Hooray for Halloween! Dressing up in Halloween costumes for storytime is so much fun! I was so busy having fun that I forgot to get pictures of all of us in our costumes
OPENING SONG: The More We Get Together
BOOK 1: Brooms are for Flying by Michael Rex
ACTION SONG: If You’re Happy and You Know It
Emotion Version with Pumpkins
In place of the usual “Emotion Faces” that I use for this song, I used Pumpkin Emotion Faces!
If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands…
If you’re sad and you know it rub your eyes (boohoo!)….
If you’re surprised and you know it say “oh my!”….
If you’re angry and you know it stomp your feet….
If you love Halloween and you know it clap your hands….
FINGERPLAY: Two Little Ghosts
Practice saying “Boo!” several times before starting this rhyme. Then practice the line tippytoe, tippytoe, tippytoe….Boo!
A very old witch was stirring a pot (make stirring motion)
Two little ghosts said, “What has she got?” (shrug shoulders)
Tippytoe, tippytoe, tippytoe……. (walk fingers up arm)
BOOK 2: Pop-up and Play: Spooky Shadows by Richard Fowler
I wasn’t sure how this was going to go over in storytime, since I would have to turn the lights out for this book to work. I asked everyone beforehand if they would be OK turning the lights out for a few minutes to read this book. I promised that if anyone got scared, I would turn the lights right back on. No one cried (hooray!) and this book was a HIT! It’s a pop-up book, but not your typical pop-up book. Pop-up and Play: Spooky Shadows comes with a small LED flashlight, and when you shine the flashlight on the pop-up it makes cool shadows. We looked at shadows of ghosts, sharks, pumpkins and other spooky, Halloween shapes.
The Halloween version of “Five little monkeys jumping on the bed.”
CLOSING SONG: Now It’s Time to Say Goodbye to All Our Friends
CRAFT: Foam Haunted Houses
We made these out of precut foam shapes. The shapes were peel-and-stick so no glue was even involved. Sometimes simple is so nice!