Are you ready for the action in your Halloween music class? Don’t “freak” out! I like to have a playlist of “spooky” music and activities ready so I can keep kids moving. I do! And I’ve got some wickedly delicious ideas brewing in my teaching stew this week. How about a Halloween Sing-and Move-A-Long? These Halloween music class activities will not only help you stay sane during the Halloween week, but they also provide some great and creative opportunities to assess skills and teach concepts such as steady beat, comparing and contrasting music styles, and expression. Are you ready for a Halloween music class sing and move-a-long?
HALLOWEEN MUSIC CLASS SING AND MOVE-A-LONG ACTIVITY #1: ON THE BEAT BODY PERCUSSION
Here’s an activity for a Halloween music class sing and move-a-long that will incorporate beat with movement. Here’s how I get this activity going. I begin with students sitting on the floor. We’ll begin with some patting, clapping, swishing and then snap up some body percussion. I like to start with just two actions, PAT and CLAP, with kinders. Then I’ll add more actions for a four beat pattern.
I’ll warm everyone up using this funny and well done vocal version of the “The Hall of the Mountain King” from the Peer Gynt Suite by Edvard Grieg for another Halloween music class sing and move-a-long activity.
HALLOWEEN MUSIC CLASS SING AND MOVE-A-LONG ACTIVITY #2: FREEZE DANCE
I’ll use the version of “In The Hall of the Mountain King” below for a freeze dance activity during the week of Halloween. This activity channels Halloween ghoulish energy into some music class fun. It’s probably the easiest Halloween music class sing and move-a-long activity. Here’s what I do:
Ask students to stand in a circle.
Choose one student to be in the middle.
Everyone has to copy the moves of the student in the middle.
When the music stops, the student in the middle spins to choose another student.
Play continues for as long as interest holds, or a set amount of time.
HALLOWEEN MUSIC CLASS SING AND MOVE-A-LONG ACTIVITY #3: CREATIVE MOVEMENT WITH SCARVES
Another way to use “In The Hall of the Mountain King” for Halloween sing and move-a-longs is to have students to use scarves as puppets. (Check out this post on “How I Use Puppets in Music Class” by CLICKING HERE.) Students can pretend that the scarves are the trolls who are chasing Peer as he tries to escape the Mountain King. Here is how I play.
Choose one student to be Peer and the rest are the trolls.
Give some guidelines as to where students can go in the room. I like mine to stay inside the circle, and I might have just 6 to 8 at a time do this activity while the rest of the class bounces their scarf in the air on the beat.
HALLOWEEN MUSIC CLASS SING AND MOVE-A-LONG ACTIVITY #4: RHYTHMS AND MELODIES
I have two Halloween sing-a-long songs on my YouTube channel that you can watch without having to purchase the complete lesson plan resource. This old favorite is a sure fire way to keep students engaged in your Halloween music class sing and move-a-long.
“The Black Cat” is a sing and move rap! is a really fun activity for K-2. You can find the full resource at my store “The Black Cat”
HALLOWEEN MUSIC CLASS SING AND MOVE-A-LONG ACTIVITY #5: GAMES
Another fun idea is to play the game Hot Pumpkin! Get a small round pumpkin and pass it in a circle while playing some fun Halloween music. Stop the music and whoever has the pumpkin has to sing a Halloween song, howl like a ghost, laugh like a witch…you could list a bunch of stuff on the board and let them choose! (Maybe I’ll make a freebie out of this sometime!)
Another fun game is Don’t Step On the Bones. Get some paper plates and put Halloween pictures or stickers on four or five of them. (You could even use orange or black plates instead of white.) Put the plates in a circle. Then start the music and have the students walk around the circle of plates and stop when the music stops. Whoever lands on a plate with a picture has to do a spooky dance such as dancing like a skeleton!
HALLOWEEN MUSIC CLASS SING AND MOVE-A-LONG ACTIVITY #6: ACTION SONGS
I like to keep my K-2 friends moving! “Dem Bones” is a fun activity to get them warmed up. My students love to play “bones” or rhythm sticks so I’ll have half of the students dance and the other half play instruments. If possible, I’ll give them some rhythm cards to play!
How about letting Upper Elementary students choreograph a short dramatization to “Thriller”?
This Disney video may be best for your upper elementary students.
Or if you want a good laugh or a lighter skeleton dance:
My favorite is “Ghost Busters”. I have been known to dance around the room like a ghost and “scare” the kids.
Dr. Jean has some great ideas on how to make a witch’s broom and the lyrics to one of my faves, “Stirring the Brew.” You can watch the video and sing-a-long!
There are so many fun things you can do during a Halloween sing-along and movement activity day! Try these other articles for more Halloween music class sing and move along activities! Just click on the graphic to read the post.