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Free Printable Halloween Word Search & Halloween Word Scramble

Today I’m very excited to share a free printable Halloween word search and Halloween word scramble!

I went a little bit overboard (as usual for me when I’m designing printables) and made three versions of the puzzle.

I’ve seen a lot of requests for printables that don’t use all the ink, but I also know people enjoy cute, colorful graphics.

That’s why the word search and the scramble are available in color, black and white, and a third version with just a touch of color to make the printables more Halloween-y!

free printable halloween word search and word scramble

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These puzzles are fun for kids and adults, alike! Print them out for your classroom or Halloween party as an easy, non-prep activity. You could also hand them out with a Halloween pencil as a non-candy Halloween treat. 

The word search printable features 20 Halloween-related words and the scramble has 10 Halloween words.

There’s also an answer key for both Halloween word puzzles so you don’t have to guess or do a lot of extra work when your children or students ask you if they have it “right.”

Suggestions for printing and using your printables

If you’re using the black and white version of the puzzles, you can just print them off on regular copy paper and hand them to your kiddo!

If you want vibrant, crisp images for the colorful version, I recommend printing on presentation paper. It has a special coating to make sure pictures look their best.

Epson Premium Presentation Paper MATTE (8.5x11 Inches, 100 Sheets)...
  • Epson Premium Presentation Paper Matte (8.5" x 11") (100 Sheets/Pkg)
  • Premium Presentation Paper delivers long-lasting photographs with a matte finish
  • With its heavyweight, bright white, ultra-smooth finish, this paper is perfect for non-glare photographs, craft projects and signage

Although this image shows free printable mermaid bingo cards, you can see the difference between printing on presentation paper and regular cardstock. The difference is more pronounced in real life, but you can tell the card on the left, which was printed on presentation paper, is more vibrant.

difference between print on presentation paper and cardstock

To make your Halloween printables reusable, laminate them or place them in a dry erase pouch.

Although reusing a word search or word scramble may seem boring to you as an adult, young children can rework the same puzzle several times. In fact, they may want to do the same page time after time! It’s a well-known fact that children like, and benefit from, repetition

Laminating pages at home is easy and very cost effective. If you plan to laminate more than 10-15 things ever, buying an at-home laminator is worth it. Most copy shops charge $1-2 per page, plus there’s the hassle of driving to the store and waiting in line.

Dry erase pouches are even easier to use, but there’s always the chance that your little one will simply remove the printable and draw on it, anyway.

TYH Supplies 10-Pack Reusable Dry Erase Pockets 9 x 12 Inches Assorted Neon...
  • Set of 10 Super heavyweight clear erasable pocket, For papers up to 9" x 12"
  • Ideal for work stations - no need to replenish paper - just wipe away and start again
  • Write on and wipe off, Go green, Use over and over again, Use low-odor dry erase markers (included)

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Halloween word puzzle printables

Alright, let’s take a look at the free printables!

As always, these printables are available for personal and classroom use (in your own classroom). Please do not share the files with friends or coworkers – just send them a link to this page so they can download their own copy! 

The preview images are not printing quality – please use the download links to get the high resolution PDFs from Google Drive. The answer key is included with each download file.

Halloween word search

The words are hidden forwards, backwards, and diagonally. A fair number of the words are backwards, so I highlighted the words on the answer key to make them easier for you to find. There’s also a non-highlighted version if you want a bit of a brain workout, too!

Halloween word search with purple pattern background

halloween word search with purple background

Halloween word search with pumpkin background

printable halloween word search pumpkin background

Black and white Halloween word searchhalloween-word-search-black-and-white

Halloween word scramble

Halloween word scramble with pattern background


Halloween word scramble with pumpkinhalloween-word-scramble-pumpkin

Black and white Halloween word scramble halloween-word-scramble-black-and-white

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More Halloween printables

There are so many free printables available on The Artisan Life and I add more virtually every week! Here are just a few that you might enjoy. For more, be sure to check out the printables category page or check out printable word searches.

Halloween coloring pages

free printable Halloween coloring pages 

Bat outline templates


Printable Happy Halloween banners


Halloween bingo



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