This year, I used the spinner and had the kids spin and then do the actions in each slot: howl like a werewolf, walk like a zombie, laugh like a witch (Finn was insulted when he got that one.) and then they got a piece of candy. They were pretty helpless about it. I think it would be more fun as a group activity -- no candy though. Spin it and have EVERYONE make sounds etc.
We played Halloween music. They would have liked to dance if I had a better mix tape with more Purple People Eater and less organ music.
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.
Next Year: Ghosts in the House. Try making the ghosts w. rubber bands and gauze and then just snipping them and hanging them on puppet theater as curtains.
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
- Once upon a time a tiny witch was walking on the beach when it began to rain very hard, and lightning too. “I don’t want to get struck by lightning,” she thought. “Where can I go?”Just then a big piece of orange paper blew across the sand. “I’ll make myself a house out of this,” she said. Folding it in half, she took out the scissors she always had, and said, “I’ll start with the roof. I like triangles, they remind me of my hat, so I’ll cut some of those.” NOT AT THE FOLD LINE. So she cut triangles off either end.“But I’ll need a door to GET INTO my house. I’ll want my cape to get through, so I’ll cut a cape shape, and she did. She went in but came out right away.“It’s so dark!” I need a window!” So she cut that.Just then a little ghost came flying along the beach toward her. He was crying and he almost bumped into her. “What’s the matter, little ghost?” “I’m afraid of the lightning, and I might melt in the rain!”“Well, come stay in my house with me,” said the witch. “I’ll even make you your own door.” So she cut a little door, just for him. And she went into her door, and he went into his, and this is what the house looked like inside.