Years ago, I remember planning my first Halloween storytime for preschoolers. I wanted the program to be lots of fun without being too scary. I know that some librarians or teachers decided not to do a Halloween program for fear of frightening the kids.
If planned properly, it can be fun and entertaining for all. My Halloween programs are usually about 45 minutes in length.
Here is an example of a storytime program that I have done for preschoolers. Please feel free to use it.
The opening song should be fun and exciting so that the children can “get their wiggles out” before settling down for the program.
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.
Note: A Little Witch is from the book 52 Programs for Preschoolers by Diane Briggs
Book: Six Creepy Sheep by Judith Ross Enderle
This is a great book for Halloween without being
too scary. Kids will enjoy seeing the characters
that the creepy sheep come across on Halloween night.
This is a simple counting Halloween story perfect for children
ages 2-6. This picture book is the sequel to Six Sleepy Sheep.
Felt Board Activity: 5 Little Pumpkins
The 5 Little Pumpkins poem has been around for a long time, and it is still enjoyed by
children and adults alike. You can also check out my YouTube video above to watch me
perform the poem with the felt board. In case you forgot the words I will post them below.
Action song: 5 LITTLE PUMPKINS
Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.
(Hold up five fingers and touch each one as the verse progresses)
The first one said, “Oh my it’s getting late.”
(Touch wrist where a watch would be)
The second one said, “There are witches in the air.”
(Swoosh hand through the air)
The third one said, “But we don’t care.”
(Shake head as if saying “No”)
The fourth one said, “Let’s run and run and run!”
(Hands run after each other)
And the fifth one said, “I’m ready for some fun.”
(Rub hands together mischievously)
“Wooooooo” went the wind,
(Cup hands around mouth)
And out went the lights.
(clap hands together one time)
And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.
(Roll fists around each other)
Tip: You can also read the book Five Little Pumpkins (pictures by Dan Yaccarino).
Book: Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley
Kids will be engaged with this book as the monster’s big yellow
eyes, scraggly purple hair, and sharp white teeth appear and
disappear. This is also a great way for kids to learn colors
and body parts. Kids will want to interact with this story.
Game: Pass the Pumpkin
Form a circle and have the children sit “criss-cross
applesauce” on the floor. Play Halloween music and
pass a small pumpkin around the circle. When the
music stops, whoever is left holding the pumpkin
receives a small prize or treat. (This game is from the
book 52 Programs for Preschoolers).
Book: Moonlight: The Halloween Cat
by Cynthia Rylant
what goes on on Halloween night. This is a beautifully
illustrated picture book with rhythmic prose that
makes for an enjoyable read aloud book. Good book
for 4-8 year olds.
Tip: Kids enjoy getting a special Halloween sticker to
remind them of the wonderful time they had at your program!