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! :-}
Ardis, I was so excited to see this song, I too would love a copy of For this is Halloween if you received one. My mother recently has tried to find old primary songs like these. She also was wondering if they used to publish Christmas songs the same way? Do you happen to know? Thanks.
Molly, I’m very glad to you found this. I don’t have the other Halloween song, but if I do find it or someone sends it, and if I can make a scan of post-able quality, I’ll put it up.
The Children’s Friend, the Juvenile Instructor, and the Relief Society Magazine all published Christmas songs (the number of Christmas pieces they published varied according to the era). If you’ll click on the “Topical Guide” link near the upper left-hand corner of this screen, that will take you to a list of all the posts that have appeared here on Keepapitchinin. Then use your browser’s search function (Ctrl+F, probably) to search for Advent 2009. That will bring up a list of about two dozen pieces of Mormon Christmas music that I posted a few years ago. Some of those appeared in old hymnbooks but not in the current one; others were published in old Church magazines.
Happy hunting. If there is any specific piece of music you hope to find, let me know. Can’t promise I’ll be able to help you, but if I do have it, I’ll post it. (Except L.F. Wheelwright’s “Star Bright” — that one, often requested, is still under copyright and is (or was as of last year) still being actively marketed by a company that would object to my posting it.)
Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — October 10, 2014 @ 1:48 pm