The kids in your classroom are going to be excited about Halloween. They will really look forward to this day, and you can help turn it into a memorable one for them. Get the kids to write Halloween poems, and read them on the special day.
1. GHOST BUS
Underneath the lamp post,
In the middle of the night,
A ghost bus make a silent stop,
A strange and fearful sight.
At the bus top at your corner,
Something big and green climbed down.
It’s looking for your bedroom,
And it has searched all over town.
You thought it couldn’t find you,
That you were safe and you were sound.
You thought that you could hide,
Where you never could be found.
But now it’s almost here,
You know it loves the dark of night.
There’s only one thing you can do,
Quick! Turn on the light!
– – By Joe Wayman
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.
3. Shadwell Stair
By Wilfred Owen
I am the ghost of Shadwell Stair.
Along the wharves by the water-house,
And through the cavernous slaughter-house,
I am the shadow that walks there.
Yet I have flesh both firm and cool,
And eyes tumultuous as the gems
Of moons and lamps in the full Thames
When dusk sails wavering down the pool.
Shuddering the purple street-arc burns
Where I watch always; from the banks
Dolorously the shipping clanks
And after me a strange tide turns.
I walk till the stairs of London wane
And dawn creeps up the Shadwell Stair.
But when the crowing syrens blare
I with another ghost am lain.
Halloween Poems for Middle School
4. 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
5. Skeleton Parade
(by Jack Prelutsky)
The skeletons are out tonight,
they march about the street,
with bony bodies, bony heads
and bony hands and feet.
Bony bony bony bones
with nothing in between.
Up and down and all around
they march on Halloween
6. Confessions of a Halloween Prankster
By Kelly Roper
I egged Mrs. Wilson’s house
While out celebrating Halloween.
I did the deed planning to run away fast,
And I thought I would get away clean.
So imagine my surprise when I realized
There was a witness at the scene.
Mrs. Wilson’s big dog came barreling out,
Growling and looking quite mean.
That dog chased me all the way to my house,
And started barking and causing a scene.
Pretty soon Mrs. Wilson tracked him down
And found out the egg thrower was me.
Tomorrow I’ll go back to Mrs. Wilson’s house
To clean up the scene of my crime,
And then I’ll go home and up to my room
Where, for the next two weeks, I’ll serve time.
Halloween Poems for Elementary Students
Halloween is one of the best times of year because it means that you get to dress up in a scary costume and go around scaring people! It’s also a good time for poems. Halloween poems can be used to help your child get into the spirit of the holiday. Here are some examples of Halloween poems that you could teach your child or even use for an upcoming school poetry reciting event!
7. Halloween, Halloween
It’s the scariest time of year.
The ghosts and goblins are here.
There are witches circling in the sky,
With their crackling voices,
that sound like a fire.
Free Sleeping Bats Poem
Bats are sleeping,
Bats are sleeping,
Sleeping in the daytime,
Waiting for the moon to shine,
To fly around.
By Paul Perro
A zombie shuffles and staggers,
Eyes rolled, arms outstretched,
“The Walking Dead,”
It’s often said,
(But I think that’s far-fetched).
Halloween Poems for Kindergarten
9. 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, “We’re ready for some fun!”
The fifth one said, “Let’s run and run and run!”
Then, WOOOO went the wind,
and OUT when the lights,
And five little pumpkins rolled out of sight!
10. Not Afraid
By Ada Clark
I’m not afraid – I will not be!
I’m brave as any kid you see;
When ghosts and witches pass me by,
I never, never run and cry.
And when a jack-o’-lantern blinks,
I only wonder what he thinks.
I’m not afraid, I will not be,
I’m brave as any kid, you see.
Halloween Poems for Preschool
11. . Five Little Bats
Five little bats came flying to the door.
One flew away, and that left four.
Four little bats hiding in a tree.
One flew away, and that left three.
Three little bats looking down at you.
12. Theme in Yellow
By Carl Sandburg
I spot the hills
With yellow balls in autumn.
I light the prairie cornfields
Orange and tawny gold clusters
And I am called pumpkins.
On the last of October
When dusk is fallen
Children join hands
And circle round me
Singing ghost songs,
And love to the harvest moon;
I am a jack-o’-lantern
With terrible teeth
And the children know
I am fooling.
13. Three Little Skeletons
By Kelly Roper
Three skeletons came out to play
Beneath the silvery Halloween moon.
They danced and merrily frolicked away,
To the sound of a distant tune.
And as they danced around they spied
Some trick-or-treaters with jaws hanging open.
Their eyes were filled with disbelief,
But not a single word was spoken.
So the three little skeletons turned to them,
And gave them their very best smiles,
And held out their arms to invite them all
To join their dance for a while.
“Little children come dance with us,
We don’t mean you any harm.
We’re just three little skeletons,
And there’s no cause for alarm.”
“We may look a little bit scary, but
We love Halloween just like you do,
Surely there’s room for all to have fun,
So we’d like to trick-or-treat with you.”
Despite the skeletons’ friendly words,
The children refused to take part,
And they ran away, every last one
With fiercely beating hearts.
The skeletons were disappointed,
But they shrugged their shoulders and said,
It’s too bad they wouldn’t join us, so
We’ll just trick-or-treat by ourselves instead.
In preparation of the holiday, we’ve put together this list of simple poems that your child can share with their classmates for an easy and enjoyable way to get in the spirit of Halloween.