Picture Books:

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How Spider Saved Halloween

Dragon’s Halloween

Harriet’s Halloween Candy

The Ghost-Eye Tree

The Little Green Witch (compare to the Little Red Hen)

Easy Readers:

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Beginning Readers:




Older kids books 5th grade and up:


Easy read alouds for first graders to do:

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“The Little Orange House”

by Jean Stangi
Once upon a time a very small witch was walking in the woods.  The cold wind was blowing the dry leaves all around her.  The little witch was frantically searching for a house for the winter.  She could not find one.  Suddenly a piece of orange paper blown by the wind landed at her feet.   She picked it up.
The little witch looked closely at the paper and then she said, “I shall make myself a house from this piece of orange paper.”
She folded the paper in half and took her scissors (she always has a pair in her pocket) and cut off the two corners to make a roof . ( fold the paper in half and then with the fold on the bottom, cut the two top corners off-see photo)
“This will do just fine” she said as she looked at her new house.  “But I will need a door.” With her scissors she cut a door.  Since witches always wear pointed hats, she cut a special door. It looked like this. (Cut a door with a slant going up.  See the photo of the door.)
The little witch walked through the door and into the little orange house.  It was very dark inside.  She quickly hurried back out.
“I will need to make windows to let in the light,” said the little witch.  She cut a front and a back window that looked just like this (cut out a rectangle in the middle to the right of the door- see photo.)
Oh, it was a fine looking house.  Her very own little house with a roof, a door, and windows was all finished.  But just as the little witch started to go inside for the winter, she saw a tiny ghost floating down the windswept path.  As the tiny ghost came to a stop near the little house, the little witch saw that she was crying.

“Why are you crying?” asked the little witch.
The tiny ghost stopped crying and answered.  “It is cold and windy.  It is getting dark.  And I have no place to spend the winter.”
“You may spend the winter with me in my new house,” said the kind little witch.
“Oh thank you,” the happy tiny ghost said as she peeked through the window.  “This is a very nice house.”
“First,” said the little witch, “I will need to make you a little door of your very own.  She took her scissors again and began to cut.  She cut a very tiny door.  It looked like this.  (Cut out a triangle shaped door next to the large door but slanting towards the door- see the photo).
The two happy new friends went inside.  The tiny ghost went in the very little door, and the little witch went through her own special door.    All winter long they lived happily together inside the little orange house.
If you want to see inside of their little orange house, get a piece of paper and do just what the little witch did. Then unfold the paper. Surprise!

Language Arts:

Look for erase-a-rhymes on the Internet.  They work on rhyming. I like to list the parts that will be erased for kids who need more assistance.  A few different rhymes can be found on Little Giraffes.

Go Away, Big Green Monster! on the felt board.  This was easy to make since you can use the book for your stencils.

Go Away Big Green Monster Coloring  Sheet

Monster pieces if you don’t want to make the pieces out of felt


For Halloween I like to read Harriet’s Halloween Candy and then do Halloween Candy Graph.  Read the story and pass out the graph before Halloween so that students save some candy to graph with.

 Measure Pumpkins using standard and nonstandard units.

Counting Spiders


For this activity we compared an orange and a pumpkin. I used a Venn diagram to do the comparisons.

Pumpkin Lifecycle

Flying ghosts- This is a science experiment where you bend the ghost arms in different positions to see how they float down.  I have yet to find a good printable for this.  Stay tuned.


IMG_8147IMG_8148Here is a little bat craft that came from No Time for Flashcards.

Halloween cat

Scary Story Contest Research:Cover Image Ben and Becky in the Haunted House
Cover ImageBrave Ben
Cover ImageBy the Light of the Halloween Moon
Cover ImageGhost’s Hour, Spook’s Hour
Cover ImageGhosts in the House
Cover ImageIn a Dark, Dark Room (the kids liked this one a lot)
Cover ImageRoom on the Broom
Cover Image One Scary Night (wordless)
Cover ImageScared Silly
Cover ImageThe Teeny-Tiny Woman
Cover ImageThe Bones of Fred McFee
Cover ImageSpooky Hour
Cover Image Psssst! It’s Me… the Bogeyman by Barbara Park
Cover Image A Thump from Upstairs by Richard Keep


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