When there’s a chill in the air and the trees are turning to a riot of colors, that’s when you know October has arrived.
Not to mention, you’ve probably been seeing Halloween decorations in the stores for a couple of weeks!
Greet October with a whiteboard illustration that captures the mood of the month — whether that’s spooky Halloween or the cozy colors of fall.
We’ve rounded up 14 of our favorite October whiteboard ideas that are perfect for the classroom, and don’t require professional art skills!
Read this guide to discover the best ways to add a touch of fall to your whiteboard!
14 Inspiring October Whiteboard Ideas
Get ready for fall with these 14 whiteboard ideas.
Jack o’lanterns can be cutesy or terrifying — it depends on just what you want your whiteboard to say!
We like a scary jack o’lantern, for a touch of fear on a Monday morning, but you can experiment with all kinds of faces.
For a classroom project, draw a series of pumpkin outlines on the whiteboard. The kids can then add their own jack o’lantern faces with a black marker.
“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers” is a quote from Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery. Anne says it to her friend Marilla as they marvel at the magical colors produced by the maple trees.
This is an excellent quote for an October whiteboard. It encourages you to think about all the things there are to love about the season.
3. Mood Tree
The mood tree is quite a simple concept. Start by drawing the rough outline of a bare tree. You want it to have lots of branches, all heading in different directions.
Decorate those branches with the outlines of leaves. Each leaf needs to be distinct, and try to keep the sizes as similar as possible.
Get several different colored markers, and assign a feeling to each color. For example, red might be “happy”, orange “okay”, and yellow “sad”.
What says “October” more than a pumpkin patch? You can keep it simple with a small pile of pumpkins, or you can stretch your artistic skills with a scarecrow and some fall wildlife.
It’s your whiteboard, so conjure up an image that you love.
To get your students involved, leave room in the patch for every child to draw their own pumpkin or squash.
“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall” is a quote from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It’s said by Jordan Baker, as she looks forward to cooler weather that represents renewal.
As we move towards the winter months, it can start to feel like a time for settling into old habits.
This quote is fantastic for an October whiteboard as it reminds us of the changes that come with fall, and how life keeps evolving.
6. Mood Web
Mood tracking and spiders might not seem like the perfect mix, but we love this mood web whiteboard idea.
It transforms a spider web into a class activity that encourages everyone to think about their feelings.
Begin by drawing a spiderweb on the whiteboard with a black marker. Don’t try to get fancy with it! The best spiderweb is a simple spiderweb.
Assign colored markers to represent a mood. At the start or end of every day, ask the class how they’re feeling.
Let’s be honest, the highlight of October for most of us is the candy! A Halloween candy tally is a fun whiteboard idea that younger children will love.
Ask the class to shout out what candy they like to get when they go trick or treating, and make a note of the suggestions on the whiteboard.
When you have a decent list, go around the class asking everyone to pick their top choice. A more artistic option is to draw a big bag and ask the students to fill it with illustrations of their favorite treats.
With Halloween just a few weeks away, it’s time to get excited!
Start October with a whiteboard illustration depicting everyone’s favorite Halloween characters, with a big banner declaring how many days are left until Halloween!
Change the number every day, to reflect how long is left on the countdown. You can even change the illustrations.
“The trees are in their autumn beauty, The woodland paths are dry, Under the October twilight the water, Mirrors a still sky”. This quote is from the poem The Wild Swans at Coole by Irish poet William Butler Yeats.
In the poem, Yeats ruminates on the passing of time as he watches the swans. The opening lines beautifully capture the magic of October and the cyclical changes of fall.
You probably can’t start an actual campfire in your classroom (for very good reason) but this is the next best thing.
Decorate your whiteboard with a picture of a crackling campfire, perhaps with a starry sky above and s’mores being held over the flames.
Sit the class in a semi-circle surrounding the whiteboard and share your favorite ghost stories. They can write and tell their own, or you can choose some frightful short stories from classic literature.
11. Spooky Cauldrons
“Eye of newt and toe of frog, Wool of bat and tongue of dog” — what kind of weird ingredients do you need to make a witch’s brew?
The witches in Shakespeare’s Macbeth fill their cauldron with all kinds of horrible creatures to make a charm, so why not make your own classroom potion?
Draw an outline of a bubbling cauldron on the whiteboard. Make sure there’s plenty of room inside the cauldron for your ingredients.
“October is the treasurer of the year, And all the months pay bounty to her store.” These are the opening lines to the poem October by Paul Laurence Dunbar, an African American writer.
The poem describes the splendor of October giving way to the cold frosts of winter.
What is everyone wearing for Halloween? This is an excellent prompt for an October whiteboard.
Get creative with your illustrations of costumes, and go around the class asking what they plan on wearing to get the best candy when they trick or treat!
A hands-on activity for the class is to get them to illustrate their own Halloween costumes. Draw a simple outline of a person on the board, and ask each student to draw their outfit.
14. Fall Into Friday
October is definitely a time of change, as we leave summer firmly in the past and start to look forward to winter.
These changes mean there are plenty of unique October activities to enjoy throughout the month.
Why not try a “fall” into Friday whiteboard theme, where we prepare for the weekend by discussing what fall activities we’re looking forward to?
October is an inspiring month — take a look at some of our favorite October quotes if you don’t believe us!
You can draw whiteboard inspiration from the spooky images of Halloween, with cauldrons and pumpkin patches offering a chance for hands-on engagement.
Or you can look to the natural splendors of fall, for beautiful images that are sure to inspire.
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