It’s time to announce the third and final winner of the Halloween song topic contest. Congrats to Mrs. Gee, a fellow music educator, for her great idea! She had this to say:

One of the schools where I work used to do a parade of costumes. I think it would be neat to let kids dress up (some teachers of younger students even have dress up centers in their rooms). Then have a song that mentions the costumes as they parade by.

Come one and all,
Big and small,
Gather ‘round for the parade.
We’re dressing up,
On Halloween,
So many costumes to be seen!

Costumes on parade,
Ghosts and witches walking by,
Mummies, vampires, Frankenstein,
And Batman, me oh my!


Costumes on parade,
Clowns and cats are walking by,
Princesses and firemen,
And Elvis, me oh my!


Costumes on parade,
Frogs and monkeys walking by,
Hannah Montana and Harry Potter,
And ninjas, me oh my!


I still remember the costume parades from preschool and elementary school, and my mom even has pictures! I love the idea of using this song to accompany such a parade – it would be so easy to substitute the costumes I used for those that the students are actually wearing. And even if you aren’t having a parade, you can still sing the song; just ask the students to suggest the costumes to be included. They could even draw pictures of them as an art project!

Emily, Tip Tom Tom, and Mrs. Gee: I have you to thank for three new Halloween songs, so don’t forget to send me the songs you’d like included on your custom Listen & Learn CDs! And thanks to all of you who participated in the song topic contest. There are many more special days coming up, so I can guarantee that there will be a contest or two in the near future.

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