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Practical Poetry: A Halloween Haiku

Betsy hosts Chalkabration on the final day of each month at
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We Trick o’ Treat the Thursday before Halloween in Central Pennsylvania.  Even after living here for 5+ years, I do not understand why we do this.

Trick o’ Treat Night has rules.  For instance, Trick o’ Treaters may only go to homes from 6 – 8 p.m. that have their front porch light on.  This doesn’t provide much time nor is it convenient for those of us with little kids who typically go to sleep at 8 p.m.  Throw in a neighborhood party afterwards and that doesn’t leave me with much time to open the door to kids who are looking for candy since I’m out from 6 – 7 p.m. with Isabelle.


Then I remembered that today was Chalkabration and I didn’t have my chalk poem ready yet.  (I no longer had an excuse now that I bought a package of 48 Crayola chalks and it wasn’t raining.)  So, I crafted a Halloween Haiku on my driveway yesterday around 4:15 p.m. so passersby would know to come back after seven.

My Halloween Haiku
My Halloween Haiku

Practical and creative, right?


5 thoughts on “Practical Poetry: A Halloween Haiku

  1. Practical and creative – those are the exact thoughts I had while reading this! You never cease to amaze me, Stacey, with your creativity. Combining Chalk-a-bration with your need to get a Halloween message out… brilliant. Just brilliant.

  2. My son now lives in PA. I did not know about this tradition at all. Is it always a Thurs. night? I do love your clever idea and haiku. Did it work? I hope so.

    1. We live in South Central PA and I know this is what people do around here. Not sure what happens in the corners of the state (e.g., Philly, Pittsburgh, Scranton, Erie) since I didn’t grow up around here.

      And, yes, it worked! I saw my next door neighbors’ kids while my husband and I were out Trick o’ Treating with our daughter and they said, “I’ll see you at 7!” Sure enough, lots of kids made our house the last stop.

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