The inspiration for the song “Halloween Stew” goes back over twenty years to my elementary school days. My music teacher introduced us to “Witches’ Brew” by Hap Palmer, and it has stuck in my head ever since. I first adapted his original song a few years ago, here’s a video I made of my version.
Recently I decided to revamp it again, but this time around I opted for an alphabet theme. It’s a great opportunity to help my students practice identifying letters of the alphabet and naming objects that start with those letters. Of course, I had to create a visual to go with the song; the illustration gives you an idea of what it looks like.
I recorded this year’s version on the fly and included only the letters A through D, while the visual aide goes up to the letter H. It’s intended to be more of a starter resource for you to take and adapt on your own or with your students. The mp3, lead sheet and visual aide is available to members of Listen & Learn Plus! for download.
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Wow, Hap Palmer – I grew up listening to those LPs back in the day. They always were fun to listen to and they do stick with you after all these years. I love what you’ve done with the arrangement. Sounds like fun for the kids. Great job!
Thanks, Mark! Gotta love this classic material :)
Rachel, I love this song and the alphabet theme with visuals! I wasn’t sure how to use it as is for my larger preschool groups next week, so I’m really excited to modify it by having them come up with their own words in a structured format (animals, toys, foods, etc.) as a creative expression activity. Thanks for all of your Halloween songs!
Hi Jenny! This is EXACTLY how I use the song with younger groups :) So happy you are able to put the Halloween songs to good use!