Have Some Spooky Halloween Typing Fun

October 24th, 2017 Mike Gecawich

I always like to do something a little special for Halloween.

I’m not the guy to put on a big, crazy costume. But I definitely like to do subtle tricks.

One of my favorite Halloween costumes was made by a friend of mine who makes dentures.

He made me a set of buckteeth that looked so real, that when they were in you really couldn’t tell they weren’t my own.

I loved it. The whole day at school I went around talking about how I didn’t have enough time to prepare a costume… waiting for people to notice.

When they did, they began to look so confused. Thinking, has he always had teeth like that and I just didn’t notice?

I never let on. It was so much fun.

So if you’re anything like me, I’m sure you’ll want to bring in a little Halloween cheer to your typing classes as well.

Check out these three activities that you can try—

1. Custom Lessons with Halloween Poetry

Add a little spooky to your students’ regular typing practice by preparing some Custom Lessons with Halloween Poetry ahead of time.

When my kids were young I read them all of Shel Silverstein’s books, and so he is always my favorite go-to children’s poet. Below I’ve selected 4 quick Halloween poems to get you started, but you can find MANY more in this collection of Halloween Poetry. There’s even a whole collection dedicated to Shel himself!

The ONE Who Invented Trick or Treat

(Shel Silverstein)

Yes, I invented “Trick or Treat”
So you could fill your mouth with sweets—
Candy bars and lemon drops,
Marshmallow and Tootsie Pops,
Butterscotch and bubble gum,
Hold out your hand — they’ll give you some.

Chocolate kisses, Jujubees,
Sourballs and jelly beans.
Have a cake — some cookies too.
Take a couple — grab a few.

Peppermint Sticks and Mary Janes,
Licorice whips and candy canes,
Slurp some soda, munch a pie,
Don’t let those M&M’s go by.

Chew that toffee, much those treats,
Get that caramel in your teeth.
Then come see me, I’ll be here—
I’m your friendly dentist, dear.

Skeleton Parade

(Jack Prelutsky)

The skeletons are out tonight,
they march about the street,
With bony bodies, bony heads
and bony hands and feet.
Bony bony bony bones
with nothing in between,
Up and down and all around
they march on Halloween.

Batty

(Shel Silverstein)

The baby bat
Screamed out in fright,
‘Turn on the dark,
I’m afraid of the light.’

Halloween

(Harry Behn)

Tonight is the night
When dead leaves fly
Like witches on switches
Across the sky,
When elf and sprite
Flit through the night
On a moony sheen.

Tonight is the night
When leaves make a sound
Like a gnome in his home
Under the ground,
When spooks and trolls
Creep out of holes
Mossy and green.

Tonight is the night
When pumpkins stare
Through sheaves and leaves
Everywhere,
When ghoul and ghost
And goblin host
Dance round their queen.
It’s Halloween.

2. Create-Your-Own Halloween Acrostic Poetry

It’s always a good idea to get students involved in creating the typing material, so one activity you could try is to have your students create their own acrostic Halloween poem. You can use the PDF below to get them started.

Once they’ve filled out their poem on paper, you can have them type the poems up on the computer. You could even select a few to create custom lessons for the next class!

3. Nitro Type Halloween Event

This Halloween, Nitro Type is launching a festive event for the season. There, students will be able to type to race with Halloween-themed cars (like the ‘Track-o-Lantern’ featured below) to win special titles and achievements!

Click here to learn more.

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