Halloween Learning Fun – Books, Storytelling, Math, and Science

This Halloween, tell a silly story to your kids and let them draw what they hear. This fun story emphasizes listening, remembering, and following directions.

(I don’t know the source of the original story, my version is in Spanish and handwritten.)

Here’s the story of Witchy Witch. (FREE printable here.)

Witchy Witch listening and drawing story

Witchy Witch

Once upon a time, there was a witch who was very tiny.

Except her nose, which was HUGE.

She had two crooked teeth, smooth, red, long hair that was so long, she would step on it and fall down.

She always wore a hat, a bit crushed, tall, black and pointy like all witches.

She also wore orange gloves, a black hand-knit shawl, a checkered apron, red and white striped tights and black, funny looking shoes with gold buckles.

She carried a broom and a black cat named Federico.

You could see that truly she was a horrible witch that scared even other witches.

But when she tried to do things, they never came out witchy.

Like when she wanted to laugh in an evil way to scare people it didn’t come out, “Mahahahaha” but “teeheehee.”

Or when she wanted to go to a neighbor’s house, she’d get on her broom and say all sorts of magical words, wait a few minutes, but nothing ever happened.

Then, she’d get off her broom and say more magic words very loudly and wait l-o-n-g-e-r . . . Nothing!

The broom wouldn’t move even an inch.

When she wanted to change Federico into a lizard, or hippopotamus, or candy, she’d bend down to the floor, look into Federico’s eyes and say all the magical words she knew.

Then, she’d wait and wait. But, Federico stayed a cat.

When she wanted to make a magic potion, she’d put in all sorts of things like:

Rotten milk





Cough drops

Peanut butter

Moldy bread



And said all the magic words she could think of.

And mixed some more.

No explosion! All that happened was it made Federico get a stomach ache.

Finally, she decided that nothing was working. She put her broom in the corner, she took off her black funny looking shoes, she took off her checkered apron, she took off her hand-knit shawl, she took offer her crushed tall black pointy hat, she took off her orange gloves, she took off her long red hair, she took off her mask, and went to sleep.

And so did her cat Federico.


What your children will draw and color while you read this story?

More Halloween Learning Ideas

Roll a Pumpkin Game from Happy Home Fairy

Lair of the Spider Queen on Chicken Babies

Leaf Maze from Gratefully Growing in Grace

Halloween Sorting with Tongs from Carrots Are Orange

Halloween Sensory Bag for Toddlers from Hands On: as we grow

Nature Scavenger Hunt from Go Explore Nature

Count and Learn Frankenstein from No Time for Flashcards

Halloween Sensory Box from Pink and Green Mama

Halloween Science from Steve Spangler Science

Halloween Book Round-Up from Kids Reads

New Halloween Books from Bookmarkable

And Just for Fun Halloween Ideas

Throw the Best Halloween Party Ever from Imagine  Toys

YUK Soup from Empowering Little Learners

Halloween Bucket List from Makoodle

Pumpkin Puzzle Blocks from Jill Made It

Leaf Animals from KoKoKoKids

Halloween Activities eBook from Minds in Bloom

The Halloween Fairy from Imagination Soup

60 Favorite Book Character Costumes for Kids from Imagination Soup

Halloween Apps for Kids
Halloween Books for Kids
FREE Printable Halloween Treasure Hunt
The Halloween Fairy
Book Character Costumes for Kids and Teens

  • http://goexplorenature.com Debi

    How fun! What a great list of resources you’ve put together. Can I add one more? How about a Halloween nature scavenger hunt? http://www.goexplorenature.com/2011/10/backyard-nature-fun-halloween-scavenger.html

    • http://imaginationsoup.net Melissa Taylor

      Love to!

  • http://gratefullygrowingingrace.blogspot.com Amanda @ http://gratefullygrowingingrace.blogspot.com/

    Thanks for the link! These are such fun ideas and I love the hallway spider web!

  • Alicia

    Thank you for the fun ideas!!!

  • http://beginningreadinghellp.blogspot.com Michelle Breum

    Wow! What great ideas! I’m sharing your post in a few places online today! I’m sure this post will give a few kids and parents an extra special Halloween this year. I’m planning a few activities already. We’re for sure doing the leaf maze and drawing the witch!

    • http://imaginationsoup.net Melissa Taylor

      thanks, Michelle!

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  • http://WriteMindOpenHeart.com Lori Lavender Luz

    I love the way it really gets their imaginations involved, as well as their hands and eyes and ears. Great!

  • http://www.specialhappens.com Gina @ Special Happens

    WOW!! I’m definitely including this in my last minute fun things to do. I love the leaf maze! I’m already planning out our backyard leaf maze. I wonder which kiddo will drag HIS feet through and mess it all up first. LOL.

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  • http://mominmanagement.com Daria @ Mom in Management

    You always have such great ideas!

  • http://letkidscreate.blogspot.com Brooke @ let kids create

    I love the idea of listening to the story and drawing what you imagine. I’ve got to see what my girls come up with.

    Thanks for sharing on Monday Madness!

  • http://art4littlehands.com Laura@art4littlehands

    This is an awesome idea! I have to feature it tomorrow. I would love to do this with lots of holidays and other stories. Great for listening and for adding detail to pictures as well. Thanks for sharing on Monday Madness.

  • http://www.peaceloverecipes.com Courtney P.

    Hello! I’m following from the Blogaholic Social Network Halloween Hop! I hope you have a fun and safe Halloween! I’m following through Google Friend Connect, Facebook, Twitter, etc. if applicable!
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  • http://mommylabs.gorgeouskarma.com Rashmie @MommyLabs

    What an amazing idea, Melissa! I’m def going to try this with my daughter for different occasions or in general.

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