Halloween Costume Story Time With Creative Printable
One of the most exciting parts of the fall season for kids (and adults!) is choosing a Halloween costume. There’s something so magical about the opportunity to dress up as anything! Dramatic play and dress up is a great learning activity for kids in general. As a result, it’s only natural that young readers would love a Halloween costume story time. Today I’m sharing our 6 favorite picture books that are all about choosing a Halloween costume. Stick around to the end where I share an idea for a creativity activity inspired by the books.
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WHAT TO READ FOR HALLOWEEN COSTUME STORY TIME
Little Blue Truck’s Halloween
Alice Schertle’s Little Blue Truck’s Halloween is a sturdy board book perfect for young hands. The book has a lift the flap format, so little readers remain actively engaged throughout. Jill McElmurry’s illustrations are adorable. The vibrant depictions of all the farm friends dressed in Halloween costumes will keep kids guessing as they listen to the rhyming text.
Caillou Dresses Up!
This book is adapted from the animated series by Francine Allen, with illustrations from CINAR animation. (Remember when I mentioned our screen time choices? Here’s a great example of a screen character shared with my kids in book form!) I love Caillou books for introducing new ideas or activities via a social story. Readers can hear a reassuring tale about a child their own age dressing up and trick or treating. Nervous children will identify with little sister Rosie’s fears and feel less alone.
Curious George Goes To A Costume Party
A newer edition in the long running series from Margaret and H.A. Rey, Curious George Goes To A Costume Party shares one of George’s many fun adventures. Martha Weston’s bright, lively illustrations seamlessly match the original series’ artwork. Kids will love seeing George choose a fun costume, and cause a bit of mischief at a Halloween party.
Monster Needs A Costume
One of our favorite Halloween books, Monster Needs A Costume is written by Paul Czajak and illustrated by Wendy Grieb. The book is a fun look at a little boy and his monster preparing for Halloween by choosing the perfect costume for Monster! The illustrations are magical- Grieb packs so much detail in each of them, and personalities truly shine through. Kids will love the silly costume Monster ultimately settles on, as well as the subtle message that you can be anything you want to be.
Trick Or Treat Pout-Pout Fish
Deborah Diesen’s beloved series is one of #thelittleone’s favorites, so of course, we have the Halloween edition. The board book follows the undersea friends as they hunt for Pout-Pout in his Halloween costume. Children will love Dan Hanna’s fanciful images of the sea animals dressed up for the holiday.
Our last choice comes from another well known children’s board book series. Sandra Boynton’s sweet little pig is featured in Spooky Pookie. Pookie must choose a Halloween costume with his mother, but it takes many tries to get it right. The illustrations are adorable, and there’s always something very lovable about the books in the Pookie series.
CREATIVE HALLOWEEN COSTUME ACTIVITY
Inspired by the many Halloween costume ideas in the books above, as well as my own children’s hunt for the perfect Halloween costume, I designed this fun and creative activity. It’s fairly simple, and requires very little prep. Depending on your child, there may be a bit of mess potential, but nothing too crazy I hope!
You Will Need:
- Halloween costume printable. (Get yours at the end of this post).
- Laminating pouches.
- Viable alternatives to laminating: contact paper, plastic sheet protector sleeves.
- Assorted colors of play dough.
- Optional: play dough tools like rollers, plastic knives, cookie cutters, etc.
- Optional: tray to contain the activity. (We always use a cookie sheet with raised edges).
How To Make It Happen:
- Grab your Halloween costume printable mat below.
- Make your mat more sturdy by laminating it.
- I always use a self seal, non-heat laminating pouch at home.
- You may be able to have it laminated at many office supply stores.
- Sandwiching the page between sheets of contact paper works well.
- Sliding the page into a plastic sheet protector is also a simple solution.
- Place the mat on your tray.
- Provide your children with play dough.
- Encourage your children to use the dough to sculpt and create a fun Halloween costume for the figure on the mat.
- Talk about colors, shapes, details, etc. with your child as they work.
- Are they creating a Halloween costume for themselves or someone else?
- What kind of Halloween costume would they pick for your or your spouse?
- When the Halloween costume is complete, the mat can be cleared and used again.
One Quick Alternative:
If you’re not in the mood for play dough (no judgement here, I promise!), the laminated page also works well with dry erase markers. Your child may need to use mainly a black marker, because the colors of the printable mat are fairly deep. It’s still a fun, creative activity, with minimal clean up, and is much more portable than the play dough version.
Have your kids chosen their Halloween costumes for this year yet? What are they planning to be? Let me know in the comments!