Showing off costumes before storytime starts:
Spooky Spooky Spooky! by Cathy MacLennan. A variety of creepy critters (they're still pretty adorable!) come out on Halloween. When it gets dark in the book, we turn off the lights and my firefly puppet, Sparky, comes out and lights up his light.
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams. I love this old tale about some boots, pants, a shirt, gloves, hat, and pumpkin head who all follow the little old lady. The kids get to act out the parts of all these pieces and we finally assemble a scarecrow at the end.
Waiving hello to the ghost:
The older-kid version: Throw your arms up at the end and shout, "Trick or treat!"
Music / Movement Activities:
"Dingle Dangle Scarecrow": After reading The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything, we danced to this song.
When all the cows were sleeping and the sun had gone to bed
Up jumped the scarecrow and this is what he said,
"I'm a dingle dangle scarecrow with a flippy floppy hat
I can shake my hands like this and shake my feet like that!"
"Alphabet": In this song, we sing the alphabet and incorporate body movements along the way.
Making Witches' Brew:
Waiting for freshly popped popcorn:
As we snacked on witches' brew and fresh popcorn, we watched this classic Halloween book projected on the wall (Popcorn by Frank Asch).
Watch it here http://www.frankasch.com/popcorn.swf
Look at this adorable owl family!