Halloween Poems


Samuel Exler

If in the dark you're frightened,
Here's all you have to do.
Say: Igga bigga,
Hunka bunka,
Dinka danka doo.
These words give you protection
From ghosts-and witches, too.
Say: Igga bigga,
Hunka bunka,
Dinka danka doo.
So if at night a monster
Should whisper,"I'll get you,"
Yell: Igga bigga,
hunka bunka,
Dinka danka doo.

Haunted House

Jack Prelutsky

There's a house upon the hilltop
We will not go inside
For that is where the witches live,
Where ghosts and goblins hide.

Tonight they have their party,
All the lights are burning bright,
But oh we will not go inside
The haunted house tonight.

The demons there are whirling
And the spirits swirl about.
They sing their songs to Halloween.
"Come join the fun," they shout.

But we do not want to go there
So we run with all our might
And oh we will not go inside
The haunted house tonight.


Judith Kinter

If you are getting tired
Of plain old witches' brew,
Next time you have a party
Try gourmet monster stew.
Put on an old black apron
Borrowed from a witch,
Then scoop in murky water
From a brackish ditch.
Pond slime is the next thing,
A bucketful or two,
But if you don't have pond slime,
Some moldy soup will do.
Now measure in an owl-hoot,
Two grumbles and a groan.
To make it really tasty,
Add an eerie moan.
Now if your guests are monsters,
You cackle while they eat.
They'll say your stew is gruesome,
A most delightful treat!

Halloween Wind

by Sandra Liatsos

The wind came trick-or-treating
down our quiet street.
It rattled all the windows
and then we heard it beat
on every door at every house
where shutters banged and clattered.
It howled for treats and howled for more
while leaves and branches scattered.
It rolled a pumpkin down the street,
and made the cat's fur rise.
Then after all the tricks it played
it flew up in the sky
with candy wrappers in its grasp,
and empty bags and sticks -
It hadn't wanted treats at all,
only lots of tricks!


by Sandra Liatsos

There's a goblin at my window,
A monster by my door.
The pumpkin at my table
Keeps on smiling more and more.
There's a ghost who haunts my bedroom,
A witch whose face is green.
They used to be my family,
Till they dressed for Halloween.


Susan Olson Higgins

Knock, hock, knicker, knocker, clink, clank, clunk.
I hear that skeleton in the attic trunk.
Click, click, clunk, clunk, clicker, clacker, clup,
That old skeleton is finally getting up.
Knick, knick, knack, knack, knock, knock, knocker.
I will sit and wait for him in my squeaky rocker.
Clunk, clunk, click, clack, knick, knack, knor,
That klacky skeleton is clunking out the door.
Knicker, knocker, knack, knack, knick, knock, kneen,
The skeleton is out! It's time for Halloween!


X.J. Kennedy

You're in the mood for freaky food?
You felt your taste buds itchin'
For nice fresh poison ivy green?
Try Wicked Witch's Kitchen!
She has corn on the cobweb, cauldron-hot,
She makes the meanest cider,
But her broom stick cakes and milkweed shakes
Aren't fit to feed a spider.
She likes to brew hot toadstool stew-
"Come eat, my sweet!" she'll cackle-
But if you do, you'll turn into
A jack-o'-lantern's jackal.

The Strangest Sight I've Ever Seen

The strangest sight I've ever seen
Was a fat old witch on a flying machine.
The witch flew high,
The witch flew low,
The witch flew fast,
The witch flew slow.
The witch flew up,
The witch flew down.
Then she circled 'round the town.
Then turning left
And turning right
She disappeared into the night.
The strangest sight I've ever seen
Was a fat old witch on a flying machine
Of course it happened on HALLOWEEN!

Halloween Just Can't Be Beat

Nancy Sesok

Dark night, moon so bright,
What a scary Halloween sight.

Black cats, flying bats,
Witches wearing pointy hats.

Ghosts are scary, monsters hairy,
A girl's dressed up like a fairy.

Eerie sounds, pumpkins round,
Spooky things are all around.

Running feet, a tasty treat
Halloween just can't be beat.

Pumpkin Bells

(to tune of Jingle Bells)

Dashing through the streets
In our costumes bright and gay
To each house we go
Laughing all the way.
Halloween is here,
Making spirits bright
What fun it is to trick-or-treat
And sing pumpkin carols tonight!
Oh, pumpkin bells! Pumpkin bells!
Ringing loud and clear,
Oh, what fun we'll have tonight
Since Halloween is here!


Mary Jane Carr

Witches flying past on broomsticks,
Black cats leaping here and there,
White-robed spooks on every corner,
Mournful moaning in the air,

Goblins peering out of windows,
Spirit-things that rap and run-
But don't be scared-it's just October,
Having one last hour of fun!

This is Halloween

Dorothy Brown Thompson

Goblins on the doorstep,
Phantoms in the air,
Owls on witches' gateposts
Giving stare for stare,
Cats on flying broomsticks,
Bats against the moon,
Stirrings round of fate-cakes
With a solemn spoon,
Whirling apple parings,
Figures draped in sheets
Dodging, disapprearing,
Up and down the streets,
Jack-o'-lanterns grinning,
Shadows on a screen,
Shrieks and starts and laughter-
This is Halloween!


Harry Behn

Tonight is the night
When dead leaves fly
Like witches on switches
Across the sky,
When elf and sprite
Flit through the night
On a moony sheen.

Tonight is the night
When leaves make a sound
Like a gnome in his home
Under the ground,
When spooks and trolls
Creep out of holes
Mossy and green.

Tonight is the night
When pumpkins stare
Through sheaves and leaves
When ghoul and ghost
And goblin host
Dance round their queen.
It's Halloween!

Black and Gold

Nancy Byrd Turner

Everything is black and gold,
Black and gold, tonight;
Yellow pumpkins, yellow moon,
Yellow candlelight;

Jet-black cat with golden eyes,
Shadows black as ink,
Firelight blinking in the dark
With a yellow blink.

Black and gold, black and gold,
Nothing in between -
When the world turns black and gold,
Then it's Halloween!

On Halloween

Aileen Fisher

We mask our faces
and wear strange hats
and moan like witches
and screech like cats
and jump like goblins
and thump like elves
and almost manage
to scare ourselves.

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