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Kooky Spooky Nursery Rhyme Songs for Preschool

written by: Lisa King • edited by: Wendy Finn • updated: 10/16/2013

Traditional nursery rhymes continue to be entertaining and educational for young children. Teach your students some kooky, spooky songs for a nursery rhyme theme for preschool. Kids will love singing about witches, ghosts and pumpkins while learning important language skills.

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    Why Nursery Rhymes and Songs?

    Nursery rhymes and songs continue to play a huge role in teaching small children music and phonetic awareness. The rhythm of predictable rhymes help children’s reading and speaking skills -- these can be advanced so they can decode written text and become fluent readers.

    Nursery rhymes are silly and entertaining which keeps the child focused. Small children learn through play and rhyming is just that. For this reason nursery rhyme songs are an excellent tool for teaching thematic units. Rhymes can be used to teach math, science and social studies in addition to language. Children will love learning the old traditional rhymes along with these Halloween-themed ones.

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    Casper the Ghost Had a Spooky House

    OWL MOSAIC 001 Looking for a new Halloween nursery rhyme song for your preschool class? Your students will love singing about witches, ghosts and spooky things to the tune of the classic, "Old McDonald Had a Farm."

    Casper the Ghost Had a Spooky House (Old McDonald Had a Farm)

    Casper the Ghost had a spooky house,

    Ooky, Kooky, Boo!

    And in that house there lived a witch,

    Ooky, Kooky, Boo!

    With a cackle-cackle here,

    And a cackle-cackle there,

    Here a cackle, there a cackle,

    Everywhere a cackle-cackle

    Casper the Ghost had a spooky house,

    Ooky, Kooky, Boo!

    Casper the Ghost had a spooky house,

    Ooky, Kooky, Boo!

    And in that house there lived an owl,

    Ooky, Kooky, Boo!

    With a whoooo here, and a woooo there,

    Here a whoooo, there a whoooo,

    Everywhere and whoooo, whooooo.

    Casper the Ghost had a spooky house,

    Ooky, Kooky, Boo!

    Continue with a ghost, (oooooh) black cat (meooow), monster (booo, booo) creaky door ( screetch) mouse ( squeeak) etc.

    By, Lisa King

    Math Activity:

    After singing the song, the teacher can use a felt board, haunted house, witches, ghosts, and cats etc. to help children practice counting skills. Sing the song again, only this time state a specific number of witches, cats etc. For example in that house there lived three witches, two cats etc. Designate a child to place the correct number of witches, cats etc. on the haunted house on the felt board.

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    Five Little Witches

    Five little witches flying through the air.

    The first one said “Catch me if you dare."

    The second one said I’ll race you to the moon.

    The third one said “I’ll see you soon."

    The fourth one said “Come on lets zoom."

    The fifth one “I need a new broom."

    Then Whoooo went the wind

    And out went the lights,

    And the five little witches flew out of sight.

    By, Lisa King

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    Halloween Evening Song

    This is a great Halloween song to teach a Halloween safety lesson and remind children not to over indulge. After singing "Halloween Evening" have children dress up in their Halloween costumes or make masks and take your kids trick or treating around the school. Check with teachers and have students go from room to room collecting candy, pencils, or other small toys.

    Halloween Evening (Here we go round the Mulberry Bush)

    Here we walk round the neighborhood,

    the neighborhood, the neighborhood.

    Here we walk round the neighborhood,

    On a Halloween evening.

    We dress up like ghosts and witches

    Ghosts, and witches, ghost and witches.

    We dress up like ghosts and witches

    on a Halloween evening.

    We knock on the door and say trick or treat

    Trick or treat, trick or treat.

    We knock on the door and say trick or treat on a Halloween evening.

    The people give us lots of candy, lots of candy, lots of candy.

    The people give us lots of candy,

    on a Halloween evening.

    We go back home and eat the candy,

    Eat the candy, eat the candy.

    We go back home and eat the candy,

    on a Halloween evening.

    Oh, no we have a belly ache, a belly ache, a belly ache.

    Oh, no we have a belly ache,

    on a Halloween evening.

    We shut off the lights and say good night, say good night, say good night.

    We shut off the lights and say good night,

    on a Halloween evening.

    By, Lisa King

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    Pumpkin, Pumpkin on the Vine

    Children will love investigating pumpkins and creating their own jack-o-lanterns after singing this song.

    Pumpkin, Pumpkin on the Vine ( Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)

    Pumpkin, pumpkin on the vine,

    How would you like to shine?

    Sitting on the ground so low,

    I can make you shimmer and glow.

    I will carve a mouth, eyes and nose.

    Insert a candle and watch you glow.

    Pumpkin, pumpkin on the vine,

    How would you like to shine?

    By, Lisa King

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    Additional Nursery Rhymes

    In addition to these Halloween nursery rhymes students will love singing, dancing and repeating more traditional rhymes located at the Nursery Rhymes 4U website. Hubbards Cupboard also has cool crafts, activities and songs for a nursery rhyme theme for preschool (see references for details). Bright Hub is another great place to find traditional nursery rhymes such a "Mary Had a Little Lamb," "Hickory, Dickory, Dock," and more along with great activities to go with them.

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