Halloween for Babies
Welcome song: “Hello Everybody, Yes Indeed”
Get ready song: “Open, Shut Them”
First book: This Is the House That Monster Built by Steve Metzger. In this cumulative tale, monsters build a house and are visited by trick or treaters.
Alternate book: Little Blue Truck’s Halloween by Alice Schertle. In this rhyming tale with flaps, a truck and his frog friend pick up costumed animals on the way to a Halloween party.
Mother Goose rhyme: “Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater”
Fingerplay: “Five Little Pumpkins”
Stretching song: “There’s a Spider on the Floor”
Second book: Monster Trucks by Anika Denise. Trucks with monster-like features, including a Frankentruck, engage in a night-time race filled with the sounds of vehicles.
Movement song: “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes”
Third book: Go Away, Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley. In this interactive tale, encourage the audience to yell “go away” every time the monster loses a body part. A puppet of this character is available from Lakeshore Learning: www.lakeshorelearning.com/product/productDet.jsp?productItemID=1%2C689%2C949%2C371%2C895%2C404&ASSORTMENT%3C%3East_id=1408474395181113&bmUID=1473104910754
Closing song: “The More We Get Together”
Extra book if needed: Where Is Baby’s Pumpkin? A Lift the Flap Book by Karen Katz. Baby searches the house for her pumpkin.
Board book for parents: Halloween Colors by Barbara Barbieri McGrath. This very simple introduction to colors uses examples from Halloween and Trick or Treating to show six colors.