The Tuesday 12: 12 Frightfully Fantastic Halloween Poetry Clips from YouTube!

12 halloween clips

Last week’s edition of The Tuesday 12 provided 12 terrifyingly terrific Halloween poems!  This week, I will be providing you with some excellent YouTube clips that will bring these poems alive in your class! Prepare to be spooked!

1. Johnny Cash reciting “The Cremation of Sam McGee” by Robert Service

2. 8 minute short 35 mm film of “The Cremation of Sam McGee” by Robert Service

3. “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe on The Simpsons’ Treehouse of Terror

4. Shakespeare’s Three Witches from Macbeth on Sesame Street (too cute and a great lesson on co-operation!)

5. Jack Prelutsky Presents It’s Halloween

6. Animation of “I’m not afraid of the dark” by Kenn Nesbitt

7. “The Scary Song” by The Learning Station

8. “Five Little Pumpkins” by kdpteacher

9. “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe

10. “Halloween Song” by KIBOOMU

11. A-Z of Halloween by RandMPublishing

12. Ten Little Monsters by TheLearningStation

Have a safe and happy Halloween! Check back next week for another edition of The Tuesday 12!

Halloween activities on Bitstrips!

In one of our previous posts, we discussed Bitstrips – one of many great programs that you can engage in online with your students. This site allows you and your students to create fun, personalized characters which you can then further create a comic strip for. I was just recently updated that Bitstrips now has some cool, fun and interesting activities for halloween that you may definitely be able to introduce to and engage in with your students. Anywhere from creating a scene from your favorite halloween movie or story, to making greeting cards, sharing safety rules and fun ‘trick or treat’ stories – you can find it all on Bitstrips! Yet another fun thing to do with your students during this years Halloween! While you are there, I am sure you will find many other great uses for this program, especially once you see just how much your students enjoy it!

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.”

Click to continue reading…

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.

click to continue reading…

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!