This is one of my all time favourite stories to tell. I remember telling it during my first year of teaching and I tell it every year. There are lots of versions of it, and I have changed this one over the years, but it is always memorable for the children who hear it. Each time I tell it, children just sit and stare at the pumpkin at the end figuring out how the witch’s house just turned into a jack o’lantern. This year one student shouted “It’s magic”. What could be better when teaching little ones? This pumpkin story for kids is sure to delight little ones during fall or Halloween.
I start with a large piece of orange paper folded in half. Then tell children that I am going to share a story with them about a very special witch.
I tell children that she wanted to build her dream home and she did not want it to be made out of bricks like everyone else, she wanted it bright orange and shaped like an igloo. She even requested that her builder put the chimney coming out of the side of the house instead of the top. The builder happily created this for her. (As you make the cuts, make sure that the fold in the paper is at the bottom of the house).
Now, this lady had pets. She loved her pets more than anything else in the world. Since she was building her dream home, she decided that the house should be best suited to her pets too. She had a bat named “Boo”. Now, this bat needed to be able to just fly into the house. He didn’t want to have to walk into the house, so the lady had a large window made in her house for him. The bat was very happy.
The lady also had a cat. It was a beautiful cat and went everywhere with the lady. There was only one problem. The cat’s tail never laid down. It was always pointing up and it was terribly crooked. The lady wanted to make sure that the cat could get into the house without hurting her tail. So, she asked the builder to put in a special door for her cat that was shaped like her tail. The builder, was a wonderful builder and he was able to build the perfect door.
Finally, the lady decided that her dream home needed to have something special for her. She always wore a pointed hat and wanted a special door just for her. (Since she couldn’t fly up into the bats window and her hat wouldn’t fit through the cat’s door). She wanted her door to be shaped so that she could walk into her house and not have to take her hat off. The builder did this, and the lady was thrilled!
Although her house looked a little bit unusual, the lady was so happy and so were her pets. One Halloween, a bunch of kids in the neighbourhood knocked on her door. Do you know what she said when she answered? (I then turn and open up the ‘house’ and say “Happy Halloween”!
It is such a cute story and a wonderful opportunity for story telling.