October 24, 2013

Halloween—-Children’s Stories & Poems




For children (of all ages) I surfed the Internet and found the following sites with stories, poems, and finger plays that provide Halloween entertainment, including jokes, tongue twisters, and coloring pages.

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Q: Why didn’t the skeleton want to go to school?
A: His heart wasn’t in it.

Q. Why do ghosts make good cheerleaders?
A. Because they have a lot of spirit.

Q: What kind of dessert does a ghost like?
A: I scream!

Q: When is it bad luck to be followed by a black cat?
A: When you’re a mouse.    More

How can you tell that a vampire likes baseball?
He turns into a bat every night.

How can you tell when a vampire has been in a bakery?
All the jelly has been sucked out of the jelly doughnuts.

How do you fix a jack-o-lantern?
With a pumpkin patch.    More

Where does a witch park after flying?
In the broom closet.

Why can’t skeletons play music in church?
Because they have no organs.

How do you tell twin witches apart?
You can’t tell which witch is which…

Why is a haunted handkerchief so scary?
Because it has ‘boo-gers’…    More



Creepy crawler critters crawl through creepy crawly craters

Dracula digs dreary, dark dungeons.

Horribly hoarse hoot owls hoot howls of horror in Halloween haunted houses.

I wish to wish the wish you wish to wish,
But if you wish the wish the witch wishes,
I won’t wish the wish you wish to wish.


Which witch will watch Wendy’s witch’s brew?

Many mournful mummies moan mournfully ’til morning for their mommies.

Seven spindly spiders spin spooky silk speedily.   More


WE’RE NOT AFRAID   Sung to: “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”
Ghosts and goblins, cats and bats,
We’re not afraid of this or that.
They are only make-believe,
Funny costumes on Halloween.
Ghosts and goblins, cats and bats,
We’re not afraid of this or that.


On the first day of Halloween my true love gave to me…. An
owl in a old oak tree…
On the second day of Halloween my true love gave to me….2 black cats…
On the third day of Halloween my true love gave to me….3 pumpkins glowing…
On the fourth day of Halloween my true love gave to me….4 witches brewing…
On the fifth day of Halloween my true love gave to me….5 candy corn…
On the sixth day of Halloween my true love gave to me….6 scary costumes…    To continue click

SHIVERY YELLS (Silver Bells)
We’re on sidewalks, we’re on porches, dressed in costumes to scare.
Through the city we’re ringing your doorbells.
Trick or treating, candy eating, Gooey stuff in our hair.
But the most fun is shrieking out loud,
“Shivery yells, Shivery yells!”
That’s the Halloween nitty-gritty.
“Moan and Groan. Leave us alone.
Halloween’s just once a year.”     More




Key Gestures
Spider – Cross both hands at the wrist, palms face down, and wiggle your fingers.
Skeleton – Raise both elbows as your hands hang down.
Cat – Swipe with your hand, as if it were a cat’s claw.
Witch – Make a witch’s hat over your head by forming a pyramid with your hands.
Ghost – Place your hands in front of you like a floating ghost.
Halloween – Cover your face with both hands and then open them, as if playing peek-a-boo.
♫ Five creepy spiders. [Hold up 5 fingers. Spider gesture.]
Five creepy spiders.
See how they crawl. [Spider gesture. Crawl your hands forward.]
See how they crawl.
Crawl crawl crawl. [Crawl your hands forward and to the right.]
Crawl crawl crawl. [Crawl your hands forward and to the left.]
Crawl crawl crawl. [Crawl your hands up.]
Five creepy spiders.
Four bony skeletons. [Hold up 4 fingers. Skeleton gesture.]
Four bony skeletons.
See how they dance. [Do a funny dance.]
See how they dance.
Dance dance dance. [Dance to the right.]
Dance dance dance. [Dance to the left.]
Dance dance dance. [Dance forward and back.]
Four bony skeletons.
Three black cats. [Hold up 3 fingers. Cat gesture.]
Three black cats.
See how they run. [Run in place, or if you have space, run around the room.]
See how they run.
Run run run. [Run to the right.]
Run run run. [Run to the left.]
Run run run. [Run forward and back.]
Three black cats.
To continue (and for more) click


Five little pumpkins
Sitting on a gate
The first one said,
“Oh, my, it’s half past eight!”
The second one said,
“There are witches in the air!”
The third one said,
“Good folk, beware!”
The fourth one said,
“We’ll run and run and run!”
The fifth one said,
“Let’s have some fun!”
OOOOOOOH, went the wind
And OUT went the light
And the five little pumpkins
Rolled out of sight     More


A Little Witch in a pointed cap (make cap on head with hands)
On my door went rap, rap, rap. (do rapping motion)
When I went to open it, (pretend to open door, use squeaking sound effects)
She was not there.
She was riding on a broomstick, (put right fist on left wrist and move left arm upward quickly)
High up in the air.     More


At first cock-crow the ghosts must go
Back to their quiet graves below. Theodosia Garrison    More

Scottish Saying
From ghoulies and ghosties and long leggety beasties and things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us!    More halloween-coloring-5STORIES

It was a sunny afternoon. The birds were chirping. My little sister and I were walking our dog, Buster. Suddenly, Buster started barking. He raced away. He raced across the street and a car honked at him.

He kept barking. He ran right into the old haunted house at the end of the street. The wind blow eerily as my sister and I approached. We both gulped. The old metal gate creaked eerily in the wind.

My sister started to cry. She said she could hear an evil laugh coming from inside. I told her she was imagining things. But I did think I could hear a low, ghostly moan coming from the house. The wind again blew eerily.

My sister continued to cry. We again heard the strange moaning sound. Just then, we heard a dog barking. Pigeons flew out of the old house cooing agitatedly! So the pigeons had made the strange noises we had heard! Buster trotted back to us, panting with excitement.

Buster had come back! He was only chasing pigeons! My sister and I walked Buster home. We listened to the birds chirping. My sister gave a huge sigh of relief. I was relieved too.

Although the scary noises we heard were only pigeons, I still didn’t want to go into that house! The end!

halloween-coloring-pages-02THE CHOCOLATE CHIP GHOST STORY {author unknown}

Once upon a time, there lived 5 little ghosts. As everyone knows, ghosts are white and to stay white, the only thing they can eat is vanilla ice cream and the only thing that they can drink is milk. One day when Mama ghost went to the refrigerator, there was no vanilla ice cream and no milk. So she had to go to the grocery store and before she left she said, “No matter how hungry you get, do not eat anything or something dreadful will happen. We don’t have anymore white food left, so I must go out and get some. I will be back soon.”

While mommy was gone, the first ghost became so very thirsty. He looked in the refrigerator and saw a little glass of grape juice and thought, “just one teeny sip wouldn’t hurt.” So he took a one teeny sip of grape juice and what do suppose happened? He turned purple! The other ghosts looked at him and said “Mommy told us that something dreadful would happen and she was right.” The little ghost did not want his mommy to see him all purple so he ran upstairs and hide in the toy box.

The second ghost became so hungry that he just had to look in the refrigerator for something to eat. He saw a carrot and thought, “just one teeny bite wouldn’t hurt.” So he took a one teeny bite of the carrot and what do suppose happened? He turned orange! The other ghosts looked at him and said “Mommy told us that something dreadful would happen and she was right.” The little ghost did not want his mommy to see him all orange so he ran upstairs and hide in the closet.

The third ghost became so hungry that he looked in the refrigerator and saw a bowl of spinach and thought, “just one teeny bite wouldn’t hurt.” So he took a one teeny bite of spinach and what do suppose happened? He turned green! The other ghosts looked at him and said “Mommy told us that something dreadful would happen and she was right.” The little ghost did not want his mommy to see him all green so he ran upstairs and hide under the bed.

The fourth ghost became so hungry and he looked in the refrigerator and saw a bowl of strawberries and thought, “just one teeny bite wouldn’t hurt.” So he took a one teeny bite of a strawberry and what do suppose happened? He turned red! The other ghosts looked at him and said “Mommy told us that something dreadful would happen and she was right.” The little ghost did not want his mommy to see him all red so he ran upstairs and behind the door.

The fifth ghost said, “I’m so hungry but I will not do what my brothers did. I’ll look in the freezer and see if there is just maybe a little vanilla ice cream left.” When he looked in the freezer there was some ice cream….and it was almost vanilla – it was chocolate chip ice cream. So the ghost said, “This shouldn’t hurt me – those chocolate chips are so tiny.” So he ate one spoonful and became a chocolate chip ghost! He certainly didn’t want his mommy to see him all spotty so he ran upstairs and hid in the bathtub.

When Mommy ghost returned, she knew something was wrong when she didn’t see her children, so she started looking for the little ghosts. She found the first one upstairs in the toy box, and an 2nd one in the closet, and the 3rd one under the bed, the 4th one behind the door and the 5th and last one in the bathtub. When she found all of them, she said, “Little ghosts, I told you that something dreadful would happen and it did.” Whatever can we do to get you white again for Halloween?

Mommy Ghost called the ghost doctor and this is what he told her to do. Keep all the little ghosts in bed for five days and give them nothing but vanilla ice cream and milk to eat. If you do this, they should be ready and all white again for Halloween. So that is what she did and by Halloween night, the five little ghosts were all white again to go out haunting and spooking and shouting “BOO!” And they never again ate something they shouldn’t. The End!     From

halloween-22-smTHE OLD WITCH by The Brothers Grimm

There was once a little girl who was very willfull and who never obeyed when her elders spoke to her – so how could she be happy?

One day she said to her parents, ‘I have heard so much of the old witch that I will go and see her. People say she is a wonderful old woman, and has many marvelous things in her house, and I am very curious to see them.’

But her parents forbade her going, saying, ‘The witch is a wicked old woman, who performs many godless deeds – and if you go near her, you are no longer a child of ours.’

The girl, however, would not turn back at her parents’ command, but went to the witch’s house. When she arrived there the old woman asked her:

‘Why are you so pale?’

‘Ah,’ she replied, trembling all over, ‘I have frightened myself so with what I have just seen.’

‘And what did you see?’ inquired the old witch.

‘I saw a black man on your steps.’

‘That was a collier,’ replied she.

‘Then I saw a gray man.’

‘That was a sportsman,’ said the old woman.

‘After him I saw a blood-red man.’

‘That was a butcher,’ replied the old woman.

‘But, oh, I was most terrified,’ continued the girl, ‘when I peeped through your window, and saw not you, but a creature with a fiery head.’

‘Then you have seen the witch in her proper dress,’ said the old woman. ‘For you I have long waited, and now you shall give me light.’

So saying the witch changed the little girl into a block of wood, and then threw it on the fire. When it was fully alight, she sat down on the hearth and warmed herself, saying:

‘How good I feel! The fire has not burned like this for a long time!’   More :


In the kingdom of England there is a hillock in the midst of a dense wood.

Thither in old days knights and their followers were wont to repair when tired and thirsty after the chase. When one of their number called out, “I thirst!” there immediately started up a Goblin with a cheerful countenance, clad in a crimson robe, and bearing in his outstretched hand a large drinking-horn richly ornamented with gold and precious jewels, and full of the most delicious, unknown beverage.

The Goblin presented the horn to the thirsty knight, who drank and instantly felt refreshed and cool. After the drinker had emptied the horn, the Goblin offered a silken napkin to wipe the mouth. Then, without waiting to be thanked, the strange creature vanished as suddenly as he had come.

Now once there was a knight of churlish nature, who was hunting alone in those parts. Feeling thirsty and fatigued, he visited the hillock and cried out:

“I thirst!”

Instantly the Goblin appeared and presented the horn.

When the knight had drained it of its delicious beverage, instead of returning the horn, he thrust it into his bosom, and rode hastily away.

He boasted far and wide of his deed, and his feudal lord hearing thereof caused him to be bound and cast into prison; then fearing lest he, too, might become partaker in the theft and ingratitude of the knight, the lord presented the jeweled horn to the King of England, who carefully preserved it among the royal treasures. But never again did the benevolent Goblin return to the hillock in the wood.   More



THE WITCHES FLY by Nina Willis Walter

Across the sky,
The owls go, “Who? Who? Who?”
The black cats yowl
And green ghosts howl,
“Scary Halloween to you!”   More:


By Abbie Farwell Brown

Hallowe’en! Hallowe’en!
Oh, what funny things are seen!
Witches’ hats, coal black cats,
Broomstick riders, bats and rats!

Hallowe’en! Hallowe’en!
Jack-o-Lanterns light the scene.
Costumes queer, shrieks of fear,
Strangest night in all the year!






1 Comment »

  1. Carolyn, thanks! wish my g-grand daughters lived closed to share these with.~/

    Comment by merry — October 24, 2013 @ 4:54 pm | Reply

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