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Halloween Hootenanny

Page history last edited by Jane McManus 10 years, 7 months ago

Libraries are more than books. Some kids need a little direction to get the creative juices flowing. I gleaned the following from PUBYAC contributors. If you’re a member, check out the archives for  8-2011.   Please add YOUR comments. Your colleagues would appreciate hearing what works, and what didn't!


see also: Storytime --Halloween

               Programs--Halloween Party

 

Songs that have been altered to fit the Halloween theme. There's a lot here, tweak to make it your own.

(Sing to: Did You Ever See a Lassie?)
I am the Great Pumpkin, Great Pumpkin, Great Pumpkin,

I am the Great Pumpkin, come sing with me.
For your friends are my friends,

And my friends are your friends.

I am the Great Pumpkin, come sing with me.
(variation: change "sing" to dance, skip, hop, clap, jump, etc.)

(Sing to: Pop Goes the Weasel)
Sometimes, I like to walk in the dark.
I like to shout and scream,
I sneak up behind somebody I know.
BOO! It's Halloween!

Five little goblins on Halloween Night                     (show 5 fingers)
Made a very, very spooky sight.
The first one danced on his tippy tippy toes          (fingers walk on arm)
The second one tumbled and bumped his nose.  (touch nose)
The third one jumped high up in the air.                 (arms up)
The fourth one walked like a fuzzy, fuzzy bear.     (swing arms back and forth)

The fifth one sang a Halloween song.                   (hands beside open mouth)
Five little goblins played the whole night long.       (wiggle fingers)

(Sing to: Mary Had a Little Lamb)

One little goblin hopping up and down,

Hopping up and down,

Hopping up and down.
One little goblin hopping up and down -

For this is Halloween.
*Two little skeletons walking down the street.
*Three little witches flying through the air.
*Four little pumpkins glowing in the night.
*Five black cats creeping to and fro.

(Sing to: 10 Little Indians)
One little, two little, three trick-or-treaters,
Four little, five little, six trick-or-treaters,
Seven little, eight little, nine trick-or-treaters,

Ten trick-or-treaters on Halloween night.
*One dressed up in a pirate costume,
Two has a mask, and Three has a hat on,
Four is a clown and Five is a skeleton,
All dressed up for Halloween night.
Six is a ghost, Seven is a cat,
Eight is a witch, Nine is a bat.
Ten is a monster - don't they look spooky?
All dressed up for Halloween night.
*Take off the masks and take off the hats,
No more goblins, no more cats.
All those Spooks are just sleepy children
Ready for bed on Halloween night!

Book:  Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberly


(Sing to:  Spider on the Floor)
There's a monster in the tree, in the tree.
There's a monster in the tree, in the tree.
There's a monster in the tree,
And he's counting up to three.
There's a monster in the tree, in the tree.
*There's a monster at the door...
And she's dancing on the floor...
*There's a monster in the hall...
And he's playing with a ball...
*There's a monster in the kitchen...

And she's singing with a chicken!!!

SINGING WITH A CHICKEN?!

*There's a monster in the pot...
And he's getting very hot...
*There's a monster in the bedroom..
And he's sweeping with a red broom...

*There are monsters in the bed.
"Goodnight" is what they said...

(Sing to: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star)
Take a white sheet from your bed,
Put it on your little head.
Cut two holes for your eyes,
Make them just about this size.
Now you know just what to do,
Whisper softly one word - BOO!
 
Who's behind the spooky mask?                        (Cover face with hands)

Could it be a bear?                                                    (Hold hands with fingers bent)
Could it be a monster with wild & crazy hair?           (Point to hair)
Could it be an anteater with a nose of red & green? (Bent finger in front of nose)
No, it's just me in this mask...                                    (Point to self)
It's time for Halloween!                                               (Cover face with hands.)
BOO!                                                                          (Quickly peek out from behind)


A Very Old Witch

Was Stirring a Pot - ooooo-ooo-oo-ooo                     (make stirring motion)
Two little ghosts asked:

"What has she got?" - ooooo-ooo-oo-ooo                  (shrug)
Tippy-toe-tippy-toe-tippy--toe -- - ooooo-ooo-oo-ooo (walk fingers up arm)
BOO!!                                                                         (Clap hands sharply)


(Sing to: Old McDonald)

Old McDonald had a haunted house, e-i-e-i-Boo!

And in that house he had a bat, e-i-e-i-Boo!
With a flutter, flutter here.

And a flutter, flutter there,

Here a flutter, there a flutter

Everywhere a flutter-flutter.

Old McDonald had a haunted house, e-i-e-i-Boo!                       

*Mouse--squeak...
*Spider--creep...
*Skeleton--rattle...
*Witch--cackle...
*Ghost--boo...
*Monster--roar...
*Jack Lantern--smile...
*Owl--Whoo...

(Sing to: The Hokey Pokey)
You put your hand bones in, you take your hand bones out
You put your hand bones in, and you rattle them about.
You do the hookey-spooky and everybody shout,
"That's what it's all about.  BOO!"
*funny bones (elbows),

*leg bone,

*neck bone,

*back bone
*all your bones
 
(Sing to: The Muffin Man)
Have you seen the pumpkin man, the pumpkin man, the pumpkin man?
Have you seen the pumpkin man, who lives in the pumpkin patch?
*Have you seen the old black witch.who lives in the haunted house?
*Have you seen the scary/smiling ghost.who lives in the old ghost town?
*Have you seen the old scarecrow who lives in the old cornfield?
Oh yes, we've seen the old scarecrow, the scary/smiling ghost, the old black witch,

Oh yes, we've seen the pumpkin man, they're here on Halloween.

A funny old woman in a pointed hat                               (hands form pointed hat on head)
Upon my door went rap, rap, rap                                   (knock)
I was going to the door to see who was there,              (fingers walk)
When off on her broomstick, she rode through the air. (move hand through air)

One Little Witch did a dancing jig,
Two little witches wished they were big,
Three little witches jumped up and down,
Four little witches went to town,
Five little witches on Halloween night,
Jumped on their broomsticks and flew out of sight!

One little, two little, three little witches,
Fly over haystacks, fly over ditches,
Slide down moonbeams without any hitches,
Hey-Ho, Halloween's here!
 
I am a pumpkin big and round                       (arms form circle above head)
Once upon a time I grew on the ground        (point to ground)

Now I have a mouth, two ears and a nose,   (point to features)
What are they for, do you suppose?             (scratch head)
With a candle inside, shining bright,             (arm bends, points up)
I'll be a Jack o'Lantern on Halloween Night! (grin)

Five Little Pumpkins Sitting on a Gate
The first one said, "Oh my, it's getting late."
The second one said, "There are witches in the air."

The third one said, "But we don't care."
The fourth one said, "Let's Run, Let's Run!"
The fifth one said, "It's Halloween Fun."
Then "WHOOOOOO!!!!!" went the wind,

And OUT (clap) went the lights.
And five little pumpkins rolled out of sight!

Story/Flannel or Props: The Little Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid of Anything by

Scarecrow, Scarecrow, turn around, 
Scarecrow, Scarecrow, touch the ground.
Scarecrow, Scarecrow, show your shoe,
Scarecrow, Scarecrow, now say BOO!
Scarecrow, Scarecrow, get off your post,
Scarecrow, Scarecrow, look for a ghost
Scarecrow, Scarecrow, beware of the witch,
Scarecrow, Scarecrow, she's in the ditch!

I made a Jack-o-lantern on Halloween Night      (Arms circle above head)
He has three crooked teeth, but he won't bite.          (Point to teeth)
He has two round eyes, but he cannot see.              (Point to eyes)
He's a Jolly Jack O'Lantern, as happy as can be.     (Smile)

Sing to: I'm a Little Teapot)
I am a Jack O'Lantern -- Look at me!
I'm as happy as I can be.
Put a candle inside and light the light,

I'll scare you on Halloween Night!  Boo-oo-oo!

On the first night of Halloween, my true friend gave to me.
A vulture in a dead tree
*2 hissing cats
*3 fat frogs
*4 giggling ghosts
*5 cooked worms
*6 owls a-screeching
*7 spiders creeping
*8 brooms a-flying
*9 wizards whizzing
*10 goblins gobbling
*11 bats a-swooping
*12 cauldrons bubbling
*13 ghouls a-gabbling

There was an old lady who swallowed a bat.
I don't know why she swallowed a bat, imagine that.
**There was an old lady who swallowed an owl. My, oh, my she started to howl.
She swallowed the owl to shush the bat.

I don't know why she swallowed a bat, imagine that.
**There was an old lady who swallowed a cat. What do you think? Now she's so fat.
She swallowed the cat to chase the owl.
She swallowed the owl to shush the bat.
I don't know why she swallowed a bat, imagine that.
**There was an old lady who swallowed a ghost. What do you think? She liked it the most!
She swallowed the ghost to catch the cat.
She swallowed the cat to chase the owl.
She swallowed the owl to shush the bat.
I don't know why she swallowed a bat, imagine that.
**There was an old lady who swallowed a goblin. It made her so dizzy, she started to spin.
She swallowed the goblin to scare the ghost.
She swallowed the ghost to catch the cat.
She swallowed the cat to chase the owl.
She swallowed the owl to shush the bat.
I don't know why she swallowed a bat, imagine that.
**There was an old lady who swallowed some bones. There were so many, she started to groan.
She swallowed the bones to rattle the goblin.
She swallowed the goblin to scare the ghost.
She swallowed the ghost to catch the cat.
She swallowed the cat to chase the owl.
She swallowed the owl to shush the bat.
I don't know why she swallowed a bat, imagine that.
**There was an old lady who swallowed a wizard to cast a spell so she could yell,
"Trick or Treat!"
Burp!
 
(Sing to: The Farmer in the Dell)
(Stand in circle holding hands, players move clockwise singing as adults chooses witch to stand in center.  Each character  chooses the next to come until all are chosen.)*
The witch on Halloween, the witch on Halloween,
Heigh-ho, let's trick or treat, the witch on Halloween.
The witch chooses a_________ (name the children's Halloween costumes until all are called)
They all say BOO!  They all say BOO!
Heigh-ho, let's trick or treat, They all say BOO!

 

There was an old woman all skin & bones, oooooh.
She lived down by the old graveyard, ooooh.
One night she thought she'd take a walk, ooooh.
She walked down by the old graveyard, ooooh.
She saw the bones all laying around, ooooh.
She went to the closet to get a broom, ooooh.
She opened the door and BOO!

 

The more we howl together, together, together,

The more we howl together, the scarier we'll be.

We'll shake and we'll shiver, we'll quake and we'll quiver,

The more we howl together, the scarier we'll be.

'Howl'

The more we shriek together, together, together,

The more we shriek together, the scarier we'll be.

With whining and moaning, with crying and groaning,

The more we shriek together the scarier we'll be.

'Shriek'

The more we scream together, together, together,

The more we scream together, the scarier we'll be.

Like bats in the bright light, like cats in a night fight,

The more we scream together, the scarier we'll be.

'Scream'

        --PUBYAC 10-18-2011

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