Thursday, October 15, 2015

HUGE Halloween/Fall Post

Fall is my favorite season.. well, that and spring.  But, I really love the "seasonings" of fall; cinnamon, pumpkin, nutmeg, cloves; sugar and spice and everything nice!

On a recent Facebook post on the American Orff Schulwerk Association (AOSA) page, someone had asked about favorite fall/Halloween/pumpkin activities and I thought, "Ooooo... a great blog post!".  So, here it goes with ones my wee ones and not-so-wee ones LOVE!
I blogged earlier about my favorite Fall Activities here.

Most of these come from many places, a couple years ago I made a binder with 2 sections:  Fall/Halloween.  I copied everything I had and put it in the binder and made a TOC in the front with song titles and added page numbers.  SO glad I did this... it really helps this time of year to have everything in one place!  WORTH the EFFORT!!

1.  Randy DeLelles and Jeff Kriske's activity from Grade 2 in Gameplan, page 28.  I can't give the specifics, but it has to do with a certain story of trick-or-treating and getting scared. Pairs perfectly with Hungarian Dance #3, Brahms.  They LOVE acting out the story!

2.  Pass the Pumpkin... check out the activity I  use here.  For those folks who can't use Halloween themed treats, this one will work for you!  Change "spooky" to "minor" if you can't use that word.
3.  Creepy Crawly Spiders.. another good one for folks who cannot use Halloween themes.  The full blog post with pictures is here.
4.  Story of trolls inside a mountain to go along with "In the Hall of the Mountain King".  I also display the rhythm of the theme:  titi  titi  titi ta with a repeat sign after it then we act out the story.  FUN!!!! Another one for those who cannot use anything "Halloween-y". Is that a word.. *sigh* I love words!  :)  A lot of info here:
There is also a book to go along with the music
Order the book from Amazon here.  The story is perfectly told and you can listen to the music and tell the story. Book also comes with a CD that has 5 pieces including the title piece. 
5.  We Are Scary Skeletons
This is one of those wonderful songs the kids LOVE to act out!  From Jeff Kriske/Randy DeLelles (I love these guys and was so incredibly blessed to have them for levels courses!).  From page 9 of "Highlighting the Holidays" available from West Music here.  We practice walking like "scary skeletons" first, then change the words to "We are silly skeletons" then I ask the students for suggestions.. clowns, ladies in high heels, clown feet, horse skeletons, dog skeletons (pick your favorite animal skeleton, etc.)  HYSTERICAL!!!
6. Danse Macabre  
I love this music!! This video is old school but works beautifully!

7.  Halloween Rhythms
I have two of these, one with quarters/eighths and the other with sixteenths/quarter/eighths.  They look like this:

8.  Sing Me a Monster and the book, "If You're a Monster and You Know It"
I blogged about this activity here. 
The book is available from here.  Honestly, the book is SO stinking cute.. ya gotta have it!!

Ok... there are SO many other activities and songs I do but these are probably my absolute favorites!  Have fun!!!


  1. Thanks for the great ideas! I LOVE that Monster book idea! I've never seen it!

    1. LOVE that book.. SO cute.. and my art teacher makes monsters with the kids that look like the monsters in the book!! Hysterical!!

  2. I LOVE your "Pass the Pumpkin" song. Just used it with Kindergarten this past week and they loved it- it fit perfectly with the season AND we were practicing steady beat so it fit perfectly with the concepts I wanted to teach as well! And now I am definitely off to check out the monster book- that looks so stinkin' cute. Thanks for sharing! #fermatafridays


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