Ghosts of Halloweens Past/Ghosts of Halloween Present

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Ghosts of Halloweens Past

Cauldrons of magic potions steaming,

Black cats awakening from dreaming.

Cardboard witch astride her broom

cackles under the harvest moon.

Disney princesses in jeweled crowns

are panhandling all over town.

Frankenstein’s monster is resurrected.

Roaming mummies have been detected.

Blow-up ghosts hover mysteriously,

orange lights twinkle in shrubbery.

Hanging from the live oak trees,

paper skeletons dance in the breeze.

Photo by Conner Baker from Unsplash

Spooky music is beckoning,

roving children are threatening,

“Trick or treat! Trick or treat!”

on every suburban street.

Little pirate brandishes a toy sword,

winning him a sweet reward!

Cat Woman says,”Thank you.”

Neighbor says,”Have fun, you two!”

Jack o’lanterns glow,

grinning at the passing show.

Flickering candles beneath

backlight their jagged teeth.

Vampires in windswept black

pantomime a plastic-fang attack.

Howling werewolves with hairy arms

induce us to pretend alarm.

A little troll walks with a giant bunny.

Funny thing is, he calls her “Mummy!”

Diminutive dragons are holding hands

with a Cat-in-a-Hat they call “Dad!”

Wolfing down all the candy they can eat,

Halloween’s children fall blissfully sleep.

Mom chews bubblegum. Dad eats M & Ms.

“Oh no! We can’t stop! When will it all end?”

Ghosts of Halloween Present

Photo by Ben Shan from Unsplash

Corona virus’s real-life fear

has downsized Halloween this year.

On this Halloween night,

scary movies will inspire the fright.

Not as much soliciting door-to-door,

parties smaller than in years before…

We hope next year’s a different story…

Halloween restored to its silly glory!


CopyrightΒ© 2020 by Cheryl Batavia

64 Comments

    1. Thank you so much, Kritika, for your lovely comments. ❀ In the US, adults, as well as children have costume parties at Halloween. Maybe you could enjoy such a party next year! πŸ™‚ Hopefully, this pandemic will be long-ended by then! Have a great week! Cheryl

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  1. Gtreat poem with rich rhymes , Cheryl .
    In France we don’ t celebrate much Halloween . We celebrate the day after : All saints day. However some teachers try to import this American tradition with their pupills .
    Love ❀
    Michel

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    1. Thank you, Michel, for sharing information about French traditions. Next year, hopefully, we will all be able to celebrate and fully enjoy our holidays. Your kind comments about the poem are very much appreciated! Have a great week! ❀
      Love, Cheryl

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  2. This is so beautifully written Cheryl, your have captured the silly funny spooking spirit of Halloween perfectly πŸŽƒ
    Halloween has gone global, and the kids in our place have been having a fun time for the last few years. Will miss those cute fairies and goblins this year, hope they are back to demand their treats next year πŸ™‚

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    1. Deb,Your kind comments make my day! ❀ Nice to know about Halloween going global. Next year we will have to have double the fun! I think Halloween may be beneficial to children, helping them to face fears in life. Just my theory! πŸ™‚ Have a great week, Deb! All the best, Cheryl

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      1. You are so correct Cheryl!
        The children of today seem to be so much rational towards fear of the unknown, and getting to play ghosts and ghouls and have fun out of it definitely seems to be the reason for that.
        We didn’t have the same conditioning, and were dead scared of the dark as kids. In our village house, the kitchen and dining room was set apart from the main house with a large open courtyard in between. There were few very large trees bordering the dark courtyard. I used to sweat everyday as I dashed across the courtyard for dinner, trying not to look up at those trees…

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    1. Thank you, Punam, for your kind and heartfelt comments. ❀ The pandemic is a pain for all of us, but it is robbing children of their childhoods! I couldn't even find photos of trick-or-treaters except the one of six children that I posted. Have a great week! Cheryl

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    1. Pene, thank you for your kind comment. I am happy you liked the poem. πŸ™‚

      Maybe your family would enjoy putting up some outdoor decorations to spread a little cheer. Making jack-o-lanterns might be fun. Of course, there are scary movies. I feel sorry for the children whose childhoods are being stolen from them by this pandemic.

      How are you feeling? I hope you are growing stronger each day. All the best! Cheryl ❀

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      1. I will make jack-o-lanterns with my children, but sadly we will lose the fun of trick or treating. Yes they are losing a lot of their childhood this year. My daughter turned 16, no celebration with her friends like she wished.
        Oh I would say I am 100% now. God is good and has been so faithful to me.
        Be safe and blessed.

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      1. How very thoughtful, Cheryl, thank you so much. I am sorry if I gave you the impression that I had kids, very sadly not my friend, but I have a niece and nephew who love, love Halloween, so all good.
        Have a wonderful day dear friend!

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  3. Excellent poem Cheryl, love the rhyme and the fun of it!

    Halloween is only just arriving here with things in the shops to decorate, last year I did attend a city primary school where the kids were right into it … πŸ™‚

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    1. Angela, My website is four years old and hasn’t changed much in the last year except for adding the blog recently. I can’t answer why you would not be a follower. I am as surprised as you are. πŸ™‚ I have noticed some unusual things happening on WordPress, such as multiple identical emails. I want you as a follower! Can you follow again? I would appreciate it. I hope I am still following you! ❀ Cheryl

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