This post originally appeared on the blog Mrs. Miracle’s Music Room.

Today, I’m blogging about ten tricks or treats for the music room… ten ways to integrate Halloween into your music lessons while engaging your students and improving their musicianship!

Here are ten ways to integrate Halloween into your music lessons while engaging your students and improving their musicianship!

#1: Skin and Bones

This is truly one of my favorite folk songs for Halloween! Here is the notation:

This is a call/response song, with the first part being the call, and the “ooo” part being the response. Here are the additional verses:

  • She lived down by the old graveyard, ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo!
  • One night she thought she’d take a walk, ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo!
  • She walked down by the old graveyard, ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo!
  • She saw some bones a layin’ around, ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo!
  • She went to the closet to get a broom, ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo!
  • She opened the door and BOO!

I learned a great game from my former colleague Jenna that my students love: Students lie on the ground with their eyes closed. As you sing, tap two students, who then go and hide! The rest of the students have to figure out who is missing.

A really wonderful way to extend understanding of the song is to use this set from David Row at Make Moments Matter:

Here are ten ways to integrate Halloween into your music lessons while engaging your students and improving their musicianship!

I love all of David’s favorite folk song sets…they are such a great way to bring a song to life!

#2: Halloween rhythm writing

If you love the dollar section at Target as much as I do, you’ll appreciate this post by Amy Abbott about rhythm writing in the music room:

Here are ten ways to integrate Halloween into your music lessons while engaging your students and improving their musicianship!

Amy also has these fun beat strips to practice rhythm during Halloween!

#3: Miss White

One of my favorite chants to use during Halloween is “Miss White”:

Here are ten ways to integrate Halloween into your music lessons while engaging your students and improving their musicianship!
 
Check out this freebie by Emily F to practice ta and ti-ti (please note that her version starts with “Missus” instead of “Miss,” so there is a ti-ti at the beginning.
 

#4: Ghostie Dance

If you’ve ever bought any of Linda McPherson’s games, you know how fun they are… and how much kids love them! This ghostie dance game is such a great way to practice and assess re!
 
Here are ten ways to integrate Halloween into your music lessons while engaging your students and improving their musicianship!
 

#5: Brain breaks

A great way to integrate Halloween into your music lessons is to play freeze dance to some ghoulish music, like “Monster Mash,” “Thriller,” or “In the Hall of the Mountain King”! This resource by I Heart Teaching Music is such a fun way to play freeze dance with your favorite piece of Halloween music!
 
Here are ten ways to integrate Halloween into your music lessons while engaging your students and improving their musicianship!
 

#6: Listening lessons

…Which brings me to my next point: There are SO many great pieces of music to listen to this time of year! Check out this blog post about Halloween listening lessons in the music room. Here are some great sets to bring classical music into your Halloween music lessons:
 
Here are ten ways to integrate Halloween into your music lessons while engaging your students and improving their musicianship!     Here are ten ways to integrate Halloween into your music lessons while engaging your students and improving their musicianship!
 
Here are ten ways to integrate Halloween into your music lessons while engaging your students and improving their musicianship!
 

#7: Bulletin boards

If you’re looking for a cute way to bring Halloween into your music room decor, Tracy King’s bulletin boards are always a hit! Check out her Halloween lines and spaces bulletin board:
 
Here are ten ways to integrate Halloween into your music lessons while engaging your students and improving their musicianship!

 

#8: Vocal exploration

Halloween is such a great time for vocal exploration! At a book fair a few years ago, I found this wonderful little book:
 
Here are ten ways to integrate Halloween into your music lessons while engaging your students and improving their musicianship!
 
As I read the book, I have students make their voices go high and low with their voices, like the ghosts, and also have them yell “Boo” in their head voices.
 

#9: Melodic and rhythmic practice

If you’re looking to practice melodic and rhythmic concepts during Halloween, using songs students are singing this time of year (like “Naughty Kitty Cat” and “Pumpkin, Pumpkin, Round and Fat,”) check out this fun worksheet set by Lindsay Jervis:
 
Here are ten ways to integrate Halloween into your music lessons while engaging your students and improving their musicianship!
 

#10: Halloween lesson plans

Many years, I’ve created an entire lesson plan for each grade level revolving around Halloween. For example, with 1st grade, we can do “Miss White,” explore our voices like ghosts, read “Ghosts in the House,” keep the beat to “In the hall of the mountain king,” and more! If you’re looking for lesson plans that are already created, check out this set, which could work for any music teacher or for a sub!
 
Here are ten ways to integrate Halloween into your music lessons while engaging your students and improving their musicianship!
 
What are your favorite songs and activities for Halloween? 
 
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TpT Teacher-Author Aileen MiracleAileen Miracle teaches general music in the Olentangy Local School District in Ohio. She received her Bachelor of Music Education from Central Michigan University in 1999, and her Master of Music in Music Education with a Kodály emphasis from Capital University in 2003. Aileen has taught Methodology and Folk Song Research for the Kodály Programs at Colorado State University and DePaul University, and presents music education workshops around the nation. You can visit Aileen at her TpT store or on Pinterest, FacebookInstagram, or Twitter.