Spark of the Day: Create A Spooky Sound Sentence or Story

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Begin by thinking of as many spooky sounds as you can. If you need help, here are some suggestions:

A ghost moaning, bat screeching, wolf or coyote howling, door creaking, howling wind, hissing cat, screeching owl, squeaking mouse, creaking tree, scream, weird laugh, thunder, groan, roar, tree scraping the window, door slamming, leaves swirling in the breeze, crow cawing, a rodent scurrying, owl hooting, water dripping, rain falling, and anything else you can think of!

Create your sentence or story…..

– Think of a sentence or a story that has sound-words in it.
– Write, draw, or record it so that you can remember it for later.

Here’s one example of a spooky sentence:

One dark windy night, an owl swooped down and caught a mouse.

Sound-Words add description…

Sound-words add descriptive detail to a sentence or story. This allows the reader or listener to become more involved in what is being said, and it makes what you are saying much more interesting!


Suddenly, something ran across the road as a clap of thunder broke the eerie silence of the night. I slammed on my brakes and skid to a screeching halt. My heart pounded hard in my chest, ‘What was that?’, I thought. I closed my eyes and took a deep breath. When my heart rate slowed, I opened my eyes, and there it was staring back at me with glowing amber eyes!

How to add sound effects to your sentence or story…..

Professional sound effect artists make sounds by using everyday objects and noises and so can you!

Here are a few of the things you can use to make sound effects:

Kitchen utensils, doors, leaves, gravel, sand, chairs, your hands, mouth, rubber band, bowls, cups, garbage can, scissors, ruler, plastic, fan, fruits and veggies, balloons, and anything else you can think of!

Here is an example of how these objects can be used:

Horse walking – clap clean coconut halves together
Howling wind – release air slowly from a zip-top bag
Fire crackling – crumple a piece of cellophane
Animal screeching – let air out of a balloon
Thunder – wiggle a metal cookie sheet
Swooping sound – whip a piece of rope through the air
Squeak – a toy that squeaks or a mouth noise
Scream – balloon with a hexnut inside

Our example above would look like this….

One dark windy night (wind howling), an owl (screeching sound) swooped down (swooping sound) and caught a mouse (squeak).

When you’re ready to retell it:

– Have someone in the background making the sounds on cue.
– Record sounds in sequence so that they go off when they are supposed to, while the story is being told.
– Pre-record your sentence or story complete with sounds and play it back for others to hear.

Note: If you decide to use a computer to create your story, there are websites that offer downloadable sound effects. You can also use a movie maker program to help you create your story.
Warning: Parental supervision is advised when downloading anything off the Internet.

Sound Effects Information:

Partners in Rhyme 
Downloadable sound effects; some are free, some are not.

Epic Sound
Offers an A-W list of sounds and how they are made.

Let’s Get Creative
Tips for making sound effects

More information about “Sound Effects” can be found on the Fran’s World Yahoo! Group, it’s free to join and open to everyone!

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