A Halloween Event

This was a Saturday afternoon event at the library.  Children of all ages and their families were invited for Halloween stories, songs, crafts, and trick-or-treating in the library.  I know I do some version of this every year, but I just never get tired of it.  Seeing all of the kiddos in costume is always so fun….and, errr….of course then I have to dress up as well. 🙂

This year I was batman….batgirl?  Something like that!  (And now I already have a costume to go with the CSLP summer theme.  See, I’m thinking ahead here.)  I wore a batman Tshirt with a cape (!), a batman mask, long yellow gloves, black leggings, and boots.

Batman Costume

Batman Tshirt Batman Eye MaskLong Yellow Gloves

From the CD Spooky Favorites

I like this version to use at the library because the original lyrics have been changed from “now hear the word of the Lord” to “and that’s the way it goes.”  Not to knock the original, but I was happy to find a version that I could use in a secular setting!

Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones.
Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones.
Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones,
And that’s the way it goes.

The toe bone’s connected to the foot bone.
The foot bone’s connected to the ankle bone.
The ankle bone’s connected to the shin bone.
And that’s the way it goes.

(etc. continues all the way up to head bone)

There’s also a really cute dancing skeleton youtube video posted by Natasha Dupree using this version of the song.  We actually showed the video, because those flannelboard skeletons are adorable!

BOOK/STORYTELLING: The Chocolate Chip Ghost by Meighan Peifer
I like to use props to tell this story aloud.

photo 3 (3)


I love that the ghosts are double-sided and they POP (flip) change colors quickly.  I think that really grabbed the kids attention.  But really, it was the chocolate chip ghost that completely won me over – who can resist that??

I’ve made a free printable for this story.  Check it out here: The Chocolate Chip Ghost Printable


ACTION SONG: We Will Stomp by Mr. Eric and Mr. Michael
From the album Yummy Yellow From the Learning Groove (mp3 download)

I had everyone do the actions to this song in place, rather than literally running around the room like monsters.  That could get a little crazy.  So we stomped in place (stomp), tip-toed (sneak), held our arms out (fly), and ran in place (run.)

We will stomp. Stomp around the room.
We are monsters and that’s what we do.

We will sneak. Sneak around the room.
We are monsters and that’s what we do.

Continue with fly, run, and stomp.

BOOK/APP: Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley
App is available on Google Play & iTunes

I’m particularly fond of this story as a digital app; there’s something magical about the way the monster disappears on the screen.  If you aren’t able to use the app, you can’t go wrong with the book – it’s a classic.  This story also makes a great flannel board.  So versatile!

Screen Shot 2014-10-24 at 9.40.56 PMHALLOWEEN CRAFTS
For the crafts, we let the children choose between three.  They were of varying difficulties to accommodate the wide age range attending the program.

CRAFT #1: Cotton Ball Ghosts
This is an easy one.  Just glue cotton balls to cardstock ghosts, then add faces. Ta-da!  (We had the ghosts pre-cut and the cotton balls unrolled.)

Cotton Ball Ghost

CRAFT #2: Candy Corn Monster
This super-cute monster comes from Michelle at Crafty Morning.  Make sure to take a look at her monster; he is awesome.
For our craft, I didn’t want to have to cut out a bunch of pieces for the monsters’ bodies, so I simply drew him with a black sharpie and then photocopied him onto colored cardstock.  I did cut out the black pieces for his mouth and white circles for his eyes.  To make the craft, kids glued on his mouth, eyes, candy corn teeth, and then colored him however they liked.

Candy Corn Monster

CRAFT #3: Q-Tip Handprint Skeleton
I didn’t realize until writing this post that this craft also came from Michelle at craftymorning.com!  Visit Crafty Morning for details and instructions.
Since paint is usually messy, we covered the table with dollar store vinyl tablecloths and put out a container of wet wipes for cleaning up. We had about 100 people attend this program, and not one drop of paint hit the floor….whew!

Q-tip Handprint Skeleton


While the crafts dried, families were off to trick-or-treat!  We had five stations throughout the library, each marked by a helium balloon (black and orange mylar balloons from Dollar Tree.)

Happy Halloween Storytime Friends!

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