Halloween & Jump TalesWritten by Teresa Clark
First, What is a jump tale? A jump tale is a story you tell for the sole purpose of startling someone. You lull your listener into a place of quiet comfort, then BAM!! you startle them with the last line and they jump. It’s great fun. Here’s a little tale:
First, What is a jump tale? A jump tale is a story you tell for the sole purpose of startling someone. You lull your listener into a place of quiet comfort, then BAM!! you startle them with the last line and they jump. It's great fun.
Here's a little tale to get you started. Read through it a few times, then practice in front of a mirror so you can get your facial expressions and actions just right. Then have a wickedly delightful time telling it to your family and friends.
Once there was an old witch, (Use your best witchy voice and cackle at the end of this line)
Stirring her pot. (Stirring with your arm, shoulders, and your entire torso.)
Along came two ghosts. (Changing your voice to sound like a ghost.)
"I wonder what she's got?" (Pointing and dropping your voice to a whisper.)
Tiptoe, tiptoe, BOO! (Use your hands like feet to tiptoe and then scream BOO!)
I got you! (Cackle and take a bow.)
Now you know what a jump tale is - play with it. You don\'t have to tell this story alone. Give a line to other members of the family. Practice your timing, even gather some props, and go share some story tricks with your neighbors and friends this Halloween season.
What spooky little story can you create to get a 'rise' out of your family? Muwahahahahah!
A national award-winning storyteller, historian and author, she is best known for her original works and recollections of life's experiences blended with history. Teresa has presented and performed throughout the United States. Of her, it has been said, "Charming, witty, soulful, and wise, her performances are filled with a compelling sense of wonder and an irresistable zest for life." Her story work involves performance, education, production, and advocacy. From the main stage to individual consultations in living rooms across America, she delights in the excavation and sharing of family story. Most importantly, she is a wife, mother, and grandmother to her favorite playmates and best friends.
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