Thrills and Chills
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
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.
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.
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
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.
"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.
Little Red Riding Hood
Create flannel board pieces of a girl, a wolf, grandma, and a bed and tell this favorite cautionary tale.
"Monster Reads" in One-Person Puppet Plays by Denise Anton Wright. (Available through Net Library.)
"The Boy Who Drew Cats: A Tale of Japan" by Aaron Shepard on Aaron Shepard's Home Page.
- White copier paper
- 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.
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.
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 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ns2dkT2sIug) (3.02 minutes)