Skeleton Parade
Skeleton Parade

‘Tis Halloween, where spook and scare run riot in classrooms across the world. It’s always a nice time to focus on some poetry for the class to tackle.

This one, The Skeleton Parade, is a lovely short poem aimed at the younger students with lots of extension activity and art integration.

Some ideas include:

  • Recital performance at the Halloween Parade
  • P.E. – do an actual skeleton parade – how do they move, what actions could you use?
  • Art – design a poster of the parade / respond to the poem with an image

Remember to check out our Poetry Page for lots of poems to use in your classroom this Halloween! And if you’re looking for poetry books to invest in, check out our recommendations below:

Skeleton Parade


by Jack Prelutsky

The skeletons are out tonight,

they march about the street,

With bony bodies, bony heads and bony hands and feet.

Bony bony bony bones

with nothing in between,

Up and down and all around

they march on Halloween.


Poetry Ideas:

  • Check out our Poetry Page for lots of poems to use in your classroom
  • Keep a poetry diary for kids to record read work – read more poems by favourite poets
  • Adjective / Onomatopoeia word hunts
  • Write a response verse from the perspective of a different character
  • Write a response verse in a different style – nonsense, rhyming, haiku, cinquain etc. Does this change the poem?
  • Think up of 5/10 Questions you would ask a character in a poem/the author
  • Illustrate your favourite image from the poem – in black & white, colour.
  • Storyboard the poem: each verse gets a scene
  • Create a diorama of the poem out of recycling materials
  • Illustrate a book cover/movie poster that could accompany the poem
  • Write the poem using appropriate fonts / why did you choose this to reflect the poem?