Let’s Get This Game Started-Halloween Version


The Halloween version of this whole-class ice breaker with snippets of sounds, flickering lights, and Halloween poetry!

Here’s my FREE PDF download on Teachers Pay Teachers!

November Version of the same great game!

There are 5 pages of dialogue including scary cats, flickering lights, and other Halloween fun! Below is page 1.

Pass the Pumpkin

Game * Orff Arrangement * Student-Created Springtime Version


This is a great beat passing game! Whoever has the pumpkin on the last beat of the song is OUT! Continue playing until there is a final winner. As students get out, they can go get sticks and play to the beat as the game progresses.


Pass the Pumpkin Orff Arrangement

Pass the Pumpkin beat passing song and game w/Orff arrangement

Other ideas

I LOVE teaching about minor keys and this has such a great descending line with the last 5 notes-mi, re, do, ti, la. It’s so fun to play in D minor with a simple D bordun on BX and other instruments playing the last five notes on A, G, F, E, and D.

Take a fun poem for a B section and you’ve got a performance piece!

There have been schools where I didn’t talk about Halloween and so my new lyrics were: Pass the pumpkin all around, listen to that pumpkin sound. Ooo, ooo, ooo, ooo, pumpkin time is here!

Written in 2/4

Springtime Version

My mystery song (only the rhythm to go on) today was Pass the Pumpkin. When they figured out that it was Pass the Pumpkin, they were challenged with creating a spring version of this fall song. “Pass the twister all around. Listen to that whirling sound. Oo, oo, oo, oo. Tornado season is here.” Then I drew the tornado on the tennis ball and we played the game.

The Monster Mash

Image by OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabay 

Included on this page:

  • Song Analysis
  • A Stick Routine
  • Ukulele Resource
  • Xylophone bass line part

Stick Routine

Instead of using letters to designate the form, I used verse, chorus, and bridge!

Ukulele

You can play along with just four chords: G, Em, C, and D!


Monster Mash Xylophone audio example ↙️

Pumpkin Eyes

Image by Andreas Lischka from Pixabay 

Take the classic canon, “Ah Poor Bird”, add new lyrics, and you have the perfect Halloween/October song!   

Teaching Process
Extensions

Add xylophone on a D minor bordun.

Add some color with percussion instruments on “eyes, “bright”, “creatures”, and “night.”

Prominent melodic elements include the opening la, ti, do and do, re, mi and then the ending do, ti, la.

Rhythmic elements-quarter note, half note, eighth notes.

Add ukulele. The D minor chord is fairly easy because it’s the fingering for F with an added third finger. Play D minor for the entire song.