Three ghost tales that leave even the youngest audience members able to sleep at night, Halloween Stories is a perfect way to celebrate this holiday full of creativity and storytelling. We begin by acting out a portion of Poe's famous poem The Raven with audience members playing both the omnipresent bird and the fitful protagonist. Next, we meet a young girl who discovers, in her basement, the ghost of Isaiah - a runaway slave who never left this stop on the Underground Railroad. It is up to her to tell Isaiah that there is no longer any slavery and to lead him to his freedom. As the ghost leaves her basement, we all sing the song that Isaiah taught her, Go Down Moses. Finally, in an adaptation of Oscar Wilde's The Canterville Ghost, we travel to a manor house in England to meet a crotchety old ghost who is too tired to haunt any more.
Creative and fun, these tales focus on storytelling rather than thrills and scares making them a perfect way to share this holiday with all students. As a companion activity, young people make tissue paper ghosts which they can take with them after the performance.
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The Velveteen Rabbit
The Legends of King Arthur
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Three Tales by Hans Christian Andersen