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Halloween Party (2017)

I forgot to take a single picture yesterday before or during our Halloween party! But I’ll try and piece together what we did …

To start off I had a very short story time. Our age group skewed to an older crowd so some of the little songs I did for the few little ones we had attend went over with a *thud* but they all seemed to enjoy both stories that I read.

Book: Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson; illustrated by Axel Scheffler

room-on-the-broom

Song: Five Little Pumpkins
Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate, (hold up five fingers)
First one said, “It’s getting late.” (tap wrist where watch would be)
Second one said, “There are witches in the air.” (point to the sky)
Third one said, “But we don’t care.” (shake finger back and forth)
Fourth one said, “Let’s run and run.” (mime running in place)
Fifth one said, “Let’s have some fun.”

Whooooooo went the wind, (flutter fingers in front of you)
And OUT went the lights. (clap)

And five little pumpkins rolled out of sight. (roll hand over hand)
Adapted from Storytime Katie

Song: Three Little Witches (to the tune of 10 Little Indians)
One little, two little, three little witches (count on fingers)
Flying over haystacks, soaring over ditches (point with right hand/point with left hand)
One little, two little, three little witches (count on fingers)
Happy Halloween! (tap knees)
Source: SurLaLune Storytime

Book: Creepy Pair of Underwear! by Aaron Reynolds; illustrated by Peter Brown

creepy pair of underwear.jpg

From the author of Creepy Carrots, another spooky tale starring Jasper Rabbit. His glowing underwear creeps him out and even after he thows them out, they keep coming back to haunt him. But are they really as scary as they seem? This book is relatively new so even some of our most dedicated little library patrons hadn’t read it. I wish I’d known about this book when I did my outreach Halloween story time. They would have loved it. Next year!

I had another song planned but I canned it given the reaction to the two prior songs and let them play our games and do our craft.

Our craft was a paper plate ghost. I got the idea here. Here’s my version:

Ghost craft.jpg

As you can see I skipped the arms but I think they still look awesome.

I had a table full of candy and treats (Halloween pencil toppers, temporary tattoos, skull and bat rings) for the kids to choose from. I liked to have some non-candy treats for any kids with allergies. The candy bowl got cleared out in about five minutes. We still had some leftover tattoos but the other treats disappeared.

We also reused the hook game from Talk Like a Pirate Day:

Ring toss game

And we had spider races. I got that idea here. I set up that game in case we got little ones but since our crowd skewed slightly older the spider races weren’t super popular. We ended up packing that game away after a few kids started using the table as an additional craft space.

Our last game was mummy bowling. We bought this game at Target years ago and have gotten so much use out of it. (Our pins are white but that’s basically the same set we have.)

So there you have it! We had about 75 people and it was a great success!

And on a side note, here’s me and my little narwhal at his Halloween parade:

Ben and mom.jpg

Could you just die from the cuteness?!? We went trick-or-treating with him for the first time last night and had a blast.

Happy Halloween!!

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