Halloween Storytime

Happy Halloween! Have you dipped into the candy stash yet? I have. No shame.

Here’s what we sang, read, and made for yesterday’s storytime…

The Halloween Storytime Line-Up:

Happy Halloween Song

(To the tune: “Mary Had A Little Lamb”, Adapted from Perpetual Preschool)
Here we come to trick or treat, trick or treat, trick or treat.
Here we come to trick or treat, knocking on your door.
Please give us some candy sweet, candy sweet, candy sweet.
Please give us some candy sweet, and we will say Thank You!
We wish you a Happy Halloween, Happy Halloween, Happy Halloween!
We wish you a Happy Halloween! Now we will scare you……BOO!

Little Goblins Ten by Pamela Jane, Illustrated by Jane Manning (New book!)

Brown Owl, Brown Owl, What do you see?

(Story adapted from: Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do you See? by Bill Martin Jr.)

Brown Owl Brown Owl, What do you see?
I see a White Ghost looking at me.
White Ghost, White Ghost, What do you see?
I see a Purple Bat looking at me.
Purple Bat, Purple Bat, What do you see?
I see a Green Witch looking at me.
Green Witch, Green Witch What do you see?
I see a Black Cat looking at me.
Black Cat, Black Cat, What do you see?
I see a Orange Pumpkin looking at me.
Orange Pumpkin, Orange Pumpkin what do you see?
I see a Jack O’ Lantern looking at me.

(I made these festive characters to go along with the rhyme…)

Halloween Night by Elizabeth Hatch, Illustrated by Jimmy Pickering

Halloween Leftovers” poem from Holiday Stew by Jenny Whitehead

You’ve sifted and sorted,
You’ve gobbled and hoarded,
The best of your Halloween treats.
What’s left, I’m afraid,
You can’t even trade
With your sister who likes to eat beets.
But throw it away?
It’s still candy—no way!
So what do you do with the stash?
Toss it in a pan,
With corn from a can,
And make leftover Halloween Hash!
Or use candy-corn mix,
And make pot pie for six
In a crust of old 3 Musketeers.
No need to explain,
Your mom can’t complain—
She does it with turkey each year!

Winnie The Witch by Valerie Thomas, Illustrated by Korky Paul

This was one of my favorite picture books when I was a little girl. I thought it was out of print, but it looks like it was re-issued with a different cover recently. You can visit Winnie’s cyber home here.

One Spooky Night: A Halloween Adventure by Kate Stone (New book!)

This was the perfect book leading into the craft for the day. You can take a peak at the cut-art illustrations here.

The Craft:

When I first saw these not-so-spooky-pop-up-houses craft on Let’s Play, I knew it would be great for Sunday’s storytime…. and it was. The kids loved it. And I have to admit, I enjoyed it making them.

Pre-storytime, I pre-cut and outlined the houses out of using old file folders. It’s always a gamble what age groups I’m going to have, so I try and make it as simple as possible for the toddlers.

I also pre-cut little black roofs for the older kids to clue on the top of their houses. Last week, I had quite a few of older kids, so I planned on having water colors along with crayons and stickers, but there was only one or two this time so opted out of the watercolors. The full instructions can be found here.

Have a safe, sugar-filled day!

Image Sources: vintage postcard, Little Goblins Ten, Halloween Night, Winnie the Witch, One Spooky Night: A Halloween Adventure


3 Responses to “Halloween Storytime”

  1. Leeanne says:

    Love this! Wondering what you used on the little purple house to get that dark black colour? Is this black tempera that painted was onto a file folder or did you use water colours? It looks like you used wax crayons, too, which resisted the paint? The trees look like they were drawn on, as were the bats? Thanks!


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