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Topical Tuesdays: A Scary Business - Key Stage 2 News Story and Reading and Writing Activity Sheet from The Week Junior

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Halloween is celebrated on 31 October so there’s still time to organise a party with some ghoulish games. This resources pack includes an article from The Week Junior magazine, along with a sheet of activities designed to get children thinking, talking and writing about what the story means to them.


It’s that time of year again when we dress up in scary costumes, decorate our houses with spider webs and go from house to house demanding sweets. The question is, has Halloween gone too far? Isn’t it merely a transparent, business-driven attempt to sell unhealthy sweets and flimsy costumes? Or is it just harmless fun that also gives a boost to our economy? What do you think?

Writing skills

Write a conversation between two pumpkins growing in a field on the lead up to Halloween as they discuss rumours about what is going to happen to them.


Think how writers use well-chosen adjectives, adverbs and figurative language to describe spooky scenes in a spine-chilling way. Your challenge is to describe something very normal and non-threatening, like a kitchen or a classroom, as if it were a sight to curdle the blood.


Write a fact file about Halloween featuring between five and ten different points. Try to include information that you think many of your friends won’t know.

Find the entire series of Topical Tuesday resources to download in our Topical Tuesdays collection.

What is The Week Junior?

The Week Junior magazine looks at current affairs and helps children make sense of the world, provides context and clarity to complex issues, improves general knowledge and encourages discussion and debate.

To find out more about The Week Junior and to download its free resources, please go to The Week Junior website.

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