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Beach Scene "1"
Old Train Station "2"
The Carousel "3"
The Fifties "4"
Summer Picnic "5"
From The Heart "6"
Cloudy Moon "7"
September Morn "8"
Passing The Time "9"
Apples "10"
Rain "11"
Pumpkins "12"
Halloween "13"
Big City "14"





 


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Halloween! It's a fun time. Fun for children and fun for adults. Let's go back, shall we? Let's write about the Halloweens of yesteryear. What was Halloween like when you were growing up? Did you go trick-or-treating?

I grew up in a rural area and for some reason our community didn't have a Trick-or-Treat night. Halloween was a night when ornery boys would overturn privies, or put fodder shocks across the road. Later, when my family moved to the suburbs I attended Halloween parties at the church I belonged to.

My children went out on Trick-or-Treat night and they would come home with their sacks full of candy. I loved it because they shared with me. :)

Submit a poem, musings, or a story around this week's Halloween topic. We look forward to your entry.








 


It's Just Halloween

By Mary (MusingByMary@aol.com)





Haunted houses filled
with kid's frightened screams . . .
skeletons ~ ghosties
'n demons it seems ~


Ghoulies ~ bony fingers
dripping with goo . . .
cold spaghetti intestines
goblins ~ not a few ~


A coffin encumber'd
with some headless one . . .
cobwebs 'n spiders
someone fires a gun ~


Dracula~grinnin'
"Your blood I vant to suck" . . .
hair~raising shrieks
with kids running amuck ~


Friday the 13th's Jason
Freddy from Elm Street . . .
wielding their weapons
a scary trick or treat ~


Frankenstein's child
OMGOD what a scene . . .
it's not a nightmare, folks,
IT'S JUST HALLOWEEN :-)



Mary Carter Mizrany©
October 24, 2006









 


Halloween

By Sharon (Sunyskys1943@aol.com)





A pumpkin a ghost and other things
Witches on brooms and bats with wings
Super heroes roamed the street
Begging for some goodies to eat


A pirate and a princess too
A boy with hair painted odd hue
Costumes even by the teen
Tonight it surely is Halloween









 


Halloween Night

By Amy (Fabulousfilly@aol.com)





BLACK CATS CREEPING
BUBBLING OIL SEEPING
WITCHES BREW
CATS MEOW, TOO
HAPPY HALLOWEEN TO YOU









 


Halloween

By Swampetta (SWAMPETTA@aol.com)





Once in a while
A black cat will smile.
There's things they know about
Would make you scream and shout.


And the spiders will giggle,
As in their nets you wriggle.
And when you see a large black bat,
Don't you dare forget to tip your hat.


For this is Halloween night.
Things unseen are now in sight.
Chasing you from pillar to post,
A very mean and evil ghost!


You can pay your toll
With a Tootsie Roll.
A cookie can work in your favor,
As long as chocolate's the flavor.









 


Halloween

By Tom (tomWYO@aol.com)





The frost is on the pumpkin,
flying bats fill the air
as black cats a-watching
hoping a mouse will be there
Full moon a rising as ghosties hover around,
tis that time of season
for all to think Halloween.


Witches are a-hiding as their new brooms do ride,
little children a-shaking
right before your eyes.
haints and aints all hiding about,
for a scarey evening
we are about to have.


ripe corn ears a-waiting
to be popped I think,
as tomorrow the
jack O' lantern's will
pumpkin pies be.









 


Halloween Night

By Cara (Cara617@aol.com)





On Halloween Night,
you'll get a good fright.
When the goblins are out,
there is not any doubt,
THEY WILL GETCHA!


On Halloween Night,
the black bats may bite.
The ghouls are howling.
The cats are meowing.
THEY WILL GETCHA!


Don't you be afraid.
Take along your nursemaid.
But beware of the monster
when he utters his "Gr-r-r."
HE WILL GETCHA!


If you are shivering-quaking
and all over shaking,
remember to laugh,
it's all on behalf
OF HALLOWEEN!









 


Memories of My Halloweens

By Jeanie (Mingo184@aol.com)





WAY LONG TIME AGO, IN YEARS NOW PAST, I WAS ONCE A LITTLE GIRL, TOO. HEE HEE! ON HALLOWEEN NITES, BACK THEN, THERE WAS NO FEAR TO GO OUT TRICK OR TREATING BY YOURSELF, OR JUST WITH A COUPLE OF FRIENDS. NO PARENTS ALLOWED. UP AND DOWN THE STREETS WE WENT, KNOCKING ON DOORS AND YELLING OUT THE FAMILIAR PHRASE.."TRICK OR TREEEEEEEEAT!".

I REMEMBER ONCE I WAS DRESSED AS A NURSE. THE HOSPITAL NEARBY HAD AN EXTENSION THAT WAS A DORM FOR THE NURSES AND I KNOCKED ON THE BIG DOOR AND CALLED OUT "TRICK OR TREAT". THEY WERE SO TICKLED TO SEE A LITTLE 9 YEAR OLD NURSE. THEY FILLED MY BAG WITH GOODIES...CHOCOLATE WAS WHAT I WANTED, BUT I ENDED UP WITH TONS OF CANDY CORN. TO THIS DAY, I HATE CANDY CORN..LOL! AND, I NEVER BECAME A NURSE. NOT BECAUSE OF ALL THE CANDY CORN I GOT FROM THEM, BUT I CHANGED MY MIND SEVERAL TIMES BEFORE I FINALLY DECIDED WHERE I WAS GOING IN LIFE.

WE CARVED THE BIG PUMPKIN MOM LET US PICK OUT. WE PUT A CANDLE INSIDE AND LEFT IT IN THE DARKENED WINDOW ON THE PORCH. HOW FUN WAS HALLOWEEN IN MY DAY. IS IT THE SAME TODAY? TOO MUCH FEAR TODAY. PARENTS ACCOMPANYING THEIR CHILDREN ON THE STREET, OR NO ONE ON THE STREET ANYMORE, JUST PARTIES TO SET UP AND LET THE LITTLE ONES DUNK FOR APPLES, ETC.

THE OLD MOVIE THEATER IS GONE NOW BUT I REMEMBER ONE HALLOWEEN WEEKEND THEY DUG OUT THE OLD SCARY MOVIES AND RAN 'FRANKENSTEIN',...AND 'DRACULA'...AND 'THE WOLFMAN'...AND, MY ALL TIME FAVORITE....'THE MUMMY', WITH BORIS KARLOFF WHO WOULD CHANT 'ANKSONAMA' OVER AND OVER. SCARED THE HECK OUT OF ME..OOOOOOOOWEEEEEEE!!. SOMEONE IN COSTUME RAN UP AND DOWN THE AISLES DRESSED LIKE THESE CHARACTERS GROANING AND LAUGHING AND SCARING US ALL. IT'S GREAT TO REMEMBER THOSE TIMES.

HAVE A FUN HALLOWEEN..WHEREEVER YOU ARE...HEE HEE HEE!!








 


Halloween

By Norma (Twi1ite@sbcglobal.net)





He stands black and cool in his habitat,
Leopold, the fearsome kitty cat.
Blase and unaware of fright,
He has taken on the night.


The night of goblins, ghosts and bats
Doesn't phase this kitty cat.
He only wants a juicy mouse
To be tempted to his decor house.


A pumpkin could be mouse fare,
Leopold will all others scare
Phony faces and sheeted ghosts,
Will not move him from his post.


He will be still and threatening,
All this night unsettling,
Let ghosts, goblins, even bats,
Freeze in fear of Leopold Cat.









 


Halloween

By Brier (Brierhillbarbara@aol.com)





As a child I wasn't allowed to trick or treat
We didn't live in town
It wasn't safe for little girls to be out after dark.


Our class at school some grades did dress for Halloween
The little kids always so cute
Some of the boys just painted their faces.


So by the time I had kids of my own
I made it a tradition to go with them
just to our neighbors.


Then we hurry back home
and greet our tricksters
With bowls of candy.


One of my friends thought Halloween a pagan holiday
So her kids could do nothing to observe the day.
I know how that felt.


I still wonder what it feels like to go with the other kids
Dad said I didn't need to follow them off a bridge
Yep I know how it feels to be different.









 


Halloween - No Mask Needed

By Evelyn (Evenccw@aol.com)





“What do you want to be when you grow up?” is surely the question most often asked of a child. Ranking a close second is undoubtedly, “What do you want to be this Halloween?” At least before puberty, the one given the most serious consideration is the second of the two! I should know, having been privilege to enter the thought processes of six very active youngsters through the fifties, sixties and early seventies. Let me tell you, this was serious business! And as a good and conscientious Mama I was always highly involved and quite frankly, relieved, when November rolled around and the last grinning jack-o-lantern was finally extinguished.

I am happy to say that it was a privilege to give them their Halloween memories and it is a joy to see them carry on the traditions that they learned as part of our family. They are now joyfully, with a lot of fun each year, carrying on with my grandchildren. It must be a generational thing. My mother was fun loving and enjoyed a little Halloween fun with my siblings and me.

My earliest memories of Halloween are of sitting around a wood-burning stove with popcorn popping on the top of it. Mama would be weaving ghost and goblin stories or we’d play games Sometimes Daddy would join in. He was fun loving too.. One of our favorite Halloween games was a wedding ceremony. The little couplet goes like this:

In the name of all that is bosh
I now marry this pumpkin to this squash


By the tomahawk and the butcher knife
I now pronounce you man and wife!


We took turns being the bride or groom as she entered us into a fantasy land of a mock wedding. Such giggling and carrying on. Our wedding garments were outrageous! Many years later, on my wedding day, my mother came to me as I was preparing to leave for my honeymoon. She hugged me and whispered in my ear, “You really found yourself a handsome “squash!”

Then there were the grade school years. Memory takes me back to the Halloween parties held in the school hall above the old parochial school. As for costumes, I think we just made do with rags and went as hags and hobos who carried sticks with straw-stuffed red bandanas tied to the end of them. We saved our dime-store masks from year to year until they wore out. If it was a good year, and cotton prices were good, Mama would buy a couple packs of Putnam dye and we’s become witches or devils when she dyed feed sacks to fashion our costumes!

At this annual event there were taffy pulls, parched peanuts from the fresh peanut crops, peanut brittle and popcorn balls made with sorghum syrup. We bobbed for apples that surely came from “Up North.” No such pretty apples ever grew in Alabama back in those years. There were always weenies and sauerkraut for a nickle. We didn’t call them hot dogs in those days. It seemed that Mrs. Oberfelt, the school cook, always had two big aluminum dish pans filled–one with weenies and one with sauerkraut. She always served them with catsup.

When I was in the fifth grade I was allowed to go through the “spook” house! The Holy Name Society commandeered the older kids and they did wonders with spine-chilling effects. It wasn’t high tech but I had the living daylights scared out of me, though later I loved telling about every creepy minute. I was blind folded before entering the spook house. Mattresses filled with corn husks crunched under my feet as I was lowered into a “rolling” tunnel of an open-ended whiskey barrel which advanced me on to a series of atrocious offerings such as ghoul brains and slimy eyeballs. Unearthly sounds filled the air. Wood was being chopped. I could hear a caldron of witches’ brew sloshing and stirring. It was just frightening enough to be an adventure. But the next day the mess was cleaned up and the mystery remains. I never got to see the set up in the light of day!

Many years have passed since those days of my first adventure in the “spook” house. We seem to have been robbed of the innocent fun that trick-or-treat was meant to be. Is it actually true that there’s a movement afoot to have their candy X-rayed before they can enjoy it? How sad.

On a lighter note for the big kids at heart, HALLOWEEN is a holiday that is celebrated by the secretary right at her desk, the cashier at the cash register, the hair stylist in the beauty parlor, and etcetera, etcetera! No airline tickets necessary to travel across the country. There’s no need to use vacation days. It’s a vacation day right at work and nobody complains when you try on a new identity such as the opposite gender, an insect, an inanimate object, a celebrity or a super hero. However, I’ll wager that there will still be a proliferation of Elviras, witches, and devils at cash registers and keyboards Halloween Day!

As for me personally, I no longer have the desire to wear a mask or a costume. I enjoy seeing the kiddies parading in their costumes and adults at parties who have gone to great lengths to alter their personas for the evening.

Now another Halloween is at hand and –


Fall gaily added its gold and scarlet scheme
Always resplendent in its fireworks theme.
And when our maples turned a fiery red
Gaggles of geese honked from V’s Overhead.
Before long, small witches, fairies, goblins, and hags,
Armed with flashlights and brown paper bags,
Came haunting the night of wide jack-o-lantern grins
In costumes held up with big safety pins.


Trick or treat!

Boo!

Did I scare you?!









 

 

 

 



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