Pumpkin, Pumpkin. Let children crouch down in various spots in the room to look like pumpkins. The teacher walks around the room saying, "Pumpkin, pumpkin, round and fat. Turn into a jack-o-lantern just like that!" On "that" the teacher taps the head of the nearest child. That child then gets up and repeats the activity with the teacher until all children have been chosen.
Tic-Tac-Boo! Cut out from heavy paper a number of small pumpkin and ghost shapes. On a sheet of poster board draw a tic-tac-toe grid. Laminate the board if possible. Invite children to play the familiar tic-tac-toe game with the Halloween shapes serving as the X's and O's.
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