Tuesday, October 18, 2011

H A Double-L O W Double-E N spells Halloween!



WonderGirl was drawing October-y pictures the other day and asked me how to spell Halloween.  I immediately started singing this song, shocked that I hadn't remembered to teach it to her before.  Do you remember singing it back in elementary school like I did?  It's catchy lyrics set to Camille Saint-Saens' Danse Macabre that have sat in my brain since Mr. V (only one of the coolest elementary music teachers EVER - mom, you rank right up there with him too:) taught it to our class back in the day.  It's from "Halloween: Games, Songs and Stories" by Wade Denning & Kay Lande (Golden Records, LP-242, 1969).


Play it even just once for your kiddo - I promise they'll never forget how to spell Halloween!


Lyrics:


H-A-Double-L-O-Double-U-Double-E-N Spells Halloween,
H-A-Double-L-O-Double-U-Double-E-N Spells Halloween!

Halloween means ghosts and goblins,
Skeletons, monsters and howling cats.
Spooky masks and jack-o-lanterns
Witches and devils and big black bats.

H-A-Double-L-O-Double-U-Double-E-N Spells Halloween,
H-A-Double-L-O-Double-U-Double-E-N Spells Halloween!

Halloween means ringing doorbells,
Scaring the people who open the door.
Trick-or-Treat gets you candy and apples,
Then go to the next house and get some more



Side note:  Back in grad school, I had a listening test where we had to identify the difference between Saint-Saens' Danse Macabre and his Fossils from the Carnival of the Animals.  It's not easy because they are both incredibly similar - but it was easy for me since I knew the Halloween song.  I taught it to the other students in my study group and we all aced it on the test!

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