The Tuesday 12: 12 Terrifyingly Terrific Halloween Poems

12 halloween poems

In this week’s edition of The Tuesday 12, we’ll be looking at 12 terrifying terrific Halloween poems! I’ve tried to include spooky poems for various grade levels, so that this can be a resource for any teacher (or parent)!  Just click on the title to be taken to the source.  Some poems are quite long, so I’ve included the first stanza and a link to the complete poem.

1. The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—
    While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
“’Tis some visiter,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door—
            Only this and nothing more.”

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2. The Pumpkins Are Here (Tune The Farmer in the Dell)

The pumpkins are here;
The pumpkins are there.
The pumpkins, the pumpkins
are everywhere.
The pumpkins are up;
the pumpkins are down.
The pumpkins, the pumpkins
are all around.
The pumpkins are in;
the pumpkins are out.
The pumpkins, the pumpkins
are all about.
The pumpkins are low;
the pumpkins are high.
The pumpkins, the pumpkins
all say,”Goodbye!”

3. House With No Windows by Richard Jones

(I can’t copy the poem here, as I need permission to do so, but you MUST click on the poem title to be brought to the page…all three poems are so creepy and spine-tingling!  My grade 8s would love them!)

4. Halloween is Nearly Here by Kenn Nesbitt 

Halloween is nearly here.
I’ve got my costume planned.
It’s sure to be the most horrific
outfit in the land.

If you should see me coming
you may scream and hide your head.
My get-up will, I guarantee,
fill every heart with dread.

My costume may cause nightmares.
Yes, my mask may stop your heart.
You might just shriek and wet yourself,
then squeamishly depart.

And yet, I won’t be dressing as
you might expect me to.
I will not be a vampire
or ghost that hollers “boo!”

I won’t look like a werewolf
or a goblin or a ghoul,
or even like a slimy blob
of deadly, dripping drool.

I will not be a zombie
or some other horrid creature.
No, this year I’ll be much, much worse…
I’m dressing as a teacher.

Copyright © 2010 Kenn Nesbitt
All Rights Reserved

5. Song of the Witches By William Shakespeare

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble.
Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the caldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg and howlet’s wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble.
Cool it with a baboon’s blood,
Then the charm is firm and good.

NOTES: Macbeth: IV.i 10-19; 35-38

6. The Cremation of Sam McGee by Robert Service

There are strange things done in the midnight sun
By the men who moil for gold;
The Arctic trails have their secret tales
That would make your blood run cold;
The Northern Lights have seen queer sights,
But the queerest they ever did see
Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge
I cremated Sam McGee.

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7. Mr. Macklin’s Jack O’Lantern by David McCord

Mr. Macklin takes his knife
And carves the yellow pumpkin face:
Three holes bring eyes and nose to life,
The mouth has thirteen teeth in place.
Then Mr. Macklin just for fun
Transfers the corn-cob pipe from his
Wry mouth to Jack’s, and everyone
Dies laughing! O what fun it is
Till Mr. Macklin draws the shade
And lights the candle in Jack’s skull.
Then all the inside dark is made
As spooky and as horrorful
As Halloween, and creepy crawl
The shadows on the tool-house floor,
With Jack’s face dancing on the wall.
O Mr. Macklin! where’s the door?

8. Hallowe’en is Coming Soon
(can be sung to the tune of London Bridge)

Hallowe’en is coming soon, coming soon, coming soon,
Hallowe’en is coming soon,
Oh, what fun!

Black cats sitting on a fence, on a fence, on a fence,
Black cats sitting on a fence,
Meow! Meow! Meow!

Owl’s a-hooting in the trees, in the trees, in the trees,
Owl’s a-hooting in the trees,
Whoo! Whoo! Whoo!

Witches flying on their brooms, on their brooms, on their brooms,
Witches flying on their brooms,
Eee! Eee! Eee!

Jack o’lanterns grin at you, grin at you, grin at you,
Jack o’lanterns grin at you,
Oh! Oh! Oh!

Hallowe’en is coming soon, coming soon, coming soon,
Hallowe’en is coming soon,
Oh, what fun!

9. Skeleton Parade by Jack Prelutsky

The skeletons are out tonight,
they march about the street,
With bony bodies, bony heads
and bony hands and feet.
Bony bony bony bones
with nothing in between,
Up and down and all around
they march on Halloween.


10. Three Black Cats

Three black cats, three black cats,
In black hats, in black hats.
They all jumped into the Halloween brew,
They teased the ghosts and the goblins too.
Did you ever hear such a hullabaloo
On Halloween?

11. This is Halloween by Dorothy Brown Thompson

Goblins on the doorstep,
Phantoms in the air,
Owls on witches’ gate posts,
Giving stare for stare.

Cats on flying broomsticks,
Bats against the moon,
Stirring round of fate-cakes,
With a solemn spoon.

Whirling apple parings,
Figures draped in sheets,
Dodging, disappearing,
Up and down the streets.

Jack-o’-lanterns grinning,
Shadows on a screen,
Shrieks and starts and laughter–
This is Halloween!

12. What Witches Do

The witches don their pointed hats,
The witches croak and croon,
The witches ride their broomsticks,
Away beyond the moon.

The witches don their flowing cloaks,
The witches stir their brew.
The witches chant their magic spells,
All the dark hours through.

The witches stroke their big black cats,
They comb their locks of gray,
Yet when the first faint daylight comes.
The witches hide away.


Check out the Halloween section on because it has tons of spooky poems, ideas for poet costumes, a poetry haunted house and a special educator’s section!

Check back next week for another installment of The Tuesday 12! Next week, I’ll be sharing 12 YouTube clips of some of these Halloween poems…perfect for you to share with your class on Halloween!

The Tuesday 12: 12 Spooktastic Halloween Crafts Your Students Will Love!

12 spooktacular crafts

In this week’s edition of The Tuesday 12, we’re looking at Halloween activities that your students will love! It may seem a bit early for Halloween, but if you’re anything like me, you’ll want to plan ahead and get everything ready to create a spooky and cool classroom! Click on each image to be brought to the original source (many of these sites have great tutorials!).

1. “Name” Skeletons…I love the personalized touch!



2. Characters made from toilet paper or paper towel rolls…I love how this is an upcycled craft activity! Just use any leftover materials that you have handy!

toilet paper monsters

3. Colourful bats! These bats are so cute and the supplies are probably already in your classroom!

Plastic-Plate Ghoulies

4. Painted paper rolls…another upcycled craft! Instead of using felt, fold and paint toilet paper and paper towel rolls to create these cute characters.  This could also be a great way to make characters for reader’s theatre or puppet shows.

5. Beautiful pumpkins! Can you believe these pumpkins are just strips of patterned paper? So simple, yet so creative!

6. A great collaborative project for the class! I can see students each taking on a different scene from a Halloween story or poem! They look stunning together!

7. Monster can heads…another upcycled craft! Have students bring in an empty, clean can and transform that can into a cool Halloween character with just a few supplies! Students can each make different characters…vampires, mummies, witches, goblins, ghosts…

Halloween Craft - Recycling Craft - Frankie the Friendly Frankenstein Can

8. Craft stick mummies! So cute!



9. Such an awesome ghost! I especially love how it can stand on its own! Step-by-step directions are included:


ghost by love and laundry

10. Paper pumpkin ornaments! These would be beautiful to hang all over your class..if your fire code permits, mine doesn’t allow this 🙁

DIY Craft: Paper Pumpkin Ornaments

11. Glass jar Jack O’Lanterns! Another great upcycled craft! Instead of cutting open a messy pumpkin, students use tissue paper, glue, construction paper, and paint to make their very own Jack O’Lantern!

glass jack o lantern


12.  And, of course, some hand and foot print crafts for the little ones!

Create these easy halloween crafts using your children's handprints and footprints.

I didn’t realize how many of these crafts recycle and reuse materials! An easy way to remind students to be more environmentally conscious when making crafts!

Don’t forget to visit next week for another edition of The Tuesday 12!

Substitute Teachers ~ What you should leave for your substitute

What do you leave as plans when you are away? How about in your folder as information to the substitute teacher?

First, let me start by saying that substitute teachers are educated, knowledgeable and also teachers.  This post is not meant to say that substitute teachers are not capable teachers, rather they are part of our profession and deserve to be part of the collaborative process as well.

Let’s face it though, they are not the regular classroom teacher, they do not know the processes, procedures to our classroom or our school and they may not even know the structure/floor plan of the school we work at.    This is a time of transition and the more information we can give our substitute the better it is for us (when we return), for the substitute teacher and for our students.

At the beginning of the year, I prepare a package for general information that does not need to be prepared again unless changes have occurred.  I call it my “Go to Folder”.  This folder should help anyone understand how the school functions, how your classroom functions and how you want things accomplished while away.

The general items I include in my folder are the following:

  • A master schedule
  • A list of supervision duties (including exits and entrances)
  • A classroom seating chart
  • A floor plan of the school showing where the emergency exits are and the alternate exits
  • A fire drill list for roll call (I also include lists for times when I have other students (rotary) ; you may teach different periods therefore for each period you should have a list)
  • A list of students that take the school bus
  • A list of procedures for washroom breaks, drink breaks, lunch breaks
  • Procedures for lock down situations and location of spare key to lock the door
  • Procedures for fire situations and where to gather after exiting
  • A teacher name and room number located close by that my substitute can ask for help or clarification
  • A breakdown of classroom discipline procedures and the paperwork (reporting forms) connected with this
  • Important students information, for example Peanut Allergies, or a kidney infection requiring multiple washroom visits
  • A form for the substitute to report back to you the events of the day

I always prepare detailed lesson plans with all photocopies that are required. These are specific to that day and are not emergency plans or general plans.

There are some instances where there is an emergency and you do not have the time to leave detailed plans.  In this instance, the substitute can have access to my emergency plans.  At my school, these are held in the main office and 3 full days of emergency plans are prepared.   I tend to never use these plans but they are always good to have on hand.

What do you leave for your substitute?

Let us know what you include to ensure the safety and consistency we all strive to have in our classrooms.


Guest Post: Concepts About Print

Today we have our first guest post on!

The following post is written by Reena Kumar, a phenomenal teacher who specializes in primary education and has spent the last few years teaching grade 1 and a grade 1/2 split!  She brings her expertise in primary education with this post on “Concepts  About Print”, which includes a sample “Morning Message” routine!  Thanks so much, Reena!

Concepts about print

  • Concepts about print are the conventions used in reading and written language, they are conventions ‘about’ the written language, not the language itself.
  • Concepts of print (for English) include such things as :
    • Knowing that letters make words and words make sentences.
    • Spatial and visual items such as spaces between letters symbolize separate words.
    • Directional knowledge such as how to hold a book, which way to turn the pages, moving from left to right, sweeping down and back to the next line.
    • Understanding beginning/middle/ first/last kinds of words and how they relate to reading.

For Junior/Senior Kindergarten (Children ages 3-5)

Routine daily activity: Morning message

  • The morning message is a routine activity built into the daily schedule that gives children an opportunity to practice various concepts of print (as well as communicating a special message to the children). Since this activity would be done daily, it would allow for a gradual shift from teacher modeling towards student practice.
  • The teacher should start off by writing simple daily messages that follow a predictable pattern. This predictability will also strengthen sight word acquisition and the understanding that print carries a message.
  • The teacher should use a pointer/magic wand to clearly point to each word as it is being read, and encourage the children to read along.
  • Before reading the teacher should ask and model where to start reading, which way to move, how to move to the next line etc. Introducing and practicing directional words on a daily basis.
  • After the message has been read the students can be asked to do various activities with the message that reinforce the teaching point of the day.
    • For example :
      • Who can put a green dot in the place where we start reading from ? Circle a word, circle a letter, circle the letter ‘b’ etc..
      • The questions can gradually increase in complexity as the students master certain concepts of print.

Parent Communication: Sharing Good News!

Do you sometimes feel that you only communicate with parents when you need to inform them about a problem with their child?  Teachers communicate with parents on a regular basis regarding areas where students are struggling, incomplete homework, behaviour issues, or simply suggestions for students to improve their study skills. Speaking to students and informing parents about these issues is extremely important in order to ensure that students are successful both academically, behaviourally, and socially.

It’s so important, however, to communicate good news to both students and their parents.  Wouldn’t it be great for students to receive a letter home that lets their parents know that they did a great job working with their group that day, welcoming a new student to the class, or assisting a peer with their studies?  I know my students love to receive praise for actions that they did not think that I had noticed.  Although my sons are still young, I know that I would appreciate their teachers letting me know all the great things they are doing, instead of focusing only on areas for improvement.

Here’s a FREE printable to help you communicate good news home to parents! Just click on the image below:

Don’t forget to keep track of your parent communication by using our handy “Parent Communication Log”!


Parent Night ~ A few tips

As we are well on our way within the school year, it is time to start and to also continue to build a collaborative relationship with the parents, caregivers, and guardians of the students we teach.  These nights are not interviews but a way to build the spirit of community and also a way to open the lines of communication.  Parents need to understand what happens in the classroom and within the school. Furthermore, they do want to hear and understand what their child will be learning in our classrooms.   As teachers we need to be prepared, organized and sometimes advocates for the classroom and school.   How we go about this is dependent on what you feel comfortable with on how to deliver your information.  My first few years, I always chatted with parents and gave them a general overview of the curriculum but found that discussions were not meaningful and we both (parents and I) were going through the motions. Over time I have found that creating a Power Point presentation serves this purpose rather efficiently.  I am one of the fortunate ones where I have a dedicated Smart Board for my classroom.  I truly enjoy using this medium, as it gives parents the opportunity to visually see what and how one is utilized.  When I begin my presentation, I give parents the opportunity to write their names on the Smart Board in an effort to involve them and understand how technology has developed.   Furthermore, this allows me to know who they are (as sometimes we have never met previously).  My presentation lasts about 2-3 minutes but the use of the Smart Board does not end there.  For the rest of the time, I have stations set up where parents can attempt different activities based on the curriculum that students will be delving into throughout the year.  I utilize an already prepared task for parents to work through on the Smart Board (Probability activities and Geometry activities lend themselves well to this type of center).  Other centers include a Language Arts activity, a short Web Quest on the classroom computers (if you have any) which could be Science, Geography or History based, and for Catholic teachers a center at the prayer table.  All the while, the experience is interactive.  Furthermore, when parents are ready to leave, I have a handout where I give them a write up of classroom expectations, a classroom schedule, a list of supplies required for students, an overview for each subject that I teach, any trips/excursions in the works, and my contact information.  I find that providing this type of information as a hard copy allows for them to be fully informed and a quick reference for their personal use at home.  In addition, there is a letter asking for anyone to volunteer in the classroom, or donate materials or books for the classroom.  I know some teachers provide a parting gift, something as simple as a labeled candy (it’s sweet to teach your child) or a water bottle with a label stating (meeting you has been refreshing!).

What have you done or are planning to do?  Please share and comment as together we can prepare fantastic starts to successful years!