Friday, October 5, 2012

Flannel Friday: Halloween Extravaganza

Flannel Friday

Halloween Extravaganza!

"It's Halloween night and the moon shines bright. 
We run through the gate and can hardly wait.
We ring the bell and then we yell..."

Sound like an exciting time? 
It is all part of the fun in the book, 

It's Halloween Night!
Written by Jennifer O'Connell
Illustrated by Jennifer Morris

As you will be able to quickly tell, my storytelling pieces are not like the illustrations in the book ~ for the most part. I have had a collection of young "Trick-or-Treaters" that I made many, many years ago and I decided to update them this year. I also added a few new friends, too!

When I first made my original set, they were smaller and they were printed on white paper and then colored with markers. This time around, they are each between 7 and 8 inches tall and made using the cut-paper technique ~ one of my favorite ways to make story pieces.

The pieces I am sharing today are a mix of old and new Trick-or-Treaters. With the help of a special and very talented friend, I was able to make the new ones look very similar to the old ones. Can you guess which ones are the newer friends?

I use them for several activities that I will share at another time but, for now, here are the friends who join me when I share the book, It's Halloween Night!

***Out of respect for the author, I will only share a few of the guessing rhymes.***
But! I think everyone should have this book in their storytime collection for little ones!

"It's Halloween night and I'll be a fright!
With this pointy hat and my spooky cat,
I'm a..."
Then we meet: 
a Ghost!
a Bear!
a Vampire!
and, finally, 

"It's Halloween night. My costume's just right.
With my satin gown and golden crown, 
I'm a..."
What happens next?!??! 

You will have to read the book to find out! ;o) 

But, I will tell you ~ it is Halloween FUN for all!

Now, besides these five cute Trick-or-Treaters, I have more! I use them to tell my Halloween version of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Depending on the program, my Halloween version might be entitled, White Ghost, White Ghost or Black Cat Black Cat. Be sure to check back soon for my full Halloween version. It's Spook-tacular! 

In the meantime, here is a sneak peek at one of my other Trick-or-Treaters:

a Skeleton!

That's it for now. Be sure to check out the rest of the Flannel Friday Round-Up this week being hosted by Mary at her website, Miss Mary Liberry

It is worth a look because:

And, as always, 



  1. I can't wait to see your Brown Bear, Brown Bear version...

  2. These are wonderful:-) I am going to look for this book because my preschoolers will love it. They are already talking about Halloween! I searched your blog but can't find "the cut paper technique". Will you please explain what this is? An artist I am not but I would love to create storytelling pieces. Thank you.

  3. Super cute! The blog is super fun! Thanks for following HomePayge! Now following you back:)

    Roni @ HomePayge blog

  4. I am running with (no, not scissors) with the idea. Will be making a Black Cat, Black Cat, What do you see? just as soon as I can. Thanks for the inspiration ~ jane

  5. Very Cute! Found you through Mommy Mingle :) Following please follow back thank you!

  6. Do you have patterns available for the characters in the book?

  7. Being a teacher who has access to the school library, this will fit in nicely for the prep students who are still visually attracted to books. It looks child friendly and fu.
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