Boo! It’s Halloween!

TODDLER STORYTIME

Today we had tons of Halloween fun at storytime!  Some storytime friends even came in costume – we had kitty cats, a crayola crayon, a feirce bull fighter, and even a dinosaur.  The kids had lots of giggles trying to scare their parents/cargivers by saying “Boo!”

OPENING SONG: The More We Get Together

OPENING RHYMES:

Two little bats hanging in a cave,
One named Dawn and one named Dave.
Fly away Dawn.  Fly away Dave.
Come back Dawn. Come back Dave. *kiss*

  • If You’re a Ghost and You Know It

Tune: If You’re Happy and You Know It
If you’re a ghost and you know it, just say BOO!
If you’re a ghost and you know it, just say BOO!
If you’re a ghost and you know it and you really want to show it,
If you’re a ghost and you know it, just say BOO!

If you’re a black cat and you know it, say MEOW……
If you’re a skeleton and you know it, Shake your bones……
If you love Halloween and you know it, clap your hands…….

BOOK 1: Mouse’s First Halloween by Lauren Thompson

FINGERPLAY: The Itsy Bitsy Spider, The Great Big Spider, and the Teeny Weeny Spider
A variation on the Itsy Bitsy Spider:  Sing this song three times, using a “great big scary spider voice” and a “teeny weeny spider voice” on those verses.
The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout.
Down came the rain and washed the spider out.
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain,
And the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again.

The great big spider went up the water spout . . .
The teeny, weeny spider went up the water spout. . .

FINGERPLAY: Two Little Ghosts
Before doing this rhyme, it’s important to practice saying “BOO!” so that the children will know when to expect it and will not be scared.  “Turn to your parent/caregiver and say Boo! to them.”  Then practice the line tippytoe, tippytoe, tippytoe….Boo!

A very old witch was stirring a pot (make stirring motion)
Ooooo-0000! Ooooo-oooo!
Two little ghosts said, “What has she got?” (shrug shoulders)
Tippytoe, tippytoe, tippytoe……. (walk fingers up arm)
Boo! (Clap)


BOOK 2: Brooms are for flying by Michael Rex
An interactive book that will have children on their feet following along with the actions!

FLANNEL STORY: Mouse’s Halloween House
Template and story from: Mother Goose’s Playhouse by Judy Sierra
In this story, little mice nibble windows and doors in their big orange house until it becomes a Jack-o-lantern.

SONG/CD: Five Green Goblins (from Fisher Price Halloween Sing-a-long CD, Listen to the song here)
This is the Halloween version of ‘5 little monkeys jumping on the bed.’  A great one to get the wiggles out – It will inspire lots of jumping!

FINGERPLAY: The Ghost
I saw a ghost (fingers circle eyes)
He saw me too (point to yourself)
I waved at him (wave your hand)
But he said “BOO!” (try to scare person next to you)

CLOSING SONG: We Wave Goodbye Like This

SNACK: For a sweet treat, I made up some Oreo cookie spiders. Here are some fun kid-friendly instructions. For these treats you will need:

  • Oreos (preferably the ones with orange filling)
  • Icing (tinted orange)
  • Pretzel sticks
  • M&Ms


HALLOWEEN CARDS:
I made these cute little bat cards to hand out.  All you need is black paper, lollipops and a silver or white paint pen!  Template and instructions from: Better Homes and Gardens, Halloween Fun: 101 Ideas to Get in the Spirit.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

5 thoughts on “Boo! It’s Halloween!

  1. Love the ideas. But I did want to point out the the feltboard templates for Mouse’s Halloween House are actually in Judy Sierra’s Mother Goose’s Playhouse.

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