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Goodbye, My Friends

Language Focus Other songs about: Hello/Goodbye, Halloween

"Let's get ready to go home." "Goodbye." Halloween costumes (witches, ghosts, cowboys, pirates, monsters, spiders, bats).

Goodbye, My Friends Lyrics and Actions

Key Gestures
Witch - Make a witch's hat over your head by forming a pyramid with your hands.
Ghost - Place your hands in front of you like a floating ghost.
Cowboy - Pretend to spin a rope over your head.
Pirate - Cover one eye with your hand to make an eye patch.
Monster - Raise your hands like claws above your head.
Spider - Cross both hands at the wrist, palms face down, and wiggle your fingers.
Bat - Cross your arms at the wrist in front of your chest and then wiggle your index fingers up and down.
Halloween - Cover your face with both hands and then open them, as if playing peek-a-boo.

♫ Goodbye, my friends. (Goodbye, my friends.) [Wave one hand.]
Let's get ready to go home. [Walk in place.]
Goodbye, my friends. (Goodbye, my friends.) [Wave the other hand.]
Happy Halloween. [Halloween gesture.]

Witches and ghosts. (Witches and ghosts.) [Witch and ghost gestures.]
Cowboys, pirates, and monsters. [Cowboy, pirate, and monster gestures.]
Spiders and bats. (Spiders and bats.) [Spider and bat gestures.]
Happy Halloween.

Goodbye, my friends. (Goodbye, my friends.)
Let's get ready to go home.
Goodbye, my friends. (Goodbye, my friends.)
Happy Halloween.
Happy Halloween. ♫

Classroom Benefits

This is an ideal song to finish classes with during lessons leading up to Halloween. Together with "Hello, My Friends", you've got a great way to start and finish classes.

Activity Ideas

Sing-Along
Try singing this song with different Halloween characters. This is also a nice goodbye song you can use all year round with a few small changes. Instead of singing, “Happy Halloween,” try, “We had fun together.” And in place of the Halloween characters, sing the names of some of the students. 1

Goodbye, My Friends
Place the witch, ghost, cowboy, pirate, spider, monster, and bat flashcards face up on the table or floor in a line. Say, "Hello" to each of the cards (while waving). "Hello, Witch! Hello, Ghost!..." Next, say, "Goodbye" to all of the cards while turning them over face down. "Goodbye, Witch (turn the card over). Goodbye, Ghost (turn the card over)..." After all of the cards are turned over, point to one of the cards and ask, "Who's this?" The child tries to guess the card. "It's the ghost!" Turn the card over and say, "Hello" again. Continue through all the cards. Playing this game helps children remember the names of different Halloween characters and makes those characters more familiar and less scary. 2

Singing Duel
Divide the class into two teams. Tell them you are going to have a contest to see which team can sing the loudest. (Alternatively, you can have a contest to see which team can sing the prettiest, quietest, funniest). Have the teams stand on opposite sides of the room. Team 1 sings the first part, Team 2 sings the response, and both of the teams sing the next line together. For example:
Team 1: Goodbye, my friends.
Team 2: Goodbye, my friends.
Both teams: Let's get ready to go home.
Team 1: Goodbye, my friends.
Team 2: Goodbye, my friends.
Both teams: Happy Halloween.
Reward the team which sings the loudest by letting them line up to leave the classroom first. 3

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