15 Halloween Poems For Kids: Sweet and Scary Poems on Halloween

October is here and Halloween is just around the corner. Kids will be busy planning their trick or treating costumes and counting the candies they’ll collect. This Halloween, add a poetic twist to the celebrations by teaching your little ones some Halloween poems for kids. So, instead of just screaming “Trick or treat” they can recite a cute little poem and wow the neighborhood. Practicing poems for kids will enable them to expand their vocabulary knowledge effectively.

Halloween Poems For Kids: Spooky Halloween Poems for Children of all Ages

Learning poems are wonderful tools to boost a child’s literacy skills. Poems use word play, metaphors, imagery and other symbolic language to evoke the reader’s imagination and emotions. The rhyme and rhythm of poems and nursery rhymes are especially helpful in teaching young children how to read.

As they listen to poems, they understand and learn about sounds and words, which also helps them learn to speak. These funny Halloween poems for kids will help children build a whole new vocabulary. Therefore, conduct fun reading games for kids where they recite poems to enhance their knowledge of the same creatively.

List of Spooky And Funny Halloween Poems for Kids

Turn your tiny tots into poets with this list of Halloween-themed poems for kids.

  1. Flutter Flutter Little Bat

By Leanne Guenther
Flutter, flutter little bat,
How I wonder where you’re at.
Swooping through the darkest night –
You find your way without a light.
Flutter, flutter little bat,
How I wonder where you’re at!

2. I’m A Little Scarecrow

By Unknown
I’m a little scarecrow,
Raggedy and worn
I wear a hat,
And a shirt that’s torn
When the crows come,
I wave and shout,
“Away from my garden-get on out!”

3. Mystic Magination Night

By Patricia L. Cisco
On one mystic, magic night,
Jack O Lanterns glowing bright,
kids with bags of candy sweet,
roam door to door and street to street,
all dressed up for trick or treat!
Wizards with wands, pirates with hooks,
monsters and clowns with spooky looks,
kings and queens with capes and crowns,
a princess in her royal gown,
witches with warts and fairies with wings
movies stars with sparkling rings,
vampires with fangs that bite,
ghost that boo all dressed in white.
Imaginations taken flight,
on that one mystic, magic night.
Oh, the fun of Halloween,
be young or old or in between!

4. Witch, Witch

By Rose Fyleman
Witch, witch, where do you fly?
Under the clouds and over the sky.
Witch, witch, what do you eat?
Little black apples from Hurricane Street.
Witch, witch, what do you drink?
Vinegar and good red ink.
Witch, witch, where do you sleep?
Up in the clouds where the pillows are cheap.

5. Werewolf

By Paul Perro
The sun is going down,
It will be night time soon.
The werewolf will be coming out
And howling at the moon.

6. The Halloween Night

By Sandi VanderSluis/ Corky Ferguson
The Harvest moon fills the sky
A wicked witch goes flying by
Ghosts and goblins..skeleton’s too.
Moaning and groaning, waiting for you
Black cats prowl the graveyard plots
Witches cook in cauldron pots
Cemetery ghouls roam the ground
Not one unopened grave is found
Tombstones are an eerie sight
Shadows dance in full moon light
The haunted house on the hill
Walk in there and you get a chill
Jack-o-lanterns eyes so bright
Trick or Treaters scream in fright
It’s a time like you’ve never seen
Tonight’s the night of Halloween.

7. The Witch

By Elizabeth F Guptill
A witch went forth last Halloween
The awfullest witch that was ever seen
She had an old broom on which there sat
A humpbacked, green eyed, cross old cat.
She had a dress of black with scarlet cloak,
A tall pointed hat. She spoke with a croak.
This story is true, for the witch was me.
I went to a Halloween party, you see!

8. Happy Halloween

By Unknown
It’s late and we are sleepy,
The air is cold and still.
Our jack-o-lantern grins at us
Upon the window sill.
We`re stuffed with cake and candy
And we`ve had a lot of fun,
But now it’s time to go to bed
And dream of all we’ve done.
We`ll dream of ghosts and goblins
And of witches that we`ve seen,
And we`ll dream of trick-or-treating
On this happy Halloween.

9. Trick Or Treat

By Unknown
Trick or Treat! Trick or Treat!
Give me something good to eat.
Give me candy. Give me cake.
Give me something good to take.

10. Three Little Ghosts

By Unknown
Three little ghosts on Halloween night
Saw a witch and shrieked in fright
The witch just laughed and shouted, “Boo!”
One ghost ran home and then there were two.
Two little ghosts who shiver and shook
With every single step they took.
When the door opened wide
One little ghost said to the other…
I’m going home to stay with my mother.
One little ghost can’t have much fun,
so he ran home, and then there were none.

11. Five Little Pumpkins

By Dan Yaccarino
Five little pumpkins sitting on a 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!”
Wooooo, went the wind
And out went the light
And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight!

12. Could Be Halloween

  By Unknown

Yowling, prowling, growling cat
Why do you switch your tail like that?
Why do your eyes flash gold and green?
Could be–must be–Halloween!
Slinky, inky, blinky cat,
Why do you arch your back like that?
What scary creatures have you seen?
Could be–must be- Halloween!

13. Spooky Halloween

            By Julia M. Martin

Spooky night! Spooky night!

Jack o’ lanterns yellow glow,

White ghosts walk abroad,

And blue flame burns low.

Spooky night! Spooky night!

Embers fall, dull red,

Dreadful black witches ride,

And home we run to hide in bed.

14. Theme in Yellow 

By Carl Sandburg

I spot the hills

With yellow balls in autumn.

I light the prairie cornfields

orange and tawny gold clusters

And I am called pumpkins.

On the last of October

When the dusk is fallen

Children join hands

And circle around me

Singing ghost songs

And love to the harvest moon;

I am a Jack-o’-lantern

With terrible teeth

And the chicken know

I am fooling.

15. Halloween Party

By Kenn Nasbitt

We’re having a Halloween party at school.

I’m dressed up like Dracula. Man, I look cool!

I dyed my hair black, and I cut off my bangs.

I’m wearing a cape and some fake plastic fangs.

I put on some makeup to paint my face white,

like creatures that only come out in the night.

My fingernails, too, are all pointed and red.

I look like I’m recently back from the dead.

My mom drops me off, and I run into school

and suddenly feel like the world’s biggest fool.

The other kids stare like I’m some kind of freak-

the Halloween party is not till next week. 

Benefits of Learning Halloween Poems for Kids

The benefits of learning Halloween poems for kids are mentioned below.

  • It helps children learn spellings of vocabulary words they are using in poems.
  • It builds children’s vocabulary knowledge for better communication skills.
  • It encourages children’s creativity skills while writing poems.
  • It enhances children’s imagination skills to write creative poems.
  • It enables children to express their ideas and feelings in the form of poems.
  • It develops children’s reading and writing skills.

We hope you and your child had fun reciting these Halloween poems for kids. For more Halloween fun and learning, check out Halloween words and Halloween activity sheets. For more poems, worksheets and learning materials for kids, check our kids learning section.