A HALLOWEEN SCARE



It was a dark, cold and rainy night
That long ago Halloween,
The air was thick with mystery
I dared not turn out the light.

I heard a tapping on the window pane,
The wind began to moan,
It was not the kind of night
That you would want to be alone.

Lucifer, our cat, hid under the bed,
The dog began to growl
As lightening cracked and lit up the sky,
I thought I heard a howl.

The woods around the house were thick
With shadowy, unseen , forms
Of bats and goblins and ghosts of old,
Red devils with tails and horns.

Now footsteps were coming up the stairs,
I had chills from my head to my feet,
The door burst open, the monsters were here!
TRICK OR TREAT! TRICK OR TREAT!

My little goblins were home.
“Mama, did we give you a scare?”
I composed myself and managed to smile,
“Oh, I knew it was you all the while.”
Then I kissed them and held them very tight,
That long ago Halloween night.

Now grandchildren come to trick or treat,
Little goblins and ghosts and I smile.
“Grandma, did we give you a scare?”
I say, “No, I knew it was you all the while.”

© Dorothy I. Mc Carty

 

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