Halloween Literature for Sound Creation
Encouraging reading in all parts of the curriculum is valuable to our students which is why I have chosen these Halloween books to share. Many of them have great sound effects and silly words that can incorporate various musical instruments and singing. I read these Halloween stories for my kids every year and they never get old. That is the great part about books, you can NEVER date them! Enjoy!
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything
This book by Linda Williams, is a very cute Halloween story about a little old lady who goes out for a walk in the woods for she is not afraid of anything (according to the title). As she walks, she hears different pieces of clothing following her and she tells them she is not afraid of them. As the sounds grow and the amount of clothing grows (shoes, pants, shirt, pair of gloves, top hat, and pumpkin head) she begins to get scared and runs into her house and slams and locks the door. She uses her wit though to cleverly outwit her follower, and she turns out alright in the end.
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat
Lucille Colandro has created a spin-off of the classic song and book, There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly, only this time her menu differs. It is based on Halloween characters such as: a bat, an owl, a cat, a ghost, a goblin, some bones, and a wizard. This book can also be ordered with an accompanying audio CD which aids in the students’ singing. It teaches memory skills by using sequencing and it also uses backwards sequencing as well to make it more challenging. I have a lady puppet that I use for the “Fly” version, so I use her for this one but I have the students make the Halloween characters out of paper or foam. They then love to stick these items in her mouth and down her throat. It is kind of gruesome story but cute and hilarious in nature. Your kids will enjoy it too!
These Halloween stories will give you “monster-ous” results from the kids in your class for they will have gained reading comprehension skills and have made literary and music connections.
- Williams, Linda. The Little Old lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything. HarperCollins, 1998.
- Author's own teaching experience
- Colandro, Lucille. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat. Scholastic Inc. 2005.
- Images courtesy of Amazon
This post is part of the series: Halloween in Music: Songs, Activities, and Books for Classroom Use
- Howl for Halloween! – Classroom Song Ideas and Lyrics
- Are You Afraid of the Dark? 4 Halloween Activities for the Music Classroom
- Cackles, Creaks, Moans and Groans: Musical Stories for Halloween Fun