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Trick-or-Treating Poem for Halloween

Luke Holm earned bachelor's degrees in English and philosophy from NIU. He is a middle school teacher and a creative writer.

They Come to Your Door

Costumed kids collecting candy,
creeping down the street,
feeling high and sort of sneaky,
chanting trick or treat.


The Ghosts are Greediest

Giggling ghosts and half-pint horrors
come knocking at your door,
begging you to give them gifts
and always wanting more.

Is He Real?

On this night of fear-feigned fright,
underneath an ugly sky,
there is a boy with half a knife
gouged deep into his eye.

Not Sure if In Need of Help or Halloween Prank

He's lying still upon a lawn
with no one else around.
Is he dead or is he waiting...
just waiting to be found?


"See if He's OK"

A group of ghouls call his name,
but still he doesn't stir.
Not until they gather round
can they be truly sure.


Gather Around

So, one by one, they cross the lawn
that's wet with dusk and dew,
silent as the midnight hour,
until the boy bursts, "BOO!"

Happy Halloween

The children scream and scatter out
into the fading light,
pretending that they can't be scared
on this All-Hallowed night.


Halloween Scare Prank

© 2017 JourneyHolm

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