Halloween is one of the best-loved holidays, and it's not difficult to understand why. Costumes, candy, and running through the neighborhood at night all add up to some awesome fun, so why not capture some of the magic and mayhem in a few poems that children will love?
Poems to Celebrate Halloween
What Shall I Be for Halloween?
Halloween is coming so,
I wonder what I should be?
How about a witch who flies her broom
High above the trees?
Maybe I'll be a princess
In a shimmering pink gown,
With lots of pretty rhinestones
Glued all over my crown.
Maybe I'll be a scary ghost
Floating around under a sheet.
And I'll shout "Boo!" and wave my arms
At everyone I meet.
Maybe I'll be a naughty black cat,
Who sneaks from house to house,
And meows and scratches at people's doors
Until they give some candy out.
Or maybe I'll be a gypsy girl,
And wear a scarf over my hair,
And I'll offer to tell people's fortunes,
As I fix them with an icy stare.
I'm still not sure what I should be,
But one thing's very clear.
If I don't make up my mind soon,
I'll miss Halloween this year.
An Ode to Candy Corn
Candy corn, my favorite Halloween treat,
Shaped like a triangle and oh so sweet.
Colored white, orange, and yellow,
Chewy and yet oh so mellow.
I could eat you by the pound,
But I fear I'd grow quite round.
So I'll miss you all the months in between
And we'll meet again next Halloween.
Cutting Through the Cemetery on Halloween Night
Cutting through the cemetery
On Halloween night,
My brother and I
Had a terrible fright.
Behind a gravestone,
We heard a creepy rustle.
We said to ourselves,
We'd better hustle.
We ran across the graves,
Hopping tombstones as we went
But that rustle followed us
Just like it was hell-bent.
The cemetery wall
Loomed up ahead,
We had to make it over,
Or we'd meet that thing we dread.
My brother shinnied up that wall
And over with amazing speed,
But as I was climbing over
Something tried to grab my feet.
Brother reached up for my hands,
And pulled me over and to the ground.
And as my feet broke free,
I heard a most distressing sound.
The thing gave a grunt, and then
A blood-curdling shriek.
And then it rustled into the dark,
Howling with defeat.
The moral of this story
Is listen to your mother.
Stay out of the cemetery on Halloween,
Or you may never see another.
The House on Galveston Street
I warn you do not trick or treat
At the house at 306 Galveston Street.
There's something there you don't want to meet
Behind that darkened door.
Don't walk through that gate that creaks,
Don't walk up that overgrown path.
Don't knock on that weathered front door,
Or you may feel its resident's wrath.
It's covered in fur and has pointy ears,
And it lets out a terrible howl.
If you get close enough to smell its breath,
You'll find it smells most foul.
True, the creature is just eight inches tall,
But don't let its size fool you.
That Chihuahua can latch onto an ankle,
And seek its teeth right through!
Confessions of a Halloween Prankster
I egged Mrs. Wilson's house
While out celebrating Halloween.
I did the deed planning to run away fast,
And I thought I would get away clean.
So imagine my surprise when I realized
There was a witness at the scene.
Mrs. Wilson's big dog came barreling out,
Growling and looking quite mean.
That dog chased me all the way to my house,
And started barking and causing a scene.
Pretty soon Mrs. Wilson tracked him down
And found out the egg thrower was me.
Tomorrow I'll go back to Mrs. Wilson's house
To clean up the scene of my crime,
And then I'll go home and up to my room
Where, for the next two weeks, I'll serve time.
Three Little Skeletons
Three skeletons came out to play
Beneath the silvery Halloween moon.
They danced and merrily frolicked away,
To the sound of a distant tune.
And as they danced around they spied
Some trick or treaters with jaws hanging open.
Their eyes were filled with disbelief,
But not a single word was spoken.
So the three little skeletons turned to them,
And gave them their very best smiles,
And held out their arms to invite them all
To join their dance for a while.
"Little children come dance with us,
We don't mean you any harm.
We're just three little skeletons,
And there's no cause for alarm."
"We may look a little bit scary, but
We love Halloween just like you do,
Surely there's room for all to have fun,
So we'd like to trick or treat with you."
Despite the skeletons' friendly words,
The children refused to take part,
And they ran away, every last one
With fiercely beating hearts.
The skeletons were disappointed,
But they shrugged their shoulders and said,
It's too bad they wouldn't join us, so
We'll just trick or treat by ourselves instead.
More Halloween Poems
If you still want more Halloween poems, here are a few more selections that are great for kids.
- A Naughty Pumpkin's Fate, author unlisted, tells what happens when a little pumpkin doesn't listen to his mother. This poem might be a bit more suitable for slightly older children.
- Missing Halloween, by Gareth Lancaster, is a short but humorous poem about a witch who could have used a GPS. This one is fine for children of all ages.
- Halloween Party, by Ken Nesbitt, is about an enthusiastic student who gets the date of the class Halloween party wrong. This is another humorous poem that's fun for everyone.
Something for Everyone
Halloween poems run the gamut from silly to spooky and everything in between. Just make sure the poems you choose are suitable for the children who'll have the opportunity to enjoy them, and include them with the rest of your Halloween activities.