Discuss spiders (eight legs, webs, life cycle) show pictures.
Discuss bats (radar, babies, sleeping habits)
Discuss the history of Halloween. Review the date and customs.
Discuss what a superstition is. Give examples such as rabbits foot, Friday The 13th, Broken mirrors, walking under a ladder, horseshoe, finding a penny heads up. Give examples of both good and the bad.
Discuss the life cycle of a pumpkin. Have the children estimate the circumference of a pumpkin by cutting a piece of string that they believe will fit around the pumpkin. Have each child test their string. Discuss the difference between a Jack-O-Lantern and a pumpkin.
Finger Plays and Songs
Three Little Witches…
(Use fingers for numbers)
One little, Two little, Three little witches,
Fly over haystacks, fly over ditches,
Sliding down moonbeams without any hitches,
Hay Ho Halloween’s here.
Halloween Is Here…
(The Farmer In The Dell)
Oh, Halloween is here,
Oh, Halloween is here,
With costumes on we’ll walk around,
We’ll knock on doors all over town,
When Halloween is here.
Sing A Song Of Halloween…
(Sing A Song Of Sixpence)
Sing a song of Halloween,
What a scary night,
Ghosts and bats and big black cats,
Give us all a fright.
Shining jolly Jack-O-Lanterns
Fill our hearts with fun,
But if the black witch comes along,
We’ll all run!
See the owls gliding,
Coal black cats are hiding,
Ghosts go “Boo,” ghosts go “Boo!”
(Pop Goes The Weasel)
All around the haunted house,
The bat chased the goblin.
The ghost floated overhead.
Scat! went the black cat.
(Row Your Boat)
Dancers, pirates, queens, and clowns
Are knocking at the door.
It’s only trick-or-treaters who
Want candy from the store.
Finger Plays And Rhymes
Five Little Goblins On A Halloween Night…
Five Little Goblins on a Halloween night
Made a very, very spooky sight
The first one danced on his tippy-tip-toes
The next one tumbled and bumped his nose
The next one jumped high up in the air
The next one sang a Halloween song.
Five goblins played the whole night long.
Five Little Pumpkins…
(Hold up fingers for pumpkins)
Five little pumpkins,
Sitting on a 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 ‘It’s Halloween fun’.
Oooooooo went the wind,
And out went the lights.
(clap hands to the word ‘out’)
And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight. (roll arms)
Sitting on a wall;
(have a child sit down)
Tip and Fall;
(have child tip over)
Rolling down the street;
(child rolls on floor)
Trick or Treat!!!
The Floppy Scarecrow…
The Floppy, floppy scarecrow
Guards his fields all day.
He waves his floppy, floppy hands
To scare the crows away!
Repeat poem, replace bold type with arms, toes, head, legs, etc.
I Went Trick- Or- Treating…
Everyone sits in a circle. Each player starts by saying “I went trick-or-treating and got…..” Each player names a treat they either got or would like to receive.
The next player in the circle repeats what all the other children said and adds their own treat of choice.
Keep playing until everyone has had a turn.
Pass The Pumpkin…
WHAT YOU NEED:
Halloween plastic pumpkin, crayons, paper.
Put crayons in pumpkin. The players sit in a circle. Music plays, the players pass the pumpkin.
When the music stops, the child holding the pumpkin reaches in and pulls out a crayon. The child must name the color and place in the middle of the circle. Once everyone has had a turn or two, dump all the colors in the middle and make Halloween pictures.
Line the children up on one side of the room. Have them move across the room as if they are flying bats, floating ghosts,stomping monsters, rolling pumpkins, falling leaves,flying witches etc.
Make a tag for each child ahead of time such as bat, cat, ghost, pumpkin. Hole punch and tie enough string to slide over children’s heads.(as necklace)
Teach children this song:
Ghosts come out on Halloween,
Halloween, Halloween, Halloween,
Ghosts come out on Halloween,
And float all around.
It sits in a chair. The rest of the children sit behind it on the floor. Have the children that are wearing the Halloween item around their neck to walk outside the circle.
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Assortment of books on Halloween, Trick-or-Treating and Pumpkins.
Men’s, woman’s and children’s Halloween costumes and accessories
Hand Print Ghosts…
Have the children paint their hands white and press onto black construction paper. When they dry have the children turn them upside down and add faces.
Have children glue down pressed leaves on construction paper for witches body. Then allow them to fill in their own features on the witch. Perhaps they’d like to have the witch riding on her broom or standing next to her brew.
Provide large paper bags. Fold down twice, staple handle on, and let children decorate front and back. I always provide stickers also for the children
Provide wet sand and Halloween cookie cutters and kitchen utensils.
(You may also use orange and black clay for other days of week)
After examining a pumpkin with your class leave the pumpkin flesh and seeds out for examining with microscope and magnifying glasses. Children also enjoy the texture, so don’t get upset if the get a little messy.
The Count’s House…
Set up the Count’s haunted house. Provide children with black capes and Halloween items to count.
Great Items for the Count’s House and Sensory Tables Both
PLASTIC SPIDER (144 PIECES)
Ideas you could use include: Apples, plastic spiders, tiny pumpkins ,etc.
Have parents donate old costumes to cut the cost of this center. Provide pencils, paper, cash register and dressing rooms to try on costumes.
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