As the show deals with monsters, scary tales and terrific places it could be a good idea to get the children ready for the experience pre-teaching them some vocabulary they will hear, while playing Halloween games and doing activities related to the songs of the concert. We would like to offer you a didactic guide you can use in an one hour class, which we are sure can make the experience more memorable and enjoyable.
However, if you don’t have the time to prepare and extra lesson or you don’t feel it could fit your classes, we strongly recommend you read the summaries of the songs with your students before going to the show. The summaries have questions to help them predict what could happen next and answering the questions with your class is a great way to prepare for the performance! Even if you do the extra class, it is still advisable you read together the summaries.
1. Setting the scene.
If you can do it, why don’t you decorate the class? You can put around the class several copies of the flashcard we provide of a tombstone and skeleton (FLASHCARD 1) and of the monsters flashcards (FLASHCARDS 1-10) and you can use ordinary Halloween decorations, too. These props can certainly be a great way to introduce vocabulary and get your students excited.
Also, you can write on the board these verses from one of the songs:
“Bones all around me, eeh, eeh, eeh,
Tombstones all around you, ooh, ooh, ooh,
Bones and tombstones, oo-hoo hoo hoo hoo”
Tell them they come from the play they are going to watch them and ask them what kind of play could it be (a comedy, traditional tales or scary stories)
2. A haunted house.
Show your students this flashcard
Ask them what they can see (It’s a haunted house) Tell them they are going to hear noises from this house and they have to tell you what they are. Write on the board the list of things they will hear and tell them to write them in the order they listen to them.
LIST OF THINGS:
A witch laughing.
A skeleton dancing.
A dog barking
Finally, you could tell them that being able to predict information from the context like they have done could be a great way to understand the songs during the play.
3. A VERY SCARY RECIPE.
Read with your students the summary of the story : “Delicious Visitors”
When the students arrive to the castle, everything looks so well. The band starts to play, the show is about to begin, and the chef is preparing a very special dinner.
Tell your students they are going to create a dish for this restaurant. You will give them a list of ingredients (they can add more) and they have to create a dish choosing some ingredients. Encourage them to name the dishes in an imaginative way! You could vote for the most revolting dish!
Termites and moths
Spiderwebs and moss
Special sauce made with worms
Pirate glass eye
Dirty water where your dog washed his feet
A pinch of spider poop
Example of dish:
Glass eye soup:
Ingredients: Pirate glass eye, dirty water, rotten eggs and a pinch of spider poop.
4. TRICK OR TREAT.
To finish the class, play trick or treat.
Trick or Treat
Give each student a turn to be a trick-or-treater. Tell the student to go outside the classroom door. Out in the hallway, give your student a monster flashcard. (FROM the HALLOWEEN CUSTOME FLASH PDF) The student should close the door and yell trick-or-treat! Allow one student to answer the door. The student who answers the door has to guess which flashcard the other person has. He can ask three yes/no questions before taking a guess. If he can’t guess, another student can come to the door and ask three more questions.
MONSTER FLASHCARDS (you can find them in the .pdf doc)
1. Mummy / Zombie
7. Monster Frog
8. Black cat
18. Garbage man.
We are having a party at the castle, the organizer tells us how he has decorated his house, who are the people coming to the party, what is the curious menu for the night and… what really worries him. Can you imagine how he has decorated the house and who are the visitors?
SHELDON, THE SKELETON.
Listen to the story of Sheldon, a Skeleton who is having love problems. Boney Bones surely has the loveliest bones in the world, and the most beautiful funny bone; but he makes Sheldon nervous, too. Can Sheldon ask her for a date? And how will that date be?
BONES AND TOMBSTONES.
Down the old cementery near the monastery there are many tombstones and… boney skeletons! Let’s count the skeletons there are and see what they do to have fun. Can you guess?
THE LITTLE LONELY VAMPIRE.
Why is the little vampire so lonely? The little vampire tells us what happened to his best friend, teacher, dog, shadow and cell phone. Could you be his new friend?
THE ZOMBIE ZOO.
Come to the zombie zoo and hear the zombie animals sing!
KNOCK KNOCK TRICK OR TREAT
Who’s coming for Halloween? They are at the door and they want to play trick or treat.
THE NOODLE AND SPOON.
When the singer meets a hungry zombie and his brother in a haunted house he knows he needs a great idea to get out alive. They all decide to open a very special restaurant called “The noodle and spoon”, can you guess what the specialty is?