Sunday, October 31, 2010

Trick Or Treat by Margaret William Stevens

Goblins, cats and tiny elves
March in the night.
Homemade jack-o-lanterns
Shed an eerie light.
Weird little faces
Peer above a sheet,
And in shaky voices,
Whisper, “Trick or Treat!”

Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Halloween Parade by Maria Grace Ramirez

When the night is dark
And the big moon is lonely in the sky,
When the wind comes riding in
With a long whip made of whistling tin,
And the rustling
And the howling
Of the whistling tin
Moves in,
Moves in,
And in . . .
It's then I see the spooky, long parade of Halloween.

First come the pumpkins
Rolling and tumbling
And blinking their hollow eyes.

Then come the black cats
Hissing and mewing
And flashing their bright green eyes.

Next come the witches
Crackling and gurgling
And flying their brooms up high.

And last come the goblins
Howling and yowling
and making the children run.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Halloween by Bobbe Indgin

Chilling winds bite at the air,
Nipping here and snapping there.
Into swirls the world in spun,
Full of thrilling autumn fun!

Falling leaves leave tree arms bare,
Ghosts and goblins everywhere.
It's the bewitching time of year;
Spooky Halloween is here!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Fearless Jack-O'-Lanterns by Mona K Guldwog

We're not simply pumpkins
Back to back in pumpkin style,
But fearless jack-o'-lanterns
Each with a shining smile.

We always keep the light on,
A glow within our eyes,
For strangers may be simply friends
Coming in disguise.

So when the night is cold and dark,
And witches come to call,
We stand our ground . . . our welcome bright,
And we're . . . not . . . scared . . . at . . . all!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Halloween by Helen Nencka

Haunting goblins all around,
Witches flying through the air . . .

Flaming eyes of coal-black cats
Sparking brightly everywhere!

Pumpkins whispering cautiously,
Cornstalks quiet in the night,

Standing straight like sentinels,
Watching with a bit of fright!

Jack Frost tossing carelessly
Shimmering beads of midnight tears . . .

Brand-new moon with silver tips
From his kingdom boldly peers.

Very soon, all boys and girls
Will be peeping at a scene . . .

Goblins, pumpkins, witches, cats
Because it's HALLOWEEN!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Halloween by Beverly J Anderson

Halloween is the night that brings
Such spooky eerie kinds of things . . .

As witches flying through the air
And howling goblins everywhere.

Candle-lit pumpkins grinning with glee,
Blinking their eyes, mysteriously.

A gold moon shining weirdly down
On skeletons dancing through the town.

Ragged hobos tramping about
Filling their sacks with handouts no doubt.

Whistling winds blowing through the trees,
A sudden chill appears in the breeze.

Jet-black cats flashing eyes of green,
Screeching owls acting restless and mean.

Dark shadows creeping in the night
Giving scarecrows a bit of a fright.

Haunting ghosts are everywhere, too,
Tapping on windows, then shouting, “Boo!”

But no matter how scary the scene,
The fact is . . . children love Halloween!

Monday, October 25, 2010

To a Halloween Pumpkin by LaVerne P. Larson

Giant golden pumpkin,
Resting in the noonday sun,
I wonder if you're dreaming
Of a magic night of fun.

Very soon you'll wear a smile
Carved by a jackknife blade,
As you glow with candlelight
While the spooks are on parade.

You'll sit proudly in the window
To view the eerie scene
As the gremlins dart by,
Celebrating Halloween.

You will radiate with beauty,
As the young and very old
Are captured in your spell
While the witching hours unfold.

Oh, giant golden pumpkin,
When Halloween is gone,
The enchantment that you weave
Will always linger on.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Pumpkin Cookies

2 c flour
1 t soda
1 t baking powder
1 t cinnamon
½ t salt

1 c butter and 1 c sugar

1 c mashed pumpkin
1 t vanilla
1 egg

Stir in dry ingredients, add:
½ c nuts
½ c raisins and dates

Drop on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375° for 2 min

Saturday, October 23, 2010

The Witching Hour by LaVerne P. Larson

Giant golden pumpkin
Resting in the noonday sun,
I wonder if you're dreaming
Of a magic night of fun.

Very soon you'll wear a smile
Carved by a jackknife blade;
As you glow with candlelight,
While the spooks are on parade.

You'll sit proudly in the window
To view the eerie scene,
As the gremlins dart by
Celebrating Halloween.

You will radiate with beauty,
As the young and very old
Are captured in your spell
While the witching hours unfold.

Oh, giant golden pumpkin,
When Halloween is gone
The enchantment that you weave
Will always linger on.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Jack-O'-Lantern Magic by Louise Pugh Corder

My son has planned a work of art.
On just which pumpkin will he start?
This orange giant looks just right
To shape a face that is a fright.

The big, round eyes are cut with style,
Triangle nose, a wicked smile.
He lights a candle's small, brave beam
To make the jack-o'-lantern gleam.

Now which one has the brightest glow?
The boy or pumpkin, I don't know!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Jack-O'-Latern's Song by Peggy Micuch

Give me two laughing, pointed eyes,
Give me a small round nose;
Be sure I have a big wide grin
And one square tooth that shows.

Then give me a lighted candle,
Bright enough to be seen,
So I may tell the folks who pass
That it is Halloween!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Bobbing for Apples by Ann Schneider

There is one pleasure
I like to recall . . .
Bobbing for apples,
How that amused one and all!
We were bound and determined
Into the apples to bite,
As they kept floating around 
To everyone's delight.

In a huge wooden bucket
The apples would bob
As we filled it with water
Clear up to the top;
And many a time 
A dousing we'd get,
While some happy prankster
Would shout "Let's get wet!"
And push our eager faces 
Deep down in the tub,
We'd come up gasping,
Not expecting that dub!

On through the years
This sport can be seen,
On the festive occasion 
Of each Halloween.
A faint wisp of smile
Comes o'er my face,
As I muse for a moment
How I tried to embrace
A floating red apple
Between my set teeth,
But somehow or other 
I never accomplished that feat.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

October by Miriam Katanich Motsinger

Candied apples  and witches' hair,
Flaming trees and days so fair,
You'd think that summer's come again
With hot bright light and shady lane.

Angelic faces in devils' masks,
Falling leaves and chilly blasts
Of frost-kissed winds that make you seek
The new log fire, a warm retreat.

Popcorn balls and candy corn,
Grass yet green and flowers born
In orange and gold and reddish-brown
To match October's tree-leaf crown.

Goblins grin and trick or treat,
Yellow moon and leaf-strewn street
That soon will glisten with rain wind-tossed.
Ah! winters comes and summer's lost.

Monday, October 18, 2010

If You've Never by Elsie M. Fowler

If you've never seen an old witch
Riding through the sky,
Or never felt big bat's wings
Flopping, as they fly . . .
If you've never touched a white thing
Gliding through the air,
And knew it was a ghost because
You got a dreadful scare . . .
If you've never heard the night owls,
Crying, "whoo-whoo-whoo?"
And never jumped at pumpkin eyes
Gleaming at you . . .
If all of these exciting things
You've never heard nor seen,
Why then, you've missed a lot of fun,
Because . . . that's Halloween!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Baked Apples

6 apples
½ c packed brown sugar
½ t ground cinnamon
1 c water

Set oven at 350°. Wash apples under cold water. Pry them carefully using cork screw to remove cores. Put apples in a baking dish. Combine brown sugar and cinnamon. Fill apple centers with brown sugar mixture. Pour water around apples. Cover baking dish. Bake about 60 minutes.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Halloween Party Time by Ruth H Underhill

A Halloween party--
We've longed and we've waited
For this happy day.

There will be lots of games,
Pinning on donkey's tail,
And dripping wet faces
Bobbing apples from pails,
A ghost walk for certain
To frighten and scare,
With witches and goblins
Hid round everywhere.

Have you tried eating apples
From a long piece of string?
The onlookers' laughter
Will make the roof ring.

After the games
Are all over once more,
Hot chocolate and doughnuts
To eat by the score!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Halloween Host by Juanita Johnson

Witches, clowns, and scarecrows, too
This night was set aside for you.
Call the goblins, call the ghosts,
Tonight I'll be a gracious host.
And I will serve you special treats,
Candied apples, dainty sweets.
Popcorn balls and lollipops,
Candy bars and lemon drops.
I'll keep the porch light burning bright
So you can find you way tonight.
Just ring the bell and you will see
How very gracious I can be.
Yes, I'm  a willing host, that's true,
And I expect no tricks from you!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

On Halloween by Elisabeth Weaver Winstead

Green goblins come on Halloween,
Gray bats and black cats, too.
Hoot owls with flaming red hoot eyes
That look you through and through.

Spooks and trolls creep out of holes
And dance around their queen.
Jack-o-lantern laughs out loud
On the night of Halloween.

Mysterious figures rush about,
Then disappear from view.
Suddenly they dash right out
To shout a loud, "Guess who!"

Trick-or-treaters on the street
For this night have the freedom
To whoop and holler gathering treats,
Then drag them home and eat 'em.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Little Pumpkin Faces by Loise Pinkerton Fritz

Little pumpkin faces
Smiling in the sun;
Little pumpkin faces
Lit up when night has come.

How you cheer the children,
All ages now, I mean!
You're such a joy-filled duo,
You and Halloween.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

My Jack-o'-lantern by Ruth H Underhill

First I picked a pumpkin,
Round and solid gold.
Then I cut the top off
And the seeds I did unmold.

Next I made two little eyes
That twinkled in the night,
And the I cut a funny nose . . .
It must be placed just right.

Now he gets a happy mouth
And teeth that laugh with glee,
Then a candle went inside
And my jack-o'-lantern smiled at me!

Monday, October 11, 2010

ArtFire Plurkies Flowers

The Wise Little Pumpkin by Becky Jennings

Oh, funny little pumpkin face
With laughing mouth and laughing eyes,
Aren't you a wee bit frightened
When witches fly the midnight skies?

And what about the goblins
And ghosts that are about?
Aren't you scared just a little,
When the screeching cats come out?

Perhaps you know a secret
You'd share with everyone,
That all the pranks and witchcraft
Are really just in fun.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

On the 10th Day of Halloween...

There happened to be a fun giveaway at 

One of the prizes happens to be a lovely African Violet & Amethyst Pendulum!

Pendulum divination is also known as dowsing or radiesthesia, and uses your personal energy to obtain yes/no answers though the use of this simple tool.  This lightweight polymer clay pendulum was created with unique handmade beads which have gold leaf and African violet petals in them and are paired with amethyst chips. African violet is said to promote spirituality and amethyst also corresponds with spirituality as well as divination, dreams, cleansing and energizing. Never used a pendulum before? Don't worry! Instructions will accompany it to help you learn how to tap into your inner wisdom.
 For more information on how to win this beautiful prize, please visit 
Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom's Giveaway

AF Plurkies Variety

Applesauce Cake

1 c granulated sugar
1 c brown sugar
½ c butter
1 egg
1 c raisins
1 c chopped walnut meats
1 t salt
1 t cinnamon
1 t nutmeg
1 t cloves
2 c sifted flour
2 t soda
2 t unsweetened applesauce

Cream butter and sugars, add egg and beat well, then raisins and nuts. Sift dry ingredients together and add alternately with applesauce to first mixture, starting and ending with flour mixture. Bake in 13x19½x2 oblong pan at 350° F oven for 45 min or until cake is done. Frost with carmel frosting. or eat plain.

15 servings

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Scarecrows... Ready For Some Fun...

A Pirate Tonight by Florence Crouse

Tonight I am a pirate
With a dagger in my teeth,
A golden earring in my ear,
A bloody scar beneath.

I swagger down the gangplank,
The scourge of every land,
Sailing o'er the seven seas
While Daddy holds my hand.

Marauding up and down the street,
Besieging every door,
Till terror-stricken villagers
Enrich my treasure store.

Then, when my ship is laden
With mounds of gold and red,
I'll sail back home to Mommy,
And she'll tuck me safe in bed.

Friday, October 8, 2010

It's Halloween Again by Eleanor Elkins

Halloween is here again
With golden pumpkins all about;
Goblins now will come a-spying,
Witches through the air a-flying,
Funny faces we'll be buying;
At dark of night we'll all go out.

Halloween is here again . . .
Autumn leaves come tumbling down,
Black cats will slink about tonight,
The moon will shed an eerie light;
"Trick or treat" will bring delight
From every house in town.

We all look forward to the time 
When Halloween is here,
Owls will hoot high in the trees
And we will brave the chilly breeze
That heralds winter's coming freeze . . .
October's time of year.

So join me on this special night
When ghostlike shapes are seen;
We'll duck for apples, spin the pan,
Play blindman's buff and tag our man,
Pull taffy, fragrant, golden tan . . .
This night of Halloween.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Jack-O-Lantern by Laurie E Dawson

When a jack-o'-lantern sits in the window at night,
It tells a gay fable with its flickering light
Of tricking-and-treating and stories homespun
About witches and goblins and cats on the run.

It tells of lads who down on the farms
Picked the best pumpkins and carried in arms,
So other little children could cut them so neat
And make a gay face for a Halloween treat.

Now goblins and games and parties are fine,
But give me a bright jack-o'-lantern for mine,
To put in my window on a cool autumn night
To tell about Halloween with it's flickering light.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Along Came A Spider