Great Stories and Poems for Halloween


Looking for something good to teach this Halloween?

  1. “The Black Cat” by Edgar Allan Poe. Nothing screams Halloween like black cats and the master of suspense. Check out these teaching ideas for teaching suspense in “The Black Cat.” I’m also nearly finished with a complete teaching guide to one of Poe’s most famous stories. Check back soon.
  2. “The Tell-tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe. You got to have at least two Poe stories, eh?
  3. “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe. Let’s make that three Poe stories. There’s about ten Poe stories, in fact, that are ideal for Halloween or any other occasion. Here are some teaching ideas for “The Cask of Amontillado.” This by the way is my choice of stories this Halloween.
  4. “The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs. This might be the best non-Poe short story that fits a Halloween theme. Heck it might be the best horror story, period.
  5. “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard O’Connel. Nothing like being hunted by a crazed Cossack this Halloween. Here’s everything you need to teach “The Most Dangerous Game.”
  6. “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Not in the mood for a short story? This poem has everything a short story has with all the difficulty and intricacy of a poem. It’s ideal for high level learners who don’t mind a bit of a scare.
  7. “La Belle Dame Sans Merci” by John Keats. Knights haunted by the memory of a deviously perfect woman makes boys cringe and the girls smile fiendishly. Keats’ ability to establish mood in his poems is unparalleled. Here’s an analysis of the poem to help you out.

You may have noticed an abundance of works from the Romantic period. Here’s an overview of American Romanticism and British Romanticism. Feel free to share your preferred Halloween stories by leaving a comment.


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