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Halloween Dilemma


To Wear Or Not To Wear

Being of a certain vintage

When you had to make your own.

To decide upon a costume

Would sometimes make you groan.

Last year I was a cowboy.

A pirate the year before.

What can I be this year?

What Ideas can I explore?

Some costumes in my childhood,

would now cause controversy.

They were worn with total innocence,

but today are not PC.

Fast forward now to present day.

The choices are much more.

But the fun you get from dressing up,

is just like it was before.

We now have the fancy-dress shops.

There’s plenty to bemoan.

To get your kids a costume,

you need a pay day loan.

They have everything in there you need.

Imagination is supressed.

They kit you out from head to toe,

I’m feeling quite depressed.


Now I know my costume.

I’ve found the perfect fit.

I will just dress as myself,

and be a grumpy old git.


Charlie Halliday (author) from Scotland on October 20, 2019:

Thanks Stive glad you enjoyed it

Stive Smyth from Philippines on October 20, 2019:

That was a good read. Thanx.

And so full of truths.

Jason Nicolosi from AZ on October 12, 2019:

Great poem Charlie. That was so funny. I like it a lot. Happy Halloween!

Charlie Halliday (author) from Scotland on October 12, 2019:

Thanks for reading Ann.

Charlie Halliday (author) from Scotland on October 12, 2019:

Glad you like it Lora. I used to use soot from the coal fire as a moustache.

Now I have a grey one of my own haha

Charlie Halliday (author) from Scotland on October 12, 2019:

Thank you for reading Vellur. Glad you enjoyed.

Ann Carr from SW England on October 12, 2019:

Love it!

I don't like Hallowe'en though; when I was a child in Britain we just didn't have it so it's not in my tradition. Since then, it's come over the pond.

As for the cost, my daughter makes most of the costumes for her little ones as they are far too expensive in the shops - cashing in on children's needs to be included! What a cynic I am!

Fun poem!


Nithya Venkat from Dubai on October 11, 2019:

Loved your Halloween poem, I enjoyed reading.

Lora Hollings on October 11, 2019:

I love your poem, Charlie! I can certainly relate. As a child and teenager, I remember how much fun it was to create your own costumes with old clothes- a wig, some make-up and props that you might find in the basement or attic! Now, all the costumes are put together for you and it's just not as fun any more. Whatever happened to using just good old imagination? It's always more fun that way.

Great job!

Charlie Halliday (author) from Scotland on October 11, 2019:

Hi Brenda. I enjoyed writing this one thanks for reading.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on October 10, 2019:

Cute one Charlie.

Love the grumpy man.

Gone are the days of simple costumes, enjoying the idea of making your own.


Charlie Halliday (author) from Scotland on October 10, 2019:

Thanks Lorna. It is good to do a poem with a bit of humour

Charlie Halliday (author) from Scotland on October 10, 2019:

Cheers John. Glad you liked it

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on October 10, 2019:

Haha Charlie, that’s funny. I have the same costume. Good luck in the competition.

Lorna Lamon on October 10, 2019:

Just perfect - love the last verse Charlie. Good luck.

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