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!