Halloween Programming Ideas

compiled by Kim Lehman


Why didn’t the skeleton dance at the Halloween party?

It had no body to dance with.

What do goblins drink on Halloween?


What do ghosts eat for dessert?

Booberry pie


Cut and tell pumpkin story



The leader chants each line or every half-line in a soft, slow, sepulchral voice. Children repeat each line in the same way. The telling becomes more ghostly and spooky with each line. The last word is a sudden shout!

In a dark, dark wood, there was a dark, dark house,

And in that dark, dark house, there was a dark, dark room,

And in that dark, dark room, there was a dark, dark cupboard,

And in that dark, dark cupboard, there was a dark, dark shelf,

And in that dark, dark shelf, there was a dark, dark box,

And in that dark, dark box, there was a GHOST!


Pumpkin Hats or Headbands

For headbands:  Cut out pumpkin shapes (3 per child).  Have kids decorate.  Glue onto green strips for headband.

Tootsie Roll Spiders – twist 4 black pipecleaners around the lollipop stick which will give you 4 legs on each side, add googly eyes to the center of the pipecleaners (where they twist on the stick), and you have a spider.  The lollipop portion is the back end.

Q-Tip Skeletons – Requires 3 or 4 q-tips placed horizontally, with 1 placed vertically to form spine.  Q-tips for arms and legs, and q-tips cut in half for feet and hands.  Pre-cut skeleton heads.  Glitter glue can be used to make the bones “glow”.

Ghosts – Requires fiberfill.  Trace a big ghost shape on black paper and let them glue the fiberfill on.  Then glue on eyes and an O shaped mouth.

Spider Hat – Cut the inside of paper plates about ¾ of the way around. Bend that part up. Draw a face on it for the spider.  Or glue eyes, cotton balls, circles, etc).  Glue 8 legs that have been accordion folded onto the bottom of the plate.

Paper Bag Jack-o-Lanterns – Requires paper bags, and orange dye.  Open the bags, dip the bags into the dye, bottom first, and give them a few seconds – the more time, the deeper the color.  (wear rubber glove on one hand, and put it inside the bag and push down into the dye bath)

Slime Recipe (big blob)

¾ cup warm water
1 cup Elmers glue
green food color

(mix these together)

Dissolve 4 teaspoons Borax in 1 1/3 cups warm water and add to other stuff.

Thanks to Elizabeth Murphy

Slime Recipe (little blob)

1 Tablespoon white glue
½ teaspoon borax
½ cup warm water
Food coloring

Dissolve borax in water.  Drop food color into glue.  Add 1 Tablespoon of the borax solution ti the glue and stir.  Take the solid blob out of the liquid in the cup and knead with your hands for several minutes.

Thanks to Elizabeth Murphy



Once there was a pumpkin

And it grew  (Join the fingers of each hand to make one pumpkin)

And grew  (Separate the hand keeping pumpkin formation)

And grew  (Join hands before you, making large pumpkin with arms)

Now it’s a jack-o-lantern

And smiles at you  (Swing pumpkin to left)

And you  (Move pumpkin before stomach)

And you  (Swing pumpkin to the right)


Five little jack-o-lanterns  (One hand up)

Sitting on a gate.

The first one said  (Point to thumb)

“My, it’s getting late.”

The second one said,  (Pointer finger)

“I hear a noise,”

The third one said,  (Middle finger)

“It’s just a lot of boys,”

The fourth one said,  (Ring finger)

“Come one, let’s run”

The fifth one said   (Little finger)

“It’s just Halloween fun.”

“Puff” went the wind

And out went the light  (Close fingers into fist)

And away went the Jack-o-lanterns  (Open hand, fingers run behind back)

Halloween night.


I am a pumpkin, big and round.

Once upon a time, I grew on the ground.

Now I have a mouth, two eyes, and a nose.

What are they for, do you suppose?

With a candle inside, shining bright,

I’ll be a jack-o’-lantern on Halloween night.


First I get my black crayon out

And draw a witch and broom,

A pumpkin and a dark black cat

And a full, bright yellow moon.

Next I mix the yellow and blue

And come up with a green;

The most perfect color for a witch’s face

That I have ever seen.

Next I mix the yellow and red

And orange is what I get.

It’s the color of my pumpkin’s head,

But I’m not finished yet.

Lastly, I mix red and blue

And color the witches dress

A lovely shade of purple-gray

And then clean up my mess.

Halloween Pumpkins

Pumpkins Large, Pumpkins Small

Pumpkins Short, Pumpkins Tall

Pumpkins orange, Pumpkins green,

All for us on Halloween!!


The Hookey Spooky ( hokey pokey)

So as a “monster:”

Put your claws in…
Stamp your feet in…
Shake your hairy head in….
Put your pointy teeth in….
Jump your monster self in…..

Mr. Pumpkin

(can use the tune “I’m a Little Teapot with some variation)

I am Mister Pumpkin big and round

(Use hands to stretch up and then stretch out to show big stomach)

Once upon a time I grew on the ground

(Crouch down)

But now I have a mouth, two eyes and a nose

(Point to each feature)

What are they for – do you suppose?

(Shrug shoulders)

When I have a candle inside shining bright

(Put one fist on top of the other, then move fingers of top hand up to show flame)

I’ll be a Jack – O- Lantern on Halloween Night!

(Jump Up- Arms Out – Happy Grin)

Halloween Surprise

(Tune: Sing a Song of Sixpence)

First you take a pumpkin, big and round and fat.

Then you take the top off, and that makes a hat.

Then you cut a mouth, a nose, and two eyes.

Then you have a Jack-O-Lantern,

A Halloween Surprise!! !

Mr. Pumpkin

(Tune: Where is Thumbkin?)

Can be used as a Call Response

Mr. Pumpkin, Mr. Pumpkin

Round and Fat, Round and fat

Harvest time is coming

Harvest time is coming

Yum, yum, yum

Yum, yum, yum


Cauldron Toss – throw bugs, spiders, ghost bean bags or anything you have.

Spider Bug Catch – Attach black Velcro onto each leg of a spider.  Make  colorful bugs out of felt.  The children pick up the bugs  using the spider on a string.

Pumpkin Toss – Get a real pumpkin with a long stem and make hoops out  of paper plates by cutting out the centers.  The children toss the rings over the pumpkin stem.

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