It’s pumpkin time! There’s pumpkin everywhere. Pumpkin coffee, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, pumpkin soap, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin Oreos, pumpkin cinnamon rolls. Is there anything that isn’t pumpkin these days? Staying true to the theme, here are five great pumpkin songs for you and your children to enjoy together this month!

Pumpkin Pumpkin, Round and Fat

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“Pumpkin, pumpkin round and fat,
Turn into a jack-o-lantern just like THAT.”

I like to add a craft and some motions to this song. For “round and fat,” simply motion your hands to shape a round and fat pumpkin. At “just like THAT,” snap!

Another activity you can do is to make paper jack-o-lanterns. I printed mine, but you can certainly make one with construction paper. One side is a plain pumpkin and the other is a Jack-o-Lantern. Flip to the Jack-o-Lantern at “just like THAT!”

Five Little Pumpkins

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“Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.
The first one said ‘Oh my, it’s getting late!’
The second one said, ‘There are witches in the air!’
The third one said, ‘But we don’t care.’
The fourth one said ‘Let’s run and run and run!’
The fifth one said ‘I’m ready for some fun!’
Then ‘woooo’ went the wind and OUT went the lights.

And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.”

The movements in this song make this one fun for little ones.

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate. Use one arm as a gate and hold an open hand (one finger for each pumpkin) to sit on forearm gate.
The first one said ‘Oh my, it’s getting late!’
Hands on cheeks in surprise.
The second one said, ‘There are witches in the air!’
Hands above head like a witch hat, swaying side to side.
The third one said, ‘But we don’t care.’
Thumbs point to self and shake head.
The fourth one said ‘Let’s run and run and run!’
Move arms as though running.
The fifth one said ‘I’m ready for some fun!’
Thumbs up!
Then ‘woooo’ went the wind and OUT went the lights.
Swoop hands side to side like wind, clap for “OUT.”
And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.
Roll hands in front of body to represent the pumpkins rolling down the hill.

 Pumpkin Face

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“Pumpkin face, pumpkin face. So many shapes all over the place.
It’s Halloween, it’s Halloween and we can make so much happen on a pumpkin face.
Make a smile or make a frown. Just turn that smile upside down.
Nose can be low or nose can be high. Your imagination will help you decide.
One – two – three or more eyes.
Triangles, squares, or circles any size.

Pumpkin face, pumpkin face. So many shapes all over the place.
Face of ghost or face of a cat. Face of a witch or face of a bat.
Scoop out the seeds and now we’re done.
Me and my family have so much fun.
Now inside you put a light.
Look at how our pumpkin glows so bright!
Pumpkin face, pumpkin face. So many shapes all over the place.
It’s Halloween, it’s Halloween and we made so much happen on a pumpkin face!”

OK, I’ll admit it. I have no activity for this, it’s just a fun little song that we have been singing here for years. You could use your pumpkin craft again and put eyes or turn the smile at the times of the song, but this song is a bit quicker paced and short (just over a minute long). It’s a fun one for free dance and singing.

Mr. Pumpkin

“Mr. Pumpkin, Mr. Pumpkin
Round and fat. Round and fat.
Harvest time is coming.
Harvest time is coming.
Yum yum yum.
That is that.”

Mr. Pumpkin is to the tune of Where is Thumbkin? but uses less fine motor in the motion. I like to use body percussion here to tap the beat in parts of this song.

Mr. Pumpkin, Mr. Pumpkin Knee tap – Knee tap – Clap – Clap, Knee tap – Knee tap – Clap – Clap
Round and fat. Round and fat.
Use hands to motion a round and fat pumpkin.
Harvest time is coming.
Move arms and up and down as though lifting pumpkin from ground.
Harvest time is coming.
Yum yum yum.
Rub belly.
That is that.”
Knee tap – Knee tap – Clap

Pumpkin Pumpkin

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“Pumpkin, pumpkin, let’s give you some eyes.
Pumpkin, pumpkin, let’s give you a nose.
Pumpkin, pumpkin, let’s give you a scary smile
And now, you’re a jack o lantern.
The ghost and the ghouls and the witches they will run a mile when they see my scary smile.
So, put me in the window and I’ll chase the night away because I am a jack-o-lantern.
I am a jack-o-lantern.
I am a jack-o-lantern.
Happy Halloween.

I use crafts for this one! We build our own little pumpkin faces and build the faces during the song. Still, everyone’s favorite part seems to be when the pumpkin whispers “Happy Halloween!” at the end.

So, here you have it! Let us know in the comments what other pumpkin activities and songs you do during pumpkin-fest!

Natalie Pospishil

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