Whoever Shall I Be On Halloween? - A Poem

Updated on October 15, 2019
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Lora loves sharing her insights and life experience through the medium of writing whether it is a poem, story, or essay.

Queen Cleopatra
Queen Cleopatra

Whoever Shall I Be On Halloween?

Maybe I could go as Cleopatra,
the Queen of the Nile.
With garb so alluring,
I could certainly beguile.

Or I could try another era-
in Elizabethan dress,
I could be Queen Bess.

How about the glamorous Jean Harlow?
A blonde wig I would need to borrow.
But with that hourglass figure,
it might be simpler to go as Trigger.

From the pages of "Gone With the Wind,"
I could dress as Scarlett O’Hara.
As this fetching Southern Belle,
I certainly could cast quite a spell!

Maybe I could go as a 1920’s flapper
and do the Charleston with flair-
in a dress with fringe
and a headband around my hair.
But with my knee being a little arthritic,
do I dare?

How about a ballet dancer-
or one of Santa’s reindeer,
named Prancer?

Perhaps I could dress down in a bikini
but with too great an expanse in the rear,
it could be quite a disaster-
I fear!

How about a fortune teller
with a crystal ball?
I could suddenly become clairvoyant
and read the future for all.

Or why not the famous
"Minnie the Moocher"
from the catchy Cab Calloway tune . . .
with all of those "Hi-dee hi-dee hi-dee hi’s
and Whoa-a-a-a-ah’s,"
I just may end up
the star of the show!

-Lora Hollings

Cab Calloway - Minnie the Moocher


Flapper Girls 1920's
Flapper Girls 1920's


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    • Mark Tulin profile image

      Mark Tulin 

      10 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

      A lot of great choices in the poem, Lora. A hippies sounds like a good bet.

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      Lora Hollings 

      10 months ago

      I'm going as a hippie. I have a lot of clothes that I think would certainly fit the image from my scavenging at garage sales. And I certainly have enough beads collected from many Mardi Gras parades that I've been too. My hair is long now. I certainly don't have to go out and buy anything special which is really nice. I also have a shirt with a peace symbol on it too! Thanks for stopping, Bill and I'm glad you enjoyed the song. A happy Halloween to you.

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      Bill Holland 

      10 months ago from Olympia, WA

      So what did you decide upon? The magical night is rapidly approaching. I hadn't heard Calloways song in a very long time, so thanks for that, and Happy Halloween to you.

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      Lora Hollings 

      11 months ago

      Thank you for your kind comment, Cattaleya. It was fun to think of all the possibilities one could be. Have a great weekend!

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      Tiyasha Maitra 

      11 months ago from Gurgaon

      A lovely poem. So many choices, so many great characters and such perfect rhythm. Loved it.

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      Lora Hollings 

      11 months ago

      Thanks Brenda for reading and for your wonderful comment. It was certainly fun to think about all the costumes you could wear on Halloween and to turn it into a poem. Have a great weekend!

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      Lora Hollings 

      11 months ago

      I think going as Trigger or Tigger would be a great idea for a costume, Denise. I'm glad you were amused by the poem and thanks so much for stopping by and for commenting. Blessings to you.

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      11 months ago from Washington Court House

      So many choices wandering in your thoughts.

      Great write with vivid imagination.

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      Lora Hollings 

      11 months ago

      I love the white rabbit idea for a costume, Nell! Thanks for the read and for your sweet comment. I'm glad that you enjoyed the poem. Have a great weekend!

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      Denise McGill 

      11 months ago from Fresno CA

      Such a funny conglomerate of visual images. I love it. You make me laugh. Tigger might work for me too. Really enchanting poem.



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      Lora Hollings 

      11 months ago

      Thank you Kevin for your very kind comment! I'm happy that you found this poem very entertaining and the video too. I had a lot of fun just thinking about all the costumes I could wear and writing about this theme. A Happy Halloween to you!

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      Nell Rose 

      11 months ago from England

      I love it! And the bikini comment did make me laugh, lol! I am with you on that one! I haven't been to a fancy dress for years. I think I would go as the white rabbit, lol! great poem!

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      Kevin Moore 

      11 months ago

      Whoever Shall I Be On Halloween?… after reading this well crafted poem, I’d say you should go as a “Poet Laureate!” I just love how you weave in so many greats from Cleopatra, Queen Bess, Jean Harlow, Scarlett O’Hara, Roy Roger’s Trigger, Santa’s Prancer, and of course Cab Calloway with his hit song “Minnie The Moocher.” This poem is a caravan of costumes destined for a fun and memory filled Halloween night! Don’t miss the video… just a pleasure!

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      Lora Hollings 

      11 months ago

      I'm deeply complimented Chitrangada by your gracious comment. I'm glad you had a fun time reading my poem. I enjoyed writing this poem and thinking about all the costumes that I could wear. I think you're right. Cleopatra does seem like the one to be. She was such an interesting figure in history and I always loved the way she was depicted with her hair, headdress, and eyes. Blessings to you!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      11 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Great poem and what a wonderful imagination!

      I am sure, all these costumes would look great. But my favourite would be Cleopatra.

      Wish you all the best for the contest and thanks for sharing this enjoyable poem.

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      Lora Hollings 

      11 months ago

      Thanks for dropping by Alicia and your comment is greatly appreciated. I'm glad you found the poem and the video entertaining. Since you never heard of this song, I thought that you might find this info on this jazz great interesting. "Cab Calloway had several hits in the 1930s–1940s, becoming known as the "Hi-de-ho" man of jazz for his most famous song, Minnie the Moocher, recorded in 1931. He influenced later singers such as Michael Jackson and various hip-hop performers. He was a bandleader, singer, songwriter, and dancer. He was the first African American musician to sell a million records from a single song and to have a nationally syndicated radio show. He is in the Grammy Hall of Fame and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award." Quite a list of accomplishments!

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      Linda Crampton 

      11 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is an entertaining poem, Lora! The video was fun as well. I've never heard of Minnie the Moocher before.

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      Lora Hollings 

      11 months ago

      Thanks so much Mary for the read and for your gracious compliment. I'm happy that you enjoyed it! A very fun exercise to do that gave me some smiles as I was doing it. Have a wonderful day!

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      Lora Hollings 

      11 months ago

      Wearing a costume on Halloween and celebrating with family or friends can be so much fun! Your comment is greatly appreciated, Flourish. I'm glad you enjoyed my poem and I'm sure that your costume will be just awesome! Blessings.

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      Lora Hollings 

      11 months ago

      Halloween is a great time of the year to go through my old clothes and see which ones I can use for a costume! In fact, I have so much fun doing it, that it sparks the imagination. Some of these clothes date back to high school- not quite as old as the roaring 20's but certainly back a number of years! Thanks so much for stopping by Pamela and I'm certainly complimented by your enjoyment of my poem and the video!

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      Mary Norton 

      11 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Enjoyed your poem, Lora. It had a great sense of humour.

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      11 months ago from USA

      This was really cute and imaginative! You thought of lots of creative costumes I’d love to try.

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      Lora Hollings 

      11 months ago

      Thanks Lorna for the read and for your kind comment. Halloween is always such a fun time of the year for me. It brings back so many wonderful memories of my mother making homemade costumes and going out with my sisters trick-or-treating. This was such a fun poem to write! Have a wonderful day.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      11 months ago from Sunny Florida

      This is a very good Halloween poem, and I am sure you want to enter it in the contest. It was fun to read this poem. I would think you have a chance of winning. I liked your video about Minnie the Moocher also.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      11 months ago

      Such a wonderfully expressive poem Lora which made me smile. Great ideas for that Halloween garb and I can certainly see you as Cleopatra. Good luck with this amazing entry.

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      Lora Hollings 

      11 months ago

      Thanks Alyssa for dropping by and for your charming comment! It seems like it's always difficult to decide on a costume for Halloween as there's so many good ones. I certainly agree with you. Halloween is so much fun and I wish you a very happy Halloween too!

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      Lora Hollings 

      11 months ago

      Thanks so much John for stopping by and for your generous comment. I had so much fun doing this poem and listening to the song, "Minnie the Moocher." I love the energy that Cab Calloway puts into a song! The only problem now is that I can't get it out of my head. Halloween is such a fun time of the year! It is the only time that we can become another person, so to speak, and step out of our usual roles. Writing and entering a Halloween poetry contest is as fun as entering a contest for the best costume!

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      11 months ago from Ohio

      This poem speaks to my heart. My son is having a hard time deciding what he wants to be this year, haha! I love Halloween and I love your idea of being a fortune teller. What a fun costume and a crystal ball as a prop? I would leave that out on the mantle all year long as part of my home decor. Good luck choosing and I hope you have a happy Halloween!

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      John Hansen 

      11 months ago from Queensland Australia

      A fun read Lora. I am sure whichever costume you choose it will be a success. Great poem, video of Minnie the Moocher, and pic of the flapper girls. I imagine this is your entry for the Halloween costume completion. Good luck.


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