Trick-or-Treating Poem for Halloween

Updated on April 5, 2017
Luke Holm profile image

Luke works as a middle school English, ELD, social justice, and mindfulness teacher in the sanctuary city, San Jose, CA.

They Come to Your Door

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

Source

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?

Source

"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.

Source

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.

Source

Halloween Scare Prank

Questions & Answers

    © 2017 JourneyHolm

    Comments

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      • Luke Holm profile imageAUTHOR

        JourneyHolm 

        9 months ago

        Thank you, Flourish! I like your name :)

      • FlourishAnyway profile image

        FlourishAnyway 

        9 months ago from USA

        Halloween is my favorite time of year. I enjoyed your poems!

      • Luke Holm profile imageAUTHOR

        JourneyHolm 

        9 months ago

        Anusha, thank you so much for your comment and feedback! I'm glad you thought I captured the childlike confidence in the face of fear, as I think this is something we've all had but sometimes forget. I agree that this is probably too intense for your six-year-old. I don't want to ruin childhoods here ;)

      • anusha15 profile image

        Anusha Jain 

        9 months ago from Delhi, India

        This was truly a great piece of work. I loved the end especially when kids are pretending that they can't be scared. One can easily imagine kids want to do that.

        I also saw a few of comments, including yours, with your hope of a particular part not being too scary or gruesome, as you would want to call it a kids poem. I think, that kids these days have a weirdly uneven kind of mental development. They understand a few things, while they just think that they understand others, and sometimes they would not understand things which we would most definitely and confidently expect them to. My child is going to be six and has started asking questions about ghosts and their existence. I would not recommend this poem for him. Maybe for slightly older children, but it's a great poem nonetheless.

        I love the pictures of kids here a lot.

      • Luke Holm profile imageAUTHOR

        JourneyHolm 

        15 months ago

        Whonu, I used to annoy the locals every chance I got...I think that's what it meant to be an angsty teen looking for fun :)

        Chris, I appreciate you saying that. I was hoping that part wasn't too scary or gruesome, as I would still like this to be considered a children's poem. I think it's graphic nature is minimal compared to what kids see on t.v. these days.

        Sakina, thanks for the read and comment! I used to love running around (and still do) just for the heck of it. Keep the spirit of childhood alive and you'll never feel old :)

        Again, thanks all!

      • SakinaNasir53 profile image

        Sakina Nasir 

        15 months ago from Kuwait

        Love the rhymes and pictures. Children are so energetic and full of fun. Great job with this poetry Luke! :)

      • cam8510 profile image

        Chris Mills 

        15 months ago from Missoula, Montana through August 2018

        You created just the right amount of doubt about the boy with the knife in his eye. Was he really dead, or just playing a trick on his friends? In the end, it was all for fun, but the slight question of doubt was well done.

      • whonunuwho profile image

        whonunuwho 

        15 months ago from United States

        Creates nice memories, my friend. Halloween was a little different in the rural south. Our ideas of doing more tricks seemed to dominate the scene. I was lucky I did not get caught pulling off tricks back then They were not too serious, but annoying, I'm sure, to the locals. Blessings to all my friend and have a good evening. whonu

      • Luke Holm profile imageAUTHOR

        JourneyHolm 

        15 months ago

        Thanks, Jaime :)

      • jhamann profile image

        Jamie Lee Hamann 

        15 months ago from Reno NV

        I love seasonal rhyme! Thank you. Well written and enjoyable to read. Jamie

      working

      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, letterpile.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://letterpile.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

      Show Details
      Necessary
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Features
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Marketing
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Statistics
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)