proclaims the importance of the subject as well as recording elements of its appearance.  Honest Portrayal  at the Third Street Gallery presents portraits with a wide range of fidelity to the visible world. While open to artworks that achieve a likeness of form, the exhibition is also inclusive of artworks that convey a true likeness of spirit.  Registration is available online until 5 p.m. on December 22, 2023 at:  https://moscowarts.submittable.com/submit More information about the Third Street Gallery is available on the City of Moscow website:  https://www.ci.moscow.id.us/230/Third-Street-Gallery Support for City of Moscow Arts Department programming comes from the Idaho Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

The Third Street Gallery is a space for art in the heart of downtown Moscow. City of Moscow Arts Staff and members of the Moscow Arts Commission have worked together to create artistic direction for the Third Street Gallery since the gallery’s opening in September 1997. The gallery features artworks in a wide range of media, subject matter, and content while presenting a curatorial vision open to all cultures and art forms. The Third Street Gallery exhibits the work of established and emerging makers from the Palouse and the broader Inland Northwest, celebrating the creative excellence of the region in a well-loved public space.  

The Third Street Gallery features artwork on the second and third floors inside Moscow City Hall. The building was designed by architect James Knox Taylor in 1911, and was formerly the Moscow Federal Building. Entered in the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 as a Second Renaissance Revival brick building, the structure now houses City offices and meeting spaces such as the City Council Chambers. The Third Street Gallery is an essential part of this building, as it brings art into the center of civic life in the City of Moscow. 

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St. Vincent Dives Headfirst Into the Darkness

Seven albums and 17 years into an acclaimed solo career, the musician Annie Clark said she craved “a pummeling” on her new LP: “I want something to feel dangerous.”

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On a recent Tuesday night in a dressing room of the Brooklyn Paramount Theater, Annie Clark, the 41-year-old musician who records as St. Vincent, thumbed through a shelf of secondhand records and sipped a glass of pink champagne. Clark, invited to D.J. the venue’s grand reopening party, was the room’s first inhabitant since a major renovation restored the former movie palace; a pristine, new-car smell lingered.

Holding court among a few members of her team and her 23-year-old sister, Clark was an attentive host in this antiseptic space, ready with a witty remark (the carefully curated LPs were probably “someone’s deceased grandma’s record collection”) or a topped-off beverage. She wore a cream-colored silk blouse, black kitten-heeled shoes and a gauzy black bow tied artfully around her neck.

Even in a moment of relative repose, Clark possessed a feline hyper-awareness of her surroundings. Dave Grohl, who plays drums on two tracks off St. Vincent’s blistering new album “All Born Screaming,” later told me in a phone interview, “When you’re talking to her and you’re looking in those eyes, you can only wonder what reels are whirring in her brain, every second.” He added, amused, “I’ve never seen her with her eyelids half closed.”

Clark is a gifted and nimble guitarist with a dexterously spiky playing style that contrasts with the moony smoothness of her voice. She is also known for the absolute commitment of her live performances. “What she does is so transformative,” said the musician Cate Le Bon, Clark’s close friend of over a decade, in a video interview. “When I see her play, it freaks me out sometimes. I can be even helping her get ready for a show, and it’s like I know nothing of the woman who’s onstage.”

A woman in a short black dress plays electric guitar and sings into a microphone onstage.

Seven albums and 17 years into an acclaimed solo career, Clark has eked out a singular space in music, occasionally intersecting with the mainstream but for the most part staying uncompromisingly countercultural. She has collaborated with both David Byrne and Dua Lipa ; the riot grrrl pioneers Sleater-Kinney and the post-post-riot-grrrl pop star Olivia Rodrigo . She was one of four female musicians asked to front Nirvana for a night in 2014 when the band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. “She’s obviously outrageously talented,” Grohl said. “For her to play a Nirvana song was, maybe, a lot less complicated than her own music.”

I first met up with Clark in March, when we drank iced coffee beneath the shady pergola outside her manager’s Hollywood office. She carried a black Loewe handbag and wore a white T-shirt bearing the name of the Swedish punk band Viagra Boys. Clark has, in the past, embodied various characters and donned costumes — a gray-haired cult leader on the cover of her 2014 self-titled album; a louche ’70s glamour girl on her 2021 release “Daddy’s Home” — but these days she’s more or less dressing as herself.

“I’ve certainly played with persona, because I’m queer,” Clark said from behind large sunglasses. “That’s how I play and make sense of my life. All of that just seems absolutely natural to me, to play with persona and identity and to put it in the work.”

But adopting an over-the-top persona, she said, is not something she finds particularly compelling right now. “I’m more interested in that which is raw and essential,” she said. “You’re alive or you’re dead. And if you’re alive, you’d better live it, because it’s short.”

In some sense, Clark is coming off the greatest commercial success of her career, and one that is decidedly more sunshiny than the work she’s known for: During a session with the ubiquitous producer Jack Antonoff, who collaborated on her two previous albums, Clark helped write “Cruel Summer,” the sugar-rush pop song that Taylor Swift released on her 2019 album “Lover.”

“It was something Jack and I worked on and made its way to Taylor and made it back, as those things go,” Clark said. Though it was not initially released as a single, Swift’s formidable fan base has, in the past year, willed it into becoming the unofficial anthem of her Eras Tour and a No. 1 hit four years after its initial release. Clark attended a show in Los Angeles last year and found it surreal to witness 90,000 people singing along. “I’ve never seen anything like it, much less been a part of anything like it,” she said.

And yet, she has no interest in replicating that formula in her own music. In fact, “All Born Screaming,” due April 26, contains some of the heaviest, darkest and weirdest St. Vincent music to date. “That’s what I want from music right now, personally,” Clark said, safe in the shade of the California sun. “I would like a pummeling. I want something to feel dangerous.”

CLARK HAS A reputation for being guarded with journalists, in part because she does not like talking about her personal life. Unsurprisingly, she did not want to specify why themes of grief and loss permeate her new album, because she does not think it would make much difference to the listener. In one of our later conversations, she said that she believed a performer’s duty is simply “to shock and console” ad infinitum. Explaining oneself is superfluous to that job description.

“Generally everyone is misunderstood, and you realize it’s not your job to make people understand you,” Le Bon said. “It’s your job to work and align yourself with your own integrity. I think that’s even harder to harness when you’re an artist as big as Annie. But she does.”

“She’s almost certainly wildly misunderstood by people,” she added, “but there’s a perverse joy in that.”

Le Bon, who is from Wales, met Clark when she was opening for a St. Vincent tour in 2011. She said that at first she found it difficult to get to know Clark: “She was very mysterious, doing yoga a lot of the time,” Le Bon said. Eventually, however, Le Bon found a way into a “really rewarding” friendship. “She’s so honest without agenda, and that’s a rare thing in the world we both exist in,” Le Bon said. “She asks the tough questions, she gives you the real answers.”

Clark was born in Tulsa, Okla., and raised mostly in the Dallas suburbs. She picked up the guitar at 12 and showed a precocious talent; in her early teens, she sat in with her music teacher’s band and chose a song with a high level of difficulty, Jimi Hendrix’s “The Wind Cries Mary.” Her aunt and uncle play as the jazz duo Tuck and Patti, and they brought her on tour one summer as a roadie to show her the realities of touring life. She loved it. “Some of my fondest memories of touring are from those really early days,” she said.

Le Bon said she sees a stark demarcation between the somewhat severe and imperious musical figure “St. Vincent,” and, as she put it, “Annie Clark from Dallas.” Annie Clark from Dallas slowly emerged, in our conversations, as a funny, genial and lightly self-deprecating person who enjoys modern comedy (she quoted “30 Rock” from memory and referenced both “Veep” and “Waiting for Guffman”), is close with her many siblings, and on at least one occasion has drunk too much pink champagne at a party celebrating the reopening of an old Brooklyn theater to make it to Pilates the next morning.

But I witnessed something switch over in her when we met one afternoon at Electric Lady Studios in the West Village, where Clark worked on parts of her last several albums. “This is the room where I recorded the vocals for ‘Violent Times,’ ‘Broken Man’ and ‘Sweetest Fruit,’” she said, referring to songs on the new album. She jumped up from a couch to demonstrate how she’d sung into a particular microphone. Then she got distracted by the studio’s wall of consoles and patch bays.

“Where is this 67 patched at the moment?” she asked herself with sudden ease, like an expat shifting into her native tongue. “Oh yeah, through the 1073. But where’s the 1176?”

“All Born Screaming” began with a sonic puzzle: “How do I render the sound inside my head?” After “hours and hours and hours basically making postindustrial dance music in my studio by myself,” Clark said she realized that the sound in her head was something she would not be able to explain to anyone else. So, although she has been a very involved co-producer on each of her other albums, she decided “All Born Screaming” was something she would have to produce herself.

She approached the task with characteristic zeal. She asked her friend and collaborator Cian Riordan to give her engineering lessons, and he found her an impressively apt pupil. “She would show up, there would be coffee, she’d have a notepad ready,” Riordan said in a phone interview. “She’s extremely focused. There was so much intention with everything.”

She mastered compression, mic shootouts, signal flow. To his dismay, Riordan eventually found Clark starting down a path that he had seen trip up many musicians in the digital age: analog synthesizers.

“Any time someone brings modular synths into the studio, that’s usually my cue to be like, ‘I’m going to go somewhere else, because this is going to be a giant waste of time,’” Riordan said. “But with her, it was really incredible to watch. She would buy all these esoteric things that I didn’t even know about, and I’d come back and they were all synced up and she’d be making music on them. It was fun to see her take it so far.”

Clark said those synths allowed her to build a new sonic world. “You’re actually harnessing electricity,” she explained. Her enthusiasm was palpable; her speech kicked up its tempo. “It’s going through unique circuitry, and you are at the helm, so you’re like a god of lightning.”

CLARK HAS LONG been someone who gets a thrill out of testing her limits and rising to challenges, but around the time of her brightly barbed 2017 album “Masseduction” she was beginning to hit a wall. “It would be like, ‘Sure you can go from Memphis to Beijing to Champaign, Ill., in a weekend,” she said. “Sure you can. See if you can pull this off.” But suddenly, after years of “going, going, going,” she noted, “my body just kind of shut down. My stomach — everything about my stomach hurt.” She stopped drinking and went into what she calls “nun mode,” throwing herself headfirst into studio work.

It wasn’t until the pandemic, though, that she was truly forced to slow down and stay put. She got very good at D.I.Y. projects and installed a lot of light fixtures. She also finished building her home studio and worked on a record that had been gestating for a while. During the pandemic, “Some artists went very interior and quiet, understandably,” she said. “Then, you know,” she laughed. “Some people put on wigs.”

She was referring to “Daddy’s Home,” the heavily stylized ’70s-inspired album she made in response to her father’s release from prison, after he served eight years for conspiracy, fraud and money laundering. “Daddy’s Home” won a Grammy for best alternative album and featured some imaginative experiments, but it was a polarizing release that generated some criticism online.

Clark is aware of this and thinks the album was in part a casualty of bad timing. “The story sort of became, not that I made a record about a difficult familial time, but that, like, ‘OK, good, we have someone to blame for the prison-industrial complex,’” she said. “It’s like, oh wait — that’s not quite what I was going for. But those were the times. Everyone’s lives upturned and everyone was increasingly online and there was a lot of fervor in general.”

For “All Born Screaming,” Clark went back to basics and drew inspiration from “that sort of rock that is the first music that felt like it was mine, and not music from another generation.” She was talking about Nine Inch Nails, Tori Amos and, yes, even that band she helped induct into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. While working on the bracing head banger “Flea,” she realized she needed some enormously forceful percussion. The only person she could imagine playing on it was Grohl. So she wrote to him saying as much, and a few days later he was in her home studio, laying down drum tracks for that and the back half of “Broken Man.”

“He’s a great drummer because he’s a great songwriter, right?” Clark said. “He adds so much power and electricity and vibrance, but he’s always supporting the song. He takes a song from a nine to, like, a hundred.”

“All Born Screaming” is sequenced like a journey from darkness into light; its brooding first track is titled, appropriately, “Hell Is Near.” The title-track finale ends up somewhere more comfortably earthbound, but while she was making the song, it was torturing Clark, who just “couldn’t crack the feel of it.” She called Le Bon and played her what she had. Le Bon told her, “Give me a beer, a bass and two hours.”

It worked. The song is bouncy and delightfully off-kilter, strange in St. Vincent’s inimitable, specific way. Clark said the song sprung from the realization that, as she put it, “Joy and suffering are equal, necessary parts of the whole thing. And the only reason to live is for love and the people we love and that’s kind of it.”

“It’s not easy," she added. “But it’s simple.”

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