As you tell this Halloween Story, kids will perform different cutting activities and at the end, they will have created a jack-o-lantern!  FUN!

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This is a great activity for your Halloween parties at home or at school. Kids will love it!  Simply read the Halloween story and provide orange paper and scissors!

Here is the story to download –> The Little Orange House Halloween Storytelling Activity Printable Download

Halloween Story

Once upon a time, a very small witch was walking in the woods. The cold wind was blowing the dry leaves all around her. The little witch was frantically searching for a house for the winter. She could not find one. Suddenly a piece of orange paper, blown by the wind, landed at her feet. She picked it up.

The Little Orange House step 1

The little witch looked closely at the paper and then she said, “I shall make myself a little house from this piece of orange paper.” She folded the paper in half.

The Little Orange House Step 2

Then she took her scissors (she always carried a pair in her pocket) and cut off the two corners to make a roof. “This will do just fine,” she said as she looked at her new house. “But I will need a door.”

The Little Orange House Step 3

With her scissors, she cut a door. Since witches always wear pointed hats, she cut a special door. It looked like this.

The Little Orange House Step 4

The little witch walked through the door into the little orange house. It was very dark inside. She quickly hurried back out.

I will need to make a window to let in the light,” said the little witch. She cut a front and back window that looked like this.

The Little Orange House Step 5

Oh, it was a very fine looking house. Her very own little house with a roof, a door, and windows were all finished. But just as the little witch started to go inside for the winter, she saw a tiny ghost floating down the windswept path. As the tiny ghost came to a stop near the little house the little witch saw that she was crying. “Why are you crying?” asked the little witch. The tiny ghost stopped crying and answered, “It is cold and windy. It is getting dark. And I have no place to spend the winter.” “You may spend the winter with me in my new house,” said the kind little witch. “Oh, thank you,” the happy tiny ghost said as she peeked in through the window. “This is a very nice house.” “First,” said the little witch, “I will need to make you a little door of your very own.” She took her scissors again and began to cut. She cut a very tiny door. It looked like this.

The Little Orange House Step 6

The two happy new friends went inside. The tiny ghost went in the very little door, and the little witch went through her own special door. All winter long they lived happily together inside the little orange house. If you want to see inside their little orange house, get a piece of orange paper and do just what the little witch did. Then unfold the paper. Surprise a jack o lantern!

The Little Orange House - Storytelling Avtivity

This Halloween story is great when you don’t want spooky stories. Halloween can be fun without haunted houses and scary things.

Kids also love these Halloween jokes!

Now that you have a fun activity for a Halloween party check out these festive party printables.

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  1. I do this but carefully tear the paper . . telling the kids that the mouse found a pumpkin, nibbled a door to get in, a window to see, and a larger door to let his friends in. Open up and surprise!….he had made a jack-o-lantern.

  2. I do this with my 2nd graders and they LOVE it….wondering if anyone has something similar for Thanksgiving and Christmas….

  3. I do a similar story called Perky pumpkin. About someone who lives in the pumpkin patch and loves pumpkins. The other character is a cat named Katie. It’s getting cold in the pumpkin patch so they need to find a house. He finds an orange piece of paper to make his house. At the end they have an open house for everyone in the forest. Of course you open the orange paper an it’s a jack-o-lantern. The children are amazed and then they want to tell the story and make one. I’ve been telling this story for 30 years! Wow

  4. I first heard a similar story in the mid-1970’s. But instead of a witch it was a field mouse and he nibbled instead of snipping. It was in the Highlight’s Magazine.

  5. Did this with my kindergarten class. The kids LOVED it and have since been trying to recreate it/retell it on their own. 🙂

  6. Ohhh tooo funny to see this today! I’ve been doing this for YEARS in my first grade classroom. It’s always a hit because they never see what’s coming! 🙂

  7. OH WOW! I’m loving it! This is amazing to work arts and concentration and cutting habilities… It’s just great! I’m totally doing it with my pre-K students 😉
    Thanks a million! I’m sharing it on Pinterest.
    Love from Spain!

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