Songs for Halloween O-W

Old mother witch

One little skeleton

One little, two little, three little witches

Out on Halloween

Pumpkin, pumpkin round and fat

Six ghosts lurking

Souling song

Stirring the brew

The Hairy Scary castle

The haunted house

The owl is abroad

The skeleton stomp

The witch

The witch and her cat

The witch has lost her broomstick

The witches are riding their brooms

There was an old witch

Three little pumpkins

We’re witches of Halloween

Witch in the brambles

Witch, witch where do you fly?

Also see

Ten little pumpkins

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Last updated: 8/28/2018 4:59 PM

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

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Old mother witch O

 

 


A circle game for Halloween. One child the witch or wizard keeps the beat with a stick (broomstick or wand) Those in the circle clap to the beat, On the word ‘Wham!’ the child in the circle chooses another to take their place by tapping them gently on the shoulder. Sing wizard if a boy is chosen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Old mother witch,

Couldn’t sew a stitch,

Rode her broomstick round and round,

Took another witch to town.

Whoosh! Whoosh! Whoosh! Whoosh! Wham!

 

Old father wizard,

Couldn’t find his lizard,

Waved his wand round and round,

Took a wizard off to town.

Whoosh! Whoosh! Whoosh! Whoosh! Wham!


 

 

One little skeleton  🔊

 

 


Words by Lucille F Wood. A good excuse for lots of creepy noises.

 

Move like Halloween characters.

Alternatively use hand movements: Verse 1. Claw like hands go up and down, 2. Make pointed hat above head and then broomstick flying. 3. Put one fist on top of the other. 4. Make scary faces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


One little skeleton hopping up and down,

Hopping up and down, hopping up and down,

One little skeleton hopping up and down,

For this is Halloween!

 

Two little witches flying through the air…

 

Three little pumpkins rolling down the hill…

 

Four little goblins stomping down the street…

 

Five little children playing trick-or-treat…(ding dong)

For this is Halloween!


 

 

 

One little, two little, three little witches O

 

 


The first verse is a finger and hand play song; the second verse is more suited to older children!

 

Hold up three fingers one at a time. One hand flies and the then the other. Hand slides down then throw out hands and rub with glee and a wicked chuckle!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


One little, two little, three little witches,

Flying over haystacks, zooming over ditches,

Sliding down moonbeams without any hitches,

Hey, ho, Hallowe'en's here!

Hey, ho, Hallowe'en's here!

 

One little, two little, three little witches.

Flew over barb wire and tore their britches.

Had to go home and get some stitches.

Hey, ho, Hallowe'en's here!

Hey, ho, Hallowe'en's here!

 


 

 

 

Out on Halloween O

 

A lovely spooky game in the minor key. Add more characters to the song as the fancy takes you.

 

Children each choose a Halloween character and move in and out of each other in role without out touching. Stop opposite a partner on the last line and scare each other. At the end of the song ask who would like to show off their character and allow the audience to guess what they might be.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ghosts and ghouls and skeletons,

Witches, toads and wizards,

Prowl about on Halloween,

Catching bats and lizards;

Prowl about, prowl about,

Catching bats and lizards.

Chorus

Out, out, out and about,

Out on Halloween!

 

Jack-o’-lanterns, goblins, monsters,

Scarecrows, owls and spiders,

Trick or treat on Halloween,

In and out the houses;

Trick or treat, trick or treat,

In and out the houses.

Chorus


 

 

Pumpkin pumpkin round and fat O

 

 


A circle game for Halloween. The dance below is the same one I use for ‘Bow wow wow, whose dog art thou?’

http://singinggamesforchildren.com/A%20Cluster%202.1%20HSAAWG/HSAAWG%20web%201-5%20creatures.htm

 

Place hands on hips and stamp feet; left, right, left.

1. Shake finger at each other.

2. Hold hands, walk four steps round exchanging places.

3. Stamp twice then jump to make a half turn and face new partner.

Repeat this sequence round the circle each time meeting and greeting each new partner with a smile – it comes naturally!

Last verse: jump to first partner, shake hands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Pumpkin, pumpkin, round and fat,

Turn into a jack-o-lantern

Just like that!

 

Pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin pie,

Yummy, yummy, in my tummy,

Pumpkin pie!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


Six ghosts lurking O

 

 


Possibly an Irish song for Hallowe’en?? In groups of six crouch down and take turns to jump up and shout BOO!

 

Hold up six fingers and fold one finger down each time. Waggle relevant finger and shout BOO! each time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Six ghosts lurking in the shadow of the door,

Six ghosts lurking in the shadow of the door,

But if one should jump out at us, BOO!

Be absolutely sure,

There’ll be five ghosts lurking in the shadow of the door.

 

Five ghosts…

Four ghosts…

Three ghosts…

Two ghosts…

 

One ghost lurking in the shadow of the door

One ghost lurking in the shadow of the door

But if one should jump out at us BOO!

Be absolutely sure

There’ll be—

No ghosts lurking in the shadow of the door. PHEW!!!


 

 

Souling song O

 

 


Once a year on All Souls Day, November 2nd children and the poor would go from door to door asking for ‘soul cakes’ and other things such as clothes food and money in return for prayers to ensure a brief stay in Purgatory. ‘Souling’ was the predecessor of ‘trick or treating’ for Hallowe’en.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A soul, a soul, a soul cake!

Please, good missus, a soul cake!

An apple, a pear, a plum or a cherry,

Any good thing to make us merry.

One for Peter, two for Paul,

Three for Him that made us all.

 

The lanes are very dirty, my shoes are very thin.

I've got a little pocket to put a penny in.

If you haven't got a penny, a ha' penny will do.

If you haven't got a ha' penny, then God bless you.


 

 

Stirring the brew 🔊

 

 


There’s nothing like a fright on Halloween night! Let children have fun suggesting ingredients for the grisly stew.

 

Stir pot. Tiptoe slowly, one step for each note; finish with a fearsome stance and a loud ‘Boo!’ Take suggestions for next ingredient ready to stir once again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Stirring and stirring and stirring the brew.

Oooo-ooo! Oooo-ooo!

Stirring and stirring and stirring the brew.

Oooo-ooo! Oooo-ooo!

Tip-toe, Tip-toe, Tip-toe, Boo!

 

What shall we put in the witches stew?

Oooo-ooo! Oooo-ooo!

We’ll put a snake (bat/snail/mouse) in, yes, that will do!

Oooo-ooo! Oooo-ooo!


 

 

 

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!


 

 

The haunted house  🔊

 

 


A simple action song, sing slowly and creepily getting louder each time. The words are by Derek Pearson and can be found in OUP’s ‘Up, up and away’ published in1987.

 

Dramatise freely but here are some suggestions: 1. Tiptoe softly about the room, stop at an imaginary door and put hands to face. Run away. 2. As before, knock, look scares and run. 3. As before, open door, look around, put hands on hips and laugh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Tiptoe, tiptoe,

Tiptoe, tiptoe,

Up to the door,

Up to the door.

Oh, I do not like it,

Oh, I do not like it.

Run, run, run!

Run, run, run!

 

Tiptoe, tiptoe,

Tiptoe, tiptoe,

Knock on the door,

Knock on the door.

Here come big hobgoblins,

Here come big hobgoblins.

Run, run, run!

Run, run, run!

 

Tiptoe, tiptoe,

Tiptoe, tiptoe,

Open the door,

Open the door.

Look, the house is empty,

Look, the house is empty.

Ha, ha, ha!

Ha, ha, ha!


 

 

 

The owl is abroad 🔊

 

 


‘Witches’ Song’ 1609 by Ben Jonson 1572 - 1637, entitled ‘Third Charm’ from The Masque of Queens. You can find out more about this poet and dramatist at: https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/third-charm-masque-queens

The music is by Gladys Pitcher from ‘This is music’ 4 published 1968.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The owl is abroad, the bat, and the toad,

And so is the cat-a-mountain,

The ant and the mole sit both in a hole,

And the frog peeps out o’ the fountain;

The dogs they do bay, and the timbrels play,

The spindle is now a-turning;

The moon it is red, and the stars are fled,

But all the sky is a-burning:


 

 

 

 

The skeletons stomp O

 

 


A cumulative rhyming song; add your own rhyming verses with a Halloween theme. Words and music by Sue Stevens.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


All in the middle of the night! (Clap, clap!)

All in the middle of the night! (Clap, clap!)

Squeaks and groans and rattling bones,

All in the middle of the night! (Clap, clap!)

Come to the skeletons’ party,

Come to the skeletons’ romp:

See that ghoul playing the fool,

Doing the skeleton stomp. (Clap, clap!)

 

All in the middle of the night…

See that cat in a pink top hat,

See that ghoul playing the fool,

Doing the skeleton stomp. (Clap, clap!)

 

See that frog jiggle and jog…

See that toad from down the road…

See that ghost munching toast…

See that spider full of cider…

See that snake shimmy and shake…

See that witch climbing out of a ditch…

 


 

 

The witch

 

 


A hand play rhyme for Halloween by Wendy Bird.

 

1. Place forefingers together 2. Make a pot with right hand 3. Point to pot with left forefinger 4. Stir pot with left forefinger 5. With open fingers and thumb down stretch out arm 6. Raise thumb to make a witch and fly broomstick through the air.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here's the witch in her pointed hat,

And here's her cauldron, round and black.

Here's the witch's magic spell:

Stir it round and mix it well.

Here's her broomstick, long and

Away she flies or she'll be late.


 

 

The witch and her cat 🔊

 

 


A hand play for Halloween. For a more lively activity this could be dramatized in a circle. Music by Dany Rosevear.

 

Verse 1: Raise thumb of right hand; zoom and dip. Hold arms and shiver.Wink, thumbs and forefingers make a moon shape. Verse 2: Make a pointed hat with fingers. Makea wavy rippling motion with fingers. Make one hand into a claw and the other into a fist with thumb up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A witch once went for a ride on her broom,

Up through the frosty sky;

She zoomed and zoomed, 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,

And a cape that was flowing wide

And a fierce black cat with a stand up tail,

Rode merrily by her side, her side,

Rode merrily by her side.


 

 

 

The witch has lost her broomstick O

 

 


A song for Halloween by Barbara Ireson and Christopher Rowe from their delightful book ‘Over and over again’ – Poems and songs for the very young.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The witch has lost her broomstick and can’t fly in the sky,

The witch has lost her broomstick and only I know why,

The witch has lost her broomstick and someone else will fly,

And I know who that someone is – it’s I, I, I!


 

 

The witches are riding their brooms 🔊

 

 


This traditional rhyme comes from ‘Ten galloping horses’ published 1979.

The music is by Moya Smith.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The witches are riding their brooms tonight,

They’re riding their broomsticks tonight,

Yoo hoo, yoo hoo, yoo hoo, yoo hoo,

They’re riding their broomsticks tonight.

 

The witches are stirring their cauldrons tonight,

They’re stirring their cauldrons tonight,

Yoo hoo, yoo hoo, yoo hoo, yoo hoo,

They’re stirring their cauldrons tonight.

 

The witches are casting their spells tonight,

They’re casting their spells tonight,

Yoo hoo, yoo hoo, yoo hoo, yoo hoo,

They’re casting their spells tonight.

 


 

 

 

There was an old witch O

 

A song for Hallowe’en with an extra verse.

This song will be spookily enhanced by adding a variety of percussion instruments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


There was an old witch,

Believe it if you can.

She tapped at the window

And she ran, ran, ran.

She ran helter-skelter,

With her toes in the air,

Cornstalks flying,

From the old witch’s hair.

 

Chorus

‘Swish,’ goes the broomstick,

‘Miaow,’ goes the cat,

‘Plop,’ goes the hop-toad

Sitting on her hat.

‘Wee,’ chuckled I,

‘What fun, fun, fun!’

Hallowe’en night when the witches run.

 

There was an old witch,

Believe me, it is true.

She knocked at my door

Then she flew, flew, flew.

She flew round the chimney,

With a cackle and a croak,

Sparks all a-flying,

From her smoky black cloak.

Chorus

...‘Wee,’ chuckled she,

‘I’m off, goodbye!’

For Hallowe’en fun in the dark night sky.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


Three little pumpkins 🔊

 

 


Words and music by Ruthelma Hemstead from ‘Singing fun’ pub 1962. Adapted by Dany Rosevear.

 

Verse 1. Put up three fingers, ‘sit’ on hand. Make pointed hat on head, move hand through the air. Laugh wickedly and put up one finger. Arms make a round pumpkin. Repeat with appropriate number of fingers for verse 2 & 3. Verse 4. Shake head at ‘fence’ Witch as before make eyes with thumb and forefinger. Rub tummy and make pie with arms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Three little pumpkins sitting on a fence,

A witch came riding by,

Ha, Ha, Ha! I’ll take just one,

To make a pumpkin pie. Ha ! Ha !

 

Two little pumpkins sitting on a fence,

A witch came riding by,

Ha, Ha, Ha! I’ll take just one,

To make a pumpkin pie. Ha ! Ha !

 

One little pumpkin sitting on a fence,

A witch came riding by,

Ha, Ha, Ha! I’ll take just one,

To make a pumpkin pie. Ha ! Ha !

 

No little pumpkins sitting on a fence,

Just a witch with green, green eyes,

Oh dear me my tummy’s so full,

From eating pumpkin pie. Ha ! Ha !

 


 

 

We're witches of Halloween 🔊

 

 


Though originally composed by Cynthia Raza and published 1975 in her book ‘The lollipop man’, it was much more well known from BBCTV’s ‘Words and pictures’ which was repeated about five times at Halloween from 1975 onwards with Frank Barrow as the presenter. It became a popular song for subsequent Halloween revels with variants on the words We'll hide on the stair And chase you everywhere’.

 

Make scary witchy faces. Line 3. Hold broomstick and pretend to fly. 8. Make pointed hat above head. 9. Fingers brush cheeks outwardslike cat whiskers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


We're witches of Halloween Woo-oo,

The ugliest you’ve ever seen Woo-oo,

We fly around at night

And give you such a fright!

We’re witches of Halloween. Woo-oo.

 

We’re witches of Halloween Woo-oo,

Our faces are crooked and green Woo-oo,

We have black pointed hats

And wicked witches’ cats,

We’re witches of Halloween Woo-oo.


 

 

 

 

Witch in the brambles 🔊

 

 


This comes from Monica Shelton’s ‘Round about the Seasons’ pub 1984.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Witch in the brambles, witch in the tree

Gathering nuts and honey from the bee,

Fly with the feathers of the owl on your back,

Fly with your green-eyed cat!

 

Make me a spell with the crackle of your fire,

Make me a spell and the cauldron stir,

Dance with the feathers of the owl on your back,

Dance with your green-eyed cat!

 


 

 

 

Witch, witch, where do you fly?

 

 


A poem by Rose Fyleman.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Witch, witch, where do you fly?

Under the clouds and over the sky.

 

Witch, witch, what do you eat?

Little black apples from Hurricane Street.

 

Witch, witch, what do you drink?

Vinegar and good red ink.

 

Witch, witch, where do you sleep?

Up in the clouds where the pillows are cheap.

 

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