Halloween Poems and Rhymes for Kids of all Ages


halloween poems and rhymes kids

Five Little Pumpkins (Harper Growing Tree)Five Little Pumpkins (Harper Growing Tree)

Little Kids get so excited about Halloween! (ok, big kids do too….) Help build the anticipation and excitement with these simple Halloween Poems and Rhymes for kids!

You remember some, don’t you? Funny Halloween Rhymes, Preschool Halloween Poems about witches, poems about ghosts and poems about Jack O Lanterns. They are so much fun to learn and recite…. and it’s a great way to build Halloween anticipation!

My kids were always big fans of Halloween Finger Rhymes… doing the motions of the poem with their hands while reciting the words. The Itsy Bitsy Spider was always a favorite (they loved to “wash the spider out!”), but there are also rhymes like “Five Little Pumpkins” that encourage finger counting. And the kids love it when the pumpkin rolllllllsssss away!

Even Trick or Treating gets a Rhyme!

Trick or Treat Rhyme

Trick or Treat
Smell My Feet
Give Me Something Good to Eat

If I Don’t
I Won’t Care
I’ll Just Steal Your Underwear!

(I remember cracking up about stealing someone’s underwear….)

Halloween Poems and Rhymes for Kids

Some are sweet and light… others are chilling and dark (the poems get scarier as you go down the list).There’s something for every age and reading level (and scare level!) …and some of you older kids might want to go back and enjoy these too. I’ve even added a few videos…just to make it more fun.

Make Halloween about more than candy… get the kids reading Poems and reciting silly rhymes!

Kids Halloween Poems Short Enough for Pre Schoolers

Five Little Pumpkins

(A Finger Rhyme… Kids Can Count Down on their Fingers While Reciting)halloween poems and rhymes kids
Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate
(hold up 5 fingers)
The first one says, “Oh my it’s getting late!”
(hold up 1 finger)
The second one says, “There are witches in the air!”
(hold up 2 fingers)
The third one says, “But we don’t care!”
(hold up 3 fingers)
The fourth one says, “let’s run! let’s run!”
(hold up 4 fingers)
The fifth one says, “Isn’t Halloween Fun!”
(hold up 5 fingers)
Then Wwhhhooooo went the wind!
and out went the light
And Five Little Pumpkins rolled out of sight.
(make rolling motion with hands)

See the FIve Little Pumpkins Video!


 Pumpkin, Pumpkin Round and Fat

(words and actions!)Halloween Poems kids pumpkins

Pumpkin Pumpkin round and fat
(hold arms out in a circle in front of you)
Turned into a Jack O’Lantern
(turn in a circle while holding arms in a circle)
(clap hands hard)


Halloween Poems for Pre-School and Beginning Readers on Amazon

(Some are on Kindle, so they Can be Downloaded Immediately!)

 Jack and Jill: A Halloween Nursery Rhyme Something’s In The Nursery Rhymes: Halloween Poems For All The Urchins & Imps It’s Halloween Skeleton Bones and Goblin Groans: Poems for Halloween Itsy Bitsy Spider CD package The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin Spooky Pookie Five Little Pumpkins (Harper Growing Tree)

Halloween Poems and Rhymes For Slightly Older Kids….


halloween poems and rhymes kidsJack-o-Lantern, Jack-o-Lantern,

You are such a funny sight.
As you sit there by the window,
Looking out into the night.
You were once a sturdy pumpkin,
growing on a curly vine.
Now you are our Jack-o-lantern,
See your night lights shine.


It’s Halloween

halloween poems and rhymes kidsIt’s Halloween, It’s Halloween
the moon is full and bright
And we shall see what can’t be seen
On any other night

Skeletons and ghosts and ghouls
Grinning goblins fighting duels,
Werewolves rising from their tombs,
and Witches riding brooms….

Tonight we are the King and Queen
For tonight it’s Halloween


Hear Jack Prelutsky’s Poem Here


Five Little Goblins

halloween poems and rhymes kidsFive little goblins on a Halloween Night
made a very very spooky sight
The first one danced on his tippy-tip-toes
The next one tumbled and bumped his nose
The next one jumped high up in the air
The next one sang a Halloween song
Five Goblins played the whole night long


 Flutter, Flutter Little Bat

(Sing to the tune of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”)

halloween poems and rhymes kidsFlutter, flutter little bat,
How I wonder where you’re at.

Swooping through the darkest night –
You find your way without a light.

Flutter, flutter little bat,
How I wonder where you’re at!

Fun Halloween Poems for for Grades 2-5

 Halloween Poems Happy Halloween!: 31 Poems in Celebration of Autumn My Tricks & Treats: Halloween Stories, Songs, Poems, Recipes, Crafts, and Fun for Kids Monster Goose

Halloween Poems for the Bravest Big Brothers and Sisters!

Witches Stew

Gareth Lancaster

halloween poems and rhymes kidsBubble blubber, squirm and gloop,
Boiling broth of bat’s tail soup.
Wobble, slobber, liquid goo,
Add the sole of one old shoe.
Spooky shadows dance around,
Of frogs and rats and snarling hounds.
Steam swirls rising to the roof,
Add one small ear and one old tooth.
Gnarly, scratchy, tickle and itch,
Stir round and round to make it rich.
Mushy, sticky, sizzle and stew,
They’re making mischief just for you!

Halloween Poem Books for Big Kids

 Haunted Harvest: A collection of eerie poems to celebrate Halloween Nightmares: Poems to Trouble Your Sleep Nasty Halloween Poems for Creepy Little Kids

Halloween Poems and Rhymes for Kids are FUN!!

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