Full Moon and Specters

Everything’s darker
come October.
Even our
usual long,
sunny days are
getting dimmer.
There might be
a slight dip
in temp but
it still steams
with humidity.
Some years fall
doesn’t topple
upon us until
winter.
The 31st
means Halloween!
As kids we
always hoped
for a cool one
so those often
hot costumes
that we wore
would be more
bearable
as we tore
from house
to house
trick-or-treating
ourselves
through the night.
A full moon
would add
to the creepiness
and if the wind
was blowing
the shadows
would rock-
and-roll
and create
specters in the
trees that
chased us
all the way home.

Poets United is asking for poems or prose on October:  http://poetryblogroll.blogspot.com/2019/10/pantry-of-poetry-and-prose-october-is.html

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  1. Lovely, You create the atmosphere vividly. Here we have copied the American Halloween to some extent, but of course it’s the wrong season. It would make so much more sense for the kids (and their adult minders) to be out trick-or-treating on winter nights than in full Daylight Savings sunshine as they do here!

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    • Oh, that’s interesting about you having Halloween in the spring time, Rosemary. I had no idea. I’m sure, though, that the children enjoy it just the same.

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  2. Sherry Marr

     /  October 6, 2019

    Ah, this took me back to those days of trick or treating…….how my kids loved it! It always got really cold right around Halloween where we were living then. Lovely to read you, Gayle.

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    • My kids loved it too, Sherry. When I was growing up (here in Florida) though, sometimes it could still be quite warm but we kids sure didn’t let it stop our fun! So nice to have you read me too, Sherry…thank you! xo

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  3. Oh the memories! I always had a homemade costume. I remember the spookiness of that night and running from house to house with my pillowcase to collect treats. Thanks for this walk down memory lane.

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    • My older brothers always used pillowcases too and they always stayed out later and got to more houses than we sisters, and I marveled at how much “loot” they would come back home with!

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  4. I can almost hear the children giggling and cackling, the moon gifting them with shadows… This sounds like the sort of Octobers I love.

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    • Yes, Magaly, lots of laughter and fun on those nights. We could only hope for coolness and a full moon to add to the spookiness.

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  5. They’re are already Halloween decorations out here, including my daughter’s house. It will come up quickly. Really liked your poem. Hope you are doing well.

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    • Hi Renee! There were already Christmas decorations up at Walmart when I went in back in August for heaven’s sake!!! That’s just ridiculous. I’m doing well. There are changes afoot. I hope all is well with you too. xo

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      • I worked in retail for many years before working in the insurance industry and everything comes into the stores three months early of the Season so, yes it is odd and they did start bringing in Christmas items even earlier than three months. I will have to call you…as I keep saying. I have adjusted but it took four months of being sick with anxiety doing it. Take care. xoxo

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        • It seems like the retail industry keeps pushing the holidays on us sooner and sooner. They must really need our money, lol! Yes, we’re overdue for a catch up, Renee and I’m sorry that anxiety took over and made you ill. I know what that feels like! xoxo

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  6. Our kids never celebrated Halloween in England but when we came to Australia for some reason or another it was popular here by most kids. I think the tradition probably was adopted when the host of US military mingled with Aussies in WW2…but never persuaded the Brits back home!

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    • Those British kids don’t know what they’re missing! 🙂 Yes, Rosemary too says that Halloween is celebrated there but instead of it being autumn it’s spring time.

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  7. More often than not, now, up here on Vermont’s Canadian border, we get snow — or have had several snows — before Halloween rolls around. And Sandra and I are so far out into the backwood hinterlands that we haven’t had a Trick-Or-Treater come knocking since we moved out of the village and up onto the mountain a decade and a half ago.

    Still, though, like you, we have those memories. Thanks for sharing!

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    • It sounds like where you live is not conducive to trick-or-treating and maybe there aren’t too many children around anyway. I’m glad this sparked some fun memories for you. You’re welcome!

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  8. What a wonderful memory it really captures the essence of October

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  9. Very atmospheric and almost exciting with vivid images of the children spooked out by specters in the trees chasing them home. The spirit of Halloween, even though we don’t observe it here, is beautifully captured in those wonderful childhood memories.

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    • Thanks very much, Khaya. I’m glad that I captured the feel of Halloween. There definitely is an element of the spooky in it!

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  10. Beautiful poem. And I really like the melody in it. ❤️

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  11. Such a great poem! My favorite line was
    “Some years fall
    doesn’t topple
    upon us until
    winter.”

    How delightful!

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  12. We have imported some level of Halloween… but it’s really too cold for Kids to roam the streets… we do have plenty of darkness though

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    • No, I guess you couldn’t have the children outside in dangerous cold conditions…not good. Trick-or-treating is always best done in the dark… 🙂

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  13. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar

     /  October 7, 2019

    I have trudged through snow and rain for Halloween and worn no sweater at all it was so warm (I’m talking the various times in Northern Michigan!) I also remember I used to alwasy be a “sexy” ______________ fill in the blank. Now, I hand out the candy at our house… sigh.

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    • I’ll bet your idea of what’s “warm” and my idea of it may be very different! If there’s snow involved it would NOT be warm to me, lol! Ah yes, never the ugly witch but a sexy one…I get it. 😉 I hand out the candy too, Margaret…I still have fun doing that…and eating the leftovers.

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  14. Nice poem, Gayle, just full of memories. And ours seem pretty well to match. I lived on a farm with the closest neighbor more than a half mile away so we didn’t trick or treat. But all our kids (5) did and I would go with them, sometimes I’d costume up. They still come here but not a lot and saying that, some even drive in from other places.
    We were in Louisiana this Saturday and stopped at the Dollar Store, yes for the flowers. Two year-olds are so cute, just the age before they know everything!! We are cooling down here in the Houston area, this week will all have a high down into the 80’s. Today 85.
    ..

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    • There were six of us kids growing up so you can imagine the amount of goodies that we’d all drag home! My two daughters enjoyed trick-or-treating and we even had a few Halloween parties with their friends until they got too old for that kind of thing. Now the two granddaughters go to a few houses before coming home to help pass out the candy. Oh, and we have a yearly tradition of pumpkin carving at Auntie’s house! It was around 85 here today too. The evenings are cooling down a bit to the lower 70s instead of the mid to high. It’s been a very hot and rainy summer.

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  15. Kestril Trueseeker

     /  October 8, 2019

    I remember those days of hoping the temperature would stick to the 60’s so I could get away with not wearing a jacket over my costume! LOL, I spend my Halloweens at home where it’s warm now.

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    • Yeah, that’s a drag to have to cover up your costume! I usually go over to my youngest daughter’s house where we all gather to take my two granddaughter’s out (the youngest is only 2 1/2 now) and help pass out candy. It’s fun to see the little ones dressed up.

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  16. Brought back my trick or treating days, our costumes, and the October winds right before Winter. Wonderful, Gayle.

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