Once Upon a Halloween

What would Halloween be without some chillin’ tales for the spookiest time of the year? Once Upon A Halloween is a fun-filled, Halloween event – complete with a huge cauldron bubbling over with fog for the last dramatic story! This family program contains some old chestnuts as well as great new Halloween stories full of surprises. All tales are appropriate for family audiences and contain a well-rounded blend of suspense and humor.

“Thank you again for a wonderful Halloween performance. The children were engaged whether laughing or quivering! As everyone was leaving I heard nothing but praise and positive comments. You are a master of your craft!” Anne Vantram Children’s Librarian, East Bridgewater Public Library, East Bridgewater, MA

More about the performance: Once Upon A Halloween with storyteller Diane Edgecomb begins with a participatory story that celebrates the Fall Colors that surround Halloween events. Each tree has a unique color and we create voices and hand shapes to signify their leaves in this humorous Native American tale of how the Beaver brought the colors of fire to our fall trees. This is followed by three Halloween stories appropriate for a family audience with ages four and up. The “Woodman and the Goblins” is the suspenseful and very humorous tale of a Woodman who finds seven eggs in the woods. Thinking they are green goose eggs that will hatch green geese he takes them home! But when they hatch they turn out to be goblins that bite his nose and his toes until he tricks them out into the woods again. In the next story we practice some voices that will go along with not only parts of the tale but with our Halloween costumes- “The Boy with No Story”- has no story until he finds himself on a wild adventure that gives him the Best Story in all of Ireland. The last tale has the audience practicing two more voices for the story or for their costumed characters when Halloween comes aroung. The voice of whiny trick or treaters… (what child has a whiney voice?) and the cackling laugh and voice of the witches. In this story two witches refuse to share their bubbly cauldron of sticky gooey candy stuff until the trick or treaters almost blow their house down. In the confusion the witches confuse their formulas and -as their cauldron bubbles over with fog- they turn into owls and fly away. At the end of the performance, families are invited to line up and have a chance to stir the bubbling foggy cauldron.