green ghoul

A Halloween Monster Fable
By the Hopes 'n More Family

T’was the night of Halloween and all through the house
Every creature was stirring, from the cat to the mouse
The candy was placed by the front door with care
In hopes that trick-or-treaters soon would be there
The children were dressed all snug in their costumes
With visions of snack treats they hoped to consume
And I in my witch’s hat and Dad in his mask
Had just settled down for a scary night’s task.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter
I sprang from my hiding spot to see what was the matter.
The moon on the crest of the new fallen leaves
Gave the impression of quicksand that was hard to believe.
When what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a gigantic monster with eight fangs and a leer.

He was dressed all in rags, from his head to his shoes
His skin was as green as a three-month old stew.
The nails of his hands were as long as a file
His eyes sneered at me with a terrifying smile.
His straggly hair was like gooey, green paste
He looked like a victim of hazardous waste.
His eyes were sunk so far into his big head
I thought he was one of the walking host dead.

He was creepy and ugly, a right scary old elf
And I screamed when I saw him, in spite of myself.
A drip of his drool and a twist of his head
Soon gave me to know I had everything to dread!

He came up to me and my wrist firmly grasped
Then squeezed like a vise and spoke in a thick rasp
“I want all your candy!  The sweet tarts and gum,
The twizzlers, the chocolate bars, the cherry dum-dums.
The candy corn, pixie sticks, the peanut-butter cups,
I want it all now, so you’d best give it up!”

I trembled and thought the monster just might eat me,
If I didn’t give in, so I said, in a plea,
“Okay, you can have it, the sweet tarts and gum.
Take all of my candy, to the last cookie crumb!
Just leave me alone, and if you don’t mind,
Go far, far away from the rest of my kind!” 

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work
And filled up his bag with my treats (the big jerk!)
Then raising his claws high above the dark ground
Across my lawn he took off, with a leap and a bound.

The very next morning I heard a strange moan
Like the ghost of a dead soul beneath a tombstone
Writhing in pain, in a pitiful plight,
Was the monster who’d ruined my Halloween night! 

He lay on my lawn, smashing flowers and thistles
I turned away, but he said, with a whistle,
“Don’t eat the candy!  The sweet tarts and gum,
The twizzlers, the chocolate bars, the cherry dum-dums.
The candy corn, pixie sticks, the peanut-butter cups,
Don’t eat it, I mean it, or you just might throw up!” 

So here is a lesson to you goblins and ghouls
Going out on Halloween; simply follow the rules.
For the monster exclaimed, ere he crawled out of sight,
“Don’t eat all of your candy on Halloween night!”


© 2005  A Halloween Monster Fable , by Little Lee's Hopes 'n More.  Do not reproduce in any shape or form, do not copy and put on any website without permission.

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