The 13 Nights of Halloween

You've heard of the Twelve Days of Christmas.

When I taught first grade, we celebrated the Thirteen Nights of Halloween.  I am looking forward to introducing this fun activity to Little Man for the very first time this Halloween! I just know he's going to love it!

For the last 13 days of October (we'll begin on October 19 and finish on October 31!), the Phantom Ghost of Halloween will leave Little Man a mysterious letter along with a clue about a Halloween picture to find around the house.  So each morning when he wakes up, he will know that he will be hunting around the house for something spooky.


Our letter in the morning (on Day 10, for example) might say something like:

Dear Little Man,

On the 10th day of Haunted Halloween, I give you 10 skeletons rattling, 9 bats a-flying, 8 werewolves howling, 7 lizards creeping, 6 spinning spiders, 5 pounds of worms, 4 cackling witches, 3 jack-o-lanterns, two hairy toads, and a spooky owl in a gnarled tree.

Have a spooky day!

The Phantom Ghost of Halloween

And then we will go hunt down the picture of the 10 skeletons to add to the collection of other pictures found from the previous days!

Here are all the spooky things that Little Man will be hunting down:

         Day 1 - A spooky owl in a gnarled tree

         Day 2 - Two hairy toads

         Day 3 - Three jack-o-lanterns

         Day 4 - Four cackling witches

         Day 5 - Five pounds of worms

         Day 6 - Six spiders spinning

         Day 7 -Seven lizards creeping

         Day 8 - Eight werewolves howling

         Day 9 - Nine bats a-flying

         Day 10 - Ten skeletons rattling

         Day 11 - Eleven black cats hissing

         Day 12 - Twelve vampires nibbling

         Day 13 - Thirteen ghosts a-booing

And guess what??  I scanned all of my files (I colored them myself!), so if you're interested, you can download your very own--and you won't even have to color your own!  Just print on cardstock and laminate for durability!

The bats and skeletons clip art are DJ Inkers.

Clip art designs &/or fonts copyright Dianne J Hook. Used with permission from DJ Inkers.  LOVE DJ Inkers!


You can download your own 13 Nights of Halloween here.

A little head's up:  When you click the link, Google Docs will take you to a page that says "Preview Unavailable."  Don't panic!  Click Download and you will be taken to the PDF document including all the pictures and the master list.

I hope you enjoy these!

It's just one more way to "spookify" your 2011 Halloween!

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  1. Great idea! Love the 13 Nights of Halloween, thank you for sharing the file!! Happy Friday!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing these! This is such a great idea and so cute!

  3. Okay, totally going to have to do this with my little guy. He would LOVE this!! Thanks for always being so generous and sharing your ideas and printables with us, Alison!

  4. How fun! Thank you so much for sharing. I love teaching my little guy and your packets and ideas al;ways make it so much more fun!

  5. Ruth waltman says

    You have such awesome ideas! I’m so glad I found your blog!

  6. Such a CUTE idea! I have 6 boys who will love doing this…well the younger ones for sure! THANK you so much!

  7. Alison, this is a great idea to use with younger kids. I just finished reading this exact book (13 Nights of Halloween by Rebecca Dickinson) to my class of 3rd graders today. Wish I had had your printables to accompany my lesson. 🙂 I have my kids rewrite this story and then we make a class book. I like how you adapted this for younger kiddos. Thanks for sharing!

  8. This is awesome!!!


  9. I love this idea . . .but sometimes I’m kinda slow LOL You hide the printable, right? So the kid(s) are looking for that laminated page somewhere in the house? Sometimes I SOOOOOO over complicate things in my head!!

  10. This is so cute!! Thank you so much for sharing this….and for the download!!! I love this idea and the advent books as well. Is there anything you can’t do?!! lol U R Awesome!!! Thanks again!!

  11. Alison! How clever and cute is this????? Thank you for sharing!


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