Got a little that loves the shivers? In the Haunted House by Eve Bunting is a perfectly shivery book without being too shivery.
It walks your kids through a haunted house, complete with ghossts, witches, bats, and other ghoulish inhabitants. Then at the end, you see that it’s a fake haunted house.
Even better? The dad is much more scared than the little girl who has just walked through it. Which is pretty funny.
In the Haunted House Activities
I have to admit, Halloween Story Times are my favorite, and if you look through the big list of Story Times, there are probably more for Halloween books than any other holiday.
These activities are fun for little bitty kids or bigger kids and a great way to celebrate the holiday at home while learning some good stuff (because you know I’m all about learning while enjoying a good story).
Ghouls and goblins and creepy things sometimes have proper names, too. Let your kiddos practice their capitalization skills with this fun printable.
I love bats. I mean, a girl whose favorite holiday is Halloween is almost required to also love bats and spiders, and I do. To maybe an unhealthy level. When you get to be my age, they start calling it eccentric, okay? I’m not a weirdo.
This mini unit is full of bat information and has some fun puzzles for your kids to practice what they’ve learned.
Want to take an interweb tour of some really cool stuff about bats and bat culture? Visit The Art and Science of Bats on the Smithsonian website. You’ll spend hours. Your kids will thank you.
I love paper crafts, especially when you have cool tools to use with them. You don’t have to have awesome leaf lever punches to do this craft, but they’re so fun (I mean, I’m a grown up and I still get a certain satisfaction from pressing a lever and making a paper leaf) and they make adding autumn leaves to your haunted house super easy.
There is a LOT of cutting in this craft, so make sure your littles have the right size scissors. We’ve found Fiskars Student Scissors are best for bigger hands, but younger kids should use the Kid’s Scissors, because they’re smaller and safer.
You can make this craft easier or more difficult, depending on the ages of the kids making it, by using crayons to color the bat and jack-o-lantern templates instead of using them to cut the shapes from construction paper. We did a bit of both.
Haunted House Paper Craft
What you need:
- Lit Mama’s Haunted House Template
- White or grey card stock
- Yellow construction paper
- Black construction paper
- Orange Construction paper
- Red and brown construction paper (optional)
- Crayons (optional)
- Lia Griffith Lever Punch Mini Leaf by Fiskars (also optional but very, very cool)
What you do:
- Print out the Haunted House Template and cut out the house
- Cut out the windows, then cut the door out halfway, leaving one side attached to use for the hinge
- Glue the house onto the yellow construction paper
- Cut around the house so that the yellow only shows through the windows and doors
- Cut out moon template from yellow construction paper
- Place moon and house on black paper and arrange to your liking, then glue down
- Color house if you want to
- Color bats and jack-o-lanterns or use templates to cut them from black and orange construction paper
- Glue bats on moon, house, or wherever you think they look spooky
- Glue jack-o-lanterns to either side of door
- Glue a ghost peeking out of the door
- Add more ghosts, bats, and jack-o-lanterns to your haunted house
- If you have a leaf punch, use it to punch leaves from red, yellow, orange, and brown construction paper (you could always cut simple leaf shapes out if you don’t have a punch)
- Glue leaves around house to make it look like they’ve fallen from trees
Oh me. Oh my. There’s a reason I grow my own pumpkins. I totally could eat pumpkin-flavored food every day of the year. And these cookies are melt in your mouth goodness that should seriously be illegal. Plus, ghosts. And we’re haunting today!
Pumpkin Ghosts with Cream Cheese Frosting
For the frosting For the frosting
What You Need
What You Do
For the frosting
For the frosting
I just love autumn. Now I’m off to have a cup of apple cider with my pumpkin cookies.
Life. is. good.