My girls and I get together with friends every Monday for a little singing time. This past Monday we started our Halloween songs and fingerplays and they were so fun. I thought it would be fun to share them with ya’ll (I’m slowly becoming Texan). :-) Thanks to the two mamas for giving me the songs/fingerplays we sang. These would be perfect for pre-school, kindergarten, or just singing in the car too.
The Pumpkins are Here (tune: The Farmer in the Dell).
The pumpkins are here, the pumpkins are there. The pumpkins, the pumpkins are everywhere.
The pumpkins are up; the pumpkins are down. The pumpkins, the pumpkins are all around.
The pumpkins are in; the pumpkins are out. The pumpkins, the pumpkins are all about.
The pumpkins are low; the pumpkins are high. The pumpkins, the pumpkins all say, “Good-bye”.
Cut out pumpkin shapes (add faces if you wish) and glue to popsicle sticks. Let the children use these as props when you sing this song.
Ring Around the Pumpkins (tune: Ring Around the Rosies)
Pocket full of spiders
We all fall down!
The ghosts are in the meadow
Drinking witches brew
We all stand up!
Three Little Witches
One little, two little, three little witches. (Hold up 1,2,3 fingers) Fly over haystacks, fly over ditches. (Make flying motion with hands) Fly over moonbeams without any hitches. (Make flying motion with opposite hand.) Hey, Ho, Halloween Night! (Clap)
One little, two little, three little witches. (Hold up 1,2,3 fingers) Fly over barb wire and tore there britches. (Make flying motion with one hand, then turn and show your “torn britches”) Had to go home and get some stitches. (Pretend to sew) Hey, Ho, Halloween Night! (Clap)
Five Little Pumpkins
Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate, (show 5 fingers)
The first one said, (1 finger)
“Oh, my, it’s getting late.” (hands on cheeks)
The second one said, (2 fingers)
“There are witches in the air.” (point up and look up)
The third one said, (3 fingers)
“But we don’t care.” (wag pointer finger)
The fourth one said, (4 fingers)
“Let’s run and run and run.” (move arms like you’re running)
The fifth one said, (5 fingers)
“I’m ready for some fun.” (punch up w/both fists)
“Whooo!” went the wind,
and out went the light, (clap on “out”)
And the five little pumpkins (5 fingers)
rolled out of sight. (roll arms)
The witch has an Itch (tune: Farmer in the Dell)
The witch has an itch, The witch has an itch.
Oh where, oh where, oh where does the witch have an itch?
On her tiny little ____, her tiny little ____,
The witch has an itch on her tiny little _____.
(Children fill in body parts like toe, nose, etc.)
The Ghost Fingerplay
I saw a ghost (fingers circle eyes)
He saw me too (point to yourself)
I waved at him (wave your hand)
But he said, “Boo!” (try to scare the person next to you)
A pumpkin is big ( circle hands over head)
A pumpkin is round ( circle hands in front)
A pumpkin has a great big smile ( outline smile on mouth)
But doesn’t make a sound ( Put finger over lips)
Boiling hot, boiling hot (Stir “witch’s soup”)
What will we put in the witch’s pot?
Boiling hot, boiling hot
We’ll put some spiders* in the witch’s pot (Toss something imaginary in the pretend pot)
* stinky socks, hair, muddy boots, etc. children will be happy to provide suggestions to add to this ghoulish recipe.
Enjoy singing and doing fingerplays with your little ones!