Preschool Themes for October

Preschool Themes for October

love the crisp sunny days of October! Fall colors, autumn harvest and a spooky holiday provide plenty of learning opportunities for preschoolers. Find tons of ideas to create a teaching theme for the month of October, from pumpkins to colorful leaves to firefighters!

  • There are lots of great October themes that you can bring into your preschool classroom!October is a month that provides plenty of opportunities for developing fun themes. Of course, there is candy-lover’s favorite holiday: Halloween. There is also inspiration provided by pumpkins, weather and leaves, Columbus day, Fire Prevention Month and Community Helpers Month. In fact, the Community Helpers theme is a great extension for Fire Prevention Month because preschoolers are just starting to learn about their surroundings and the people who are role models in their community.

    In this guide you will discover subjects geared toward specific topics such as how to arrange community helpers to visit the class, how to create a fire safety escape plan, and how to create a Halloween bulletin board. Resource articles about spooky pumpkin songs and puppets, a unique wind experiment, and how to create an edible boat for Columbus Day will also add some fun to October lesson plans.


    October is Fire Prevention Month. Teach your students about fire safety and firefighters by using a variety of activities. Learn a new song and fingerplay or find out what books are the best to use with this theme. Become skilled in the kitchen by learning how to make fire dog cookies, and learn how to prepare an escape plan in case of an emergency

    Community Helpers

    Community helpers are people who preschoolers look up to as role models in their community. In this section you will learn how to arrange for a community helper to visit the classroom, and where to take a field trip to get hands on experience. You will also become skilled on how to teach preschoolers to help out in their community by making donations and performing charity work.

    Columbus Day

    October 12 is Columbus Day. This may be the first time students are learning about this holiday, so in this section you will find out how to introduce Christopher Columbus and other related themes by using a variety of simple activities. Discover how to create an edible boat, a Columbus day song, how to make a three ships craft and celebrate Columbus day with an exciting salt water experiment.

    Leaves and Weather

    October is the time of year when leaves begin to change colors and fall off the trees; the weather changes as well. Help your students explore fall by teaching them songs and poems about leaves and have them create a leaf chart.

    Learn how to create leave and weather activities that will cover a wide range of developmental areas to accommodate the different learning styles. Learn a wind experiment and unique ways to teach the seasons.


    Fall is a perfect time to learn about pumpkins. You can easily transition the pumpkin theme into the Halloween theme. In this section you will learn which books are the best to teach about pumpkins and how to make pumpkin pudding. Discover how to make crafts such as, glow in the dark pumpkins or paper bag pumpkins. Explore unique activities that will get your students using their fine motor skills like, sequencing, using pumpkin seeds to create a project and a science activity. Learn pumpkin songs and how to create simple puppets your preschoolers will love.


    Halloween is in October and it is one of the favorite holidays of the year for most children. Your students will enjoy making these fun, creative projects. In this section you will discover how to introduce Halloween by asking questions and reading books, how to create crafts such as paper bag Jack O’Lanterns, paper cup black cats, cotton ball ghosts, plastic bag ghosts and balloon spiders and much more.

    Learn how to turn traditional games such as Bingo or an egg hunt into fun Halloween-themed ones such as a Pumpkin Hunt. Get ideas on how to make a bulletin board for Halloween and gain knowledge on new activities such as stuff a scarecrow and glue ghosts.




Halloween stories

Halloween stories

Halloween is a national holiday that captures the imagination of children and adults alike!

Reading books to children is another excellent way to celebrate this holiday and teach a number of valuable lessons: the joy of reading, the value of the printed word, and the importance of listening carefully to the spoken word. Often Halloween is associated with a variety of somewhat frightening images and ideas as ghost stories or tales of witches and goblins abound. But Halloween can also be a time to share some wonderful picture books that highlight the holiday in fun and entertaining, rather than scary, ways.
Here is a list of some Halloween Stores captivating and entertaining picture books with a Halloween theme.

You may also enjoy visiting your school or community library to find additional Halloween stories.

  • The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams
  • Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
  • Humbug Witch by Lorna Balian
  • There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat! by Lucille Colandro
  • Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman
  • The Hallo-wiener by Dav Pilkey
  • Arthur’s Halloween by Marc Brown
  • Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White
  • It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown by Charles Schulz
  • The Berenstain Bears Go on a Ghost Walk by Stan and Jan Berenstain

To hone auditory processing skills, ask your child questions about the characters and action in the story as you read and after the story is completed. Here are some tips and questions that can keep your child listening carefully and can also spark interesting conversations:

  • Stop reading in the middle of the story and ask your child what he thinks might happen next.
  • Do this again close to the end of the book and ask your child to predict how the story resolves.
  • Question your child about the characters in the book, as well. Which is her favorite?
  • Does she approve of the actions the characters are taking?
  • Can your child guess how the characters are feeling throughout the story?
  • Do those feeling change?
  • How would your child feel in the same situation?
  • If your child was writing the story, how would he write the ending?
  • Does anything in the story surprise your child?
  • What is your child’s favorite part of the story and why?

Have fun sharing some quiet time and delightful stories with your little trick-or-treater and have a wonderful Halloween!