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.
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
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!
Copyright© 2020 by Cheryl Batavia