Books and Book
Extensions For Halloween
Below are some of my favorite books to read to
students during the month of October! I have
included activities & printables that match
some of the books.
Updated - Oct. 2011
Meet Spookley - the
friendliest square pumpkin in the patch!
He's not your ordinary pumpkin. Spookley
is different from the rest of the
pumpkins. All of the other pumpkins
teased Spookley until he proved that
being different can save the day!
Kinda like a Rudolph the Red Nosed
Reindeer for Halloween.
Click Here for a Spookly
Coloring Book in PDF
Spookly Maze, Word Game, and Word Search Activity
ideas: Pick out
rhyming words in the story. Talk
about shapes, sizes, and colors.
Patterns with different colored
Compare and contrast
the movie and the book. They are quite
Watch the story here.
Here's a super easy
treat to share after reading the
book. Spookly Marshmallow
treats! Just dip the mallows in
orange candy coating and top with a green
printable to your treat and you are ready
to hand out Spookly!
My kids love the
Halloween story, Room on The Broom. It is
about a friendly witch that has knack for
losing things. Still she always finds
what she has lost with a help from a
friend. In return for finding what she
has lost, the witch always lets the
finder hop on for a ride on her broom.
From a parents prospective, I love how
this book teaches that acts of kindness
only do you good. Towards the end of the
story the witches broom breaks and she
finds herself facing off with a Dragon.
Luckily with the help of her friends she
is saved from the Dragon. The witch then
does a spell that makes a new broom...
Her old broom was a junker and this broom
is a Limo of Brooms.
From an educators point of view... this
book is awesome: it has lots of rhyming
and lots of repetition. It is a great
story for retelling too.
link for two videos that
show two ways I have used the book. This
is a great book for a parent to share at
a Halloween party.
The first video shows how I introduce the
book to my kids or my students.
The second shows how
I create a magic spell like the witch did
in the story. The kids LOVE this part and
really think it is magic! Lots of fun...
All you need is a cauldron, black
construction paper, pictures of a Lily,
cone, bone, and twig, and a spoon.
You will also need a treat to appear at
the end. These broom pens would be my
first choice... but you can do pencils or
you can some sort of fruit snack. I
suggest you place all of the treats in a
gallon sized ziploc bag. This way you can
pull them out all at once after you say
the following vocabulary words on green
leaf cutouts. Cut out a large pumpkin to
post in the room. Attach the labeled leaf
cutouts around the pumkin. Discuss the
words with your class.
plant, seed, flower, grow, grew,
planting, spring, and sprout
a word search with these words.
of different places that the seed packet
in the story could of come from.
you ever planted anything before? What
steps did you follow to plant?
you ever gone to a pumpkin patch before?
are pumpkins used for?
Activities For After You Have Read The
with you class the steps used in the
story to grow a pumpkin. Write each step
onto sentence strips. Next, sequence the
steps with you class. Use this as a
story began with a pack of seeds and one
seed. Provide the class with many
different pumpkin seed packets. Have the
students read the packet looking for the
words pumpkin and seeds. Have them
highlight words that describe the type of
pumpkin. Have them design their own seed
packet out of a small envelope.
at the cover of the book. The pumpkin
patch may of been just on of the many
things grown in this large garden. Have
students brainstorm what other kinds of
seeds could of been planted there. Then
have each studemt choose a kind of seed
to write about. You may wish them to
start their sentences with; "I
planted a _______ seed and it grew into a
________." Next have the students
add to the sentence or just keep the one
sentences and add it to a piece of art
paper and then draw an illustration to
a pumkin with you class. Give each
student several seeds and have them
create a pumpkin out of seeds on yellow
to view more ideas!
a Pumpkin story wheel: Start with a
circle and divide it into eight sections.
In each section write part of the story.
You will have to combine some of the
pages. Students will illustrate the
sections and then cut out the wheel.
Fasten to paper plate in the middle with
a brad. An idea is to use orange
styrofoam plates available this time of
year, but white paper plates work too,
the children can color the edges with
crayon. Staple a piece of green or brown
construction paper to be the stem. Read
the story wheel together by reading the
section that is by the stem and then
turning the wheel so that the next
section is on top. - Kathy / Grade 1
sheet of paper into fourths.
Teacher asks: Who can tell me how a
pumpkin begins? What page is that on?
Show the page with the picture depicting
this. Have the class turn to this page.
Now have the students draw how the
pumpkin begins in square 1. (Flower /
2. Follow the same procedure for the seed
in square 2. (Seed)
3. A Growing pumpkin in square 3. (Green)
4. An adult mature pumpkin in square 4.
printables to match BIG PUMPKIN!!!!
Big Pumpkin is a fun
Halloween story about a witchs big
pumpkin and the creatures that try to
help her pick it. It has a fun,
repetitious rhyme and a cute message
about the importance of working together.
I wrote this little poem to summarize the
The Witch Planted a
The Pumpkin Grew like a Weed.
It grew and almost
touched the sky.
The witch wanted to make some pumpkin
She said, This
pumpkin is mine.
But it was too big for her to pull off
A ghost tried.
A vampire tried.
A mummy tried.
No luck, and the witch sighed.
Along came a bat.
He saved the day just like that.
Working together is
so much better!
Then I created a cut
up sheet. Students can cut out each
sentence a glue it to another sheet to
make their own poem. Or have them copy
the poem into their poem journal and
illustrate. Have children highlight the
words that rhyme in the poem.
Click here to print
Big Pumpkin Report:
Fill this out after students read the
book in small groups or as a class.
Independently for grades 2-3.
Click here to print the
Here is a book
report for PreK-First. Click here to
Need more pumpkin
themed ideas??? A must see page on Teaching Heart is
the pumpkin page, it is filled with
ideas that would go along marvelously
with this great BIG PUMPKIN book!!!
Nights of Halloween
Using the individually-wrapped packages
of Dem Bones candy from Brachs, complete
a sorting and graphing Math activity.
Children will sort their bone candy onto
the matching bone shape. Then, they will
graph how many of each candy they have.
Discuss the class results. Then, eat dem
dog bone painting. Use assorted sizes of
dog bones glued to film containers and
dip them into white paint. Print the
bones onto black construction paper to
make a skeleton. Have a pre-made skull
A Dark Dark
Tale (Click to Purchase)
at the cover and title and have the
students predict what the story is going
to be about.
off the lights in the classroom and
brainstorm some places that are dark most
of the time. (basement, cave, woods...)
the cover is a picture of a house. Have
the students come up with ideas of who
they think may live there. What do they
think the people are like based on the
picture of the house?
A Dark, Dark Search
a series of hiding places so that a toy
mouse will be found in the last one.
Then, on idex cards write shoret
descriptive phrases (modeled after those
in the story) to lead in order from one
hiding place to the other. One phrase
clue may be, On a white, white board.
Help the students in reading the cards
and following the trail to locate the
Mystery House of Their Own
four house patterns all the same size for
each student. Put each one on a different
color of construction paper. Draw a door
on each house and have the students cut
out each door on their four house. Then
glue the houses together so that the
students can open the many doors.
each student some art paper and have them
creat their own dark house with a dark
background. When the drawing is done,
have the students write a description of
their house. The younger ones may choose
to use this sentence; "This is
______ 's mystery house. It looks
____________. It has
______________________. ________ likes it
because it is ______." After the
descriptions and artwork are complete,
place them on a bulletin board with a
moon and several star cutouts.
Heart Store - Printables Galore that meet
That Drac Built
Discuss what was in
the houses. Make a list, labeling each
thing as "fact" or
each student draw a haunted house.
the student the writing prompt, "In
a haunted house I can see..."
Teeny-Tiny Woman : A Ghost Story
the following words on bone cutouts. Get
a plastic cauldron or pot from a craft
store. To introduce the story remove one
bone from the pot. Have a student read
the word and other volunteer to tell you
the meaning of the word. After you have
used this to introduce the story, place
the cauldron at a center with blank bone
cutouts, markers, and a copy of the book.
Have the students write other words from
the story on the bones and place them in
the cauldron. Later make a cutout of a
large cauldron and put it on a bulletin
board. Then place the bones on the
bulletin board around the cauldron.
tiny, bone, house, bed, cupboard, gate,
the class to volunteer times when they
were afraid of something.
at the cover of the book what does the
class think the story will be about?
you eat turkey, what does your mom or dad
use the bones for?
women had enough of the voice asking her
for the bone. So she just finally gave it
up. Brainstorm other things that the
women could of done. Place the ideas on
sentence strips. Then, have the class
vote on their favorite suggestion. Reread
the story with the new ending.
Click for a
lesson to match the book!
a large class pumpkin. Have the children
guess how big the circumference of the
pumpkin is by showing you where to cut a
piece of string off from a spool. Then
measure the string around the
circumference and place the string on a
paper that has space for guesses that are
too big, too small, just right. The
children can hug the pumpkin to help
them. You alsomay want them to guess the
weight of the pumpkin. Have them weigh
Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything
pumpkin cutouts and place the following
words onto the cutouts;
about the words. Write them in sentences.
the start of the story the little old
lady runs into a pair of shoes. What is
unusual about these shoes? Would you be
scared if a pair of shoes was following
the pumpkin says, "Boo, Boo!"
in the story ask the students to tell you
what they tink will happen on the next
the thirs to last page the little old
lady whispers something to all the
objects. What do you think her idea was?
What would be your idea?
the next page, the lady looks out the
window. Before turning the page ask the
students to make predictions on what she
the pumpkin's head shouted, "Boo,
Boo!" the little old lady ran off.
Have children brainstorm other situations
that are made more frightening with
sounds. Then play the following Halloween
soundtrack and have children guess
harmless ways the sounds could of been
Of Halloween (click to purchase)
someone may say they are not afraid.
Still, their fear can be shown in other
ways. Reexamine the pictures of the old
lady. Have youngsters point out how her
body language changes throughout the
story. Have student take turns acting out
scary expressions and expressions that
show they are not scared.
the students recreate the scarecrow at
the end of the story by making their own
two pumpkins of the same size on orange
construction paper. Give each student the
a piece of construction paper with the
two pumpkins on it. Have them write a
sentence on the first pumpkin that starts
out, "I'm not afraid of..." One
the next pumpkin have them write,
"But, I think I would run
is a free activity sheet to print and use
after reading the story. Great way to
review the story with your class.
to download the file
from Teaching HEart!!!
by Bob Barner (Illustrator)
Dem Halloween Bones
skeleton candy from Amazon.com .
the bags you will find sugar
flavored skulls, ribs, bones, and
feet. After reading the above
books, pass out the candy and
have you students do
this graph sheet!
After they have completed the
graph, have them switch with a
friend. Have the friend answer
the questions at the bottom of
I taught in a K-3
resource room. I had each
grade graph their entire
groups candy. Each
colored dot represents a
grade level. We used the
large graph seen here to
decide which grade had
the most of certain bones
or how many total each
grade had. Then we hung
the graph and placed our
finished graphs around
the large graph.
Before reading the story make a Humbug
Witch. As read the story use
flannel-board pieces to tell the story.
The kids love to watch the pieces of the
witch come off to show a little girl
a pot of Witch's Brew
Use a black plastic pot to as the
cauldron. Then add vampire teeth (candy
corn), polar bear toes (miniature
marshmallows), fried bat wings (frosted
flakes), lizard eyes (M&M's), and rat
brains (peanuts). Allow each child to
stir the mixture!
Teaching Heart's Witch Brew Dice Game
found in the lessons section:
was an old Lady Who Swallowed Some eaves
Ideas can be found at
An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat
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