It’s a Yoga Halloween this year! To open the class, I have the kids lay face down on their mats in crocodile with their foreheads resting on their hands. When everyone is laying quietly with their eyes closed, I put on a black cape and purple witch’s hat. They are quite surprised when they open their eyes, except of course, the ones who were peeking! I have the pose names written on orange index cards (in order of list above). I show them the card and I/they read the name. Then I demo the pose and they do it with me. Next, they can show their own version of the pose.
While the poses move quickly, you might not get through the entire list, depending on the length of your class, especially if they get really creative with their ideas!
1. OWL – reach across body to grab the back of shoulder, look at shoulder. Pranayama: Inhale through nose and exhale to make hooting sounds (do the other shoulder)
2. Scaredy Cat / Halloween Cats – hiss, arch back – Meow!
3. Moon – curved crescent, Reverse Warrior and Warrior 2 – Curved back
4. Ghost or Mummy – floating arms – Pranayama: inhale through nose, exhale ghost sounds! Repeat several times.
6. Goblin – make up their own pose
7. Pumpkin Squats – squat down & make a Jack-o-Lantern face
8. Zombies or Frankenstein – walk stiff legged with arms extended out
9. Haunted Tree Pose – creaky noises, windy night
10. Bats – flap down and back up
11. Wicked Witches – How do witches sound? Pranayama: Inhale through nose and exhale a cackle! Repeat several times.
12. Gate Pose & Reverse Gate – with lots of Squeaks & Creaks
13. Vampire Bat – modified Shoulder Stand (Candle) – bats sleeping upside down
14. Fish Pose (after shoulder stand) – stinky fish guts for black cats – ugh!
15. Scarecrow (or Skeleton) – “mirror” your partner’s movements
16. Spider – Partner Pose – back to back, move arms & legs
17. Uncarved Pumpkin – in the Pumpkin Patch/farmer’s field (Child’s pose)
Then read them a story from any of these books:
- It’s Halloween by Jack Prelutsky –They can be trick-or-treating in their Secret Garden. I read some of the poems from this book for something different.
- A Happy Halloween by Leslie Nazarian – A cute, counting, rhyming book with Halloween creatures that can be acted out. It’s not at all scary.
- We’re Off to Find the Witch’s House by Mr. Kreib
- Almost any Halloween book can be acted out.