Help me come up with new verses for "Twinkle Twinkle, Little Ghost"
July 20, 2020 5:33 PM   Subscribe

My three-year-old daughter has taken to demanding a song at bedtime recently. Usually this is Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star, because that's pretty much the one we know. But now she doesn't want regular Twinkle Twinkle anymore, but "the spooky one." Help?

I have no idea what she's thinking of (of course, that's usually the case) but the best I could come up with was Twinkle Twinkle except with a ghost. It goes a little something like this:

Twinkle Twinkle, Little Ghost
You're the one who scares me most.
Floating up there in the night,
Scaring everyone in sight.
Twinkle Twinkle, Little Ghost
You're the one who scares me most.

That got us through a couple nights,but now she wants to hear "the rest of it" because she knows there's more than one verse to Twinkle Twinkle. (Parenting. I ask you.)

I've been improvising verses, some better than others. But I can't keep them consistent from one night to the next, and I'm sure collectively we would be much better at this. So let's come up with some more verses for Twinkle Twinkle Little Ghost! Come on, it'll be fun!
posted by Naberius to Grab Bag (48 answers total) 42 users marked this as a favorite
 
Cackle cackle little witch
Shrieking at a ghoulish pitch
Riding through the gath'ring gloom
Upon your magic witches' broom
Cackle cackle little witch
Shrieking in your ghoulish pitch
posted by saladin at 5:54 PM on July 20 [10 favorites]


Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Ghost
Stealing all my buttered toast
Taking bread from out the drawer
Leaving crumbs all on the floor
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Ghost
Stealing all my buttered toast
posted by chrisulonic at 5:55 PM on July 20 [48 favorites]


When the blazing sun is gone
And your boo-o-o goes on and on
Then you make your big loud Boo!
Twinkle, twinkle, all the fright
Twinkle, twinkle, Little Ghost
How I wonder what you might

(adapted from KidSongs)
posted by katra at 5:55 PM on July 20 [1 favorite]


Twinkle twinkle, little spook
You can't see me if you look
If you stare though, to the side
That is where I like to hide.
Twinkle twinkle little spook
You can't see me if you look
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 5:59 PM on July 20 [5 favorites]


Twinkle twinkle little ghost
Softly scaring your new host
Drifting through my walls of stone
Please don't grind and eat my bones
Twinkle twinkle little ghost
Real or just a COVID hoax?
posted by Patapsco Mike at 6:05 PM on July 20


Twinkle twinkle little haunt
How I wonder what you want
There's a feeling in the air
But it seems there's nothing there
Twinkle twinkle little haunt
How I wonder what you want
posted by eponym at 6:14 PM on July 20 [9 favorites]


Twinkle twinkle little ghoul
Scaring all the kids at school
Haunting all the girls and boys
Making such a spooky noise
Twinkle twinkle little ghoul
Scaring all the kids at school
posted by eponym at 6:20 PM on July 20 [12 favorites]


Twinkle twinkle, specter pale
Enough with that unearthly wail
What's with that accusing glare?
We know you just fell down the stairs
I didn't push you to your doom
For I was in another room

Twinkle twinkle, greenish ghoul
Focused, repeating, non-terminal
Entrapment, let's see, call it four
Storage - on special! A thousand more!
Always a delightful caper
Trapping a class five full roaming vapor
posted by some little punk in a rocket at 6:34 PM on July 20 [2 favorites]


twinkle twinkle little ghoul
don't you play me for a fool
haunting day and haunting night
haunting me with all your might
twinkle twinkle little ghoul
don't you play me for a fool
posted by fingersandtoes at 6:35 PM on July 20 [2 favorites]


twinkle twinkle poltergeist
munching bread and eating rice
crunching the granola bar
cleaning out the cookie jar
twinkle twinkle poltergeist
munching bread and eating rice
posted by fingersandtoes at 6:37 PM on July 20 [17 favorites]


twinkle twinkle little ghost
yours is just an idle boast
making noises, spreading fear
once upon a midnight drear
twinkle twinkle little ghost
yours is just an idle boast
posted by fingersandtoes at 6:38 PM on July 20 [1 favorite]


twinkle twinkle poltergeist
you're so sweet and you're so nice
you're so perfect, you're so cute
i might pat your lil patoot
twinkle twinkle poltergeist
you're so sweet and you're so nice
posted by fingersandtoes at 6:41 PM on July 20


Twinkle twinkle mummy old
How come you don't feel the cold
You just wear that mummy wrap
You should get a little cap
Twinkle twinkle mummy old
How come you don't feel the cold
posted by pointystick at 6:45 PM on July 20 [5 favorites]


Twinkle Twinkle, Little Vamp
Biting's where you are a champ
Your teeth are sharp and shiny white
Just stay out of the sunlight
Twinkle Twinkle, Little Vamp
Biting's where you are a champ.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 6:46 PM on July 20 [7 favorites]


Shamble shamble zombie green
Your skin has an unhealthy sheen
Your arm has long since fallen off
You try to shout but groan and cough
Shamble shamble zombie green
Your skin has an unhealthy sheen
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 6:51 PM on July 20 [4 favorites]


Twinkle twinkle little haint
How I wonder what you ain’t!
Super shiny, kinda small
Terrifying one and all
Twinkle twinkle little haint
How I wonder what you ain’t
posted by chesty_a_arthur at 6:55 PM on July 20 [2 favorites]


Creepy crawly little spider,
[Daughter's] sweet, but you can't bite her.
[Daughter's] made of tougher stuff,
So go and eat marshmallow fluff.
Creepy crawly little spider,
[Daughter's] sweet, but you can't bite her.
posted by mochapickle at 6:58 PM on July 20 [6 favorites]


Twinkle twinkle little ghost
You scare me the very most
More than cackles, more than moans
More than even Roger Stone
Twinkle twinkle little ghost
You scare me the very most
posted by chesty_a_arthur at 6:58 PM on July 20 [1 favorite]


Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Ghost,
Yelling “Boo!” from coast to coast.
Finding new people to scare,
Moving on from here to there.
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Ghost,
Yelling “Boo!” from coast to coast.

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Ghost,
The sun has set, you must be close.
You come and see me every night,
And every time I get a fright.
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Ghost,
The sun has set, you must be close. [Might be too spooky depending on your kid.]

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Ghost,
Come and take your garlic dose.
It makes you make a funny face
But you’ll feel better with one taste.
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Ghost,
Come and take your garlic dose.

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Ghost,
You’re the one who yawns the most.
Curl up in bed and get tucked in,
Tomorrow you can spook again.
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Ghost,
You’re the one who yawns the most.
posted by bananacabana at 7:27 PM on July 20 [11 favorites]


Twinkle twinkle darkest night
Giving even ghost a fright
Tuck ghost in and give a kiss
What’s that in the gloomy mist?
Twinkle twinkle spooky fright
Tucked in ghost, please sleep tight
posted by CMcG at 7:29 PM on July 20 [3 favorites]


Twinkle, twinkle, little bat!
How I wonder what you're at!
Up above the world you fly,
Like a teatray in the sky.

Lewis Carroll
posted by freethefeet at 7:40 PM on July 20 [18 favorites]


Twinkle twinkle giant bat,
Please don’t say you ate my cat.
High in fat, not gluten-free
Far too many calories
Twinkle twinkle giant bat,
Please don’t say you ate my cat.
posted by Calvin and the Duplicators at 7:44 PM on July 20 [11 favorites]


Twinkle twinkle gurgling spleen,
Why are you so jolly mean?
You sound like you lost your mind
Making noises all the time.
Twinkle twinkle gurgling spleen,
Why are you so jolly mean?
posted by Calvin and the Duplicators at 7:52 PM on July 20


Twinkle twinkle 2020,
Don’t you think that we’ve had plenty?
Election fraud, coronavirus
Can’t be said to inspire us.
Twinkle twinkle 2020,
Don’t you think that we’ve had plenty?
posted by Calvin and the Duplicators at 8:00 PM on July 20 [1 favorite]


Could it be that she's thinking of the Mad Hatter's poem from Alice in Wonderland?

Twinkle, twinkle, little bat!
How I wonder what you're at!
Up above the world you fly,
Like a teatray in the sky
.
posted by Ursula Hitler at 8:22 PM on July 20 [2 favorites]


Twinkle twinkle severed head,
Please do not ransack my bed!
I need it to sleep real good
Like a kid called _____ should.
Twinkle twinkle severed head,
Please do not ransack my bed!

Twinkle twinkle severed limb,
Look at the state you are in.
Spraying blood all round my room,
Acting like this was your tomb.
Twinkle twinkle severed limb,
Look at the state you are in.
posted by Calvin and the Duplicators at 8:25 PM on July 20 [1 favorite]


Gold and silver Crescent Moon,
How does bedtime come so soon?
Spooky shadows roam the night
But we are tucked in safe and tight.
Gold and silver Crescent Moon,
How does bedtime come so soon?
posted by mochapickle at 9:03 PM on July 20 [5 favorites]


Thunder thunder stormy night
How your lightning creates fright
Portents dark and ominous
Driving rain and vicious gusts
Thunder thunder stormy night
How your lightning creates fright
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 9:21 PM on July 20


Spooky, spooky little ghost
flying over ocean coast
Up above the world you fly
like a blanket in the sky
Spooky, spooky little ghost
Mommy Ghost loves you the most.
posted by metabaroque at 9:51 PM on July 20 [3 favorites]


Twinkle twinkle little ghost
Why do you wear a sheet as clothes?
Are you cold, did you lose your pants?
Does your sheet swirl up when you dance?
Twinkle twinkle little ghost
I hope that you find your clothes!
posted by Ann Telope at 10:46 PM on July 20 [2 favorites]




Slither slither little snake
Hide away while I'm awake
If you crawl on me at night
Please be kind and do not bite
Slither slither little snake
Hide away while I'm awake
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 6:28 AM on July 21 [4 favorites]


This is the best thread ever. More!
posted by widdershins at 6:33 AM on July 21


Maybe use the original words for some inspiration, there are a lot of verses...

e.g. maybe

Then the sailor on the blue
Thanks you for your tiny boo
He could not see which way to go
If you did not twinkle so
posted by mgogol at 6:37 AM on July 21


Spooky ookie little ghost
You are not a friendly host
Haunting, haunting everywhere
In the closet, on the stair
trying to create a scare
Who sent you out on a dare?
posted by mermayd at 7:01 AM on July 21


Twinkle twinkle little shade
What is it of which you're made?
Of sheets or mist or creeping fog?
You scare the neighbors and the dog!
Twinkle twinkle little shade
What is it of which you're made?
posted by Ragged Richard at 8:08 AM on July 21


Twinkle twinkle Crocodile,
I don't think that's a smile,
I can see your mouth so wide,
I'm not going to climb inside,
Twinkle twinkle crocodile,
I don't think that's a smile.

alternate middle -

I can see your teeth that gleam,
I can see your eyes so mean.
posted by multivalent at 8:21 AM on July 21


Twinkle twinkle skele-ton,
You look like you're having fun
Shaking bones as you prance
All night long I see you dance
Twinkle twinkle skele-ton,
You look like you're having fun
posted by pointystick at 8:48 AM on July 21 [1 favorite]


Ghost you sneak between the walls
And lurk around in nighttime halls.
Haunting someone’s house tonight,
Next a castle’s spire bright
Spooky spooky little ghost
Please don’t visit us the most

See them standing round the room
Valiant stuffies in the gloom
A little girl in bed is sleeping
Safe from any ghostie’s sneaking
Ghost, be on your way tonight
Far away while we sleep tight

Up above the trees and houses
The night‘s as quiet as a mouse is
Ghost is floating ‘neath the stars
Too far to hear the streets and cars
Oh how peaceful it must be
Flying so high, the moon to see
posted by bayleaf at 9:01 AM on July 21


Oh my God, I love you all!
posted by Naberius at 9:47 AM on July 21 [3 favorites]


You've gotten a lot of great suggestions here!

I just have a tool tip: if you wish to make more verses for this or do similar stuff in the future, a "rhyming dictionary" may be convenient - here's one.
posted by splitpeasoup at 10:19 AM on July 21


Twinkie Twinkie little cake
Is dad's treat for heaven sake
Don't you dare to take a bite
When he's napping or at night
Twinkie Twinkie little cake
posted by zerobyproxy at 11:21 AM on July 21


Daughter, daughter today is done,
Didn't we have lots of fun?
If the words seemed off-kilter
Put the blame on Metafilter.
Daughter, daughter today is done,
Didn't we have lots of fun?
posted by Calvin and the Duplicators at 2:28 PM on July 21 [3 favorites]


I'm so passing this on to the preschool and toddler teachers I work with.
posted by kathrynm at 2:31 PM on July 21


My kids got:

Twinkle, twinkle, little star
I don't wonder what you are.
You're the cooling down of gasses
Forming into solid masses...

Child would prompt "Mummy, tell me about the stars."

I would say, "My child, the stars are the toys of the cherubim and the beacons of the departed. They are the music of our eyes, the chimes of exultation and the sparks of our inspiration.They have lit our long journey from the swamp to this day when we stare back, reflecting their images like tears of love in a silver mirror."

Child would say sadly or severely or gleefully depending on their age and mood, "Mummy, I fear yours is not a scientific mind."

We got this from the book "Marguerite Go Wash Your Feet" by Wallace Tripp
posted by Jane the Brown at 7:06 PM on July 21 [1 favorite]


Twinkle twinkle little boo
I'm the ghost of you-know-who
Up above your bed I fly
Trying not to catch your eye
Twinkle twinkle little boo
If you see me I'll go woooooooooooo (scary ghost voice)
posted by Mchelly at 10:06 AM on July 22 [1 favorite]


Twinkle twinkle little star,
I in fact know what you are.
You're a burning ball of gasses;
flaming farts in giant masses;
twinkle twinkle little star;
it's a good thing you're so far.
posted by fingersandtoes at 11:56 AM on July 22


Twinkle twinkle monster mine
Rebuilt by Doctor Frankenstein
Shocked you with 'lectricity
You made a better man than me
Twinkle twinkle monster mine
Rebuilt by Doctor Frankenstein

Twinkle twinkle ancient ones
Lie not dead, not sleeping, by distant suns
Tentacles slide like the serpent
To touch with madness your chosen servant
Twinkle twinkle ancient ones
"Cthulu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn."
posted by k3ninho at 3:42 PM on July 30


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