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It's Tuesday, and I often like to post poetry on a Tuesday. And it's nearly Halloween, so to get in the mood, I thought I'd post an original poem. I posted it a few years ago on Halloween, but I think it would like another outing.

Scary Things Come Out at Night
by Kelly Ramsdell Fineman

Scary things come out at night
Ghosts that boo! and bats that bite;
Warlocks cloaked in purple capes;
Satyrs wearing wreaths of grapes.
Sometimes you might spy a witch
Or a hunchback with a twitch
Don’t be frightened by this scene –
After all, it’s Halloween!


Are you dressing up for Halloween this year? If so, what will you be?

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p_sunshine
Oct. 26th, 2010 03:37 pm (UTC)
I'm going to be a pirate, P's going to be a ninja. Paige is going to be a witch because together, a pirate and a ninja make magic. =)

How about you guys?
kellyrfineman
Oct. 26th, 2010 09:34 pm (UTC)
A pirate and a ninja make magic. BRILLIANT!

I'm not getting dressed up, although if I did, it'd be as Professor McGonagall.
pbwriter
Oct. 26th, 2010 03:40 pm (UTC)
Very nice! Boo to you too :)
kellyrfineman
Oct. 26th, 2010 09:34 pm (UTC)
:)
slatts
Oct. 26th, 2010 03:42 pm (UTC)
Bravo!
And of course, my visual illustration includes a Shakespeare touch—why not? It's a Kelly original!

I probably will be dressed as Candy Man. No, not that Sammy Davis musical dude, nor that spooky tortured ghost trapped in a slum of Chicago (though, if I had a choice, I'd pick the latter).

No, just that dude that distributes candy from the front door on the first house on Maple Street.

Edited at 2010-10-26 03:42 pm (UTC)
kellyrfineman
Oct. 26th, 2010 09:35 pm (UTC)
Re: Bravo!
The Candy Man - good one!
jessica_shea
Oct. 26th, 2010 03:43 pm (UTC)
Love the poem! I don't think we're going to any parties because we'll have a houseguest running the marathon Sun morning. But we were invited to one with a Cats & Dogs theme, and I was totally thinking about going as the Pink Panther. :)
kellyrfineman
Oct. 26th, 2010 09:35 pm (UTC)
That would've been a cool costume. But houseguests are fun - hope you enjoy!
jengt
Oct. 26th, 2010 04:10 pm (UTC)
Ooh. Love that poem! One of my favorite PBs is a rhyming Halloween story called Spooky Hour. Reminds me of that!

I don't think I'll dress up this weekend for any sort of adult fun. But we're allowed to dress for Halloween for work on Friday. I'm thinking jeans and a t-shirt for my "Casual Jen" costume. :)
kellyrfineman
Oct. 26th, 2010 09:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the kind words. Your costume sounds like my everyday wear!
bogwitch64
Oct. 26th, 2010 04:37 pm (UTC)
I will most unfortunately be on the road most of Halloween. If I do get home in time to sit on my old neighbor's porch, I'll be VEEERY happy!
kellyrfineman
Oct. 26th, 2010 09:36 pm (UTC)
I hope you make it home on the early side!
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mostly_irish
Oct. 26th, 2010 05:46 pm (UTC)
Re: trick-or-treating teens...I am always dismayed by their lack of costumes, but take comfort in the fact that at least they are out doing something wholesome and not egging my house or keying my car. ;)
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mguibord
Oct. 26th, 2010 05:10 pm (UTC)
Terrific Halloween poem!
I think the most dressed up I will be this year is to paint my nails purple- yes I'm wild I know...
kellyrfineman
Oct. 26th, 2010 09:40 pm (UTC)
Ooh - I wish I had better nails. I'd do that as well. I saw a woman with fabulous, dark purple nails and was envious.
(Anonymous)
Oct. 26th, 2010 05:22 pm (UTC)
tanita says:
Such a CUTE poem, and it has neither vampires nor werewolves. How do you do it???

There's no Halloween here. I'm not actually too sad about that; I prefer to dress up on the fourth Tuesday in March instead of because Hallmark says it's a holiday...
kellyrfineman
Oct. 26th, 2010 09:41 pm (UTC)
Re: tanita says:
Ah, but you get Guy Fawkes day come November, yes?
mostly_irish
Oct. 26th, 2010 05:44 pm (UTC)
I love Halloweeeeeeen!
Fun! I am so reading that to my 4 year old tonight. She'll have it memorized in, like, 5 minutes. :)

The entire family is dressing up this year. My daughter is going as Princess Jasmine while her 1 year old brother will be Raja, Jasmine's pet tiger. As for me and the hubs, we're going old school: Wicked Witch of the West (green face make-up and all) and her flying monkey. I even found him a little red fez and black feathered wings. It's going to be glorious.
kellyrfineman
Oct. 26th, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
Re: I love Halloweeeeeeen!
You reading this to your 4 year old makes me squeefully happy!!

Your costume choices sound fabulous!
lorrainemt
Oct. 26th, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
Love the poem, Kelly!

My daughter is the dress-up queen--she'll be a jelly fish this year. Maybe she'll deck me out as well. A shrimp or crab perhaps? ;)

What are you going to be?
kellyrfineman
Oct. 26th, 2010 09:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Lorraine! I am probably not dressing up. If I do, it will be as Professor McGonagall.
jenlibrarian
Oct. 26th, 2010 08:34 pm (UTC)
nice!!

er, spooky!

kellyrfineman
Oct. 26th, 2010 09:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks! (I know - it's not that spooky. I have a somewhat eerier one that's a rhyming abecediary poem, but I haven't sorted out what to do with it yet.)
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robinellen
Oct. 26th, 2010 10:18 pm (UTC)
Perfect! :)

I don't usually dress up...D will be Aang, and E will be an MnM.
kellyrfineman
Oct. 27th, 2010 12:42 am (UTC)
I don't dress up either, and I'm not sure my kids are dressing up this year - S is a senior, M is a sophomore. They may or may not dress - they both did last year, though.

And thanks for the comment on the poem!
christy_lenzi
Oct. 27th, 2010 12:54 am (UTC)
I like it!
If I were dressing up on Halloween, I would be this:
http://christylenzi.blogspot.com/2010/10/dodge-this.html

But I'm all costumed out. We had fun at the party though!

kellyrfineman
Oct. 27th, 2010 04:40 am (UTC)
LOVE you as Trinity. And your hubby is much more buff than Keanu's Neo. HAWT COUPLE!
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poolhallace
Oct. 27th, 2010 09:29 pm (UTC)
Love it!
I am going to recycle a fried egg costume that I made for my hubby the year that Kellan was a chicken and pair it with red horns to be a deviled egg. (insert drum beat here)
kellyrfineman
Oct. 27th, 2010 09:45 pm (UTC)
I was once a giant smiley face - I'd found a pair of tights that I loved - black, with yellow outline-only smiley faces all over them. I bought a huge, wide piece of yellow felt, cut out two circles, sewed the sides and shoulders shut, glued on black felt eyes and smile et voilà: Smiley face. A friend went dressed as a maid, and we were (ready?) "Service with a smile". Ba dum bump.
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