Ardis, now if you would come up with the jack o lantern song that we sang in Primary every year I would love you. This wasn’t in any book, but the song leader would choose a child to come up front to a chalk board and draw jack o lanterns in time with the singing. It had to be drawn in a very precise way, also. Does anyone else remember this?
Back in the 1960s, a Primary children’s choir in Tempe, Arizona recorded an album with twelve songs, one for each month of the year. It was one of our family favorites and we played it over and over. This song was one of them, so it’s very familiar.
Do you know if this was ever published in any of the Children’s Song Books? I was so glad to find it here. I bought a 1930’s (not sure of exact publishing date) Primary Children’s Songbook in hopes of finding this song. Obviously, I went back too far.
Sylvia, I don’t think it ever appeared anywhere but the Children’s Friend. I can’t know for sure, but if it had appeared in a book I think I would have been able to find some trace of it online — it’s too charming NOT to have been listed somewhere! But I couldn’t find anything online except one or two other references to the same Children’s Friend publication.
I’m glad you found it here, too. You should stop by again!
Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — November 6, 2010 @ 6:17 pm
Thank you for putting this on here. No one could remember this song..even older people like me! I thought maybe my Primary was the only one to sing it. Thanks for sharing!
You know, I was 2 years old* when was published in the Friend but my mom must have picked it up when serving (several times) as the Primary pianist – we sang it at home AND in Primary!
Comment by Diane Peel — October 31, 2011 @ 6:31 pm
OH, I’M SO GLAD I BROUGHT THIS UP WITH FACEBOOK FRIENDS… I still have a really torn up copy from the Children’s Friend, and it warms my heart to know I’m not the only one who loves this song. As a side note, a lady in our ward named Dwan Young (later general president!) was our primary chorister and taught this to us! I’m glad to see this get around! :-}