Here’s how we celebrated Halloween during Story Time at our library.

First, we sang our greeting song, Here, Here sung to the tune of Skip to My Lou.

Here, Here
We’re all here
Here, Here
We’re all here
Here, Here
We’re all here
We’re all here today
Hello [sing child’s name], How are you? (Repeat two times)
We’re glad you’re here today!

Next we did our Action Rhyme, A Little Witch.

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.

We followed that up by reading Halloween Hats by Elizabeth Winthrop and illustrated by Sue Truesdell.
Halloween Hats
Children always enjoy this rhyming celebration of hats and Hallween parties.

We sang The Hooky Spooky (sung to the tune of The Hokey Pokey).

You put your pumpkin head in,
You put your pumpkin head out,
You put your pumpkin head in and shake it all about.
You do the Hooky Spooky and you turn yourself around
Then give a little shout “BOO!”
Continue with more (and make up your own!):
You put your witchy nails in …
You put your ghost arms out ..
You put your skeleton in ..

Our Feltboard Activity for the day was Five Little Pumpkins. The words to the poem and cut-outs for a feltboard or magnetic board can be found here at Preschool Printables. You can also cut out your own pumpkins from felt pieces and decorate. Five Little Pumpkins can be used as a fun action rhyme as well.

Preschool Printables Pumpkins

Our second Action Rhyme was 5 Little Jack-O-Lanterns.

5 Little Jack-O-Lanterns sitting in a row, (hold up 5 fingers)
5 Little Jack-O-Lanterns faces all aglow. (frame your face using your hands and smile)
Along came the stormy wind looking for some fun, (make swishing movement with arms)
Gave a huff and a puff (blow in and out)
And blew out every one. (close fingers into fist and put behind your back)

We read Go Away, Big Green Monster! written and illustrated by Ed Emberley.

Go Away, Big Green Monster!

This is a silly monster story that helps children overcome their fear of scary things.

Next, we sang If You’re a Monster and You Know It (sung to the tune of If You’re Happy and You Know It).

If you’re a monster and you know it wave your arms
If you’re a monster and you know it wave your arms.
If you’re a monster and you know then your arms will surely show it.
If you’re a monster and you know it wave your arms.
Continue with:
…show your claws
…gnash your teeth
…stomp your feet
…growl out loud

Before we finished, we made our craft: Witch Door Knob Hangers. Pieces to easily assemble into a door knob hanger can be found at DLTK Crafts for Kids.

Witch Doorknob Hanger

As always, we end story time with our closing song Hands Go Up to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. Children do the accompanying movements.

Hands go up and hands go down
I can spin around and round
I can jump upon two shoes
I can clap and so can you
I can wave, now show we how
Story Time is done for now


Here are some more books you can read to celebrate Halloween. Check them out of your local library!

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  • Bats at the Library written and illustrated by Brian Lies
  • Big Pumpkin written by Erica Silverman and illustrated by S. D. Schindler
  • Click, Clack, Boo! A Tricky Treat written by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Betsy Lewin
  • Ghosts in the House! written and illustrated by Kazuno Kahara
  • Here Comes Halloween written by Becki Ward and illustrated by Mike Dodd
  • How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow? written and illustrated by Wendell Minor
  • My First Halloween written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola
  • Room on the Broom written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler
  • Scary, Scary Halloween written by Eve Bunting and illustrated by Jan Brett
  • Where is Baby’s Pumpkin? written and illustrated by Karen Katz


Until next time, Happy Reading!


the Singing Librarian