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Trick-or-Treating Poem for Halloween

Luke Holm earned bachelor 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


JourneyHolm (author) on October 19, 2017:

Thank you, Flourish! I like your name :)

FlourishAnyway from USA on October 19, 2017:

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

JourneyHolm (author) on October 18, 2017:

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 ;)

Anusha Jain from Delhi, India on October 17, 2017:

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.

JourneyHolm (author) on April 10, 2017:

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!

Sakina Nasir from Kuwait on April 08, 2017:

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

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on April 06, 2017:

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 from United States on April 05, 2017:

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

JourneyHolm (author) on April 05, 2017:

Thanks, Jaime :)

Jamie Lee Hamann from Reno NV on April 05, 2017:

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

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