Halloween Storytime

Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to READ.

Happy Halloween! Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year. It doesn’t hurt that the holiday inspires some pretty fantastic picture books. Every single book I read for this storytime was a hit with the kids. Afterwards, we made some wicked sweet “Not-So-Spooky Spider Rings”!

Halloween Storytime Line-up:

Ghosts in the House! by Kazuno Kohara

One little witch cleans up a house haunted with ghosts and finds a way to put them good use.

Trick or Treat by Leo Landry

Oliver the ghost accidentally drops an invitation to his big Halloween bash. The entire party is taken by surprise by who shows up later that night.

My First Ghost by Maggie Miller & Michael Leviton, illustrated by Stephanie Buscema

This book won everyone over, especially since it comes with your very own ghost! (Plus an instruction manual on how to care for your first ghost.)

Popcorn by Frank Asch

A classic tale that never gets old about a bear and a Halloween party that gets a little out of hand.

Pumpkin Eye by Denise Fleming

Wonderful rhyme about the sights and sounds of Halloween night.

On Halloween Night by Jane Willis Johnston

My colleague and terrific storyteller, Jane Johnston, made this wonderful flannel board to go with a poem she wrote for toddler storytime. Everything she creates is so clever and fun to integrate into storytime. I wouldn’t have ended Halloween Storytime any other way!

On Halloween Night by Jane Willis Johnston

ONE jack-o-lantern on Halloween night laughs and laughs with all his might.
A prowling cat is having fun, pouncing upon that jack-o-lantern ONE.
TWO jack-o-lanterns on Halloween night frown and grown with all their might.
Bright-eyed owls sing, “Hoot-hoot-hoooooooo,” swooping around those jack-o-lanterns TWO.
THREE jack-o-lanterns on Halloween night smile and smile with all their might.
Creeping spiders crawl with glee, spinning between those jack-o-lanterns THREE.
Silly jack-o-lanterns on Halloween night shine and shine with all their light.
They laugh, and grown, and smile, and BOO! wishing a Happy Halloween to YOU!

Not-So-Spooky Spider Rings

For the Halloween Stortyime craft we made Not-So-Spooky Spider Rings! Growing up I used to love receiving those cheap plastic black or orange spider rings that were given away trick-or-treating or at the school Halloween party. Guess I never grew out of that phase…

Materials used for this craft: Pipe cleaners, pom poms, googly eyes, and fabric glue or liquid school glue.

This craft involved zero prep before storytime– Woot!

To start, take four pipe cleaners and line them up side-by-side.

Place the pipe cleaners under the finger you would like the wear the ring on.

Bend them into a “V” with your finger underneath.

Then fold them over so the ends are on opposite sides.

Now twist the ends counter-clockwise. One full twist should do the trick.

Take the ring off, slightly separate the ends from one another, and shape the ends into creep, crawly, spidery looking legs.

Once the legs are shaped, glue a pom pom in the center using a generous dab of school glue or fabric glue.

Glue a smaller pom on for the head if you’d like. Give it a second to dry or hold while counting up to 10 Frankensteins.

Glue on some googly eyes and that’s it! Not-S0-Spooky Spider Rings!!

I dare you to only make one.

Trick or treat?!

Happy Hallows’ Eve!


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