Songs for Halloween A-M

A witch wears a long tall hat

Bats in the belfry

Chop, chop, choppity chop

Dry bones

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate

Five spooky skeletons

Gobbolino, the witch’s cat

Goblins and witches

Hallowe’en counting rhyme

Halloween fun

Hallowe’en is coming

Halloween’s coming

Have you seen the ghost of Tom?

I am a pumpkin, big and round

I made a Jack O’Lantern

I saw a ghost

If I were a witch

I’m a Jack-o’-lantern

In a dark, dark wood

In the hairy, scary castle

It’s Halloween

Jack-o’-lantern

Late one dark and stormy night

Mrs White had a fright

Find more Halloween songs at: Songs for Halloween O-W

 

Last updated: 10/22/2018 3:45 PM

The songs below are part ofAway we gocompiled, adapted and illustrated by Dany Rosevear

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A witch wears a long tall hat O

 

 


Another spooky song that is best accompanied with a regular drum rhythm.

 

I had thought this was a traditional song as I had sung it to children since the 1970s but on investigating in order to reply to a query found it was written by Dave and Toni Arthur who wrote several songs at this time for various educational publications. They also produced anthologies of songs and poems for the then popular Thames Television Seeing and Doing programmes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A witch wears a long tall hat,

A witch has a big black cat.

She sits on her broomstick as she rides by

And ‘Oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-ooh!’ is her cry.

 

A witch wears long black hair,

A witch flies through the air.

She sits on her broomstick as she rides by

And ‘Oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-ooh!’ is her cry.

 

A witch wears a long black cloak,

A witch disappears in a puff of smoke.

She sits on her broomstick as she rides by

And ‘Oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-ooh!’ is her cry.

 


 

 

Bats in the belfry 🔊

 

 


A post Halloween song for those that can’t let the fun go!

 

Cross wrists. Put thumb and forefingers to eyes. Brush cheeks with back of fingers. Flap hands. Touch watch.  Throw out hands. Look sad. Brighten up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Bats in the belfry,

Owls in the trees.

Cats in the cornfield,

Ghosts in the breeze.

Right after midnight

All of it’s done,

And Halloween’s over,

But wasn’t it fun!

 


 

Chop, chop, choppity chop 🔊

 

 

 


Music by Dany Rosevear.

Traditionally this is a baby play game but with music and a minor key added it conjured up images of a witches cauldron. Have fun deciding what might be the perfect ingredients for Halloween night.

The song would also be a good accompiament to soup making when vegetables are in season.

It would, however, still be great fun to play with a toddler as below.

 

1. Move hands with a chopping motion. 2. Make chopping motions near the feet and then the head. 3. Rub tummy (the pot). 5. As in 1.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Chop, chop, choppity chop,

Cut off the bottoms and cut off the tops!

What is left, we will put in the pot;

So chop, chop, choppity chop!

Stir it round, stir it round,

Taste and see what you have found!!


 

 

Dry bones 🔊

 

 


Time for a good workout; move your bones and dance around while identifying parts of the body through this adaptation of the traditional African American gospel song. https://www.bethsnotesplus.com/2013/05/dry-bones.html

 

Stand in a large circle with plenty of room to move. 1. Dance in place along to the words finishing with a good shake. 2. Pat each body part as it is mentioned then shake. 3. Children join together holding hands and move / skip around in a circle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Them bones, them bones them dry bones!

Them bones, them bones them dry bones!

Them bones, them bones them dry bones!

Shake them rattling bones!

 

The toe bone's connected to the foot bone,

The foot bone's connected to the ankle bone,

The ankle bone's connected to the leg bone,

Shake them rattling bones!

 

The leg bone's connected to the knee bone,

The knee bone's connected to the thigh bone,

The thigh bone's connected to the hip bone,

Shake them rattling bones!

 

Them bones, them bones gonna walk around,

Them bones, them bones gonna walk around,

Them bones, them bones gonna walk around,

Shake them rattling bones!

 

The hip bone's connected to the back bone,

The back bone's connected to the neck bone,

The neck bone's connected to the head bone,

Shake them rattling bones!

 

The finger bone's connected to the hand bone,

The hand bone's connected to the arm bone,

The arm bone's connected to the shoulder bone,

Shake them rattling bones!

 

Them bones, them bones gonna dance around

Them bones, them bones gonna dance around

Them bones, them bones gonna dance around

Shake them rattling bones!

 

Them bones, them bones them dry bones!

Them bones, them bones them dry bones!

Them bones, them bones them dry bones!

We’ll shake them skeleton bones!


 

 

 

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate

 

 


A traditional rhyme for Halloween. There are many chants and rap versions of this song but for younger children I prefer a simple chant with lots of expression.

 

1. Put five fingers behind an arm. 2. One finger up and then hands to cheek. 3. Two fingers up and point to the movement of the witches. 4. Three fingers up then throw out hands. 5. Four fingers up then hand make running movements. 6. Five fingers up then put hands on hips. 7. Cover eyes. 8. Put up five fingers and then roll arms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate,

The first one said, “Oh my, it’s getting late.”

The second one said, “There are witches in the air”.

The third one said,” But we don’t care!”

The fourth one said, “Let’s run, run, run”

The fifth one said, “I’m ready for some fun!”

“Whooooo!” went the wind,

And out went the light…

And five little pumpkins went rolling out of sight!

 


 

 

Five spooky skeletons 🔊

 

 


A chase and catch circle game for Halloween!

This is a nod to the song ‘Five little indians in a teepee’ from ’Sounds like children’ compiled by Jennifer Buckle. Words and music arranged by Dany Rosevear.

 

Five ‘skeletons’ sleep in a circle; the circle holding hands tiptoes round them. On the word ‘up’ the ‘skeletons’ jump up and aim to catch one each of the fleeing children who become skeletons for the next game.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Five spooky skeletons on a dark, dark night,

Sleeping quietly, oh, what a sight!

Out came the moon and what do you think?

Up jumped the skeletons as quick as a wink!

 


 

 

Gobbolino, the witch’s cat O

 

A song for Hallowe’en by G.C.Westcott based on Ursula Moray William’s wonderful story for children, find out more at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gobbolino,_the_Witch's_Cat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


One fine night in a witch’s cavern,

Two little kittens rolled on to the floor;

One, called Sootica, was black all over:

The other, Gobbolino, had one white paw.

 

Chorus

Who’ll give a home to a kitten?

Who’ll give a home to a cat?

Gobbolino you may call me;

I want just a fire and a mat.

 

One white paw and a sheen of tabby,

Two lovely eyes not green but blue,

None of the witches would take this kitten …

And neither did his mother know what to do.

 

Then one day, when the sun was shining,

Gobbolino found he was all alone.

The witch had gone and deserted him for ever,

So Gobbolino washed himself, then he left home.


 

 

Goblins and witches O

 

 


Halloween is a great time for songs in the minor key; this mysterious one is by Robert Richardson from Ginn’s ‘Singing and rhyming’ pub 1950.

Chords added by Dany Rosevear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


What do the goblins and witches say

On Halloween night?

“Boo-oo-oo-oo!” Whwwt!

They’re out of sight!

What do the goblins and witches say

On Halloween night

They bump, and jump, and thumpety thump. Whew!

They give us a fright!


 

 

Hallowe’en counting rhyme 🔊

 

 


This delightful Halloween number rhyme is by the wonderful singer and songwriter Kathy Reid-Naiman; it can be found on her ‘When it’s Autumn’ CD which you can access through the link. As its title suggests it is a rhyme and Kathy adds a lively rhythmic beat to her version. The tune below is my interpretation.

 

Dramatise freely but these suggestions might be helpful: Each time show number of fingers. 1. Ring thumbs and forefingers to make ghostly eyes. Cross hands at wrists and flap hands. Make pointy hat above head. Throw out hands. 2. Brush whiskers on cheeks, make lemon eyes as above. Forefingers to head for devils horns. Hands to cheeks. 3. Show claws, wave, shake arms and hands. 4. Stretch out arms. Hands open and close.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


One little ghost,

Two little bats,

Three little witches,

How about that!

Four little cats

With yellow eyes,

Five little devils,

What a big surprise!

Six little monsters,

Seven little gnomes,

Eight little skeletons,

Shaking their bones.

Nine little scarecrows,

Stuffed with straw,

Ten black crows go,

“Caw! Caw! Caw!”

 


 

 

Halloween fun 🔊

 

 


A Halloween hand play and a great excuse for lots of percussion sounds.

Words, music and game by Dany Rosevear.

 

Verse 1. Hands crossed over at wrist flap in different directions. Chorus: Hands prowl, put hands to cheeks looking fearful, roll arms round each other, throw fists in the air. 2. Waft hands around. 3. Stomp fists one on top of the other. 4. Hands form witches hat on head, whiskers to mouth, draw moon. 5. Shake arms and hands, hands to face.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Bats fly up and bats fly down,

They fly all over our dark little town;

Chorus:

They’re out at night to give you a fright,

But shout ‘BOO!’ ‘BOO!’ and they’ll run,

And they’ll run, and they’ll run and they’ll run,

For it’s Halloween fun!

 

Ghosts fly east and ghosts fly west,

They fly all around in their floaty white vests; They’re out at night…

 

Witches whizz by with cats on their brooms,

They cackle and screech at the shimmering moon,

They’re out at night…

 

Monsters stomp along the streets,

With sharp yellow claws and big hairy feet;

They’re out at night…

 

Skeletons shake and rattle their bones,

Wailing and swaying with terrible groans;

They’re out at night…


 

 

Hallowe’en is coming O

 

A song for Hallowe’en by Ginglend and Stiles; a great one to enjoy adding eerie creepy sounds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Halloween is coming, Ha, ha, ha!

Halloween is coming, Hee, hee, hee!

 

Spooks will prowl on Hallowe’en,

Bats and goblins will soon be seen.

Ghosts will float right through the air,

Witches on broomsticks will give you a scare.

Halloween is coming, Ha, ha, ha!

Halloween is coming, Hee, hee, hee!

 

Jack-o’-lanterns burning bright

Look out the windows on Halloween night,

Ghosts and witches, goblins too,

On Halloween night are out to scare you. Boo!

Halloween is coming, Ha, ha, ha!

Halloween is coming, Hee, hee, hee!

 


 

 

Halloween’s coming 🔊

 

 


A spooky song for Halloween with a repetitive rhythm ideal for accompanying with percussion.

 

Look from side to side fearfully expectant. Make a stalking movement with hands. Hands form witches hat on head, whiskers to mouth and cross at wrist to make flapping wings. Make ghost and goblin movements. Flap and make whiskers as before as before. Prowl and make a sudden scary face.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Halloween’s coming!

Halloween’s coming!

Skeletons will be after you!

Witches, cats and big black bats,

Ghosts and goblins too!

Flap, flap, flap, go the big black bats,

Ooooooooooo!

“Meow, meow, meow!” say the green-eyed cats,

Oooooooooo!

Boo!

 


 

 

 

Have you seen the ghost of Tom? O

 

 


Make scary sounds to enhance this round. When singing this song as a round you would not use the chords suggested below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Have you seen the ghost of Tom?

Long white bones with the rest all gone,

Oo-oo- ooh, O- oo- oo- ooh!

Wouldn’t it be chilly with no skin on?


 

 

I am a pumpkin, big and round O

 

 


A hand rhyme.

 

1. Hold arms above head in a circle. 2. Point to floor. 3. Point to mouth, eyes, nose. 4. Put hands to face and throw them out. 5. Hold up index finger. 6. Put thumbs in armpits and look proud.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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.

 


 

 

I made a Jack O’Lantern 🔊

 

 


A hand rhyme. Making a  Jack O’Lantern lights up every face!

Music by Lucille F. Wood.

 

1. Hold arms above head in a circle. 2. Circle eyes then make a triangle with forefingers. 3. Draw a smile with forefingers 4. Point to each tooth. 5. Hold up forearm with pointed hand. 6. Put hands together at wrist under chin and look happy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


I made a Jack O’Lantern;

I made him yesterday.

I made two eyes like big round wheels;

I made his nose this way.

I made his mouth into a smile

With ev’ry tooth in place,

And then a candle lighted up

My Jack O’Lantern’s face!

 


 

 

I saw a ghost  🔊

 

 


A scary hand play.

Music by Dany Rosevear and words adapted by the same.

 

1. Circle eyes with thumbs and forefingers. 2. Point to yourself. 3. Wave your hand. 4. Scare person next to you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


I saw a ghost,

It saw me too,

I waved like this,

But it said, "BOO!".

 


 

 

If I were a witch 🔊

 

 


Music and words by Wallace E. De Pue. It can be found in the songbook ‘This is Music’ published by Macmillan of Canada in 1968.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


If I were a witch, I’d laugh ‘Hee, hee, hee!’

If I were a cat, I’d meow ‘Meow!’

If I were a ghost, I’d groan with my most,

And I’d scare everybody now.

Chorus:

‘Hee, hee, hee! Meow, meow!’

I’d show everybody how.

‘Hee, hee, hee! Meow, meow!’

I’d scare everybody NOW!

 

If I were a bat, I’d fly, ‘Flap, flap, flap!’

If I were an elf, I’d cry, ‘Boo-hoo!’

If I were a pumpkin, I wouldn’t be a dumkin,

I’d make me a pumpkin pie.

 

‘Flap, flap, flap!’ ‘Boo-hoo!’

I’d show everybody too,

‘Flap, flap, flap!’ ‘Boo-hoo!’

I’d scare everybody – BOO!

 

 


 

 

 

I’m a Jack-o’-lantern 🔊

 

 


Learn to recognise ordinal numbers to five with this Halloween number song.

The tune is by Tom Glazer and arranged by Dany Rosevear.

 

Verse 1. Draw a smile, put forefinger atop head. 2. Hold up five spread fingers, place heel of hand on the other with fingers closed, the gate, wag one finger, hand to cheek. 3. Raise two fingers, hands make a pointed hat. Raise three fingers then put hands on hips and shrug shoulders. 4. Raise four fingers, make them run, raise five fingers, make a funny face. 5. Blow finger top, hands to eyes, make witches hat move from side to side.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


I’m a Jack-o’-lantern with a great big grin.

I’m a Jack-o’-lantern with a candle in.

 

Five Jack-o’-lanterns were sitting on the gate.

The first one said, “Oh, my it’s getting late.”

 

The second one said, “There are witches in the air.”

The third one said, “But we don’t care!”

 

The fourth one said, “Let’s run, and run, and run.”

The fifth one said, “I’m ready for some fun.”

 

Then“Whoosh!” went the wind and out went the light,

And away rode the witches on Halloween night!


 

 

In a dark, dark wood O

 

 


A creepy song for Halloween.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


In a dark, dark wood, there was a dark, dark house,

And in that dark, dark house, there was a dark, dark cupboard,

And in that dark, dark cupboard, there was a dark, dark shelf,

And on that dark, dark shelf, there was a dark, dark box,

And in that dark, dark box, there was a GHOST!


 

 

The hairy scary castle O

 

 


Open a squeaky door slowly in the Hairy Scary Castle and see what might be there. A cumulative song for Halloween and community singing with lots of opportunities for spooky noises; use vocal and body sounds or whatever objects come to hand – newspaper can be used to make all sorts of noises.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


In the Hairy Scary Castle,

In the Hairy Scary Castle,

In the Hairy Scary Castle,

Where the skeletons RATTLE,

And the ghosts go BOO!

 

In the Hairy Scary Castle… x3

Where the rats go SQUEAK,

And the bats go FLAP!

And the skeletons RATTLE,

And the ghosts go BOO!

 

In the Hairy Scary Castle… x3

Where the stairs go CREAK,

And the clock goes TOCK!

Where the rats go SQUEAK,

And the bats go FLAP!

Where the skeletons RATTLE,

And the ghosts go BOO!

 

In the Hairy Scary Castle… x3

Where the wind goes WHOOSH,

And the doors go BANG!

Where the stairs go CREAK,

And the clock goes TOCK!

Where the rats go SQUEAK,

And the bats go FLAP!

Where the skeletons RATTLE,

And the ghosts go BOO!


 

 

It’s Halloween! 🔊

 

 


Harry Behn, 1898 - 1973, also known as Giles Behn, was an American screenwriter and children's poet and author. The music was written by Milton Kaye and can be found in the songbook ‘Music now and long ago’ published in 1956.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Tonight is the night

When dead leaves fly

Like witches on switches

Across the sky,

When elf and sprite

Flit through the night

On a moony sheen.

It's Halloween!

 

Tonight is the night

When leaves make a sound

Like a gnome in his home

Under the ground,

When spooks and trolls

Creep out of holes

Mossy and green.

It's Halloween!

 

Tonight is the night

When pumpkins stare

Through sheaves and leaves

Everywhere,

When ghouls and ghost

And goblin host

Dance round their queen.

It's Halloween!


 

 

Jack-o’-lantern O

 

 


A song to sing once the jack-o’-lantern has been carved, lit and placed in the window with the lights turned out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Jack-o’-lantern, jack-o’-lantern

You are such a funny sight,

As you sit there in the window

Looking out at the night.

 

You were once a yellow pumpkin

Growing on a sturdy vine,

Now you are my jack-o’-lantern:

Let your candlelight shine.


 

 

Late one dark and stormy night 🔊

 

 


A Halloween hand play.

Adapted from a traditional rhyme by Dany Rosevear who also wrote the music.

 

Line 1.  Tap watch, wave arms across body. 2. Put up three fingers, make witches hat, stir a pot. 3. Two fingers up, ring thumb and forefingers round eyes. 4. Sing in a whisper, hands move stealthily forward. 5. Raise hands and look scary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Late one dark and stormy night,

Three little witches stir a pot, what a sight!

Two little ghosts say, “How do you do?”

Go tiptoe, tiptoe, tiptoe,

BOOO !!!


 

 

 

Mrs White had a fright O

 

An old playground favourite adapted here for a Halloween theme by Dany Rosevear.

Make up your own rhymes for other colours – there are plenty more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Mrs White had a fright, in the middle of the night.

She saw a ghost, eating toast, half way up a lamp-post.

 

Mrs Red went to bed, with a pumpkin on her head,

Saw two bats, chase a cat, right into her pointy hat.

 

Mrs Black in a mac, eating hop toads for a snack.

Saw a witch, in a fix, sitting in a muddy ditch.

 

Mrs Green on Halloween, went to supper with the queen.

Saw a spider, in her cider, oh dear me it’s now inside her.

 

Mrs Blue, yes it’s true, threw snails in a witchy brew.

Added stones, gave a groan, stirred it with a finger bone.

 

Mrs Pink gave a wink, drank a drink of fizzy ink.

Saw a wizard, in a blizzard, turning hailstones into lizards.


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