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A Drama Workshop for Children based on Halloween For 8 to12 Year olds

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Workshop Title: Spooky Tales and Adventures

Age Group: 8-12 years

Duration: 2 hours

Objective: To explore and create Halloween-themed stories using various drama techniques, fostering creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving skills.

Materials: Props (hats, masks, cloaks), space for movement, sound system for music/effects

Workshop Outline:

1. Warm-Up: Monster Moves (10 mins)

  • Instructions: Children move around the space, transforming into different creatures when the music changes.
  • Suggestions: Use various music types to represent different creatures (e.g., slow music for zombies, fast for witches).

2. Introduction to Characters and Dilemmas (10 mins)

  • Instructions: Introduce the characters and dilemmas using visual aids or brief enactments.
  • Suggestions: Use props or costumes to make the introduction engaging and visually stimulating.

3. Mime Activity: Invisible Challenges (15 mins)

  • Instructions: In pairs, children mime a given character dealing with their dilemma without using words.
  • Suggestions: Ensure clarity in miming by emphasizing exaggerated movements and expressions.

4. Improvisation: Spooky Scenarios (20 mins)

  • Instructions: Divide into small groups. Each group picks a character, dilemma, and scenario to create a short improvised scene.
  • Suggestions: Encourage children to resolve dilemmas creatively and ensure each character has a role in the scene.

5. Soundscape: Creepy Forest Adventure (15 mins)

  • Instructions: Children create sounds using their voices and bodies to represent elements of a creepy forest.
  • Suggestions: Guide them by mentioning specific elements (e.g., rustling leaves, hooting owls) and demonstrate the sounds.

6. Still Image & Thought-Tracking: Character Reflections (15 mins)

  • Instructions: Groups create a still image of a chosen scenario and use thought-tracking to vocalize characters’ inner thoughts.
  • Suggestions: Ensure that each character’s thoughts are explored and encourage expressive vocalization.

7. Teacher in Role: Guided Story Creation (20 mins)

  • Instructions: As a mystical storyteller, guide children through a story, pausing at key moments for them to enact scenes or solve problems.
  • Suggestions: Use open-ended questions and challenges to encourage creative input and decision-making from the children.

8. Conscience Alley: Moral Dilemmas (15 mins)

  • Instructions: Present a moral dilemma related to a character. Children form an alley and voice opposing views as the character walks through.
  • Suggestions: Ensure that the dilemma allows for diverse opinions and encourage respectful listening.

9. Reflection and Sharing (10 mins)

  • Instructions: Form a circle and invite children to share their favorite moments or what they learned.
  • Suggestions: Use a ‘talking stick’ method where only the person with the stick (or another object) speaks to ensure order.

10. Cool Down: Gentle Ghost Drift (10 mins)

  • Instructions: Children move slowly and gently around the space, gradually slowing down to a complete stop and closing their eyes for a brief relaxation moment.
  • Suggestions: Use calming music and a gentle voice to guide the cool-down, ensuring a peaceful end to the workshop.


  1. Wendy the Worried Witch
  2. Gary the Friendly Ghost
  3. Vicky the Vegan Vampire
  4. Marty the Misunderstood Monster
  5. Zara the Zany Zombie
  6. Percy the Peculiar Pumpkin
  7. Sally the Shy Skeleton
  8. Bobby the Boisterous Bat
  9. Wally the Wise Werewolf
  10. Maggie the Magical Mummy


  1. Lost Magic Wand: Wendy the Witch can’t find her magic wand right before the big spell competition.
  2. Ghostly Visibility: Gary the Ghost is suddenly visible to humans on Halloween night.
  3. Bloodless Feast: Vicky the Vampire discovers all her food is mysteriously turned into fruits and vegetables.
  4. Unscary Roar: Marty the Monster loses his scary roar just before the Monster Parade.
  5. Slow-Moving Zombie: Zara the Zombie becomes extremely slow and can’t catch up with her zombie friends.
  6. Carved Too Early: Percy the Pumpkin is carved too early and worries he won’t last until Halloween.
  7. Broken Bones: Sally the Skeleton falls and breaks a bone, which won’t stay fixed.
  8. Daylight Bat: Bobby the Bat can’t fall asleep and stays awake during the day.
  9. Human on Full Moon: Wally the Werewolf turns into a human on a full moon night.
  10. Unraveling Bandages: Maggie the Mummy’s bandages start unraveling during a Halloween party.


  1. Haunted House Party: The characters are invited to a party in a haunted house and must navigate through spooky surprises.
  2. Potion Making Contest: Characters participate in a potion-making contest, but the main ingredient is missing.
  3. Halloween Costume Malfunction: During a Halloween parade, everyone’s costumes start falling apart or changing.
  4. Trick-or-Treat Mix-Up: The characters accidentally switch bags and receive items that cause peculiar effects.
  5. Escape the Enchanted Forest: The characters must find their way out of an enchanted forest filled with magical obstacles.
  6. Rescue from the Witch’s Tower: One character is trapped in a tower and others must rescue them without using magic.
  7. The Ghostly Carnival: The characters visit a carnival where the ghostly rides have a mind of their own.
  8. Pumpkin Patch Adventure: The characters explore a pumpkin patch where the pumpkins come alive at midnight.
  9. Monster Talent Show: The characters participate in a talent show where their abilities get swapped.
  10. Vampire’s Birthday Bash: The characters plan a surprise birthday party for a vampire, ensuring all details are vampire-friendly.


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