October 15th, 2011
The chant "Double, double toil and trouble" from Shakespeare’s "MacBeth" echoes in my mind every year at Halloween-time. Here you can listen to it and read along… MP3 of Double, double toil and trouble Round about the cauldron go; In the poison’d entrails throw. Toad, that under cold stone Days and nights has thirty-one Swelter’d […]
October 12th, 2011
"Try to read the poem so well that you can make ‘creeps’ run down the backs of all who hear you." To-night the witches will ride, will ride, Each on her broomstick astride, astride, Silent and swift in their mystic flight Upward they’ll go in the cold, black night. And the wind will sob, and […]
October 6th, 2011
Here’s a nice spider rhyme to do with young kids… just in time for Halloween! The words are as follows: Spider Crawling Up Your Arm Spider crawling up your arm, Ooh ah, ooh ah! Action: "Crawl" fingers up kid’s arm. Spider crawling down your neck, Ooh ah, ooh ah! Action: "Crawl" fingers onto kid’s neck […]
November 1st, 2010
The Ghosts’ High Noon is a ballad written by W.S. Gilbert, with the tune created by Arthur Sullivan. It’s from Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera called Ruddigore or The Witch’s Curse. Below you’ll find different renditions of the song. Sometimes it’s sung as a ballad, other times it’s read as a poem. Listen to The […]
October 12th, 2010
Gracie Gralike sent me this wonderful illustration for Halloween. I love the details! In order to help get you in the mood, I’m posting links to our Halloween songs, poetry and recipes below… Happy Halloween! Many thanks to Gracie for sharing such a great drawing! Feel free to share your favorite Halloween song, poem or […]
October 10th, 2010
I’m posting this poem in the knowledge that teens and tweens like to get creeped out for Halloween! MP3 of the Sonnet After Death After Death by Christina Rossetti The curtains were half drawn, the floor was swept And strewn with rushes, rosemary and may Lay thick upon the bed on which I lay, Where […]
October 9th, 2010
Because I Could Not Stop for Death (aka Death) by Emily Dickinson is a great poem for Halloween. Here you can read it and hear two different recordings… MP3 of Because I Could Not Stop for Death #1 Read by Claire Leong MP3 of Because I Could Not Stop for Death #2 Read by Anita […]
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