This year, our Halloween circle is framed by a lovely little story by Nancy Foster called “The Naughty Little Hobgoblin.” It can be found in Let Us Form a Ring. This is a great book and I highly recommend it, even if just to learn how a Waldorf circle “works.” I also found a copy of the story here.
At the end, there’s a lovely little traditional song:
Jack o’ lantern, jack o’ lantern,
You are such a funny sight
As you sit there in the window,
Looking out in the night.
You were once a yellow pumpkin
Growing on a sturdy vine.
Now you are a jack o’ lantern.
See the candle light shine!
To this, we add a few songs from my childhood.
Big and fat
Turned to a jack o’ lantern
Just like that!
Let’s take a jack, jack, jack o’ lantern.
I’ll show you how, how, how it’s done.
You simply start with a little orange pumpkin
Then carve a pumpkin face for fun!
Naturally, this one follows:
Five little pumpkins sitting on the gate.
The first one said, “Oh my! It’s getting late!”
The second one said, “There are witches in the air.”
The third one said, “But we don’t care.”
The fourth one said, “Let’s run and run and run.”
The fifth one said, “I’m ready for some fun!”
Whoooooo went the wind and out went the lights
And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.
The next few are from the Autumn Wynstones book:
I am a pumpkin, big and round.
Once upon a time I grew on the ground.
Now I have a mouth, two eyes, and a nose.
What are they for, do you suppose?
When I have a candle inside burning bright
I’ll be a jack o’ lantern on Halloween night.
Three little pumpkins, lying very still
In a pumpkin patch on a hill.
This one said, “I’m very green,
But I’ll be orange by Halloween.”
This one said, “I’m on my way
To be a jack o’ lantern some day.”
This one said, “Oh my, oh my,
Today I’ll be a pumpkin pie.”
You may notice that this is a very gentle Halloween circle time. With Daniel being just two, I didn’t want anything too spooky. I have a slightly scary circle time from last year here.