The weeks leading up to Halloween are power packed with a pre-candy energy buzz as costumes are selected, or in the case of my youngest daughter, invented, and visions of pure sugar dance in kids’ heads with nary a plum in sight. While you frantically attempt to make, say, a Rainbow Warrior costume come to life with needle and thread, have your elementary school age children mellow out at the table with this word mining activity using the letters in HAPPY HALLOWEEN.

How many 2, 3, 4, and 5+ letter words can they create?

What You’ll Need

  • Lined paper or access to a printer (see activity sheet printable below)
  • Pencil
  • Sticker sheets, small gifts or candy treats
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Getting Started

Set your child up with a sharpened pencil and either a clean sheet of lined paper with the words HAPPY HALLOWEEN written at the top, or download and print this Happy Halloween Word Mining Activity Sheet I have designed to save you time — thus giving you that much more time to sew rainbow lightning bolts onto your 7-year-old’s cape. Yay?!

Some kids might find it difficult to get started mining for new words staring only at HAPPY HALLOWEEN. In that case, consider writing out the available letters alphabetically on the paper as AAEEHHLLNOPPWY or separating out the vowels from the consonants, like so: AAEEO HHLLNPPWY.

And maybe, at the end, reward your kiddos with cute pumpkin, ghost and bat sticker sheets, a small toy or card game and/or a chocolate appetizer before Halloween’s sweet main course is delivered door-to-door on October 31st!


Bonus Time

If you have more than one kid, or if your only-child has a friend over, make a competition out of the Halloween Word Mining activity by having them sit facing each other, Battleship-style, with a divider of some sort in between them (a box, a folder, etc). Set a timer for 5 minutes and award a small prize to the child who creates the most words, the one who creates the longest word, or creates the funniest made-up word!

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About Jeff Bogle

Jeff Bogle

Jeff Bogle is an at-home dad who writes humorously about parenting and All Things Childhood on his site Out With The Kids. He is married to an adorable redheaded gal and has two lovely little ladies 12 and under who provide him with countless hours of humorous in-home entertainment, and who get to hear, see, and play with more cool stuff than you can possibly imagine.

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