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Rattlebone Rock

by Sylvia Andrews
illustrated by Jennifer Plecas

From skeletons to witches, Rattlebone Rock is filled with all the familiar Halloween faces that we are used to seeing, and they are all joining together with the local townsfolk to have the biggest and best Halloween party ever! No scary stuff here, just a lot of rythmn, rhyme, and Halloween fun. This story is excellent for reading out loud and encouraging young readers to participate with sound effects and creative movement. Although this book is technically out of print, copies of Rattlebone Rock are available on Amazon and seem to be readily available at libraries. Get ready for lots of giggles and wiggles!

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   Rattle and Shake Skeletons

Rattle and Shake Skeletons Craft - Rattlebone Rock - Off the Shelf

An art activity that is also a noise maker! To most children, this is one of the most exciting weeks of the year, anticipating the quickly approaching night of trick-or-treating. When this week's art activity is completed, it can be used to help shake out some of those sillies and help scare away Halloween creatures that might want to come haunting. 

Rattle and Shake Skeletons Craft - Rattlebone Rock - Off the Shelf

Rattle and Shake Skeletons Craft - Rattlebone Rock - Off the Shelf Rattle and Shake Skeletons Craft - Rattlebone Rock - Off the Shelf

 Rattle and Shake Skeletons


  • 2 small paper plates
  • 3 large paper plates
  • Unpoped popcorn or dry beans
  • Stapler and staples
  • White paper
  • Scissors
  • Black marker
  1. Hold the two small paper plates together with rounded sides out. Staple around the edges, with the staples close enough that the beans or popcorn cannot fall out. Before stapling completely closed, pour a small amount of popcorn or beans inside, then finish stapling. 
  2. Repeat with two of the large paper plates, but leave a 2 inch opening at the top.
  3. Fold third large paper plate in half. Cut the length of the paper plate about 1 1/2 inches from the fold. Staple this piece to the back of the small paper plate "head" for the neck. 
  4. Insert the neck into the opening in the large paper plate "body" and staple to secure. 
  5. Cut 8x1-inch strips of white paper and make paper chain arms and legs to desired length. Staple to the body. 
  6. From the remaineder of the paper plate used to make the neck, cut a 1 1/2 inch strip to make a hanging loop. Fold in half lengthwise and staple to the top of the head. 
  7. Using black marker, add face and ribs.


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More skeleton fun that will keep your trick-or-treaters busy until the bewitching hour. 


 Snackin' Bones

Snackin' Bones Biscuit Recipe- Rattlebone Rock - Off the Shelf

We saw these Spooky Yogurt Rolls on Fab Food 4 All, where they are described as a cross between a scone and a roll (a scroll), but, instead of the adorable ghosts, we adapted them to make puffy bones. They are perfect for sandwiches or toasted with a bit of blood-red jelly. These are sure to satisfy any monster's appetite!

Snackin' Bones

Makes about 15, depending on the size of your cookie cutter.

Adapted from Spooky Yogurt Rolls


  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup cold butter
  • 1 cup fat free Greek yogurt
  • 1 egg
  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the flours, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. 
  3. Cut the cold butter into small pieces and add to the dry ingredients. Using hands or a pastry cutter, work the butter into the flour until mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. 
  4. In a small bowl, stir together yogurt and egg until well combined. Add to dry ingredients and stir until well combined.
  5. Roll out dough on a well-floured work surface to about 1/2 inch thick. Cut out bones using a bone-shaped cookie cutter, and transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. 
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until golden brown and puffed. 


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This Halloween finger puppet set includes a Witch, a Pumpkin, a Spider, a Ghost, a Black Cat, a Vampire, a Mummy, a Frankenstein, a Pirate, and a Ninja. Perhaps a special Halloween performance in the Cardboard Box Puppet Theater is in order!


Ghosts, jack-o'-lanterns, and a gravestone make this tic-tac-toe game perfect for Halloween! 


This wood and wool play set includes a pumpkin patch and two trick-or-treaters: a bat and a ghost. Its mini size make it perfect for portable play!

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