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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Jack O'Lantern, Jack O'Lantern, What Do You See?

No, this post has nothing to do with nature (though an owl and a bat do make appearances), but I couldn't pass up the chance to participate in Flannel Friday's Halloween Extravaganza!  When I found out they were planning a special Halloween edition of Flannel Friday I thought about what I could do to add to the fun.

I came up with a haunted house play mat with Halloween friends behind the doors and windows.  I made it to go along with a Halloween version of Bill Martin, Jr.'s classic "Brown Bear, Brown Bear." 

Let me give you a tour of our haunted house! 

Jack O'Lantern, Jack O'Lantern, what do you see? 

I see a green monster looking at me. 

Green Monster, Green Monster, What do you see?

I see a one-eyed, one-horned flying purple people eater looking at me.

People Eater, People Eater, What do you see?

I see a black cat looking at me.

Black Cat, Black Cat, What do you see? 

I see a white ghost looking at me.

White Ghost, White Ghost, What do you see? 

I see a yellow owl looking at me.

Yellow Owl, Yellow Owl, What do you see? 

I see red eyes looking at me.

Red Eyes, Red Eyes What do you see? 

I see a brown bat looking at me.

Brown Bat, Brown Bat, What do you see? 

I see a blue moon looking at me.

Blue Moon, Blue Moon, What do you see? 

I see a witch looking at me.

Witch, Witch, What do you see? 

I see trick-or-treaters looking at me!

Trick-or-Treaters are modeled after my girls
who are going to be Minnie Mouse
and Ariel this year

Trick-or-Treaters, Trick-or-Treaters, What do you see? 

We see a jack o'lantern, a green monster, a one-eyed, one-horned flying purple people eater, a black cat, a white ghost, a yellow owl, red eyes, a brown bat, a blue moon and a witch looking at us.  That's what we see.

All the Halloween friends except the eyes are finger puppets and can be taken off the play mat.  Some of the finger puppets I picked up from the Target dollar spot, some are made for felt cut with a die cut machine and others I just did on my own. 

Happy Haunting all!

Miss Mary Liberry is hosting this week's Flannel Friday. Visit the Flannel Friday blog for more information on our group.


  1. This is an amazing haunted house!! I love it!

    1. Thanks so much! I am thrilled at how it turned out!

  2. This is incredible! I love this idea so much and I want one so bad now!

  3. I love it!!! I wish I could make things this cool!

  4. Gorgeous! You have definitely out done yourself with this beautiful play mat! Your little ones will have so much fun with it. <3

    I am excited because I already have several of the finger puppets from Target. Only a few more and a cool haunted house like yours and I will be able to share this idea with my storytime friends. :o) Now to find the time to make a haunted house mat. How long did it take you?

    Congratulations on a very inspiring idea! I adore it!
    Happy Halloween!
    ~ K ~

    1. It really didn't take all that long. Maybe four hours at the max over a couple of days (with little one interupting me, the dog curling up on it, me not knowing what I am doing with a sewing machine). I was thinking about it for a long time, so once I sat down to do it, it came together great.

  5. Snap! I didn't see any finger puppets at Target when my son and I went Halloween shopping. I'll have to make another trip. Fabulous story. I want to make one, too.

    1. Dollar Spot! I check it everytime I am there. Never know what you will find! Case in point! :o)