John has been writing poetry since his school days. He was awarded the "Best Poet 2014 and 2021" Hubby Awards.
Most people will tell you growing up means you stop believing in Halloween things - I’m telling you the reverse. You start to grow up when you understand that the stuff that scares you is part of the air you breathe.
— Peter Straub
Halloween ~ A Writer's Delight
Halloween is a wonderful subject for creative writers to spread their wings and have some fun penning scary stories, essays and poems.
The list of the top six books about or set during Halloween (voted by readers at Goodreads):
- The Halloween Tree - Ray Bradbury
- Dracula - Bram Stoker
- Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury
- Frankenstein - Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
- The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Washington Irving
- The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman
Even though I never experienced Halloween celebrations or trick or treat as a child, living in Australia, I do enjoy the challenge of writing about it. Every year I get inspired to try my hand at writing eerie stories or poetry.
This year is no exception. I hope you enjoy 'The Halloween Feast.'
The Halloween Feast
On the night of Halloween,
If it falls on a full moon,
evil comes a'stalking,
and you'll feel its presence soon.
Vampires, werewolves and zombies,
witches, ghosts, and ghouls
go out trick or treating,
among the human fools.
And if they don’t get treated
they’ll play their dirty tricks -
sucking blood and casting spells,
and haunting, just for kicks.
Some people think they’re children,
just out to have some fun.
But, these are not fake monsters,
and the preying has begun.
Skeletons are rattling chains,
and bones, each time they move.
Sneaking up on victims
asleep in their bedrooms.
All Hallows’ Eve allows them
out of hiding, to appear,
prowling through the neighbourhood,
spreading their untold fear.
Jack-o’-Lantern sits silently,
watching with its fiery eyes,
as the devilish monsters
pretend they’re in disguise.
But, where are all the children?
There are none walking the street.
As the monsters sit around a fire,
sharing finger-licking treats.
Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg, and owlet's wing,—
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
— William Shakespeare
© 2022 John Hansen