Halloween Animated Shorts

Halloween Animated Shorts

Students love watching animated shorts. You can find dozens of Halloween animated shorts with just a few searches; however, many are not classroom-friendly. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched a terrific film to reach the last few seconds and heard an inappropriate word. So, I’ve done the viewing for you. These films vary from funny to scary, with no blood or wrong words. I hope your students enjoy these this Halloween season.

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The Passenger

Animated Short - The Passenger

This film is quite scary but ends on a lighter note. Students analyze how tone is achieved. Discuss all the features the writers includes to make the film frightening and to build suspense. 


Some examples include:

foreboding – The film begins with a beautiful blue sky. Butterflies flutter by while light twinkling music plays. The camera pans to a black cloud. Lighting flashes and thunder booms.

tense – The wind picks up. A newspaper hits the man walking to the bus stop in the face. The music changes. At one point, the man peeks through the slats in the fence.

angry – Suddenly, a dog sticks its head out and angrily barks at the man. Sharp pointed teeth make the dog look vicious.

mysterious – The man gets onto the bus. He sees a plastic bag with one lone goldfish on the seat beside him. At one point, he makes a face at the goldfish.

desolate – The bus is empty except for one man and driver.

distressed – The man puts on headphones and plays music. The eyes of the fish bulge. The bag shakes. The fish transforms into a monster. The man struggles with the monster, hitting him with his umbrella.

scary – The man crawls to the front of the bus with the monster following. After a while, the man realizes the fish transforms into a monster when the music is played. When the music stops, the monster returns to a goldfish.

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The Passenger

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Gas Station & The Delivery

Halloween Animated Shorts - Comparing Two Films

Students answer the same questions for each film in a side-by-side comparison.

What happens in the opening scene?

One stormy night, a coffee bean man drives his car through a winter tree-covered landscape. Lightning crackles. The car runs out of gas. The man gets out of the car with his flashlight and walks down the road.

A girl on a motorized scooter has trouble in the middle of a wooded area. She uses her flashlight to examine her scooter and sees she has a flat tire.

How do the characters know which way to go?

The man sees a sign pointing the way to the gas station.

The girl sees a sign that points to Grim Way. This is the address on the package she retrieves from the back of the scooter.

Where does the character wind up?

The path leads to a graveyard.

The girl walks up a path to a graveyard.

Who does the character encounter at this location?

The frightened man trembles as zombies emerge all around him.

The girl runs into a life-sized dog creature made from Cheetos Bag of Bones Halloween snacks.

What reaction does the character first have upon meeting these creatures?

The man is frightened.

The girl gasps as creatures emerge from the ground.

What is the punchline of the film?

One smiling zombie offers the man a can of gas. The man exclaims, “What? Cheap gas. Yeah! I only use high-octane gas. This is rubbish.”

The girl finds a house with the address she is hunting for. Many creatures come toward her. A dinosaur creature opens the package the girl delivered. It contains a foot. He sticks it on. Note: There is a second punchline at the end of the credits saying that no Cheetos were harmed during the making of this film…

What is the final result of the punchline?

The man is moaning as his glasses fly into the air and land on the ground in a crumpled tangle.

The dinosaur opens the door, and the girl returns to her scooter.

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Gas Station

Animated Short - Delivery
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The Delivery

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Angry Birds – Ham o’ Ween

Halloween Animated Shorts

Students complete a summary of this short. Students complete every other event.

The blue birds (Jay, Jake, and Jim) are trick-or-treating. First, they hear a noise, and each imagines a different creature looming ahead.

Next, a small bird drops into their candy bucket and begins munching on their treats.

Soon pigs with masks come by, and the blue birds hide behind a tree. The blue birds sigh in relief as the pigs move down the path without seeing them. Then the birds realize the small bird is in one of the pig’s baskets.

The birds find a pig mask on the ground and save the little bird. They walk to the castle with their bucket of treats, looking as much like the other pigs as they can. They make it past the guards.

All the treats including the small bird are dumped onto a large trestle table. The top of the table becomes a conveyor belt, and all the candy moves toward the open mouth of  King Pig Smooth Cheeks at the end of the table.

When the blue birds see that the little bird is about to be eaten, they stop the conveyor belt causing King Pig to gasp. In a struggle, the conveyor belt is moved forward and then reversed several times.

Eventually, the small bird and King Pig both go for the same piece of candy.  King Pig chuckles when he grabs the candy between his front teeth.

The small bird grows angry and grows into a monster-sized bird. King Pig spits out the candy, and the small, now monster-sized bird grabs and eats it. The small bird burps and deflates. All the birds leave the castle.

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Angry Birds – Ham o’ Ween

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Students practice cause and effect with this animated short. The causes are provided. Students add the effects.

Cause – The foxes want children to work in their mines.

Effect – Emily is kidnapped by the foxes and forced to work.

Cause – It is evident that Emily has been in the mines for a long while because her clothes are dirty and ragged. Emily is determined to leave the mines and return home to her mother.

Effect – One day, Emily runs away. She takes off, running toward a door. Voices can be heard saying, “We can’t let her escape.” With chattering teeth, Emily crouches behind a crate but can soon get above the ground.

Cause – Emily looks through a two-way mirror into her home. She hears her mom calling to her and her own voice answering back.

Effect – Emily learns that a shape-shifting fox has taken her place. The fox looks and sounds exactly like Emily.

Cause – The fox that is pretending to be Emily gets ready for school on time.

Effect – Emily’s mother notices that this “new Emily” is different. She comments that she likes the change.

Cause – Emily stands outside her home and stares at the scene taking place inside for a good while.

Effect – A group of foxes catches up with Emily. The camera moves to the inside of the house. The window Emily was looking through is a mirror. The light is switched off and the door closes.

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Students complete the missing parts in a problem and solution chain in this final film.

PROBLEM – The skeleton rises from the grave and discovers a dog has taken his leg and foot.

Solution/Effect – The skeleton begins chasing the dog, hopping on one leg.

PROBLEM – The skeleton slips in the mud and winds up on the ground. The dog continues to run away with the skeleton’s leg.

Solution/Effect – The skeleton removes his arm and hand and attaches them to his knee. He can now run.

PROBLEM – The skeleton is hit in the face with mud, trips over a tombstone, and goes flying through the air.

Effect – The skeleton goes rolling down the hill and winds up in a heap of bones.

Final Result – The dog runs away with all the skeleton’s bones except for the skull. The skeleton cries.

Animated Short - Boneless
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Get all activities in printable format along with the link to the Google Slides version by clicking on this button.

Gay Miller

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing this precious activity. I can just imagine your classroom decorated with these vocabulary apple trees. And, it was so nice visiting with you at the TPT conference. Sandy

  2. I absolutely LOVE these trees, and I love your vocabulary activities! Thanks so much for sharing! I am going to try them next week with my second graders!

    1. My students really enjoyed making them. They know the vocabulary words as well. I hope it is a huge success with your students.

    • NotJANE on October 3, 2015 at 11:40 am

    These trees are awesome! What a great way to display important knowledge! 🙂 Thank you for hosting this hop!

  3. Excellent activities, Gay! Thanks so much for all of your hard work with the coding. We all appreciate it.

    • Mary on October 23, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    I can’t wait to try the trees this week with my class! Great ideas! thank you!!!

    • Bandar Ceme on October 28, 2016 at 1:05 am

    I couldn’t resist commenting. Exceptionally well written!

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