Preschool Pumpkin Theme






Book List

Apples and Pumpkins - Anne Rockwell

Five Little Pumpkins by Dan Yaccarino
It's Pumpkin Time - Zoe Hall

Our Pumpkin by Renee Keeler
Peter's Pumpkin House by Colin and Moira MacLean
Picking Apples and Pumpkins by Amy and Richard Hutchings
Pumpkin Day, Pumpkin Night by Anne Rockwell
Pumpkin Face - Emma Rose
Pumpkin Fair - Eve Bunting

Pumpkin, Pumpkin - Jeanne Titherington

Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper
Pumpkins by Mary Lyn Ray
The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin - Stan & Jan Berenstain
The Biggest Pumpkin Ever - Steven Kroll
The Great Pumpkin Switch by Megan McDonald
The Little Pumpkin Book - Katharine Ross

The Magic Pumpkin - Lucille Sette
The Pumpkin Blanket by Deborah Zagwyn
The Pumpkin Book - Gail Gibbons
The Pumpkin Patch - Elizabeth King
The Stubborn Pumpkin by Laura Geringer
The Three Friends and the Pumpkins - Tomie dePaola
Too Many Pumpkins - Linda White



Songs, Poems & Fingerplays

This Little Pumpkin

This little pumpkin was taken to market (Pointer)
And sold for fifteen cents.
This little pumpkin was made into a jack-o-lantern (Middle finger)
And stood high on a fence.
This little pumpkin was made into a pie (Ring finger)
And nevermore was seen.
This little pumpkin was taken away (Little finger)
On the night of Halloween.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

I Am A Pumpkin

I am a pumpkin big and round.
Once upon a time I grew on the ground.
But now I have a mouth, two eyes and nose.
What are they for do you suppose?
When I have a candle inside, shining bright,
I'll be a jack-o-lantern on Halloween night.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Once There Was a Pumpkin

Once there was a pumpkin And it grew
(Join the fingers of each hand to make one pumpkin)
And grew
(Separate the hand keeping the pumpkin formation)
And grew
(Join hands before you, making large pumpkin with arms)
Now it's a jack-o-lantern
And smiles at you
(Swing pumpkin to left)
And you
(Move pumpkin before stomach)
And you
(Swing pumpkin to right)

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

I Made A Jack-o-Lantern

I made a jack-o-lantern for halloween night.
(form circle w/ hands)
He has three crooked teeth, but he won't bite
(point to teeth, shake head no)
He has two round eyes, but he can not see
(point to eyes, shut them)
He's a jolly jack-o-lantern as happy as can be.
(smile!)

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

JACK-O-POEM

I am Jack-o-Happy (use very happy voice)
I am Jack-o-Sad (use crying, whiney voice)
I am Jack-o-Sleepy (use yawning, sleepy voice)
I am Jack-o-Mad (use growling, angry voice)
I am Jack-o-Pieces (use broken word, cut word voice)
I am Jack-o-Small (use teeniest tiny voice)
I am Jack-o-Pie, the Best of them All! (use most normal voice)

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Three Little Pumpkins - sung to "The Ten Little Indians"

One little, 2 little, 3 little pumpkins
Rolled down the lane like funny bumpkins
Had their faces carved & thought they were somethin's
Funny Halloween jack-o-lanterns!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

The Great Pumpkin - sung to "Did You Ever See a Lassie?"

I am the great pumpkin, great pumpkin, great pumpkin.
I am the great pumpkin. Come dance with me.
For you friends are my friends & my friends are your friends.
I am the great pumpkin. Come dance with me.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

The Pumpkin in the Dark - sung to "The Farmer in the Dell"

1. The pumpkin in the dark: (repeat)
Hi Ho on Halloween, the pumpkin in the dark
2. The pumpkin calls a witch (repeat)
3. The witch calls a bat (repeat)
4. The bat calls a ghost (repeat)
5. The ghost says, "Boo!" (repeat)

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Jack O'Lantern - sung to "Daniel Boone"

Born in a pumpkin patch in my backyard,
Where Mister Scarecrow stands on guard.
Born in a patch where he knew every weed -
Before he was a pumpkin, he was a pumpkin seed.
Jack O--, Jack O' Lantern,
King on Halloween night.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Four Big Jack-O-Lanterns

Four big jack-o-lanterns made a funny sight
Sitting on a gate post Halloween night.
Number one siad, "I see a witches hat."
Number two said, "I see a big black cat."
Number three said, "I see a scary ghost."
Number four said, "by the other post."
Four big jack-o-lanterns weren't a bit afraid
They marched right along in the Halloween Parade.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Pumpkin Time - sung to "Mary Had a Little Lamb"

Pumpkin time is here again,
Time to play trick or Treat.
Pumpkin time is here again,
Our Spooky friends we'll meet.

See the costumes we have on,
Monsters, ghosts, goblins too.
See the costumes we have on,
Hear us all shout "BOO!"

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Pumpkin, Pumpkin

Pumpkin, pumpkin,
Sitting on the wall, (Sit on floor.)
Pumpkin, pumpkin,
Tip and fall. (Fall to one side.)

Pumpkin, pumpkin,
Rolling down the street, (Roll on floor.)
Pumpkin, pumpkin,
Trick-or-treat!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Pumpkin on the Ground - sung to "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star"

Pumpkin, pumpkin on the ground,
How'd you get so big and round?
You started as a seed so small.
Now you are a great round ball.
Pumpkin, pumpkin on the ground,
How'd you get so big and round?

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Head - sung to "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star"

Peter, Peter,
Pumpkin head.
Eats pumpkin pies
And pumpkin bread,
Pumpkin muffins,
Pumpkin cake,
And pumpkin cookies
Freshly baked.
Peter, Peter,
Pumpkin head,
Full of pumpkins,
You're well fed.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Picked a Pumpkin - sung to "Clementine"

Picked a pumpkin,
Picked a pumpkin
That was growing
On a vine.
Then I carved
A jack-o'-lantern
And it turned out
Just fine.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

I'm a Little Pumpkin

I'm a little pumpkin, look at me,
I'm round and cute as I can be.
(Bend arns out at sides.)
Carve a face and add a candle bright,
I'll glow and glow all through the night.
(Form circle with arms and smile.)

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Pumpkin Faces - sung to "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star"

Pumpkin faces here and there,
Pumpkin faces everywhere.
Faces ready for Hallowe'en,
Funniest faces we've ever seen.
Pumpkin faces here and there.
Pumpkin faces everywhere.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Pumpkin Faces Everywhere

Pumpkin faces
In strange places
Everywhere I go.
Some are happy,
Some are sad,
Some are in a row.

Pumpkin faces
In strange places
All around the town.
Some up high
Some down low,
Sitting on the ground.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Where Is Pumpkin? - sung to "Frere Jacques"

Where is pumpkin?
Where is pumpkin? (Crouch low.)

Here I am!
Here I am! (Jump up.)

I am round and orange. (Form circle with arms.)
See my funny face. (Make a face.)
Now you don't.
Now you don't. (Crouch low and hide face.)

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Jolly Wolly

Jolly Wolly Pumpkin face.
You're happy, tell me why.
Because I am a pumpkin face
And not a pumpkin pie.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Five Little Pumpkins

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate
The first one said, "Oh, my it's getting late."
The second one said, "There are witches in the air".
The third one said, "But we don't care!"
The fourth one said, "Let's run and run and run".
The fifth one said, "I'm ready for some fun!"
Wooooo, went the wind
And out went the light
And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Five Little Pumpkins

Five little pumpkins growing on a vine.
Said the first little pumpkin, "Don't I look fine?"
Said the second little pumpkin, "I'll be a pie."
Said the third little pumpkin, "I'll be a lantern by and by."
Said the fourth little pumpkin, "I will, too."
But the fifth little pumpkin just said, "Boo!"

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Five Little Pumpkins

Five little pumpkins at my door,
A neighbor took one and then there were four.

Four little pumpkins under a tree,
Along came a farmer and then there were three.

Three little pumpkins that looked so new
I gave one away and then there were two.

Two little pumpkins out in the sun,
Mother made a pie and then there was one.

Of all the pumpkins, there was just one.
So I made a jack-o-lantern, and that was fun!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

A fun verse to act out

"Pumpkin, pumpkin round and fat (make big tummy with arms)
Turned into a jack-0-lantern (turn around)
Just like that!" (clap)

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Three Little Pumpkins

Three little pumpkins,
Sitting on a fence.
A witch came riding by,
"Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha" she said,
"I'll take you all and make a pumpkin pie."
(Make three pumpkin cut-outs and one witch cut-out; use them with this poem on the flannel board)

~Submitted by Cindy in MD

I'm a Little Pumpkin - sung to "I'm a Little Teapot"

I'm a little pumpkin,
Orange and round.
(Hold arms in circle above head.)
When I'm sad,
My face wears a frown.
(Frown.)
But when I am happy, all aglow,
Watch my smile just grow and grow!
(Smile.)

~Barbara Hasson

Halloween Surprise - sung to "Sing a Song of Sixpence"

First you take a pumpkin
(arms for large pumpkin before tummy)
Big and round and fat
Then you cut the top off
(pretend to slice)
That will make the hat
(hand on head)
Then you hollow out the
Nose and mouth and eyes.
(point to nose, mouth, and eyes)
Show it to the children for a
(resume first position)
Halloween surprise!

~Submitted by Katy

I'm a Jack-O'-Lantern - sung to "I'm a Little Teapot"

I'm a jack-o'-lantern, look at me.
I'm as happy as can be.
Put a candle in and light the light.
Don't be frightened, it's Halloween night.
Booo!

~Betty Ruth Baker

Great Pumpkin is Coming to Town - sung to "Santa Claus is Coming to Town"

Oh, you'd better not shriek,
You'd better not groan,
You'd better not howl,
You'd better not moan,
Great Pumpkin is coming to town.
He's going to find out From folks that he meets,
Who deserves tricks And who deserves treats,
Great Pumpkin is coming to town.
He'll search in every pumpkin patch,
Haunted houses far and near,
To see if you've been spreading gloom,
Or bringing lots of cheer.
So, you'd better not shriek
You'd better not groan,
You'd better not howl,
You'd better not moan,
Great Pumpkin is coming to town.
~Submitted by Paulette

Pumpkin Wonderland - sung to "Winter Wonderland"

Screech owls hoot, are you listening?
Beneath the moon, all is glistening
A real scary sight, we're happy tonight
Waiting in a pumpkin wonderland

In the patch we're waiting for Great Pumpkin
We've been waiting for this all year
For we've tried to be nice to everybody
And to grow a patch that is sincere

Later on, while we're eating
What we got trick-or-treating
We'll share all our sacks of
Halloween snacks
Waiting in a pumpkin wonderland

~Submitted by Paulette

Pumpkin Bells - sung to "Jingle Bells"

Dashing through the streets
In our costumes bright and gay
To each house we go
Laughing all the way
Halloween is here
Filled with lots of cheer
What fun it is to trick-or-treat
Singing Pumpkin Carols each year

Oh Pumpkin Bells, Pumpkin Bells
Ringing loud and clear
Oh what fun Great Pumpkin brings
When Halloween is here

~Submitted by Paulette

Jack -O- Lantern - sung to "Mary had a little lamb"

Jack-o'-lantern Smiling bright,
Smiling bright, smiling bright,
Witches flying in the night,
It is Halloween!

Ghosts and Goblins, cats and bats,
Cats and bats, cats and bats.
Witches with their funny hats,
It is Halloween!

~Submitted by Paulette

Jack-o'-Lantern - sung to "Are You Sleeping?"

Jack-o'-lantern, jack-o'-lantern,
Halloween, Halloween.
See the witches flying,
Hear the wind a sighing,
Oooooo, Oooooo.

~Submitted by Paulette

Pumpkin, Pumpkin

Pumpkin, Pumpkin sitting on a wall,
Pumpkin, Pumpkin tip and fall,
Pumpkin, Pumpkin Rolling down the street
Pumpkin, Pumpkin Trick or treat

~Submitted by Paulette

Five Little Pumpkins

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate
The first one said "Oh my it's getting late."
The second one said "There are witches in the air."
The third one said, "But we don't care!"
The fourth one said "Let's run and run and run!"
The fifth one said "I'm ready for some fun."
Ooooooo o o o went the wind and out went the light
And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.



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