Thursday, October 29, 2009

Trick or Treat

Well, two more nights until the doorbell will be ringing, with an assortment of princesses, ghosts, goblins and superheros waiting on the stoop, anticipating a haul of sugary treats that induce nightmares in the dental profession.  I no longer have little ones in my family but I love the parade, starting soon after sunset.  Each year, it seems, the number of little visitors seems to dwindle as parents become more anxious about safety.  It makes me feel sad that an evening that used to be so much fun has suffered because of the actions of some.

Here's hoping this Halloween will be a safe one for everyone!

 Trick or Treat

A full moon lights the sky tonight,
And ghosts do roam the earth,
Witches board their broomsticks,
And cackle in great mirth.
Throngs of vampires gather,
Midst fairies, sweet and pure,
And here and there is Frankenstein,
Or a creature most obscure.

In great anticipation,
They walk about the land,
With sacks, and bags and satchels,
Held tightly in their hand.

They stroll about together,
And at every house along a street,
In a resounding chorus,
They cry out, "trick or treat."

Carmen Henesy

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  1. I know I sound a damper but on Halloween night I batten myself down & do not open the door. Sometimes there are eggs all over the place in the morning! However our fox will enjoy those!
    Thanks for you kind comments over at mine.

    Nuts in May

  2. I love this poem. I'm sure that if those parents read it, they would give their children a chance to scare the land!

  3. We don't get any trick or treaters at the manor. I really miss that tradition.

  4. I'm always a fascinated by Halloween celebrations in the USA. Although we do mark the occasion, it isn't such a big event. Even Guy Fawkes or Bonfire Night is fairly subdued in comparison, especially nowadays.

  5. I imagine I open the door and find a child with an assortmente of me. That't frightens me.




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  6. Anonymous6:18 AM

    lovely poem and I to wish Halloween was safer and more fun like it used to be. Hope you have a great weekend.. :}

  7. My daughter was born on Halloween but she isn't a witch (at least I don't think she is!}

    By the way, I am deelpy in awe of your travels. I went on the Orient Express from Istanbul to Venice a couple of years ago and would commend it to you.

  8. It is sad. It was such a big neighborhood to-do when my kids were young. Now we are the grinches who turn off all the lights and pretend we're not home on halloween! It's just no fun getting up once an hour to answer the door. Time was, we would have to just sit on the front porch and hand out candy, there were so many kids!

    Hey, thanks for following my blog. I am looking forward to getting to know you!

  9. That's a beautiful poem, and Halloween is not what it used to be. We do have to be careful, but it can still be fun for the kids if the parents follow them! Have a great weekend, Carmen!

  10. happy halloween!

  11. A Halloween themed poem! Yay! This one makes me feel like a kid again.

  12. Great poem....we use to have so much fun as children on this day but the numbers have dwindled so very much, sad really. Happy Halloween my new friend.....:-) Hugs

  13. i love your poem Carmen, my kids at school despite they are already high school still shows excitement with halloween showing off their costumes and having fun, i believe it would be more fun for kids. yes, sadly, the action of some has taken away the fun of celebration.

  14. Love it Carmen. Yes it is sadly very different these days but still fun for kids who can host or go to parties.

  15. Gosh, I can't believe I didn't respond to all the comments on my "Trick of Treat" poem!

    Maggie May - I hope you survived Halloween
    without having your door pelted with eggs!

    fullet - glad you like my Halloween poem...we
    only had two children here at my mother's so
    guess who ate all the Kit Kat bars!

    Willow - how come you don't get trick or treaters
    at the manor? Is it a scary place? By the
    way, you sound like Willie Nelson singing

    Irredento Urbanito - do they trick or treat in

    Inky - you must do a Halloween poem! You are
    such a wonderful poet...put it on the agenda
    for next year!

    Retiredandcrazy - a Halloween baby! I'm sure she
    was a wonderful treat!

    Wine and Words - where have all the little trick
    or treaters gone?

    Icy - glad you liked my poem. I will have to
    work on a new Halloween poem for next year.

    wenn - thank you for stopping by to read my
    Halloween poem!

    Ratty - glad you liked my Halloween poem. Next
    year, I'll have to mention squirrels in one.

    Bernie - next year, I'll have to go trick or
    treating..don't know if I'll make a haul if
    I am out using my walker...but I can lift the
    seat and fill the bag underneath with candy!

    betchai - did you have a good Halloween at your
    house? Your teenagers must have had a party
    or something.

    Poetic Shutterbug - what did you do for

  16. I enjoyed reading your poems and looking at the photos from some of your travels!! Thanks for the kind comments you left on my blog is a pleasure to meet you! I hope you get to enjoy a Ginger Drop Martini sometime this weekend!

  17. Thanks for visiting, Lisa....unfortunately, no ginger drop martinis here in Columbus, GA that I know of...I first had them at Strait's Singapore Cafe in San Francisco. Determined to learn to make them myself, I experimented for quite awhile. Now I think mine are better than those at Strait's!!! I'll post the recipe!