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October 2014 - Feature Campfire - Halloween

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September 25, 2014



Ghostly, ghoulish shadows surround you as you walk down a dark alley and onto a deserted back road.  Leafless maples cast haunting silhouettes as you glance about nervously.  All is deadly quiet when there should be sound.  Not a peep can be heard from the birds and crickets that were just there moments ago.  You notice faint footsteps in the distance. Coming toward you, they become louder.

You quicken your pace a little, shrugging off any irrational notions that may be forming up from the inner depths of your mind.  The footsteps are decidedly louder now, sharply ringing out into the night like your voice would be had you not, to your surprise, lost it. You turn to run.  The footsteps are all but on top of you now.  You tense up and swing around wildly...

"Trick or treat," comes the meek, high-pitched voice of a three-foot tall ghost with blond pigtails, holding wide a miniature candy bag with a giant grinning pumpkin on the front.


This month’s campfire theme is Halloween.  It is a favorite time of year for all ages.  A lot of you will be planning parties for your units, classes, youth groups, so I have attempted to put together some of my favorites for your special event.

I am also including some great links to provide you with some Halloween Party Activities and Crafts.








Guider Dusk (Dawn)


Campfire Planning Sheet





Campfire Leader:




Campfire Theme:

Halloween Madness



Time Allowed:

45 - 60 minutes



Official Opening:

Halloween Warning (Tune:  On Top of Old Smoky)



Well Known Songs:

The Twelve Days of Halloween (Tune:  The Twelve Days of Christmas)


Three Little Witches (Tune:  Three Little Indians)


Bug Juice



Round Songs:

Cannibal Song


Ghosts and Goblins



Fun Songs:

Great Green Globs





Halloween Characters:

Adam’s Family


In the Graveyard



Action Song:

Funky Chicken



Story Time:

Bloody Fingers



Quieter Song:

Stirring Our Brew


Spiritual Song:

Dem Bones (Gonna Rise Again) – Negro Spiritual



A Chilling Poem – Author Unknown



Vespers & Taps:

All Night, All Day




Halloween Warning  (Tune:  On Top Of Old Smoky)


On Halloween evening, one night in the year,
When ancient graves open, all the ghosts then appear.
We flit through the shadows, we moan and we groan,
We pounce on the mortal, straying too far from home.
So humans be wary, stay safely within
Let a Halloween ghost, scares you out of your skin!



The Twelve Days Of Halloween


On the first day of Halloween, my true love gave to me

An owl in a dead oak tree.


On the second day of Halloween, my true love gave to me

Two Trick-or-Treaters

And an owl in a dead oak tree.


Third day – Three black cats

Fourth day – Four skeletons

Fifth day – Five scary spooks

Sixth day – Six goblins gobbling

Seventh day – Seven pumpkins glowing

Eighth day – Eight monsters shrieking

Ninth day – Nine ghosts a-booing

Tenth day – Ten ghouls a-groaning

Eleventh day – Eleven masks a-learing

Twelfth day – Twelve bats a-flying



Three Little Witches (Tune:  Three Little Indians)


One little, two little, three little witches,
Fly over haystacks, fly over ditches,
Slide down moon beams without any hitches,
Hey ho Halloween's here!

Horned owl's hooting, it's time to go riding,
Deep in the shadows are black cats hiding,
With gay little goblins, sliding, gliding,
Hey ho Halloween's here!

Stand on your head with a lopsided wiggle,
Tickle your little black cats till they giggle,
Swish through clouds with a higgedy, piggle,
Hey ho Halloween's here!



Bug Juice (Tune: On Top Of Old Smoky)


At camp with the Girl Guides, (or Brownies)

They gave us a drink,

We thought it was Kool-aid,

Because it was pink.       


But the thing that they told us,

Would have grossed out a moose,

For that good tasking pink drink,

Was really bug juice.


It looked fresh and fruity,

Like tasty Kool-aid,

But the bugs that were in it,

Were murdered with Raid.


We drank by the gallons,

We drank by the tons,

But then the next morning,

We all had the runs.


Next time you drink bug juice,

And a fly drives you mad,

He’s just getting even,

‘Cause you swallowed his dad.'



Cannibal Song (Tune:  Row, Row, Row Your Boat)


Stir, stir, stir the soup
Taste it with a spoon
Yummy, yummy, yummy, yummy
Hope she'll be done soon.

Sniff, sniff, sniff the meat
Salt it like you should
Tasty, tasty, tasty, tasty
Humans taste so good.

Slurp, slurp, slurp it down
Never get enough
Hope we trap more humans soon
We're crazy 'bout this stuff.

Whew, phew, burp, I'm full
Think I'm going to pop
Phooey, phooey, phooey, phooey
Guess I'll have to stop.

Gosh, darn, golly gee
Wish it wasn't so
Oh, well, what the heck
Pass me one more toe.



Ghosts and Goblin’s (Tune:  Frere Jacques)


Ghosts and Goblin’s

Ghosts and Goblin’s

Witches too

Witches too

All out trick or treating

All out trick or treating

Can’t scare you

Can’t scare you



Great Green Gobs


Great green globs of

Greasy, grimy gopher guts

Munched up monkey meat

Little birdies’ dirty feet

French-fried eyeballs

Swimming in a pool of barf

And I forgot my spoon


Great green globs of

Greasy, grimy gopher guts

Mutilated monkey feet

Chopped up baby parakeet

French-fried eyeballs

Sailing in a creamy puff

Oops! I forgot my spoon

But there are straws….




Everybody hates me!

Nobody likes me,

I'm going to the garden to eat some worms.


Chorus (Repeat after each verse):      

Big fat juicy ones

Long green slimy ones,

And itsy, bitsy, fuzzy, wuzzy worms.

Yum Yum.


First you get a bucket,

Then you get a shovel,

Oh how they wiggle and squirm.


Down goes the first one,

Down goes the second one,

Down goes the third little worm.


Round goes the first one

Round goes the second one

Round goes the third little worm.

Up comes the first one,

Up comes the second one,

Up comes the third little worm.

Everybody likes me,

Nobody hates me!

I'm going to the garden to eat some worms



Addams Family


They're creepy and they're kooky,
Mysterious and spooky,
They're altogether ooky,
The Addams Family.

Their house is a museum.
When people come to see 'em
They really are a screa-um.
The Addams Family.


So get a witch's shawl on.
A broomstick you can crawl on.
We're gonna pay a call on
The Addams Family.



In the Grave Yard (Tune:  Clementine)


In the grave yard,
In the grave yard,
When the moon begins to shine,
There's a doctor, crazy doctor,
and his monster Frankenstein.

Oh, my monster,
oh, my monster,
oh, my monster Frankenstein,
you are very, very scary, don't come
near me Frankenstein.



Funky Chicken


Leader - Let me see your funky chicken!


Leader - Let me see your funky chicken!

All - WHAT'S THAT YOU SAY? I said....



Ooo, ah-ah-ah ooo, ah-ah-ah ooo, ah-ah-ah ooo,

One more time, now!

Ooo, ah-ah-ah ooo, ah-ah-ah ooo, ah-ah-ah ooo,

Back in line, now! (Stomp feet eight times)


Other Verses:


Funky Chicken - dance around in a circle with arms crooked up as chicken wings

Mae West - flare an invisible skirt

Dracula - one arm up in front of face as if a cape was draped over

it, peek out from behind arm, then repeat with other arm

Crocodile - make a set of jaws with your arms and chomp

Elephant - one arm up to your face as a trunk

Platypus - squeeze your lips between your fingers and make

raspberry sounds

Porcupine - shake fingers out in front of your body stiffly, as if you

were feeling the back of a porcupine!




There once was a family a long time ago that went on vacation. A mother, father, brother, sister and last but not least a small baby. After a long day of sightseeing and traveling the family decides to check into a local hotel. They'd checked out all the surrounding areas and the hotels were all full. Finally they come to the last one and are desperate! They enter in to find that the hotel is full! Desperate, the father tells the clerk "We'll take anything you have, anything!! Please Mr. don't you have a room for us?" The clerk felt really bad for the family and told the father "Sir, we do happen to have just one room left. We don't normally let people stay in it though. It's haunted. Everyone that has stayed always disappears in the middle of the night without so much as a goodbye or even paying their bill!" The father says "Great!! We'll take it! You see, I don't believe in all that ghost rubbish anyhow!" He takes the key and they go off into the old hotel room. Seeing as how the family was so tired from their travel, the family decided to order out for pizza. The pizza finally arrives and the mother gets the pizza and sits it on the counter. The little baby was so hungry!! He watched that pizza the whole time! Mom announced "Everyone it's time to wash up for dinner!!" So off to the bathroom Mom goes to wash her hands for dinner. She enters into the bathroom, turns on the sink and a horribly scary voice can be heard...

It scares the mom so badly that she jumps out the bathroom window and runs away! Never to be seen again!

After a few minutes the father starts to wonder where the mother is, so he tells the kids he'll go find out so that they can take their turn in the bathroom and then eat the pizza.

He goes into the bathroom, turns on the sink and hears that same scary voice "BLOOOOOOODYYYYYY FIIIINNNNNNNNGGGGERRRRR"

He gets so scared that he runs to the window, jumps out never to be seen again.

After a few minutes the brother starts to wonder where Mom and Dad went. He goes into the bathroom to check on them. He walks over to the sink, turns on the water and hears "BBBBLLLLLLOOOODDDDYYYY FIIINNNNNNGGGERRRRR" (getting louder and louder each time it's said)

He runs to the window and jumps out, never to be seen again.

The sister starts to wonder where everyone has gone to. She goes into the bathroom to check things out. Once in the bathroom she decides to wash up. She walks to the sink, turns on the water and hears a scary voice "BBBBLLLLLLOOOODDDDYYYYY FFIIINNNNGGGGEEERRRRR" (getting louder each time it's said)

She's so scared that she runs to the bathroom window and jumps out, never to be seen again.

Ok...so all that's left is the baby, he's pretty upset that everyone has left him alone and he can't even reach that delicious pizza himself! He's going to tell them exactly what he thinks about it too! JUST as soon as he can find them. He crawls into the bathroom to see where everyone has gone. First he opens the door...nothing...he crawls over to the sink...still nothing....."Hmm" he thinks to himself...THEN he hears it! The scary, scary voice..."BLLLLOOODDDDYYY FIIINNNNNGGERRRRR" The baby, frustrated, looks around ..."BLLLLOOODDDDYYY FIIINNNNNGGERRRRR" (much louder this time!) the baby just sits there,..."BLLLLOOODDDDYYY FIIINNNNNGGERRRRR (VERY loud)

Finally the baby says just as loud and very frustrated "AWWWW Stick a BANDAID ON IT!" he shouts!




Stirring and stirring and stirring our brew.  (Pretend to stir.)
Wooooooo! Woooooo!...  (Cup hands by mouth.)
Stirring and stirring and stirring our brew...  (Stir.)
Wooooooo! Wooooo!  (Cup hands by mouth.)
Tip-toe. Tip-toe. BOO!  (Pretend to tip-toe.)



Dem Bones (Gonna Rise Again) – Negro Spiritual

The Lord He thought He'd make a man
(Dem bones are gonna rise again)
So he took a little water and he took a little sand
(Dem bones are gonna rise again)


I know it know it, indeed I know it brother

I know it - whee! - dem bones are gonna rise again

Now Adam he was terribly blue
(Dem bones are gonna rise again)
He didn't know exactly what to do
(Dem bones are gonna rise again)

So the lord took a rib from Adam’s side
(Dem bones are gonna rise again)
And He made Miss Eve to be his bride
(Dem bones are gonna rise again)

He put them in a garden fair
(Dem bones are gonna rise again)
He thought they'd be most happy there
(Dem bones are gonna rise again)

Apples, peaches, pears and such
(Dem bones are gonna rise again)
But of this tree you must not touch
(Dem bones are gonna rise again)

Now Eve took a walk by the tree one day
(Dem bones are gonna rise again)
And a serpent popped up in her way
(Dem bones are gonna rise again)

"Now, Eve, this fruit tastes mighty fine"
(Dem bones are gonna rise again)
"Just take one, the lord won't mind"
(Dem bones are gonna rise again)

So Eve took a pick and then took a pull
(Dem bones are gonna rise again)
And then she filled her apron full
(Dem bones are gonna rise again)

Now Adam and Eve they tried to hide
(Dem bones are gonna rise again)
But the lord looked down, and them he spied
(Dem bones are gonna rise again)

"Now Adam you must leave this place"
(Dem bones are gonna rise again)
"And earn your livin' by the sweat of your face"
(Dem bones are gonna rise again)


So Adam took a pick and then took a plow
(Dem bones are gonna rise again)
And that's why we're all workin' now!
(Dem bones are gonna rise again)



A Chilling Poem – Author Unknown


I'm not afraid of snakes, or toads, or bugs, or worms, or mice,
The things that girls are scared of, I think are awful nice.
I'm pretty brave, I guess; And yet I hate to go to bed,
For, when I'm tucked up warm and snug and when my prayers are said,
Mother tells me "Happy dreams!" and takes away the light,
And leaves me lying all alone and seeing things at night.

Sometimes they're in the corner, sometimes they're by the door,
Sometimes they all just creep and crawl across the bedroom floor;
Sometimes they come when I'm asleep, sometimes when I'm awake
So softly and so silently, they make me scream and shake.
Sometimes they are as black as ink, and other times they're white
But colour makes no difference when you're seeing things at night.

Once, Mother caught me being bad, fighting in the street,
And Father sent me up to bed without a bite to eat.
I heard some noises in the dark and up my ears did prick
Those things were gathered all around and planning something sick.
I was so very scared that time, I got an awful fright
It's always when I'm bad that I start seeing things at night.

Lucky thing I'm not a girl, or I'd be scared to death.
Since I'm a boy, I duck my head and then I hold my breath.
When I hear something horrible, crawling up the stairs
I promise to be better and I always say my prayers.
I'm certain that's the only way that I can make it right
When I've been very wicked and start things at night!

And so, when other evil kids tempt and coax me into sin,
I try to squash the devil's voice that urges me within.
At night the things creep closer and they aren't very nice,
They want to eat me up without even thinking twice!
Eventually these evil things will drag me out of sight
I hope I don't keep doing wrong, and seeing things at night!



All Night, All Day – Negro Spiritual



All night, all day

Angels watching over me my Lord

All night, all day

Angels watching over me


As I lay me down to sleep

Angels watching over me my Lord

Pray the lord my soul to keep

Angels watching over me

If I die before I wake

Angels watching over me my Lord

Pray the Lord my soul to take

Angels watching over me





Day is done,

Gone the sun,

From the lake,

From the hill,

From the stars.

All is well,

Safely rests,

God is nigh. 

As spirits roam the neighborhoods at night,
Let loose upon the Earth till it be light...
~Nicholas Gordon