Halloween Parties

October 17, 2008 at 12:51 pm | Posted in Children's Classes | Leave a comment
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I have done a few Halloween parties already this year. It is so great to see all the kids dressed up in their costumes and having fun. Some of the parties have been really fantastic. I thought you might like to see one of my party plans.

Sample Party Plan:

Here is a sample party plan that I did, and hopefully it will give you some ideas to plan your party:

1. Hello and Warm up:  warming up and chanting Happy Halloween and Trick or Treat.

2. Walk Like a Ghost: a fun simple Halloween song that is a free download at the Dream English site. First I review the Halloween characters using the MES English free flashcards.

3. Count pumpkins with the kids and sing Let’s Count: I use toy pumpkins, but maybe you can find the real thing. We count ten of them then sing Let’s Count 1 to 10, another free download.

4. Introduce the Students: I ask them different questions depending on their age. Usually though its “What’s your name? How old are you? What color do you like? Do you like ghosts? What are you for Halloween?” The kids at my parties are usually between 2-9 years old.

5. Break Time- very important if you are doing a longer party. Give yourself a rest!

6. Book Reading: My favorite book to read at Halloween parties is Go Away Big Green Monster by Edward R. Emberley, because you can have the kids read along with you very easily and say, “Go Away!”

7. Eyeball Race: not a lot of English used in this game, but kids love it. Simply paint some small balls like eyes, make 2 teams and have them race from one side of the room to the other holding the balls (eyes) on a spoon.

8. Trick or Treat I Like Candy Song: For this song I put the kids into 4 groups the “I like candy, I like apples, I like chocolate and I like cake” groups. In the song when it says for example, ” I like candy” those kids stand up and sing the song. You can get this song on the Dream English site in the Halloween Pack, it’s not a free download but I think worth the $1.99 : )

9. Trick or Treating: If there is a door I stand behind it and ask the kids to knock on it and say trick or treat. I also usually ask them what they are for Halloween, then give them candy. Though you can also give them a sticker, or fruit, anything is ok.

10. Goodybe Song: by this time I am usually pretty exhausted, and this is a great send off!

Ok, I hope that give you some great ideas. Some other sites I recommend for Halloween ideas and preparation are MES English-free flashcards and worksheets, 123 Listening-free listening exercises for Halloween with matching worksheets (you might recognize the voice : ) , and of course Dream English- Songs.

This was a long post, but I have a lot going on in the next few weeks and probably won’t be able to post for awhile. I want to thank everyone who has been reading this blog, I am amazed by your support! Happy Singing! Matt

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