On the 31st

autumn, HalloweenDark is night, night is just right
As I set my broom aside
with a thought so candle bright
My glowing eyes I can’t hide.

On the date of this fall month
I’m allowed to be my self
even eating my best lunch –
can of worm warts on the shelf.

But maybe I’ll surprise them
My witch cousins and witch friend
I’ll knock on doors because I can
Pretend to be a small human.

I’ll forget my nightly haunts
For this one special fun time
Neglect my night’s sky-filled jaunts
Instead listen for door chimes.

I’ll dress up like a robot trick or treat
Or maybe a movie star
Collect yummy candy – lots
Walking sidewalks near and far.

Tonight I am not a witch
I switch roles and use my feet
hoping for no surprise glitch
as trick or treaters I meet.

I hide my twelve toes with shoes
Third eye is under a hat
My high shrill voice yells Boo BOO
Kids scream and so does a cat.

My bun of black hair escapes
And my pointy ears pop out
WITCH! someone yells with fear, hate
Suddenly I’m full of doubt.

Guess I can’t be who I’m not
Not tied to the ground like them
I laugh and sprint past the tot
Glad I can fly like a wren.

Halloween, moon“Boomer!” I yell and she flies
To my hands, my pal, my broom
I screech and scream out “good bye!”
As we fly toward the full moon.




Thanks for the invitation by Aurora Alexander to write a fun Halloween poem. Check out the others. https://aurorajalexander.wordpress.com/2017/10/24/3rd-halloween-poem-contest-3rd-group-of-submitted-poems/

106 thoughts on “On the 31st

  1. Wonderfully written Pamela, you have me choking on my morning coffee.
    Sweet, funny and very enlightening about the season.
    I think you would look pretty as a movie star.
    I guess the broom is handy when all fall apart. 😊🦋💕 .


  2. Pam, a treat of a Halloween poem and love the twist of the witch finally able to be out in the open! Alas, She’s not meant to be grounded…fly like a wren and enjoy those cans of worm warts! 😀 American style Halloween has finally arrived here in the UK with fun dress-up styles …my son and his girlfriend heading off to party as Mickey Mouse & Minnie tonight!


  3. “I hide my twelve toes with shoes
    Third eye is under a hat”

    Wonderful. This line that made me laugh out loud– for realies. Happy Halloween to you, oh witchy one.


  4. This is a witch full of fun and love of adventure. Of course she should be out enjoying Hallowe’en 🎃

    “Tonight I am not a witch
    I switch roles and use my feet
    hoping for no surprise glitch” 🎃🎃🎃


  5. Oh wow, what a beautiful treat as you fall into my reader just at the right time for me to catch this wonderful poem Pam.. 😀 a Festive delight to tickle us with.. Candy is at the ready for the big Night.. 🙂


  6. Wow! Another book in the making Pam! This is a perfect poem for a book to be released on next Halloween! You just need the illustrations. 🙂 Reminds me of Room On The Broom, a single poem book my grandchildren love to read with me.


  7. From writing to riding a broom, my you are doing it all. Your poem is entertaining and funny and I can sense the enjoyment you get from creating something on just about any topic. This is a good one. Is there prize for the best poem? Just kidding but, it there were, I think you’d win hands or twelve toes down.


  8. Loved your poem, Pam, and I also participated in this fun challenge. Mine was already posted on Aurora’s blog, but I haven’t shared it yet. I probably will on Halloween. But, now I know the competition is even stronger after reading yours. 🙂


  9. Great fun Pam, I love the thought of the witch using Halloween as an opportunity to try out a new identity, but I love more the fact that she realises she has to be her and do what she’s meant to do 🙂


  10. Wow! This is not just an old woman who lives alone and knows how to use herbs. She’s a real, crazy Halloween witch. A cartoon character come alive.

    I’m looking forward to Halloween. I don’t get trick-or-treaters at my house, but I join the spooky, costumed crowd who visits the downtown merchants.


  11. Haha but when you become the witch again will you make an extra serving of your special brew for us? Can it be in a wine glass 😉 haha ~ Creative writing, Pam!


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