Thrills and Chills

Books to Share

The Amazing Ghost Detectives by Daniel San Souci
The Ghost of Sifty-Sifty Sam by Angela Shelf Medearis
Over in the Hollow by Rebecca Dickinson
The Tailypo by Joanna Galdone

Books to Show or Booktalk

In the Haunted House by Eve Bunting
My Mama Says There Aren't Any Zombies, Ghosts, Vampires, Creatures, Demons, Monsters, Fiends, Goblins, or Things by Judith Viorst
Rollo and Tweedy and the Ghost at Dougal Castle by Laura Jean Allen

Bulletin Board

Haunted Library

Display Halloween bulletin board images such as a haunted house, ghosts, and graveyard headstones to create a spooky scene. Prop up book jackets around the graveyard, peeking out of the windows, and for the ghosts to be reading.



Use the template provided here to create ghostly nametags for the children.

A graphic of an outline of a ghost to cut out and use as a nametag


Ghost Pops

Make simple ghost pops by wrapping a Tootsie Pop or other ball-shaped lollipop in a piece of white tissue paper. Tie the paper in place with yarn.


Friendly Ghost


I'm a friendly ghost - almost!   (point to self)
And I can chase you!   (point to child)
I'll cover myself with a sheet   (pretend to cover yourself, putting hands over your face)
And yell "boo" at you.   (uncover face quickly and call out "Boo.")

“Five Little Goblins” in The Big Book of Stories, Songs, and Sing-Alongs by Beth Maddigan


"Hasta los muertos salen a bailar / Even the Dead Rise Up to Dance" on Cada Niño by Tish Hinojosa

Action Rhymes

Going on a Ghost Hunt

Adapt the text in We're Going on a Ghost Hunt by Marcia Vaughan and have the children perform the actions while you recite the familiar rhyme.

Rhymes and Poetry

"The Ghost and the Mouse" in You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Scary Tales to Read Together by Mary Ann Hoberman.

Audio Recordings

Ghost Trainby KidZone
"Ghostbusters" on Ghostbusters by Various
Story & Song from the Haunted Mansion by Disney
“Those Bones” on The Backyardigans by The Backyardigans

Flannel Boards

Little Red Riding Hood

Create flannel board pieces of a girl, a wolf, grandma, and a bed and tell this favorite cautionary tale.

Puppet Plays

"Monster Reads" in One-Person Puppet Plays by Denise Anton Wright. (Available through Net Library.)

Stories to Tell

"The Boy Who Drew Cats: A Tale of Japan" by Aaron Shepard on Aaron Shepard's Home Page.


Ghostly Windsock
  • White copier paper
  • Scissors
  • Black crayons or markers
  • Glue sticks
  • Hole punch
  • String or yarn

Holding the paper horizontally, fold the paper in half so that you have a "front" and a "back" to the ghost. Color the eyes, mouth, eyebrows, and any other features on the top half of the folded paper. Use the scissors to cut four evenly spaced lines up from the bottom edge to create a fringe. Open the paper and glue the edges together. Punch holes on each side of the top edge and tie a string to hang.

Games and Activities

Ghostly Fun

Use the activity instructions from Ed Emberley’s website to create skeleton figures from fingerprints and stamp pads. The site also provides other fingerprint activities and printable game sheets related to monsters.

Guest Speakers

Invite a storyteller to tell ghost stories.


Backyardigans: It's Great to Be a Ghost (100 minutes)
Dem Bones (9 minutes)
I Spy - A Mumble Monster Mystery and Other Stories (90 minutes)
"Them Not so Dry Bones" by Schoolhouse Rock on Schoolhouse Rock - Special 30th Anniversary Edition (also onlineat (3.02 minutes)

Page last modified: January 18, 2012