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Story Time: Goodnight Goon


Story Time: Goodnight Goon - Crafts, actvities, printables, and a recipe to go with the Halloween picture book

I don’t care who you are, if you’ve ever read Goodnight Moon with your littles and you like Halloween, you Have To Own This Book.  Don’t think for a moment I bought it for my kids.  This one is All Mine.

Because it’s awesome.

I squealed when I saw Goodnight Goon in the store. 

Squealed, y’all.  Because I do love a parody, especially one that involves Halloween-y stuff.  And this one?  Oh. Yeah.  It has the stuff.

I’ve been looking forward to this for weeks, so let’s get to it.


Let’s write some poetry of our own, shall we?  Here’s a spooktacular printable for your little to write his or her own goodnight poem on!

Goodnight Poem Printable for Story Time: Goodnight Goon


Here’s a fun Monster Math printable full of addition and subtraction problems!

Monster Math Printable for Story Time: Goodnight Goon


We’re going to make a mummy in Crafts, so I thought it would be cool to do a mummification experiment.  Unfortunately, this one takes a week to get results, but it’s so cool it’ll be worth it.

Apple Mummies

In Ancient Egypt (and even before that), the dead were preserved in order to enjoy the afterlife with full use of their bodies.  But it took some time.  Remember, our bodies are roughly 70% water.  So all that water has to be removed from the body before it will preserve.  At first, the Egyptians covered the body with a salt and wrapped it in bandages, but over time the process became more sophisticated.  For our purposes, that’s about all we need to know, but it would be very cool to get some books about mummies to look at with your littles as part of the lesson.  I recommend DK’s Eyewitness Mummy because it rocks.

Apple Mummies Experiment Supplies for Story Time: Goonight Goon

What you need:

Apple Mummy Experiment s for Story Time: Goonight Goon

What you do:

  • Cut the apple into 4 equal pieces that will fit easily in the cups (hint: we didn’t use the whole apple–we cut half the apple into four pieces and ate the other half. It was yummy.)
  • Label 3 of the cups like this:  Salt; Baking Soda; Salt and Baking Soda
  • You can label the 4th cup Control or just leave it blank.   That one will hold just an apple slice
  • Weight each apple piece on the kitchen scale before placing it in a cup
  • Note the apple piece’s weight on the worksheet
  • In the cup labeled Salt, pour salt over the apple piece until it’s completely covered
  • In the cup labeled Baking Soda, pour baking soda over the apple piece until it’s completely covered
  • Make a mixture of equal parts salt and baking soda
  • In the cup labeled Salt and Baking Soda, pour mixture over the apple piece until it’s completely covered
  • Don’t put anything but the apple piece in the control cup
  • Put the cups in a draft-free spot away from direct sunlight and leave for a week
  • After 7 days, carefully remove the apple pieces (keep track of which one comes from which cup!) and dust them off
  • Weigh the apple pieces again, noting the new weights on the table provided

Which chemical worked best at removing the water from the apple?  The apple that lost the most weight will give you the answer.


Salt Box Monsters Crafts for Story Time: Good Night Goon

If you’re like me, you’re recycling bin doubles as a craft bin.  I heart these little monsters, so I’m especially glad right now that I have trouble throwing anything out that can be upcycled.  The good news is you can get a box of salt for less than 50 cents, so even if you have to buy a few, just pour the salt in a jar or other container for later use and craft those puppies!

Salt Box Monsters-Frankenstein

Salt Box Frankenstein Craft Supplies for Story Time: Goodnight Goon

What you need:

  • 1 round salt box
  • Craft paint in green, black, red, white, and yellow
  • Small screws or bolts (optional)
  • Paint brushes

What you do:

  • Remove all the paper from your salt box
  • Paint everything but the top green

Painted Salt Box for Story Time: Goodnight Goon

  • Paint the top black, bringing it down to frame the area where your face will be
  • Paint on a face (you can google Frankenstein pics for this) We outlined the face in black and made yellow eyes with red veins
  • Use the tip of your screws to poke a hole into opposite sides of the box below the hair
  • Screw them into the box
  • That was easy

Salt Box Frankenstein for Story Time: Goodnight Goon

Salt Box Monsters-Mummy

Salt Box Mummy Supplies for Story Time: Goodnight Goon

What you need:

  • 1 round salt box
  • White crepe paper
  • Large googly eyes
  • Black craft paint
  • Craft glue

What you do:

  • Remove all the paper from your box

Painted Salt Box for Mummy for Story Time: Goodnight Goon

  • Paint it black
  • Once paint is dry, glue on googly eyes about 1/4 of the way down
  • Wrap the crepe paper around the box, leaving a space for the eyes to peek through
  • Glue in place

Salt Box Mummy for Story Time: Goodnight Goon


Oh. Yeah.  Yummy and spooky, just the way we like it.  And easy peasy.

Goodnight Goo

Goodnight Goo Recipe for Story Time: Goodnight Goon

What you need:

  • 1 pkg vanilla pudding (or any light-colored flavor, really)
  • 1 dozen chocolate sandwich cookies
  • Green food coloring

What you do:

  • Prepare pudding according to package directions, adding 10-12 drops food coloring with milk
  • Crush cookies
  • Add cookies to pudding mixture, stirring well
  • Told you it was easy

If you don’t do this Story Time this month with your littles, you are not my friend.  I am not trying to be harsh, it’s just this book is So Freaking Awesome and I want everyone to enjoy it as much as I do.

So be my friend.

Love wins,


KT Brison
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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys. Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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  1. I don’t have little kids anymore, but these look fun! Reading picture books was one of my favorite mom things to do!!

  2. Parodies are so much fun, and Goodnight Moon has certainly sparked some fun ones! Thanks for sharing this post at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com this week!
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  3. I hadn’t heard of Goodnight Goon, but I’m adding to our library list. I love how you incorporated math, science and reading with this book! Well Done!
    Erin @Nourishing My Scholar recently posted…Pumpkin Painting & Halloween Picture BooksMy Profile

    • Erin, if you could have seen me stop dead in the middle of the store with a look of pure, excited glee on my face when I saw this book…

      Needless to say, I had not heard of it before either. But I’m glad I have now! (And thanks for the sweet words.)

  4. I’m so glad I found your post! I love Halloween and I try to get book collections for each holiday, but I always struggle to find (what I classify as good books) for Halloween. Plus, the activities you included will be a ton of fun with my kiddo. Thank you!

    Lisa at Dreams and Caffeine
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  5. I love this post so much that I’m going to feature it on my #FanDayFriday post on 10/28. Once I get the post published I’ll make sure to send you the exact link! Thanks so much for a great idea to add to my Halloween round up!

  6. This is a great book and all of the activities look like a lot of fun!
    Michelle recently posted…Talk It Up Thursday #22My Profile

    • Thanks, Michelle! We had a blast doing all of them. Of course, my boys are sort of getting sick of me randomly popping up and reading the book aloud. They act like they’re teenagers or something. lol And no, I’m not going to stop.

  7. What a fun book and craft. It’s too bad my grands live further away. They would love everything. Thanks so much for sharing at Dishing It & Digging It.

  8. Like goodnight goon, We’re going on a ghost hunt is a cool spin off of We’re going on a bear hunt! (It’s actually better!)

    swapna recently posted…DIY Inside Out Halloween Costumes (Practical Mondays #30)My Profile

  9. I love matching activities up with books like this! And you’re right, this book is so fun! Have a great week!

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