31 October Writing Prompts + FREE Calendar Printable

Our October writing prompts are all about spooky moments and personal reflections. Keep on reading for some terrifyingly good inspiration for your writing this month!

October is a month where you can do some writing about your future, memoirs, or anything you want to get off your chest. It’s also about getting spooked out, writing about the scariest things you heard off – both fact and fictional. Our list of October writing prompts includes a mix of creative Halloween prompts and reflective journal prompts.

Keep on reading to get your hands on our free October calendar printable. For more scary stuff check out these spooky Halloween image prompts .

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31 October Writing Prompts

So what are some of the writing ideas for October? Well…Here are 31 prompts that will help you set your creativity free this month!

  • Every day, I would wake up and smile. I never thought about why I smiled. I just did. One day, I woke up and realized that for the first time in a long time, I wasn’t smiling. Continue this story prompt.
  • Make a greeting card for your best friend with your favourite farm animal on the cover. You can even include a funny message inside!
  • Your old neighbour has asked you to go to their annual Halloween party. You haven’t seen them in years, but you decide to go anyway. What happens next?
  • Write a super scary description of an animal you are most scared of.
  • Who is the best teacher you ever had and why?
  • Write a paragraph describing a badger in great detail. What would you say to a person who has never seen a badger before in their life?
  • Every year before Halloween your school has a competition on who can collect 100 chocolate bars the quickest. With just 2 days until Halloween, you only have collected 18 bars. How will you reach the target of 100?
  • Make a list of at least five differences and similarities between humans and octopuses. 
  • On Halloween night you visit your friend’s house dressed up as a witch. When your friend opens the door, they start crying. Continue this story…
  • For Mental Health day, can you describe ‘Mental Health’ in your own words? What does it mean? Could you give examples of some mental illnesses? Do you know anyone who has experienced this?
  • Describe a super scary haunted house in great detail. Think about the monsters that live inside and the decorations. 
  • Write a short story about a computer programmer who predicts that the world will end in 130 days. 
  • Everywhere Dana went, the same old teddy bear kept on showing up. Was it haunted? Continue this story…
  • The pizzas are alive and they’re having a party at your house! What do you do next?
  • With every key pressed, and with every message sent, the computer became very smart. Smarter than any human alive. Continue this story…
  • For world food day, make a shopping list of all your favourite food and ingredients. Try to keep your shopping within the budget of £30!
  • Why do you think people celebrate Halloween? What traditions are followed during this time?
  • Why are black cats considered bad luck? Write your own origin story of why some believe that seeing a black cat means bad luck.
  • Imagine you are a witch , create your own rhyming magic spell. What does this spell do when it’s cast?
  • Write a fairytale about a sloth who becomes the best magician in the animal kingdom. 
  • Can you write a spooky cooking recipe that includes apples? 
  • Would you rather be a ghost who can turn invisible or a vampire who can turn into a bat? Explain your answer. 
  • Deep in the mountains of Asia, a group of snow leopards live. Describe a day in the life of being part of this snow leopard family.
  • Imagine you are a ghost who loves to play pranks on humans. Describe at least three pranks you could play? (Check out this awesome ghost name generator !)
  • Draw a picture of the scariest monster ever, and include a caption to describe it.
  • On Halloween night all pumpkins come alive and start playing tricks on the humans. Continue this story…
  • A sad little black cat tries to find a new home – A place where no one is scared of it. Continue this story.
  • Plan your own Halloween dinner party. You can even create Halloween-themed invites. 
  • Tired of being bossed about by a witch, one cat decides to go solo this Halloween. Continue this story…
  • Write a how-to guide on creating your own Halloween costume. 
  • Make a list of your top ten favourite Halloween candies.

For more inspirational ideas, check out our post on over 62 fall writing prompts .

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These October writing prompts are not just for October. You can use these prompts any time of the year, especially if you’re looking for some horror inspiration. Can you complete all 31 October writing prompts? Let us know in the comments below!

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The month of October is full of fun “National Days”, and my daily October writing prompts are a great way to celebrate and inspire your kids to write this month!

Someone once said, “I learned to write by writing,” and that’s exactly what I envision with these October writing prompts.

The more your child writes, the art of writing, the flow of words, and the ease of thinking will all become second nature to them (that’s the hope, right?).

With these daily writing prompts, your child will be introduced to several research-inspired prompts, creative writing ideas and inspirational topics.

October is a month full of fun "National Days", and my daily writing prompt printables are a great way to celebrate and inspire your kids to write this month!

There are several prompts that will take young writers down a trip down history’s memory lane this fall season, while there are others that may inspire your child to write with humor, thanks to the prompts like those in the National Moldy Cheese Day and the National Caramel Apple Day. 

October Writing Prompts

Each of the October journal prompts is designed to help get those creative juices flowing this time of year. If your kids have writer’s block, it can be much easier to start with a prompt than a blank page!

For example, on National Custodian Day, your kids will be prompted with this story starter:

You’re the custodian of the elementary school in town, and late one evening, as you’re cleaning the hall, you hear a “SQUEAK!” and more squeaks. You hear a pitter-patter on the floor as you stop to listen for more squeaks. You turn and see hundreds of rats running towards you. Finish the story.

They’ll do a little research on German Unity Day :

You are invited to visit Germany and take in the land’s beauty. After your visit, you learn you will be your city’s new tourism ambassador for Germany. Your job is to encourage people to visit Germany. Research and share places you would recommend visiting and why.

They’ll reflect, brainstorm, and be inspired to take action on Shine a Light Day:

Think about what a homeless child may have to go through each day. Think of ways you can help support a homeless child and make their day a little better and easier. Share your ideas in a report titled “Ways I can Shine A Light.”

There are a mixture of different types of prompts to inspire and encourage your kids to write!

October National Days

There are so many fun topics to write about this month!

Here is a list of the National Days included in the October Writing Prompts pack:

  • October 1- International Coffee Day
  • October 2- National Custodian Day
  • October 3- German Unity Day
  • October 4- National Taco Day
  • October 5- World Teachers Day
  • October 6- National Noodle Day
  • October 7- You Matter To Me Day
  • October 8- International Newspaper Carrier Day
  • October 9- National Moldy Cheese Day
  • October 10- Columbus Day
  • October 11- International Day of the Girl Child Day
  • October 12- National Vermont Day
  • October 13- National M&M Day
  • October 14- National Dessert Day
  • October 15- Shine A Light Night
  • October 16- Global Cat Day
  • October 17- National Pasta Day
  • October 18- National Alaska Day
  • October 19- National New Friends Day
  • October 20- International Chefs Day
  • October 21- National Reptile Awareness Day
  • October 22- Smart is Cool Day
  • October 23- National Boston Cream Pie Day
  • October 24- World Kangaroo Day
  • October 25- Sourest Day
  • October 26- National Pumpkin Day
  • October 27- National Black Cat Day
  • October 28- National Chocolate Day
  • October 29- National Internet Day
  • October 30- National Candy Corn Day
  • October 31- National Caramel Apple Day

I’ve created a free calendar print-out you can hang up in your home this month, so you can remember each day and maybe think of a special way to “celebrate” it in your homeschool. Grab it below!

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Best Ways to Use October Writing Prompts

Feel free to begin each homeschool day with a writing prompt, or pick and choose which ones you’d like to use. It’s a great way to fit in daily writing practice, proofreading and editing, and even handwriting.

You can print out the printables, or if you prefer, have your child type up their writing in a Google Doc or word processor. You have a lot of flexibility on how you want to use these!

Another idea would be to use the prompts as inspiration for a small project or Google Slides presentation, allowing your kids to create a slideshow or other artifact for the research-themed prompts.

You could even encourage your kids to write in different styles (like an acrostic poem, comic strip, or a play).

Maybe even recruit all family members to get in on the action and respond to a writing prompt. It will be a lot of fun to hear everyone’s finished product!

What a great opportunity for you to get creative, think outside the box, and create some unique learning experiences with fall writing prompts!

National Days Writing Prompts

If you’re new to my site or have missed last month (or a few others), here are the links to all my creative writing prompts for January-September:

  • January Writing Prompts
  • February Writing Prompts
  • March Writing Prompts
  • April Writing Prompts
  • May Writing Prompts
  • June Writing Prompts
  • July Writing Prompts
  • August Writing Prompts
  • September Writing Prompts

Please remember the goal here is to help your child fall in love with writing and take even small steps to becoming an enthusiastic writer. If you need to take a break for a day or two, go ahead and allow for room in your lesson plans to be flexible. 

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I hope you have a great time with these October writing prompts!

If you’re looking for Halloween writing prompts, make sure to check out my free Halloween Roll and Write printable . It’s another perfect addition to your homeschool lesson plans this month!

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I’d love to show you guys what I think is perfect to use in the primary classroom during the month of October. Many of the resources are activities that my students loved and many are brand new activities that I can’t wait to test out! I also include a freebie for my blog readers, too! Here are primary October resources!

Primary Reading and Writing Halloween Activities:

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  • (Link:  Halloween Fictional Reading )
  • (Link:  October Interactive Notebook )

– Halloween Stories : You will get five different Halloween stories that I have created. Each ghost story contains two different graphic organizers to help students work on their story elements and comprehension. The Halloween themed stories cover many topics. These topics include schema, retelling, character details and descriptions, cause and effect, and problem and solution. Also, dialogue, character comparison, beginning, middle, and end.

– October Notebooking : ‘An Interactive October’ is a way to make your month more engaging, hands-on, and exciting! Here, there are ELA and Math interactive activities that the students will cut, glue, and color. These interactive notebook activities will be used in a notebook. Therefore, you’ll need spiral-bound notebooks, composition notebooks, or a 3-ring binder in addition to loose-leaf paper.

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  • (Link:  Paired Passages )
  • (Link:   October Writing Prompts )

– October Paired Passages : This product comes with five paired sets, which are ten passages. Each set comes with a nonfiction story and a fiction story. Plus, questions and comprehension work for both. There are also two sheets that work on comparing fiction and nonfiction stories. This packet is for October themes covering topics from scarecrows to Trick-or-Treating.

– October Writing Journals : These 25 writing journal prompts are to be cut and glued to the top of a student’s writing journal. Specifically, they are made for first, second, or third grade. However, they can be used in Kindergarten with illustrations. In addition, each prompt also comes with 30 strips for a class of 30 kids.

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  • (Link:  Color Me Spooky )
  • (Link:  October Small Group Activities )

Early Learners Activities:

– October Small Group : An early literacy activity pack brings you 12 different small group activities to help struggling students. The 12 intervention activities range from syllables to creating simple sentences. Some of the topics the pumpkin activities cover are rhyming words, beginning sounds, syllables. Also, other early literacy skills.

– Halloween Color Me Spooky : In this pack, there are ten coloring sheets where students will color by number or color by sight word. Sight words and numbers are K/1 level. Enjoy this holiday pack during morning work, or small group, or fill-in time during the crazy month of October!

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  • (Link:  Fall Differentiated Mini Books )
  • (Link:  Fall Differentiated Passages )

Differentiated Reading Options:

– October Mini Readers : These fall leveled readers come with three levels of reading for kindergarten, first, or second grade readers. Each leveled reader has questions for that book that are also leveled. Here’s a look at the different reading levels. (1: One simple sentence per page. 2: One/two sentences with words that may be a bit more difficult to decode. 3: Two or more sentences per page with more complex sentence structure and more difficult words.)

– Fall Differentiated Reading Passages : There are ten fall topics in this fall passages pack. The ten fall topics are fall season, football, scarecrows, apples, leaves, community helpers, fire safety, pumpkins, bats, and also turkeys! Each fall topic has nonfiction and fiction passages. There are also three levels for each topic, too. These are, beginning, growing, and advanced readers.

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  • (Link:  Halloween Activities )
  • (Link:  Fall Nonfiction Activities )

– Halloween Activities : There are five ELA activities in this Halloween unit. These include the following: Spooky Pictures (answering questions about a picture displayed.)

And also, What’s in ‘Happy Halloween’? (Making Words). In addition, you also have Candy Corn Compound Words Creative Cat (writing prompts) and, Roll a Sentence (create sentence after given character and setting). 

– Fall Nonfiction Activities : This features a collection of KWL charts, passages, writing activities, and other informational activities. This fall unit comes with all things E.L.A. Namely, reading, reading comprehension, vocabulary, and writing. Also, it includes three different themes to use: pumpkins, fall, and apples.

Primary October Resources for Math:

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  • (Link:  October On the Go )

– October On the Go : An “on-the-go” set is a collection of ELA and math worksheets to make your life easier! In this packet, you’ll find 50 printables for quick and easy teaching for first grade. These 50 practice sheets revolve around October themes (Halloween and Fall) while practicing ELA and literacy skills for first graders. 

– Halloween Math Activities : There are five math activities in this Halloween activities pack. These include Jack-o-Lantern Notation (I Have, Who Has) Witchy Pie Graphs (creating graphs) and, Webs of Money (counting coin sets). Also, you have Mysterious Adding (spinning numbers and adding) and Ghostly Differences (subtraction problems).

Primary October Resources for Language:

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  • (Link:  Fall Nouns and Verbs )
  • (Link:  Fall Adjectives )

– Halloween Noun and Verbs : Within my nouns and verbs unit for fall, you’re offered lots of activities that help kiddos practice their nouns and verbs. Here are a few of the activities included: mini-posters, sentence practice, sorting activities, quizzes, and more. 

– Fall Adjectives : These adjectives activities offer you a mini-unit on teaching adjectives based around the fall season. Included are the following: adjective maps, adjective matching, finding adjectives in reading, crafty activities, creating sentences. And finally, describing sentences with adjectives.

Fact and opinion activities for teaching children.

  • (Link:  Scarecrow Fact and Opinion)

– Scarecrow Fact and Opinion :  In these six games, children find out different information about scarecrows and will be asked to determine whether this information is true or false. There are plenty of activities where students cut/glue, sort, write and read all about scarecrow facts and opinions.

Primary October Resource for Science:

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  • (Link:  Fall Life Cycles No Prep Pack )
  • (Link:  Fall Life Cycles Flip Book )

–  Pumpkin and Apple Life Cycles Pack : Your kiddos will learn all about the pumpkin life cycle and apple life cycle within this unit. This Fall Life Cycles Activities Pack is for on-the-go teachers. There are passages, cut and paste pages, labeling pages, writing pages, vocabulary pages, and Fold and Go readers.

– Fall Life Cycles Flip Book : This Fall Life Cycles activity includes a mini flip book plus a craft topper for decorations. This is perfect for quick introduction, quick review, or just interactive learning all about pumpkin and apple life cycles. All while having interactive fun and creating a great wall display for the kids and school to see.

October Flip Books:

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Most of my reading flip books follow a specific outline, therefore, I’m going to describe them here instead of under each image below! It would be a lot of repetition if I did that since they all follow a similar structure. There is a “Let’s Read” page that introduces the October topic with a mini reading passage. Then, there is a “Let’s Answer” page that gives the students reading comprehension questions from the Let’s Read page. Third, there is a “Let’s Sort” page, where students are either sorting true/false or fact/opinion activities. And finally, there is a “Let’s Write” page. Students are asked to write and illustrate what they’ve learned about each topic.

  • Bats Flip Book
  • Pumpkin Flip Book
  • Fire Safety Flip Book
  • Spider Flip Book
  • Owl Flip Book

Freebies for you!

A FREE set of fall reading passages for ELA small group routine in October.

You will get three levels of “Fall is Here”. This is a fictional story in my Fall Differentiated Passages pack.

Grab that freebie  HERE .

A FREE set of pumpkin life cycle worksheets - October primary resources.

In this  freebie  you will get two sample pages from my Life Cycles pack.

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October writing prompt calendar

by Kim Kautzer | Sep 20, 2017 | High school , Writing & Journal Prompts

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One of the best ways to ensure you stick with a daily writing habit is to have plenty of prompts on hand. Kids thrive when they are given boundaries with generous margins . The twenty writing prompts in this free printable October writing prompt calendar provide the perfect amount of structure to stimulate your young writer while allowing for plenty of imagination!

Example writing prompts from the October calendar

  • Write a comical paragraph from a circus animal’s perspective titled “How to Pack a Picnic Lunch.”
  • If you could spend a year in a foreign country learning a second language, where would you go and why?
  • Would you rather endure an earthquake or a hurricane? Why?
  • Your dog is lost. Write an advertisement describing your pet.

The calendar is not dated, so you can use it year after year whenever you need writing inspiration for your elementary students in grades 3-8.

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Ideas for using your October writing prompt calendar

There is no single way to use the calendar. It’s flexible, so you can make it work for you and your children! Here are a few options.

  • Print it on colored paper —maybe orange for October.
  • Print it on white paper, and let your child color in the prompts as she uses them.
  • Number the grid with the dates you have homeschool lessons in October.
  • Let your child skip around on the grid, choosing the prompts out of order.
  • Hole punch the calendar and put it into a writing notebook or journal.
  • Tape or glue the calendar into a composition notebook or journal.
  • Hang the calendar on your refrigerator or bulletin board for daily reference.

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Would you prefer to have these prompts delivered to your inbox each day? Sign up for our prompt of the day emails , and that’s exactly what you will get. Each morning, Monday through Friday, you will receive a new message with a writing prompt you can use that day in your homeschool writing lessons.

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Looking for some FREE October Writing Prompts for your K-2nd students? Look no further! Note: Students’ sentences can be stretched by adding and & because . Students’ stories can be expanded upon by asking the student, “What happened next?”

These FREE October Writing Prompts Include:

  • Pick a leaf. Draw and write about it.
  • I like to dress up as…
  • My leaf pile was so big that…
  • My pumpkin turned into…
  • I like fall because…
  • If you were a leaf, what color would you be?
  • Collect leaves. Make them into a picture and write about it.
  • Free write.

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20 FREE October Writing Prompts for elementary and middle school grades. Fun ideas to get kids thinking and writing daily!

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20  FUN  October Writing Prompts to encourage thoughtful daily writing. No extra imagination required from you!

More About the October Writing Prompts

This list includes a wide variety of topics – it is NOT only focused on Halloween. You will find other celebrations such as “Do Something Nice Day,” “World Egg Day,” and Fire Prevention Week, too!  The prompts follow a weekly pattern:

Movement Monday  – Get moving before you write!  Ex: Do 20 jumping jacks. Then write about what is happening to your body.

How-to Tuesday  – Write directions, instructions, how-to’s, and recipes!

Wild Wednesday  – Anything goes with these funny prompts to get your kiddos thinking and smiling!

Thoughtful Thursday  – Thinking about others, gratitude, and remembering events from the past.

Friday Favorites  – List all your favorites (great for sticking close to a topic) or tell me about your all-time-favorite…

These writing prompts cover:

  • Opinion pieces
  • Informative/explanatory writing
  • Friendly letter
  • Personal narrative
  • Recalling experiences
  • Writing about real and imagined events

Writing prompts can help your kiddos…

• focus on a topic • tell a story • give instructions • use transition words • put events or instructions in order in a way that makes sense!

These fun topics are great for getting that pencil moving across the page.

Printable Writing Prompts for October

Find a quick, no-prep solution for writing prompts : doodle style journal pages with space to write, draw, and color. Great for grades 1 through 5 – not too childish for upper elementary kids!

20 printable write & draw pages that coordinate with your 20 October writing prompts! Find them here!

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Thank you, thank you, thank you! This is exactly the collection of prompts I was hoping to find for my 5th Graders. Please tell me you’re working on November!?!? 🙂

I am! I’ll have them up mid-month in October 🙂 I’m going to be putting up all 12 months. So glad this will help you!

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58 October Journal Prompts to Get Inspired This Fall

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Wait a minute, it’s October already?! Can you believe we’re almost at the end of the year?! We’ve gone from iced lattes to cozy sweaters in the blink of an eye!

That being said, who doesn’t want to embrace the cozy yet enchanting vibes this month has to offer? Maybe it’s the spooky season energy, but I’m here for it. Fall is in full swing and with any season change, it’s the perfect opportunity for some good ole self-reflection.

Which is exactly why we’re diving into some October journal prompts! Specifically for adults! A quick Google search yields tons of October writing prompts for kids and young students, but I think we adults need some journaling ideas for a good monthly self-check in.

With seasonal transitions and upcoming holidays on the horizon, now’s a good time to check in with your intentions, goals, thoughts, and feelings. You’d be surprised at how much can change both internally and externally over the course of 10 months from January to now!

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What Are Some Fun October Journal Prompts?

  • Do you have a go-to Halloween costume when you’re stumped for ideas?
  • Reflect on a fun October adventure or a positive October memory from the past.
  • Reflect on your most memorable Halloween night out with friends.
  • What would the perfect October day look like to you, from start to finish?
  • If you could invent a new fall-themed cocktail, what would be in it and what would you name it?
  • Do you like or dislike horror movies? What makes you feel one way or the other?
  • If you can catch a warm October day, what would your ideal fall picnic include?
  • Do you have a cherished fall memory from childhood that has influenced your joy for the season?
  • Do you have a cozy fall tradition, like sipping cider or visiting a pumpkin patch? What about it makes you happy?
  • How have your thoughts and feelings toward fall changed since you were a child or teenager?
  • What is your all-time favorite fall recipe to cook or bake?
  • What is your favorite fall outfit and why do you love wearing it?
  • What books or movies are on your must-read/watch list every fall?
  • What songs bring back amazing memories of fall?
  • If you haven’t made many fall plans yet, take a moment to jot down and schedule your favorite fall activities! ( these fun fall self care ideas are PERFECT to include in your plans!)

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  • Think about personal growth as it relates to the changing seasons. In what ways does fall inspire you to continue on your personal growth journey?
  • What are your top three goals this month?
  • What are all of your personal and professional goals for October?
  • What habits will you implement to achieve those goals?
  • What motivates you to pursue your goals? (think about your “why?”)
  • How might your fall intentions and goals differ from your summer ones?
  • What are some of the best ways for you to measure your progress with goals?
  • Write a letter to your future self, a year from today in the next fall. What are some aspirations, hopes, and goals you wish to achieve by then?
  • What changes would you like to start seeing in each area of your life?
  • Write a “script” or manifestation of how your dream life looks like, as if you were currently experiencing it. ( this guide has everything you need to manifest your goals through writing !)
  • What are some potential obstacles that could prevent you from staying on track this month?
  • What actions can you take to address these obstacles if/when they arise?
  • How can you make your goals more “visible” on a daily basis, so you don’t forget them? (i.e: sticky notes, including your goals on your desktop wallpaper, etc.)
  • What rewards will you give yourself to celebrate achieving your goals?
  • Write down 3 affirmations to repeat daily that will boost your confidence about your goals. (see these super motivating productivity affirmations for examples you can use!)

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October Journal Prompts For Gratitude

  • What are some simple pleasures in fall that give you feelings of gratitude?
  • What do you look forward to the most every fall?
  • What gives you the deepest sense of gratitude in your life right now?
  • What is something that worked out in your favor lately?
  • What is something that recently went well for you, even though you didn’t think it would?
  • What sensory aspects (sights, sounds, smells) of fall bring you the most joy and comfort? 
  • What are 3 things you’re grateful for off the top of your head?
  • Reflect on the people in your life that you’re grateful for. What makes them so great?
  • List all the things you’re grateful for relating to your physical and mental health.
  • What is a challenge you’ve been through that ultimately made you grateful for the lesson you learned?
  • What recent accomplishments are you grateful for achieving?
  • Reflect on a time where someone’s kindness impacted your life. What happened and how did you feel?
  • What about your home or neighborhood makes you grateful?
  • What opportunities do you feel lucky to get to have?
  • What personal strengths and qualities are you grateful for?
  • Do you have a community or support system that gives you a sense of belonging? Reflect on this.

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October Writing Prompts For Mental Wellness

  • Imagine this: a peaceful fall day spent in self-care mode. What activities would you choose to help you unwind?
  • Fall can be a great time to slow down and savor the moment. How will you add more mindfulness into your daily routine this month?
  • Plan at least one “slow day” this October, where you take it easy and fuel yourself in the ways you need it. What activities would you do to relax and recharge?
  • What is one small act of self care you can start doing on a daily basis this month?
  • How do you plan to balance being healthy and active this fall, while also enjoying fun fall indulgences? 
  • What can you do to your home environment to make it more cozy and comforting? (try these ideas for transforming your environment into a self-care haven !)
  • What is something creative you enjoy doing? How can you make time for it this month?
  • How can you make a plan to reduce your screen time this month?
  • What are some of your favorite nature spots to enjoy in the fall? How does nature impact your mental health?
  • What is the next personal development book you’d like to read and why?
  • What could you use less of in your life right now?
  • What could you use more of in your life right now?

How To Use These October Journal Prompts

Monthly journaling can really spice up your journaling practice without having to do anything too crazy! Follow these tips to make the most of your October writing prompts.

  • Romanticize the journaling experience – I’m talking sitting in a cozy corner, bundled up in your softest blanket, drinking a delicious pumpkin spice latte (or your drink of choice!), lighting yummy fall candles, and getting allll comfy with your journal. This just makes the experience so much more impactful!
  • Choose the journal prompts you need most right now – this is a pretty big list of October journal prompts–no need to do ‘em all! Choose the ones that will give you the reflection you need right now. 
  • Don’t overthink, just let it flow – these journal prompts don’t need to stress you out or overwhelm you! Literally, just let your pen flow and let it take you wherever your brain goes. Maybe you have some interesting fall memories pop up or some deep thoughts as you look back on the year!
  • Don’t stop here, make it a habit! – I love that you’re here and feeling fired up about October journaling! It’s a great first step, but you’re going to see a real difference in your mindset and even your anxiety levels when you journal consistently. 

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At a time when many publishers are cutting print days, the Deseret News in Utah is finding success with a new print product.

Dubbed “The Digest,” the free publication amasses the Deseret News’s best journalism from its various platforms and is delivered to 120,000 homes around Salt Lake City once a month. The Digest launched in September and has been profitable since October, publisher Burke Olsen said.

“The result has been great enthusiasm from advertisers because this is now, I think, the largest newspaper product (in Utah). It has the largest distribution of any print product in the state that I’m aware of,” Olsen said. “It reinvigorated our advertising base.”

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Olsen estimated that a person who lives in one of the counties the Deseret News is targeting will receive The Digest about three times a year. The company wants The Digest to feel different from its other products, and it wants to make sure people do not receive it so often that they decide to abandon the Deseret News’ paid products.

“We tend to target established ZIP codes, more residential homes than rental areas, people who tend to have higher incomes — more disposable income — and that’s because that’s attractive to our advertising base,” Olsen said. “Over time, as we figure out on behalf of our advertisers what works and based on what kind of subscription uptick we get, we might focus on some ZIP codes more often than others.”

The Digest has nearly twice the audience as the Deseret News’ other print products — a selling point to advertisers — and the company expects to make $250,000 in profit off The Digest alone by the end of the year.

The Deseret News has already gotten phone calls from people who received The Digest and decided to subscribe to the biweekly paper, Olsen said. He speculated that a print paper taps into a certain nostalgia and its physicality lends readers a sense of accomplishment when they finish an issue.

Fifteen-year-old Adam Kunz said he discovered the benefits of physical papers when he came across a free sample from the Deseret News in the mail in November. Until then, he got most of his news through online aggregators like Google News. Newspapers were associated with “boring, old people stuff,” and Kunz hadn’t realized that the Deseret News was still printing physical copies of its paper.

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Kunz said he especially likes following national news and political coverage, including stories about the election and bills passing through the legislature. He’s amassed a huge stack of papers in his bedroom. Though his friends and family sometimes tease him for paying for a newspaper subscription, Kunz insists they don’t understand “the experience of actually sitting down and flipping through the pages,” something he says is “awesome.”

“I think everyone has a responsibility to know what’s going on in the world.”

Before becoming publisher, Olsen worked as Deseret News’ head digital officer. “I didn’t care about our print products for a long time,” he admitted. But The Digest has made him wonder if there’s a product or marketing campaign that could slow or even reverse declines in print readership.

Though The Digest is still very new, Olsen has started to wonder if it might eventually outlive the Deseret News’ print paper. That is one of the things the company will be evaluating as The Digest moves forward.

“There may come a point at which this is no longer feasible and profitable because the cost of paper and postage continues to go up,” Olsen said. “But until it does, we ought to use as publishers, as news media, every avenue in creative ways of reaching audiences with journalism that will help them make better decisions … because they’re better informed about the world.”

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  1. 31 October Writing Prompts (+ Free Printable)

    Blog Halloween 31 October Writing Prompts + FREE Calendar Printable 31 October Writing Prompts + FREE Calendar Printable October 1, 2021 Our October writing prompts are all about spooky moments and personal reflections. Keep on reading for some terrifyingly good inspiration for your writing this month!

  2. October Daily Journal Writing Prompts {Free Printable}

    IN THIS POST: To really get you into the autumn spirit, here are 31 October daily journal writing prompts for adults. These free printable writing prompts are a great way to spark inspiration for your daily journaling habit. You'll notice most of these are one word journal prompts.

  3. October Journal Prompts: make journaling fun & easy with these free

    Published: Sep 19, 2020 · Modified: Oct 17, 2020 Make journaling easy and enjoyable with these daily writing prompts for October. These journal prompts for October will get your creative juices flowing and help you keep up with your journaling practice.

  4. 31 October Writing Prompts + FREE Printable Calendar

    Here is a list of the National Days included in the October Writing Prompts pack: October 1- International Coffee Day. October 2- National Custodian Day. October 3- German Unity Day. October 4- National Taco Day. October 5- World Teachers Day. October 6- National Noodle Day. October 7- You Matter To Me Day.

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    Plus, questions and comprehension work for both. There are also two sheets that work on comparing fiction and nonfiction stories. This packet is for October themes covering topics from scarecrows to Trick-or-Treating. -October Writing Journals: These 25 writing journal prompts are to be cut and glued to the top of a student's writing ...

  6. October writing prompt calendar • WriteShop

    Print it on white paper, and let your child color in the prompts as she uses them. Number the grid with the dates you have homeschool lessons in October. Let your child skip around on the grid, choosing the prompts out of order. Hole punch the calendar and put it into a writing notebook or journal. Tape or glue the calendar into a composition ...

  7. FREE October Writing Prompts

    These FREE October Writing Prompts Include: Pick a leaf. Draw and write about it. I like to dress up as… My leaf pile was so big that… My pumpkin turned into… I like fall because… If you were a leaf, what color would you be? Collect leaves. Make them into a picture and write about it. Free write.

  8. October Writing Prompts: 31 Creative Prompts For Adults

    1. The Sound of Silent Screams — Write a story around the loudest sound you've heard. What is it? Who or what is making the noise? What do you think about it? How do you react to the sound? What if you're the only person who could hear it? 2. It's All Up to You

  9. 53 Great October Writing Prompts w/Calendar Printable

    1. Describe what your city or town looks like during the month of October. 2. Compose a poem about the month of October. 3. The answer is "October". Write 10 questions. 4. Tell how a spider's home compares to yours. Be specific. 5. What about a time when you did something nice for someone.

  10. October Writing Prompts: FREE Printable Calendar

    Printable Writing Prompts for October. Find a quick, no-prep solution for writing prompts : doodle style journal pages with space to write, draw, and color. Great for grades 1 through 5 - not too childish for upper elementary kids! 20 printable write & draw pages that coordinate with your 20 October writing prompts!

  11. 58 October Journal Prompts to Get Inspired This Fall

    October Journal Prompts: 58 Daily Writing Ideas For Adults. Whether your intention this October is to get clear on your monthly goals, practice more gratitude for all the awesome things in your life, or prioritize your self care and mental wellness, these October journal prompts cover it all!. Don't forget about these October journal prompts!

  12. FREE October Writing Prompts

    These free printable October writing prompts are just what you've been looking for to keep your first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade child happily writing all month long. Each October creative writing prompts includes a cute clipart to color, a story starter, and ruled lines to guide students. October Writing Prompts

  13. Free printable writing paper for fall

    Printable writing for fall. Writing paper for fall - Purple - Download PDF. Writing paper for fall - Blue - Download PDF. As always, I will Pin today's free printable writing paper to my Pinterest account, where I curate lots of lovely things. Feel free to Pin this page too! There is more where these came from!

  14. October Writing Prompts

    October Writing Prompts. Download a FREE October calendar with engaging daily writing prompts! Kids build language skills as they write about fall activities, Halloween & tons more! Download October Calendar. Browse Other Months. February 2024. March 2024. April 2024. May 2024. June 2024. July 2024. August 2024. September 2024. October 2024.

  15. October Writing Templates FREE by Amanda Garcia

    These FREE October writing templates give students a fun way to publish their work this fall. The included toppers give students choice on their finished product, as well as opportunities to color, cut and paste. ... Writing paper for the final project ; Complete teacher directions; Topper choices: Pumpkin; Hot Drink & Pie ; Football; Ghost and ...

  16. Free October Morning Meeting Questions / Free October Writing Prompts

    81 Q&A More from Kalena Baker - Teaching Made Practical Description This free, low prep October resource is an easy way to make sure you are continuing to promote a positive classroom environment all year long! There are 24 fun, October-themed questions that make great morning meeting questions or team builders.

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    3. Praise and Encourage: Once your child has completed free writing and before editing, make sure to praise the child for her ability to get her thoughts on paper. You may have to allow your child to tell you the story so you can write it first. This method is fine and worthy of praise as well.

  19. Printable Teacher Worksheets For The Month of October

    October Printable Worksheets The leaves are on the ground and it's time to break out the rake. Here are all of the worksheets that have that related to events and celebrations in October. Concept / Event Map Meeting New Vocabulary Monthly Printable Calendars Multiple Intelligence Lesson Planning Triple Venn Diagram Weekly Planner

  20. Blank Slate

    Here are the most important things when writing blank slates. First: Bookmark this page (+ d). Each time you need to write something down, click the bookmark and just start typing! Style your slates with markdown. Here's an example and the result when viewed; To save, press "+ s" at any time or click "save" in the bottom right

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  22. October Writing Paper Teaching Resources

    $5.00 $3.00 5.0 (33) PDF Add to cart October Writing Prompts - Writing Journal - Fall Writing Papers or Journals Created by Jessica Tobin - Elementary Nest These October writing prompts are made for students to use in their journals for daily writing practice.

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