Pop-Up by David Carter
Great sound effects, simple text. I do skip a few pages.
Don't forget to use a tiny ridiculous voice for Bill.
As always when reading these, start slow and then read faster and faster to amaze your audience. Special note: wobblin' works better with goblin than "started to spin".
Susan Hood's Just Say Boo does a nice job of walking kids through the Trick or Treat experience. Audience participation: Make sure they all say BOO with you, but get them ready for the Trick or Treat at the end.
Boo! Haiku by Deanna Caswell A book I've needed for a long time. A Guess who HAIKU riddle book about Halloween illustrated by Bob Shea! (If the kids can't guess, make the sounds)
Pumpkin fists: Make tight fists in the air and wave them around.
Ghost hands: Wave hands around, flutter fingers, and go Boo!
Spiders: Tap fingers along the floor, table, and innocent bystanders.
Witches: Rub your hands together and cackle.
Monsters: Claws and roar.
Dracula: Good EVEning.
Black cat: Raised shoulders and HISS.
Werewolf: Elbows at side, left head, and howl.
Bat: EEEEK and swoop.
I do this with 5 pumpkins on the ledge of my puppet theater, and roll them off at the end.
Five little pumpkins sitting on the 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 and run and run."
The fifth one said, "We are ready for some fun!"
Then OOOhh OOOhh went the wind
And out went the lights
And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.
- Trick or treat through the library. Have a snack. Take a lot of pictures!
- Dance to Dem Bones w. CD by Bob Barner
- Freeze tag to the Monster Mash, only kids should try to "freeze" into scary faces.
- Play Halloween Bingo