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Halloween Story Time

This week was our Halloween story time. All my regulars came dressed up! We had a Thor, a Cinderella, a Spider Man, and a Tinkerbell. So, naturally, given my theatre background, I dressed up as well. I was a scarecrow.

We started, as usual, with our opening song: If You Want to Hear a Story.
If you want to hear a story, clap your hands.
If you want to hear a story, clap your hands.
If you want to hear a story, if you want to hear a story, if you want to hear a story, clap your hands.
(Nod your head, zip your lips, sit so still, etc.)

Then, we sang “The Halloween-y Spider” (found at KCLS).
(To the tune of “The Itsy Bitsy Spider”)
The Halloweeny spider
Crawled in the witches house.
In came the witch,
and swept the spider out!
Out came the moon,
And she rode off on her broom,
And the Halloweeny spider
Crawled in her house again!

Our first book was Just Say Boo by Susan Hood


I really liked this book because it discussed the scary side of Halloween that some younger kids might be apprehensive about, and it encouraged participation by getting the kids to just say “Boo” to anything that scared them.

Our next song was “I’m a Little Pumpkin” (which was also found at KCLS).
(To the tune of “I’m a Little Teapot”)
I’m a little pumpkin, round and fat,
(make a circle with arms)
Here is a point on a witches hat.
(make a triangle with hands on head)
Here is the mouth of a ghost who
says, “BOO!”
(circle hands around mouth)
And here are owl’s eyes looking at you!
(make circles around eyes with hands)

After that, we sang another song, this time from Perpetual Preschool: “Here We Come to Trick or Treat”
(To the tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb”)
Here we come to trick or treat, trick or treat, trick or treat.
Here we come to trick or treat, knocking on your door.

Please give us some candy sweet, candy sweet, candy sweet.
Please give us some candy sweet, and we will say Thank You!”

Our second book was Happy Halloween, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt


This was a pretty cute story that, like all the other Stinky Face stories, captured all the hilarious mishaps that one might encounter on Halloween. It went over well with all my groups.

Then, we sang “1 Little, 2 Little, 3 Little Witches” from CanTeach:
(To the tune of “Three Little Indians”)
One little, two little, three little witches,
Fly over haystacks, fly over ditches,
Slide down moon beams without any hitches,
Hey ho Hallowe’en’s here!

Horned owl’s hooting, it’s time to go riding,
Deep in the shadows are black cats hiding,
With gay little goblins, sliding, gliding,
Hey ho Hallowe’en’s here!

After that, we used the puppet I bought from Alma’s Designs to act out There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat by Lucille Colandro. I simply found, printed, laminated, and cut out clipart for each of the things she swallows.


The kids always love when I bring “Miss Edna” as we’ve named her, and I think she was the best use of programming money this semester!

Then, we did a Five Little Ghosts Flannel from Preschool Education.

“Five little ghosts dressed all in white
Were scaring each other on Halloween night.
“Boo!” said the first one, “I’ll catch you.'” (Hold up pointer)
“Wooo said the second, “I don’t care if you do! (Hold up middle finger)
The third ghost said, “You can’t run away from me.” (Hold up ring finger)
And the fourth one said, “I’ll scare everyone I see! (Hold up little finger)
Then the last one said, “It’s time to disappear.” (Hold up thumb)
‘See you at Halloween time next year!'”
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This was another flannel that was left behind by the former youth facilitator, and it went over well when I did it.

Then, we read our last book At the Old Haunted House by Helen Ketteman


This is a great counting book with a surprise ending that the kids really got into. I will warn that it’s bit long. and there were some younger groups who got a bit antsy near the end.

Then, we sang our “Goodbye, Goodbye Song” and it was time to leave.

We didn’t do a craft this week because I gave out goodie bags and we had a mini Halloween party instead.

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