Engage Your Class with These Halloween-themed Ice Breakers

Today, Halloween is a diverse and vibrant holiday celebrated in various ways around the world. It combines elements of its Celtic and Christian origins with a wide range of modern customs, including costume parties, trick-or-treating, haunted houses, and the general celebration of the spooky and macabre.


Take a look at our spooky question bank to try with your classes next week:

Multiple Choice Questions: Presents participants with a list of options to choose from and allows them to select only one option as their answer. Often used to gather data, assess understanding, and allow respondents to quickly and easily provide their answers.

  • Would you rather have Fall for six months of the year but no summer or have summer for six months of the year but no winter?
  • Would you rather sleep in the basement of a real haunted house alone for one night or sleep in a cemetery alone for one night?
  • Would you rather switch bodies with someone for a day like in Freaky Friday or find out you’re a witch like in Halloweentown?
  • What is the traditional color associated with Halloween? A) Red B) Green C) Orange D) Blue
  • Which classic monster is often portrayed as a reanimated corpse? A) Werewolf B) Mummy C) Frankenstein’s Monster D) Dracula
  • Which famous author wrote the novel “Dracula”? A) Stephen King B) Edgar Allan Poe C) Bram Stoker D) Mary Shelley

Open-Ended Questions: Allows participants to provide a written response rather than selecting from a pre-determined list of options. Open-ended polls are often used to gather more detailed or qualitative data, as they allow respondents to express their thoughts and opinions in their own words.

  • Please provide a detailed analysis of the cultural significance of pumpkins in Halloween traditions. Consider their historical, symbolic, and practical aspects.
  • What villain or monster do you think is misunderstood? Why?
  • Share a personal Halloween memory or tradition that is meaningful to you.
  • Describe the process of carving a jack-o’-lantern and its significance in Halloween celebrations.
  • Explain how Halloween has evolved over the years and its impact on popular culture.
  • Discuss the cultural appropriation concerns that can arise with Halloween costumes.
  • Describe a local or regional Halloween custom or celebration that you find unique or interesting.
  • Describe the historical origins of Halloween and its evolution into a modern holiday.

Word Cloud Questions: A poll that visually represents the frequency or importance of words or phrases used in a set of responses. Word clouds are created by displaying each word in a text in a font size proportional to its frequency or importance.

  • Explain the historical origins of the Jack-o’-lantern tradition.
  • Discuss the symbolism of pumpkins in Halloween celebrations.
  • Share superstitions associated with pumpkins during the fall season.
  • Analyze the role of pumpkins in Halloween folklore and customs.
  • Describe the essential elements of a Halloween haunted house experience.

True or False Questions: Assess whether students have grasped a concept based on the lecture content. Plus, it is a quick and easy myth-busting method, challenging misconceptions related to the subject matter.


  • True or False: Halloween has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. (True✅)
  • True or False: Black cats are universally considered bad luck during Halloween. (False🚫)
  • True or False: The tradition of bobbing for apples is associated with Halloween. (True✅)
  • True or False: Halloween is a public holiday in the United States. (False🚫)
  • True or False: Jack-o’-lanterns were originally carved from turnips, not pumpkins. (True✅)

Likert Scale Questions: This type of question is used primarily to gain feedback. Likert questions help gather opinions and preferences on course materials, teaching methods, or overall course satisfaction. Additionally, it encourages self-reflection and understanding of a topic.

  • On a scale of 1 to 5, how enjoyable do you find participating in Halloween festivities, with 1 being “Not Enjoyable” and 5 being “Highly Enjoyable”?
  • On a scale of 1 to 5, how much effort do you typically put into decorating your home for Halloween, with 1 being “Very Little Effort” and 5 being “A Lot of Effort”?
  • On a scale of 1 to 5, to what extent do you think Halloween fosters a sense of community and togetherness, with 1 being “Not At All” and 5 being “Significantly”?
  • On a scale of 1 to 5, how concerned are you about the environmental impact of Halloween, with 1 being “Not Concerned” and 5 being “Very Concerned”?
  • On a scale of 1 to 5, how much do you think Halloween traditions have changed over the years, with 1 being “Not Much Change” and 5 being “Significant Change”?
  • On a scale of 1 to 5, please rate the importance of Halloween in contemporary culture, with 1 being “Not Important” and 5 being “Extremely Important.”

Halloween’s origins and history is a combination of various influences. It began in different forms and for various reasons, primarily in the British Isles, especially in what is now Ireland, Scotland, and England.

The reasons for Halloween have evolved over time, with its original purpose being a blend of Celtic harvest festivals and the Christian commemoration of saints, while modern Halloween primarily serves as a time for fun, creativity, and community celebration.

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Ana Gonzalez

Ana Gonzalez was born and raised in Panamá. She is a student, turned educator. She loves learning new languages and writing about how education can be innovative and dynamic when implementing the right teaching methods.