October is one of my favorite months of the year. I love all things Fall including Halloween. I like to embrace my student’s excitement about the holiday and use it to help them learn. There are so many amazing Halloween stories out there, but today I’m going to share my Top 10 Halloween Read Aloud Stories.
1. Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
This is hands down my FAVORITE Halloween book! I love to use my loud silly voice to share this story. The witch keeps losing things while flying through the air, so she lands on the ground and different animals help her find them. She lets them join her broom and continues on her ride. I love that she makes more room for friends. As an added bonus, it is a rhyming story. We work on rhyming with this story, make a fun craft, and review several comprehension strategies. This book also makes a great gift for someone getting a new library.
2. The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams
This Old Lady isn’t afraid until the pants, shirts, and things start following her through the forest. Every year I pass out pants, shirts, hats, pumpkin heads, and so on to my students before reading the story. Then, while I read, they get to become active participants in the book. It is always a hit.
3. Spookley the Square Pumpkin by Joe Troiano
This story hits on many of my heartstrings. I love the message in the story that it is ok to be different. Spookley saves the day because he is square and not round. I always think of my Charlie girl and how amazing she is! I’m so thankful she blessed us with her extra chromosome. We make pumpkins in all different shapes and designs.
4. Froggy’s Halloween by Jonathon London
I love to revisit characters throughout the year and Froggy is one of them. The kids think he is hysterical. This story depicts how excitement can sometimes lead to being distracted. This is a great conversation starter. We love to make Froggy and Frogilina and discuss problem and solution.
5. Scaredy-Cat, SPLAT! By Rob Scotton
Splat is afraid of spiders, so he decides to be a spider for Halloween. He really wants to win the scariest costume award. I won’t spoil the ending for you, but this story is adorable. We talk about things that scare us and what we do to make our “scaries” go away. I love reading other Splat books throughout the year and revisiting the characters again.
6. Hallo-Wiener by Dav Pilkey
Hallo-Wiener has been a classic read aloud in our room for years. The other dogs think Oscar is silly in his hot dog costume. They make fun of him until he saves the day. This story lends itself to being kind and treating others the way you want to be treated. We make Oscar in a hot dog costume and work on sequencing and character analysis. We end the lesson playing a few math games, matching the costumes to the wiener dogs and making a class book.
7. Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds
This hysterical story is about a patch of carrots that outsmart Jasper the rabbit. They scare him enough that he builds a fence around the patch so the carrots will not get out and scare him anymore. In the end, the carrots have the last laugh. We use this story to work on main idea and details and sequencing. We also design our own creepy carrots.
8. Gustavo the Shy Ghost by Flavia Z. Drago
Gustavo really wants to make friends, but he is shy, and no one ever sees him. One day he decides to invite the monsters to his violin concert. This one invitation changes everything for him and his new-found friends. I love the illustrations, the story of friendship, and the discussion this story brings to the classroom. It is the perfect book to discuss what it means to be shy, and what talents we all have that make us special.
9. Pig the Monster by Aaron Blabey
Pig the Pug is always up to no good. This story is silly and will make your kids laugh like no other. It is a great story to discuss respect, kindness, and making good choices. My students love dressing Pig up for Halloween by either making him a clown or a pirate. Of course you can’t leave Trevor out with this sweet unicorn costume. Students could also use the dog patterns and get creative and dress them up in whatever they want using scrap paper and other goodies.
10. The Good, the Bad, & the Spooky by Jory John
I love all stories by Jory John and his amazing characters. In this story, the Bad Seed is worried about finding the best costume for Halloween. Eventually, a pumpkin seed comes along to teach him that Halloween is more than costumes and candy. It is an excellent story about worrying less about things that don’t matter and having a good attitude. We love to make the seed dressed up in his squirrel costume.
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Not only do we enjoy these fun Halloween read aloud stories, but we love to do a few other activities to celebrate. Throughout the month we go on several haunted house adventures with my Halloween Movement Breaks. We also make two delicious snacks Monster in a Cup and Witch’s Brew in October too. On the morning of Halloween, we Solve the Mystery of the Missing Candy. They love to be detectives and solve the task cards to find out who did it, where, and when.
Throughout the month we like to incorporate some digital activities too. We complete my digital Halloween activities, do an Escape Room once or twice a week on the SMART board, and work on my October google slides in math and literacy rotations. On Halloween afternoon, we play bingo by printing off the bingo boards and projecting my digital bingo board. It is so much fun.
We all need some fun Halloween read aloud stories and activities in our life. You can grab this Halloween freebie here.
I hope you have a “Spook”tacular Halloween.
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