Halloween Circle Play

An original Halloween circle time by Lavender's Blue Homeschool
An original Halloween circle time by Lavender's Blue Homeschool

Here is a circle play to enjoy around Halloween time! "Come little leaves," said the wind one day. (hands in the air, fingers are leaves) "Come o'er the meadow with me and play. Put on your dresses of red and gold. (sweep hands down to put on a dress) Summer is gone and the days grow cold." (hug self and shiver)

As soon as the leaves heard the wind's low call, (hand to ear) Down they came fluttering, one and all. (hands in air again, flutter down like leaves) Over the brown fields they whirled and flew, (whirl hands in the air) Singing the soft little songs they knew. (twirl hands)

Dancing and whirling the little leaves went, (twirl whole body and dance around) Autumn had called them and they were content. Soon they will sleep in their soft earthly beds (start to sink to the ground) Waiting for winter to cover their heads. (sleep on the ground in a sweet little leaf pile) (take a few deep breaths)

{Traditional verse}

The leaves are falling; it's Halloween soon, Let's go to the pumpkin patch, you come along too! (hop up!)

{K.E.}

Here we go round the mulberry bush, the mulberry bush, the mulberry bush, Here we go round the mulberry bush, so early in the morning! Here we go to the pumpkin patch, the pumpkin patch, the pumpkin patch, Here we go to the pumpkin patch, so early in the morning! (skip around while you sing!)

{Traditional song, modified}

Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate, (hand shows five fingers, move from high to low) The first one said, “Oh my, it's getting late.” (change hand to fist with thumb up; a pumpkin) The second one said, “There are witches in the air,” (hand to L shape; a witch flying in the air) The third one said, “But we don't care.” (three fingers up, wave back and forth) The fourth one said, “Let's run and run and run!” (four fingers up, then turn down and fingers run) The fifth one said, “I'm ready for some fun!” (five fingers up, then both hands fly up high) “Oooooh” went the wind, and out went the lights, (wave hands in air, clap on “out”) Then the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight! (roll hands around) (roll around on the ground like pumpkins!)

{Traditional song and finger play}

Five Little Pumpkins

A witch once went for a ride on her broom (sitting; hand in L shape, zooming through the sky) Up through the frosty sky. She zoomed and zoomed, and she dipped and zipped, And she winked at the moon as she passed by, At the moon in the frosty sky. She wore a hat that was pointed tall, (hands make pointed hat shape) And a cape that was flowing wide, (motion like a flowing cape) And a fierce black cat with a stand up tail (on all fours) Rode merrily by her side, (wag that kitty cat tail!) Rode merrily by her side.

{Anon.}

A little witch in a pointed cap, On my door went rap, rap, rap. When I went to open it, She was not there; She was riding on a broomstick, High up in the air!

{Anon.}

There was an old woman tossed up in a basket, Seventeen times as high as the moon. Where she was going, I couldn't but ask it, For in her hand she carried a broom. “Old woman, old woman, old woman,” quoth I, Where are you going to up so high? “To brush the cobwebs from the sky.” “May I go with you?” “Aye, by and by.”

{Traditional Mother Goose song}

There Was An Old Woman

All around the patch we see the big round orange pumpkins Let's pick some out and take them home and carve our jack-o'-lanterns.

{K.E.}

I am a pumpkin, big and round. Once upon a time I grew on the ground. Now I have a mouth, two eyes, and a nose. What are they for, do you suppose? When I have a candle inside shining bright I'll be a jack-o'-lantern on Halloween night.

{Anon.}

Jack-o'-lantern, Jack-o'-lantern You are such a funny sight Sitting up upon the window, Looking out at the night. You were once an orange pumpkin Growing on a pumpkin vine Now you are my jack-o'-lantern And your light it does shine.

{Traditional song}

Jack O'Lantern