Halloween Poems and Songs
Kids Stories, Songs and Fingerplays for All Hallows Eve
Children of all ages enjoy reading and hearing poetry. Many of the poems I've included can be acted out or done with finger plays. Teachers in the early grades can use short poems for daily penmanship exercises in an October poetry booklet, that the children can illustrate. Some lend themselves to acting out and choral reading.
All of these poems, stories and songs are suitable for younger children.
Halloween Poster on Zazzle
Tang of cider in the air,
Spooks and goblins everywhere,
Caldrons bubbling in the night,
Jack-o-lanterns burning bright
Gypsies stirring steaming brew.
On the fences black cats mew.
Bats in darkened corners hide.
Lurid witches broomsticks ride.
Skulls and crossbones act as hosts
To rows and rows of stately ghosts.
It's Halloween Book
One of my favorite poets for children, Jack Prelutsky.
Strange things happen
On Halloween night.
A witch sails by on a broom.
Pumpkins grin slyly
from rickety fences
As owls fly away to the moon.
Virginia P. Flanagan
Witches, ghosts, and bats are seen
out at night on Halloween.
Boys and girls with scary faces
peer out from many spooky places.
Everything looks very queer
this jack-o-lantern time of year!
Ruth Linsley Forman
Halloween Poetry Poll
Do you read poetry to your children?
Barn Dance - Reading Rainbow
A great book for fall and October. Read it aloud and stomp your foot to keep the beat. Lots of fun for kids and adults.
Barn Dance Book by Bill Martin Jr.
Little Ghost poster on Zazzle
Look at That
Look at that!
Ghosts lined up
at the Laundromat,
all around the
Cat, Hat and Broomstick
Each one seems to
to take a spin
Three little ghostesses,
Sitting on postesses,
Eating buttered toastesses,
Greasing their fistesses,
Up to their wristesses,
Oh, what beastesses
To make such feastesses!
Autumn Ghost Sounds
When the moon
and I am snug
in the autumn dark
the ghosts move 'round,
I listen to know
when the ghosts
I hear a wail,
and I hear a sigh.
But I can't quite tell
which I hear
or the wail
of some passing ghost.
Georgie the Ghost Video
All of the Georgie Books are just right for lower elementary children.
Poems About Witches
Wicked Witch Admires Herself
by X.J. Kennedy
"Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Whose is the fairest face of all?
I'll come close, so you'll see me clearer--"
Pop! goes another magic mirror.
A Halloween Wish
by Mabel Harmer
If I could borrow a witch's broom
I'd ride far above the town;
I'd see the place where the sun comes up,
The place where the moon goes down.
I'd fly around by the old church tower
And wave to the folk below;
I'd see the haunts of the wise night owl
And follow the fireflies' glow.
I shouldn't care for a tall black hat
Or cat with fiery eye--
But I'd like to borrow a magic broom
And fly as the witches fly.
Song and Fingerplay
1 little, 2 little, 3 little witches
Flying in haystacks, diving in ditches.
Flying on broomsticks without any hitches.
Hey ho, Halloween's here.
5 Little Witches Song
Poetry Place Anthology
Most of the poems on this page came from Poetry Place Anthology. This is an excellent resource filled with delightful poems for children of all ages, but especially the lower grades.
Fall Fancies to Perk up Primary Programs
A great teacher resource with activities, bulletin boards, clip art and more geared to the months of September, October and November.
© 2010 Yvonne L B