This file includes Halloween, Halloween ABCs, Costumes, Ghosts, Ghouls and Goblins, and Jack O'Lanterns. Also see Halloween Poems, Autumn and Thanksgiving.
Note: Song lists about things involving Halloween are at the bottom of the page.

It's finally October! That means the cobwebs and dust in my house just became Halloween decorations.

Halloween Page Toppers

(Many of these page toppers were compiled by Jean Gifford. They are for free distribution only)

Halloween Phantom Idea

These are the things you will need to do:

  1. Make three copies of this letter and a phantom ghost for each (cut ghost shape out of white paper)
  2. Post the phantom on your door until Halloween. This will ward off the phantom ghost from returning to haunt you and yours.
  3. Then take a letter, a phantom and a treat, and deliver them to three houses that do not have a phantom posted.

'Tis better giving than receiving,
We all know this is true,
So show your love to all the world and remember,
Now the phantom is You!

The Halloween Witch

You leave your candy stash outside your bedroom door. In the morning, the candy is gone and a thank you gift is left in its place. The 'quality' of the gift depends on the quantity of candy left.
So . . . if you just leave a little bit you'll get a little gift. But if you leave a lot, you'll get a CD or a book or something like that!
The Halloween Witch eats all the candy instead of the child!

Halloween Page Ideas

Halloween Party Invitation

My sister made a cute invitation to a Halloween party. It was cut in the shape of a gravestone by rounding off the top of the paper. It was white with 1/2 inch black edging. At the top it said "R.S.V.P" instead of "R.I.P.". It also said "Halloween Party" and had black lines like the stone was cracked.
The inside was orange paper with various Halloween stickers around the invitation. Change things as needed to rhyme with your address, etc.

A costume party is what's happening
Cause we want to celebrate Halloween!
The time is 7:00, the place ________
Saturday, October 27, is the date.

There will be tricks and treats for all to share,
For you ghosts and goblins and those who dare
To come to this creepy Halloween bash,
To hear scary tunes like the Monster Mash.

We will play some games and also dance,
We will pick best costume, so take a chance.
Dress real cute or dress real spooky!
Dress real cool or dress real kooky!

Come as Frankenstein or a mutant Ninja!
Dracula or the famed Cleopatra?
Come real early and stay real late
Just please come to celebrate.

We will have witches brew and apples a bobbin'
So come on all you ghosts and goblins.
Don't forget the place to be
Is the _____ house - _______________.

R.I.P. (Oops! I mean R.S.V.P.)

Halloween Riddles

Q. Why don't witches like to ride their brooms when they're angry?
A. They're afraid of flying off the handle!

Q. Who did Frankenstein take to the prom?
A. His ghoul friend.

Q. What do ghosts serve for dessert?
A. Ice Scream.

Q. How do witches keep their hair in place while flying?
A. With scare spray.

Q. Why did the monster eat a light bulb?
A. Because he wanted a light snack.

Q. What kind of mistakes do spooks make?
A. Boo boos.

Q. Why couldn't Dracula's wife get to sleep?
A. Because of his coffin.

Q: What was the witches' favorite subject in school?
A: Spelling.

Q: Who was the most famous French skeleton?
A: Napoleon bone-apart

Q: Do zombies eat popcorn with their fingers?
A: No, they eat the fingers separately

Q: What do ghosts add to their morning cereal?
A: Booberries

Q: What is a vampire's favorite holiday?
A: Fangsgiving

Q: What did one ghost say to the other ghost?
A: "Do you believe in people?"

Q: Why do mummies have trouble keeping friends?
A: They're so wrapped up in themselves

Q: What kind of streets do zombies like the best?
A: Dead ends

Q: What is a ghost's favorite mode of transportation?
A: A scareplane

Q: What type of dog do vampire's like the best?
A: Bloodhounds

Q: What is a skeleton's favorite musical instrument?
A: A trombone

Q: What do birds give out on Halloween night?
A: Tweets

Q: Why do vampires need mouthwash?
A: They have bat breath

Q: What Do You Get When You Cross a Snowman With a Vampire?
A: Frostbite.

Halloween ABC's

(compiled by Denny Davis)

A - autumn, All Hallow's Eve, absolutely ____, anticipated annual event, amusing, apple cider, arachnophobia
B - Boo, broom, bats, black cats, bobbing for apples, bonfires, best night of the year, beware, bones
C - cider, celebration, carving pumpkins, candy, creepy, costumes, curious creatures, coffin
D - dressing up, darkness, devilment, disguises, decorations, danger
E - excitement, eager for darkness, enjoyment, enthusiasm, exhausted (at the end of the evening), eerie
F - frightful, face paint, fantastic fun, flashlights, fangs, fearful, Frankenstein, foolishness, fog
G - giggles and grins, glow in the dark, ghastly ghosts, goblins, guess who, the great pumpkin
H - haunted house, headless horseman, happiness, hilarious holiday, hex
I - I love Halloween, imagination, imps, inventive and interesting costumes, invitations to parties
J - Jack-o-Lantern, jelly beans, jokes, joy, junk food, juveniles
K - kids, kettle (witch), knocking on doors
L - lanterns, laughter, lollipops, lots of candy, loud noises
M - masks, mischief, mummy, monsters, magic, make believe, makeup, moonlight, mysterious, "Monster Mash"
N - neighborhood party, nice night, nifty treats, noisy, nonstop fun
O - October, orange pumpkins, outrageous costumes, outstanding ____
P - party, pumpkin, picking pumpkins, parade, phantoms, painted faces, pirate, potions, prizes
Q - quite scary, quaint customs, quest for candy
R - R.I.P, rascals, rambunctious
S - spooks, scary, skeletons, scream, sweets, shrieks, scarecrows, spider webs, special night, spooky, spells
T - Trick or Treat, thrilling, tiara, traditions, toads, tombstone
U - ugly witch, unbelievable ____, unforgettable, unique and unusual costumes
V - vampires, very ____, visitors, variety of disguises
W - wand, wicked witches. wacky costumes, whispers, wonderful ____
X - eXcitement, eXuberance, eXcellent ____
Y - yummy treats, yawns (after trick or treating), yearly ____, yells, yikes!, youngsters
Z - zooming around on a broom, zany, zesty, zippy

Masks and Costumes

Page Toppers

Easy Costume Idea

Halloween costume for computer geeks: Use fabric paint (or even a marker) to write on a t-shirt "Error 404: Costume not found".

Halloween Costume Stories

The most complicated costume I ever made was when my oldest granddaughter was seven. Staci, is very easy going. Usually you ask her what she wants to be for Halloween and she says "I don't know". Then you say "How would you like to be a clown?" and she says "Yeah, sure!"
However that year it was different. Her mother asked her what she wanted to be and she promptly replied "A medieval princess". So off we went to the store for pattern, fabric, etc. I spent considerable time cutting and sewing (I hate those leg-o'mutton sleeves) and gluing on beads, etc. Finally the dress, vest and headpiece were ready to try on.
At that point her mother asked how she knew she wanted to be a medieval princess.
She said it was just something she heard someone say.
Then her mother asked her how she knew what it was.
Staci said "Well, I didn't, but I knew it had to be pretty because princesses always are. And I thought it would not be as bad as a witch--just sort of "mid-evil".
She loved the costume in spite of the fact that she had no idea what she was really going to be.

A few years later my daughter's church was having a 'fall party'. They restrict the kind of costumes the kids can wear--no monsters, witches, ghosts, etc. They encourage costumes relating to historical or biblical characters.
When Jodi explained it to the girls, Kelsey (who was 10) said "I want to be the devil".
When Jodi told her that wasn't appropriate she said "Why not, he's all over the place in the bible?"

Halloween Joke (adult)

A couple was invited to a Halloween Party. She got a terrible headache and told her husband to go to the party alone. He protested, but she said there was no need of his good time being spoiled.

After taking an aspirin and sleeping for an hour, the wife awakened without pain and decided to go the party. Since her husband didn't know what her costume was, she thought she would have fun seeing how he acted when she wasn't around. She soon spotted her husband dancing and flirting with all the women.

The wife started flirting back and eventually he whispered a proposition in her ear. They went outside to one of the cars and had a good time. Just before unmasking at midnight, she slipped away, went home, hid her costume and got into bed. When he got home she asked what kind of a time he had.

He said: "You know I never have much fun when you're not there."

She asked: "Did you dance much?"

He said: "I never even danced once. Pete and me and some other guys went in the den and played poker all evening. But you're not going to believe what happened to the guy I loaned my costume to. . ."

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BeWITCHing Page Toppers

(Many of these page toppers were compiled by Jean Gifford. They are for free distribution only)

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Ghostly Page Toppers

(Many of these page toppers were compiled by Jean Gifford. They are for free distribution only)

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Ghouls and Goblins

Page Toppers

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Pumpkins and Jack O'Lanterns

Page Toppers

(Many of these page toppers were compiled by Jean Gifford. They are for free distribution only)

Halloween Page Ideas

Pumpkin Poop

(attach poem to a small plastic pumpkin filled with candy corn)

I started to carve a pumpkin
With my carving knife and scoop.
But the pumpkin got so scared
He took a little poop.
It looked so cute and funny
Just like a candy treat.
So I'm sharing it with you now
Because you are so sweet.

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Songs about Halloween

Songs about Masquerades and Disguises

Songs about Witches

Songs about Ghosts

Songs about Phantoms

Songs about Ghouls and Goblins

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