Halloween Books & Spelling Freebie


Like a lot of people I LOVE the fall, but I especially love Halloween. My birthday is the day before (darn, I missed by less than 4 hours), and all my birthday parties had a Halloween theme. So of course I have to join the Halloween Book Linky hosted by First Grade Found Me (link below).

I have tons of Halloween books but these two are my favourites.

The Runaway Pumpkin

This is a rhyming book about a HUGE pumpkin that wreaks havoc on a family farm. The kids love it 'cause they're always worried (or are they hoping) that one of the animals will get squished :)

The Pumpkin Blanket

This is THE most beautiful, tender story about a little girl who grows out of her very special baby blanket.


Before you go I have two Halloween freebies. My kids love playing sight word tic tac toe to practice their words. Instead of using x's and o's they use a sight word. Each player has a different word. When they play a new game they pick a new word.

I'm going to laminate mine so that I don't waste paper:)

Two Halloween books and a tic tac toe spelling game freebie. Perfect for first grade!

Click on the image to grab the pdf file.

Happy September!

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  1. The Runaway Pumpkin is one of my favourite Halloween read alouds - the language and rhythm is just so fun!

    rubberboots and elf shoes

  2. Both those books are new to me! Going to put a hold on them now. Thanks!

  3. I haven't read these, I need to add them to my list! I love Halloween too:) Does that mean you are a Scorpio? I have a few good friends that have Halloween B-Days:)

    Surfin' Through Second

  4. Thanks for sharing these books, they look great! I just became your 500th follower! Looking forward to more great posts :)
    Teaching With Style

    1. Whoo hoo!! Thank you. I've been waiting all summer for 500. I feel like I should give you a lucky prize or something -- ha ha;)

  5. I haven't heard of either of the books.... gonna have to go check them out!

  6. Love the Runaway pumpkin--I can't wait to read the next book. I don't know what my daughter is going to do when her favorite pink blanket falls apart!

  7. Love the Pumpkin Blanket . . . SUCH a beautiful story!

    Happy Autumn from TX (where it still feels like summer.....),


  8. Thanks so much for linking up, Barb! The Pumpkin Blanket sounds like a very touching story. And I always enjoy the Runaway Pumpkin. Thanks for the cute sight word freebie. My students will enjoy it. I think we'll do it tomorrow. I was looking for something different to break up our routine. Take care!
    First Grade Found Me

    1. You're welcome, Chrissy. This is a fun linky!

  9. Hi Barbara,
    I just wanted to stop by to say thank you for sending Jeff some birthday wishes! You're so thoughtful.
    - Amanda
    Inspired in Second

  10. Two more books that sound great! Thanks for sharing them with us. Now I have more books to buy!
    Conversations in Literacy

  11. I love The Run Away Pumpkin - it is so fun to read aloud. The Pumpkin Blanket is new to me - thanks for the introduction.

    1. Yeah, it's one of my favourites, too.

      Be sure to look for The Pumpkin Blanket. I know you'll love it! It's a very gentle story with beautiful art:)


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