halloween_theme_showing_vampire_bats_a_full_moon_and_a_jack_o_lantern_0071-1006-2518-1102_smuOnomonopia, it is such a freaky word,

But on Halloween, to not use it would simply be absurd.

There are so many sounds that we hear around this spooky time.

You should use it in your writing, or while slurping up some slime. 😉


You could think of cackling witches, or a door that goes creeeaaak,

swooshing, whirring bat or a kid that screams, “EEEK!”

The howling, wooshing wind that smashes at your door,

Or an ugly, moaning monster that keeps booming back for more.


There are splooshes, sploshesgurgles that come from a hot, black pot.

And some purrs and squeaks and whistles, or a split, splat, splot!

There are many girples, gushes and some mumbles in there too,

So don’t forget those sound words that send tingly chills through you!


Happy writing for this Halloween!


I originally wrote this post for Big Universe on  Oct 30, 2012.

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Article by Elizabeth Peterson

Elizabeth Peterson has devoted her life to education and to reaching out to other teachers who want to remain inspired. Mrs. Peterson teaches fourth grade in Amesbury, Massachusetts and is the host of www.theinspiredclassroom.com. She holds an M.Ed. in Education, “Arts and Learning” and a C.A.G.S. degree with a focus in “Arts Leadership and Learning.” Elizabeth is author of Inspired by Listening, a teacher resource book that includes a method of music integration she has developed and implemented into her own teaching. She teaches workshops and courses on the integration of the arts into the curriculum and organizes the annual summer Teacher Art Retreat. Mrs. Peterson believes there is a love of active, integrated learning in all children and from their enthusiasm, teachers can shape great opportunities to learn.
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