A Simple Halloween Story: The Little Orange House

The following post is by editor Kara Fleck . and originally appeared October 2010.

Last week I shared with you some tips and suggestions for storytelling with your children. This week I am bringing you a very simple story, with a fun twist, that you can tell your kids this Halloween.

I thought it would be fun to share the story of The Little Orange House in a vlog.

You will need a few props for this story.  Watch carefully and you”ll see the surprise at the end!


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Supplies Needed:

  • a pair of scissors
  • orange construction paper

It is that easy!  However, you may want to practice this once or twice before you show your kids, making sure that you are making your cuts along the fold.

The Story

Once upon a Halloween, a very tiny little witch was walking through the forest.  The weather was turning colder and the tiny little witch was searching for a home to stay warm in while the icy winds blew.

She came across a piece of orange paper blowing in the wind.  “Perfect!” said the tiny little witch, “This will make a wonderful home for me!”

And she pulled a tiny little pair of scissors out of her tiny little pockets (for she was a very prudent  little witch and always had her tiny little scissors with her) and she folded the orange paper in half and then cut out a tiny little roof. [fold paper and cut the roof]

“Lovely!” said the tiny little witch, admiring her new home.  “But, I shall need a tiny little door.” And so she took her tiny little scissors and cut a specially shaped tiny little door, just right for a tiny little witch wearing a tiny little witch’s hat. [make a door shaped like a rectangle with a slanting triangle on the top]

The tiny little witch walked in the door of her tiny little house.  It was very dark inside.  “I need to make some tiny little windows” she said.  So, the tiny little witch took her tiny little scissors and cut some tiny little windows in the orange paper house. [cutting through all the layers of the folded paper, make square or circle shaped windows]

Just then, the tiny little witch heard a voice in the wind howling “Booooo! Boooooo! Boooo hoooooo!” It was a tiny little ghost and he was very sad.

“Tiny little ghost, why are you so sad?” asked the tiny little witch.

“Because winter is coming and I have no hooooooome.   Boooo!   Boooo Hoooo!” sobbed the ghost.

“Don’t worry, friend,” said the tiny little witch.  “I will make room for you in my lovely orange paper house.  I will give you your very own ghost-shaped door so that you feel right at home.” And, with that, the tiny little witch cut a small ghost shaped door in the orange paper house. [cut a small triangle in between the door and the windows, on the fold of the paper]

The tiny little ghost went inside his tiny ghost shaped door and the tiny witch went inside her tiny witch shaped door.  The two friends were safe and warm inside the orange paper house.  And they lived happily ever after!  [open up your folded paper and reveal the surprise]

What a fun story to tell! Thank you to my first grade teacher, who I can remember sharing this story with our class a long time ago …

Do you have a favorite Halloween or Autumn story that you”ll be sharing with your kids this month?

About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at KElizabethFleck.com.

Comments

  1. So cute, Kara! I’m going to tell this to my girls and nieces tomorrow. Loving all your vlogs lately! :)
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  2. That is too cute! I’m going to have to do this with my little girl. Thank you! You’re adorable!

  3. Kara…great post! This reminds me of when my kiddos were younger…they would love when I would tell them stories. I remember sitting in bed w/ all 3 of them and telling them some “James Bond” type of story, but they were the main characters. My daughter Kylie was the one being rescued and my 2 boys were the ones that swam in shark tanks, fought a wild pack of rhinos, dodged bullets all to save their little sister. I know this is not exactly the kind of story telling you talk about…but it was such a source of fun and joy for them…thanks for reminding me of this whole story telling thing.

  4. Hi, thanks for sharing, my 3 yo will love! I can’t seem to open the pdf file, however, your link brings me to Adobe Reader, but no file…?
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  5. I just did this with my youngest and she loved it! Her face totally lit up when I opened the house!
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  6. Oh what fun! I’ve seen this before but had forgotten all about it. I’ll add this to our to-do list of fun stuff this week for sure. Thanks!
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  7. Too cool, Kara!
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  8. I’m totally charmed! My preschooler is really into “tell me a story” these days – he will LOVE this.
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  9. Fun! So glad I watched it even though it’s midnight:)
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  10. I did this with my 3 year old- he loved it- then my 10 year old did it for the kids at Bible study- so cute and easy. Any other story ideas?
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  11. Oh, this reminds me of a story I used to do when I taught but it was about a witch. I need to dig it out! Thanks!!
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  12. Awwww. Great one. Adorable, really. A must with my daughter too. Thanks a lot for this. Great one. Keep it up.
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  13. Did this last year and was already thinking of it a few days ago! Love it!
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  14. Very cool! I will have to tell this to my 6 grandkids they next time I see them, although the oldest will probably figure it out! He is too smart (and 11 years old!)
    Thanks for sharing!
    Bernice
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