Scary Short Story Activities & Escape Rooms for a Horror Unit

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If you’ve been searching high and low for some scary short story activities for your horror unit, you can stop the search here. This bundle of dystopian short story activities & escape rooms will help you thrill your students while feeling prepared and effective.


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Review literary elements in horror like foreshadowing, suspense, mood, tension, plot structure, and many more with these engaging tasks and escape rooms for:

  • The Landlady
  • The Monkey’s Paw
  • The Elevator
  • The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street

Each short story will have literary activities students can complete after reading, as well as an accompanying escape room.

What’s Included in the Scary Short Story Activities bundle?

An Introduction to the Horror Genre

  • Instructional Slideshow
  • Interactive Notetaker
  • Mini-Lessons on fear, suspense, setting, foreshadowing, and mystery

“The Landlady” by Roald Dahl Activities

  • Plot Structure
  • Compare & Contrast Short Story & Film
  • Create a Wanted Person Flyer
  • Write a NY Times Feature Story
  • Explore various “what if” scenarios & create your own
  • Short Story One-Pager
  • PLUS my BEST-SELLING Escape Room

“The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs Activities

  • Cause & Effect with Three Wishes
  • Compare & Contrast Short Story & Film
  • Rewrite the Ending
  • Superstition Research
  • Dear “The Monkey’s Paw” Thank You Letter
  • PLUS another FAVORITE Escape Room

“The Elevator” by William Sleator Activities

  • Plot Structure
  • Finish the Story
  • Unwritten Social Rules
  • The Fear Factor
  • Podcast Pairing
  • The Great Debate
  • PLUS another Escape Room

“The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street” by Rod Serling Activities

  • Plot Structure
  • Paired Text: Herd Mentality
  • Real World Connections
  • Compare and Contrast The Twilight Zone’s film adaptation
  • Argue & Debate, “Who’s the real monster?”
  • Create a CharacterGram
  • AND another Escape Room

Everything for these scary short story activities is available in digital (Google Drive) & print versions (PDF).

You save over 40% of the individual listing prices by purchasing the bundle!



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Supports Common Core Standards (CCSS):

  • RL.6.1, RL.6.3, RL.6.4, RL.6.6
  • RL.7.1, RL.7.3, RL.7.4
  • RL.8.1, RL.8.3 RL.8.4



The escape rooms may work with Breakout EDU Kits. However, they are not required. Some familiarity with Google Forms and Google Slides is required.

Want to see a “how-to” video walk-through of one of these escape rooms? Watch this video here.

If you assign the Google activities and your students receive an “Access Denied” error message, it is because your district has blocked students from opening Google files owned by someone outside your district. You can solve this by making your “teacher copy” of the activities, then sharing your document links with the students.


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