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What Will I Wear This Halloween? - a Poem

John values the use of humour and enjoys writing and reading limericks and jokes. He is a fan of Dr. Seuss, Edward Lear and Shel Silverstein

Image by Alexas_Fotos from Pixabay

Image by Alexas_Fotos from Pixabay

Halloween Contest Announcement

In 2019 HubPages ran a competition for the Halloween. The HubPages Weekly email announcement was as follows:

"What better way is there to celebrate the month of spooks and pumpkin spice lattes than with a Halloween contest? This year’s theme is Halloween Costumes. This theme can be interpreted rather loosely—whether it’s a poem or a how-to, as long as your article has to do with costumes, (and complies with the rules), you are eligible to submit it. The rules are simple:

  1. Your article must be under three years old.
  2. You must submit said article’s URL to contests@hubpages.com. (Articles that are copy/pasted will not be accepted.)
  3. The deadline is midnight on Monday, October 21st. Any submissions sent after the deadline will not be considered."

I love entering these competitions, especially if poetry is included. Unfortunately, for a long time, it wasn't, but things are looking up. I have written a few Halloween pomes in the past. At first, I checked the date these were published with the thought of entering one of them, however, they are all more than three years old so didn't meet the criteria.

Therefore, I decided to write this poem and enter it in the competition. the competition. I look forward to reading the other contributions.

Haunted House at Halloween: Image by Gordon Johnson from Pixabay

Haunted House at Halloween: Image by Gordon Johnson from Pixabay

What Will I Wear This Halloween?

What will I wear this Halloween?

What costume will I choose?

'The Scariest Costume' contest's on

And I don't want to lose.


Will I be a werewolf,

Or maybe Frankenstein?

Last year I was Dracula,

But, zombies are on the rise.


There's always Dr. Jekyl

And his alter-ego Hyde,

An alien from the planet Zogg,

Or a bigfoot known as Clyde.


My sister, she will be a witch.

Each year's the same old tune,

Just wears a black hat, cape, and mask,

And rides an old straw broom.

Witch's cosImage by OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabaytume:

Witch's cosImage by OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabaytume:

But, I'll be more original,

Be different than the rest.

I need a special costume

So it is crowned "The Best!"


I've searched through lots of catalogues,

Been to the costume store,

But haven't found a single thing

I haven't seen before.


Then, suddenly, I had a thought!

The idea makes me shake.

What chills me to the very bones,

Like when a vampire sees a stake?


Now, I know the perfect costume.

That will horrify and thrill.

The scariest costume ever worn -

I'll be a 'Dentist with his Drill!'


Image by David Mark from Pixabay

Image by David Mark from Pixabay

© 2019 John Hansen

Comments

Tammy Winters from Oregon on October 14, 2020:

John, you are welcome and thanks for letting me know. :)

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 14, 2020:

Hi Tammy. Yes, they do have contests here every now and then, and last year there was a Halloween one. They seem to be so busy with the niche site migration and sorting out the bugs this year That I doubt they will have any.

Thank you for reading, and keep your eye out in case they I have the occasional contest that you can enter,

Tammy Winters from Oregon on October 14, 2020:

Oh my, I am not a lover of the Dentist. I didn't know they did contests here. I wish I would of known of last years Halloween Contest. I wrote an article about my daughters zombie bride costume years ago. Great Job on your poems John.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 12, 2019:

Scared me even as an adult, Lawrence. Thank you for reading.

Lawrence Hebb from Hamilton, New Zealand on November 12, 2019:

John.

Yep, they used to scare the bejabbers out of us kids!

Great poem.

Suzie from Carson City on October 14, 2019:

You big FAKER!!! LOL..............

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 13, 2019:

Oh, Paula! You scared me. You have a terrifyingly frightening one also.

Suzie from Carson City on October 13, 2019:

Very CLEVER, oh Master Poet! Have a SPOOKTACULAR Halloween! BOO !! Paula

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 13, 2019:

Thank you Beth. Cheers.

Beth Perry from Tennesee on October 13, 2019:

Very funny! Good luck in the contest!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 12, 2019:

Hey, Nikki, thank you for reading another of my poems. I'm glad this shivered your bones lol. Thanks again. Happy Halloween.

Nikki Khan from London on October 12, 2019:

Oh my God!

The idea just shivered my bones deep inside, A Dentist with his drill, the most scarier, I guess.

You’re winner my friend, what a masterpiece!

Happy Helloween!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 12, 2019:

Thank you Alyssa, glad you found this funny. Much appreciated.

Alyssa from Ohio on October 12, 2019:

You will most definitely win that costume contest! haha! What a fun poem, my friend. Have a happy Halloween!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 12, 2019:

Hey, Genna, I am glad you loved this and it brought a smile. I chose this actual Monster Mash video of Bobby (Boris) Pickett performing live over a few animated ones because it is worth it just for his facial expressions while performing it.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on October 12, 2019:

Lol! Loved this, and the ending line is perfect! And how cool is Monster Mash... Thank you, John, for bringing a smile. :-)

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 12, 2019:

Hi Chitrangada. I am happy you enjoyed this poem, sorry it reminded you of your last trip to the dentist though. Thanks for the well wishes.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on October 12, 2019:

Awesome submission for the contest. It’s a wonderful and unique idea.

I thoroughly enjoyed your poem. You reminded me of my last visit to the dentist, four months back, after postponing it several times.

Great creative effort and wish you all the best for the contest.

Thanks for sharing.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 11, 2019:

Thank you, thank you, MsDora. Dentists are definitely scary.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 11, 2019:

Hi Venkat. I am so glad you enjoyed this even though it reminded you that you need to see the dentist. Good luck when you finally get there.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on October 11, 2019:

Applause, applause from me. The dentist with his drill is scary enough. He even wears a mask. Great Halloween poem!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 11, 2019:

Thank you Lora. You best not show the poem to your daughter then haha. I am glad you can relate though and saw the humour in it.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 11, 2019:

Hi Linda, yes going to the dentist is still a daunting experience for many people. Perhaps not as much as it was years ago, however.

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on October 11, 2019:

Amazing idea. Dentist with his Drill!!! Too much scary even to think of it. I went through it once. And, I am now postponing him for some months, even though I have to go through it sooner or later.

Your poem is very appealing and beautifully crafted. Enjoyed it a lot as always.

Lora Hollings on October 11, 2019:

A wonderful poem, John and I really like your sense of humor too. Most people do have a primal fear of going to the dentist! Although, my daughter may not appreciate this ending as she's a dentist! But I certainly can. I try to avoid the dentist at all cost and only go when I absolutely have too. Good luck in the contest by the way!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on October 10, 2019:

This is a fun poem, John. You have a great imagination! I think it's sad that even today dentists can be scary.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 10, 2019:

Thank you, Brenda. Cheers.

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

A surprise ending indeed...but yes, a dentist can be quite spooky.

Loved it!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 10, 2019:

Thank you for always reading my poetry Mary, and for your generous comment.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 10, 2019:

Thank you, Stephen. I appreciate your generous comment. I love the challenge of writing poems on any given topic. Cheers.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 10, 2019:

Haha Linda. Now, that is even scarier. Cheers.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 10, 2019:

Thank you, Kaili. Much appreciated.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on October 10, 2019:

Oh, that would be truly scary. You really have a knack for writing poetry on any topic presented. What a gift.

Stephen A Brown on October 10, 2019:

Wow, that was really good! Who ever thought a person could write a poem about a Halloween contest? Your poems are excellent. Keep up the great work!

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on October 10, 2019:

Yes, and that HUGE hypodermic needle in the other hand! I agree with you, and I love your poem. You've got my vote.

Kaili Bisson from Canada on October 10, 2019:

Yep, a dentist holding a drill is scariest of all, no doubt about it. This is great John...good luck in the contest!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 10, 2019:

Ruby, nice rhyme from you too. I am glad I touched on a nerve (pun intended) with the dentist and drill. Thanks for reading.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 10, 2019:

Thank you, Charlie. I am sure the one you wrote is wonderful. I look forward to reading it.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on October 10, 2019:

There's nothing more horrible than a dentist with a drill, just thinking about it gives me a chill. I loved your rhyme John.

Charlie Halliday from Scotland on October 10, 2019:

Nice one John. Just wrote one.Not as scary a costume, but I have a wardrobe full.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 10, 2019:

Hey Pamela, so glad you found this poem funny and enjoyed the ending. Thank you for the support.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 10, 2019:

I really like this poem, and think you have a good chance at winning. I laughed out loud at the end as it was so funny. I wish you the best and hope to see you win.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 10, 2019:

Haha glad you agree Bill. Even though poetry is welcome to be entered in this contest I doubt it will have much chance of winning. It would be nice though.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 10, 2019:

Thank you Shauna. It was the scariest thing I could think of.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 10, 2019:

Hi Elijah, I am glad the ending was an enjoyable surprise for you. Thanks for the well wishes for the competition. Take cate.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 10, 2019:

That's the scariest monster I can think of, John! lol Good luck in the competition. I would love to see an old HP friend win this.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on October 10, 2019:

What an awesome entry, John! I can't think of anything scarier than a dentist with his drill.

Good luck in the contest!

Elijah A Alexander Jr from Washington DC on October 10, 2019:

LOLAL about how it ended, John, I would have never thought of that although especially young people are afraid of dentists. That one should take the prize but we will know once the contest is over. It kept me in suspense wanting to discover how it would end and you baked that cake very well.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 10, 2019:

Thank you, Lorna. Yes, I believe black cats are lucky. I own one. Glad you enjoyed this.

Lorna Lamon on October 10, 2019:

Your poem conjures up images of a magical Halloween and I love the idea of your own original costume. Lots of black cat luck John.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 10, 2019:

Thank you, Nithya. Glad you agree dentists are the scariest.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 10, 2019:

Haha Jason, you got it. The dentist’s bill is scarier than the drill. Thanks for reading.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on October 10, 2019:

I totally agree dentist with the drill is the scariest of them all. Enjoyed reading.

Jason Nicolosi from AZ on October 09, 2019:

Great poem you nailed it. "BTW, Whats scarier than a dentist with a drill?" "When you get the dentist bill." Ha, ha, ha. Happy Halloween John! Good Luck.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 09, 2019:

Thank you for reading this, Prantika. I am glad you enjoyed the poem.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 09, 2019:

Thank you, Flourish. Glad you find dentists scary too.

Prantika Samanta from Kolkata, India on October 09, 2019:

It is a wonderful poem and I have enjoyed reading it.

FlourishAnyway from USA on October 09, 2019:

Now that’s scary! Good luck in the contest!