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Halloween Storytime: 2013 Edition

Last week was Flannel Friday's Halloween Extravaganza Roundup, so at the same time I was working on my posts, I also was thinking about what other material I would want to include in my upcoming storytimes. My Halloween storytimes aren't until October 28th and 29th, so I'm sort of listing everything that could possibly wind up happening at the end of the month. Consider this my brainstorming list. If you see anything great that I'm missing, please let me know. As a reminder I do storytimes just for 2 and 3 year olds. I also wrote this post before the completed Extravaganza was posted, so bear in mind that I will most likely use one (or several) ideas from Flannel Friday too!


Books: 
Pumpkin Trouble by Jan Thomas
The Spooky Box by Mark Gonyea
If You're a Monster and You Know It by Rebecca and Ed Emberly
In a Dark, Dark, Wood by David Carter (in our storytime reference collection)

Flannelboard: There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat (our set is by The Teacher Express)
Song: The Haunted House (to the tune of "The Wheels on the Bus)

Little Bat
(Source: Artsy Toddler Storytimes: A Year's Worth of Ready-to-Go Programming)
Little bat, little bat, fly up high. Flap wings
Little bat, little bat, drop on by. Swoop arms as though flying
Little bat, little bat, listen for your lunch. Put hands to your ears
Little bat, little bat, give a punch Pretend to punch the air
Little bat, little bat, let's do a spin.
Little bat, little bat, let's see a grin.
Little bat, little bat, hang by your feet. Point to your feet. 
Little bat, little bat, have a seat. Sit down. 

I Saw a Witch
I saw a witch in a tall peaked hat,                      
Riding a broom with a coal black cat!
I saw this witch, but she didn't see me,
For I was hiding behind a tree!
As she went by, I jumped out and yelled, "BOO!"
And my, she was frightened, and away she flew!
She left her broom and her tall peaked hat,
Her painted mask and her coal black cat!
I don't know when I've had such fun,
As on Halloween* night when I made a witch run!

Actions: hold hands above head for the hat, hold hands over eyes and peek out, wave hands as if flying)

Halloween
Here is a pumpkin, big and round;  (form circle with hands) 
Here is a kitty, soft and brown; (hold fists on top of each other with two fingers up)
Here is an owl with great big eyes;  (cup fingers around eyes)
Here is a witch--see how she flies. (make flying motion with hands) 

*If you prefer, you can use the word "that" instead of "Halloween"

Storytelling
Jack-O-Happy by Liz and Dick Wilmes--felt board story
Mouse's Halloween House by Judy Sierra--felt board story
Go Away, Big Green Monster by Ed Emberly--draw and tell story
Inside a House that is Haunted by Alyssa Capucilli--clothes line story
The Ninjas by Barenaked Ladies--felt board song
Five Little Pumpkins (traditional)-- craft stick puppets
The Pumpkin Patch by Anne Clark--draw and tell story
Jack O' Lantern-- Flannelboard Play Station
Halloween Hilda by Carol Elaine Catron and Barbara Catron Parks-- prop story

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