Monday, October 15, 2007

Halloween Sing-a-Long

OK, so after the tricksy costume post of yesterday, I thought I would give my mommy (and daddy and friends of children) readers some treats in the way of fun Halloween songs to sing with your kids. I teach music at a preschool on Monday mornings, and tested these out on children just today. They loved them, and perhaps your kids will, too. Here are 2 songs for your singing pleasure:

(to the tune of I'm a little Teapot)
I'm a little Pumpkin, orange and round (hold arms out in front, making a round pumpkin shape)
Here is my stem (hand in a fist on top of head)
There is the ground (point to ground)
When I get all cut up (make slashing motions with hand)
Don't you shout (waggle your finger)
Just open me up (pull that stem off of your head... i've left it there the whole time and done the other motions with my left hand)
and scoop me out (use one arm to make pumpkin shape, other hand to scoop)

The Hooky Spooky (to the tune of the Hokey Pokey, of course)
I always start by holding an imaginary pumpkin in front of me, and telling the kids to put the pumpkin on their head. It helps to get the pumpkin on your head if you make a fun little popping sound to fit it on. As always. ;) Then, we are ready to sing...
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!"
(as you can imagine, the boo is the their favorite part!Then I tell them that witches often have long, scary fingernails, and we wave our hands about menacingly before...)
You put your witchy nails in
You put your witchy nails out
You put your witchy nails in
And you wiggle them about
You do the Hooky Spooky and you turn yourself around
Then give a little shout "BOO!"
(hold arms out straight in front of you)
You put your zombie arms in
You put your zombie arms out
You put your zombie arms in
And you shake them all about
You do the Hooky Spooky and you turn yourself around
Then give a little shout "BOO!"
(encourage kids to try floating like a ghost, and then...)
You put your Ghost Self in
You put your Ghost Self out
You put your Ghost Self in
And you float all about
You do the Hooky Spooky and you turn yourself around
Then give a little shout "BOO!"

Enjoy! And, as an added bonus, my favorite Halloween book to read with kids is The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afriad of Anything It's a great book to get the kids involved, they can be the wiggle wiggle of the pants and the shake shake of the shirt and the clomp clomp of the shoes... they love to build up and do all the sounds. Very fun.


carrie said...

Thanks! We need a little variety in our song repetoire (sp), as "Five Little Pumpkins" is getting really old really fast!!! There is only so much sitting on a gate that I can do.

Jen M. said...

We've been reading that book since the girls were little!!! I love that!

Great Halloween post.

Hey Teach! said...

My favorite Halloween book was always How Spider Saved Halloween. I'm not sure if it is still available since I don't even want to think how long it has been.

Family Adventure said...

I'm getting into Halloween mood here. Too bad they don't really celebrate. Hey, maybe we'll introduce it.
I will definitely be trying the songs out.
- Heidi

WorksForMom said...

I am so impressed you teach preschool music. How fun is THAT!

Thanks for the song. Oh so cute.

Anonymous said...

Oooh. Love it . Thanks.

Victoria said...

Fun! Will you come to our great Halloween party on Saturday and entertain the kids? =)

Thanks for sharing!

PunditMom said...

Great songs!

Beck said...

Oh, those songs are fun. Do you sing "FIve Little Pumpkins" too?

Rimarama said...

Fabulous! I will definitely try these out on the kiddoes.

As for myself, I'll be putting my pumpkin butt in and my pumpkin butt out, and shaking' it all about . . .

Suz said...

This is so cool! I resolved to learn more songs after our pediatrician asked me if I sang songs to the twins.

niobe said...

That is one of the best very little kid's books ever.

theflyingmum said...

What fun songs! Oooo, I must teach Ben the Hooky Spooky!

Luisa Perkins said...

The Hooky Spooky. I am so stealing that for our church Halloween party.

ewe are here said...

Very clever, but I suspect Ramekin would tell me I'm singing the songs wrong.

Lela said...

My four year old loved the Hooky Spooky. I was however informed that "I'm a Little Pumpkin" was not how the song was sung. *Hangs head and walks away*

slouching mom said...

Too bad my kids are too old for these (or think they are, anyway) -- they're great.

susiej said...

I love the little old lady book. And you are toooooo cute to be giving us these songs.

Trenches of Mommyhood said...

My boyz love the little old lady book! We read it just last night!

Emily said...

Somehow I just knew that you must teach music to children. :) These are so great. I can't wait to sing them with The Babe in the morning.

flutter said...

This was way cute, I am smiling like a total dork now

Aliki2006 said...

We've been jamming to Halloween songs for some weeks now--thanks for the added treat!

Furrow said...

That's cool, but the first song kind of creeps me out. Cut me up? Scoop me out? What a masochist!

Jennifer said...

My kids love that book. And will love the songs too -- I can't wait to try them. Thanks so much! (BTW, a music teacher for preschool kids has got to be one of the best jobs every. Yay, you.)

Alex Elliot said...

Those are great! Thanks!

soccer mom in denial said...

I just don't get into Halloween. But thanks for the ideas.

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Kathy said...

I'm new to teaching "Music" after receiving a position as a long term substitute. These songs will come in handy when I am with my 1st-8th graders! Thank You!!

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