Make a Halloween Word Search With These 3 Tips

Halloween word search

Halloween is right around the corner, which means candy, costumes, and fun! A Halloween word search can make a great addition to your holiday, whether you’re having a party or just want something to do while you chow down on candy.

Sure, you could just download a Halloween word search PDF, but why not use our word search maker to create your own? Head on over if you’re ready to make one now. If you’ve never done it, no worries – let us help you with these tips for making an amazing Halloween word search.

How to Make a Halloween Word Search

1. Choose a Shape and Size

First, the shape and size of your puzzle will affect its difficulty, but it can also heighten the fun. Some fantastic Halloween word search shapes include:

  • A pumpkin–always a classic
  • A house–maybe it’s haunted?
  • A moon–a necessity for a spooky evening trick-or-treating

Note that some shapes have less room for words, making the words easier to find. Play around with some shapes to see what you might enjoy.

After you have your shape, customize the size, and what direction the words will go in. A smaller puzzle requires a shorter list of words, meaning more overlap for the words you select. And the more directions your words can go in, the more difficult your puzzle will be.

2. Create Your Word List

Next, it’s time to create your word list. The words themselves are the best part of almost any word search. It’s so satisfying to find those tiny words squished in a corner, or the big words that seem to hide in plain sight. Plus, there’s nothing like entering your first word and seeing it show up in your puzzle for the first time.

Tips for Creating Your Word List

Here are some tips for getting rolling on your Halloween word search.

Choose a theme. Scary movie titles? Names of candy? General Halloween terms? It’s helpful to know what kind of words you want to include when you start. Here are some potential themes you might want to start with:

  • Common children’s costumes
  • Horror movies
  • Favorite candy names
  • Witch-themed word searches
  • Names of guests attending your party
  • Items you might find in a haunted house
  • a mix of everything

A simple beginning gets the ideas flowing. You may find as you go along that you want to focus your puzzle on one element of Halloween (like the candy or costumes). Choose as many words as you’d like – you can always shorten the list later.

After that, you can truly decide on the size and difficulty. Remember, words with double letters or common letter combinations (like “qu”) will be easier to find than other words. You can use this knowledge to alter the difficulty of your puzzle more easily.

3. Share Your Puzzle

A word search is best shared with friends. There’s a number of ways you can enjoy your Halloween word search once you’ve made it. Here are some ways you can share:

Print it Out

You can print a PDF and give it to others to solve. You can give your word search out to trick-or-treaters. Or, if you’re using your word search for a party, decorate your printout by choosing colored paper, or cutting it out into the shape of your puzzle. For example, a pumpkin-shaped word search could be printed on orange paper and cut out into the shape of a pumpkin.

Share the Link Online

If printing isn’t your thing, all My Word Search puzzles have a link you can share online. Your friends can even solve it online! If you want, you can even password protect your online puzzle so only people with the password can complete it. As part of a Halloween scavenger hunt, perhaps?

Embed Your Puzzle

Finally, if you’re planning a party for a large group, such as for a community or school event, you can even embed the puzzle on the group’s website. That way, everyone can solve the puzzle directly on your chosen website.

Get inspired by this great example of a unique Halloween word search one clever teacher made. She selected a list of Halloween songs, then used the word search as an extra credit opportunity for her students. How fun!


For more ideas, browse the Halloween Word Search Puzzles section of My Word Search. You can also download free Halloween crossword puzzles as well. Then go ahead and make your own Halloween word search with our word search maker or a crossword with our crossword puzzle maker!

When you make a Halloween word search, it adds a special activity to the holiday, or any holiday for that matter. Be sure to follow our blog and our social media accounts to stay tuned for more ways to use word searches during the upcoming holidays.

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