Halloween stories don’t have to be scary. Doreen Cronin has written one with the barnyards friends of Click, Clack, Moo. Farmer Brown’s pajamas are sure to bring a few giggles too!

Click, Clack, Boo! Summary

Farmer Brown does not like Halloween, so he puts candy on the porch and goes to bed. When he hears strange noises outside and hides under the covers. Meanwhile, inside the barn, all the animals are in Halloween costumes and getting ready for a party. Farmer Brown is in for a surprise!

Read Aloud Questions

Before Reading

  • Looking at the cover, what holiday do you think this story is about?
  • What is something you like about Halloween?
  • What is one thing you don’t like about Halloween?

During Reading

  • What does Farmer Brown draws the shades mean? Is he coloring?
  • Why did Farmer Brown hide under the covers?
  • What do you think Farmer Brown thinks is outside?

After Reading

  • Why didn’t Farmer Brown like Halloween?
  • Who won the costume contest?
  • Do you think Farmer Brown will change his mind about Halloween? Why?

Connecting Standards to Click, Clack, Boo!

Multiple Meaning Words

Homonyms are words that have the same spelling and pronunciation, but different meanings. When Farmer Brown draws the shades in the story, it is a great time to talk about multiple-meaning words such as draws.

R Controlled Vowels

When a vowel is followed by an r, the r changes the sound that the vowel makes and these words can be tricky for young readers and writers. Pulling words from the story, you can introduce or review this skill (farmer, shivers, porch, scurried, barn, over, and party).


Teaching inferencing can be a little daunting at first, but it really is just helping students use the story clues to form an opinion or come to a conclusion. There are a few opportunities to practice inferencing with this story: Why did the farmer hide? Why did Farmer Brown jump out of bed when he heard the quackle sound? Who won the Halloween costume contest?

Click Clack Boo Vocabulary
Click Clack Boo Controlled R

More Fun Things to Do After Reading Click, Clack, Boo!

You can learn more about Doreen Cronin and her stories on her website. She has lots of other books you may want to explore after Halloween. There is also a form to request a class Skype visit.

If you’re looking for no-prep activities to use with this Halloween book, check out the Learning Through Literature book companion in the Resource Ranch store.

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Rhonda is the author of Resource Ranch. Most of her classroom experience has been in early elementary. She has also taught Title I Reading, ESL, and gifted students. She is certified as a Texas teacher in grades 1-8 and as a K-12 librarian.