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It's Halloween Night in Your Neighborhood


The wind picks up leaves

swirls them around

teens commit pranks

while adults act like clowns

You make chicken chili

heat up spiced cider

put beer in the fridge

stock up on candy

Carve pumpkins to

look like a fright

bring in the cat

turn on the porch light

Get in your car

Dirt roads wind you around

Take you far out of town

Where haystacks seem bleak

Until scarecrows peek

from around them!

Witches on horned owls

screech high overhead

Demons pop up from

under the hood

Clouds cover the moon

You hear a loud thud

You have a flat tire

in three feet of mud

You arrive back at home

It's time to disrobe

You sneeze once or twice

You've caught a damn cold!

Have one last beer

with your favorite candy

Pull on warm socks

Put your feet up.

Oops, turn out the light

Blow out the candle

Put out the cat

Spirits creep in, see you're asleep

Let themselves out with

hardly a peep.

Your snoring is loud

you're all tuckered out

Your dog jumps into bed

howling in fright!

Realization sinks in

it's gonna ba a long frekin night

On Halloween night in your neighborhood

(10-28-2007 - Ronda Miller)


classclown 1 year, 5 months ago

"You make chicken chili"

Ugh. Two words that don't belong together in a sentence. Yes I'm aware of the whole concept of white chili, or as you call it chicken chili, but seeing as to how chili is a meat (that means beef) dish, I see that as a crime against nature. So call your concoction whatever you want, but know in your heart that it's not chili.

My mother in law made meatless chili once. She was real proud of it. Though she got mad every time I referred to it by its more commonly known name, beans.


riverdrifter 1 year, 5 months ago

You might direct your question to Mark Potts at

That's a windigo spirit from the north woods driven south by climate change.

OK, it's a whitetail fawn mugging the camera. I probably had pizza or something on my mitts when I touched the cam or perhaps the infrared glow was attracting it.


Ronda Miller 1 year, 5 months ago

Cool photo, River. Did you ever figure out what it was?

Btw, is there any means to upload photos to this site direct from an iPhone?


riverdrifter 1 year, 5 months ago

I'm blacked out for trick-or-treaters, not many kids in this old part of town. I have friends who have a ranch in the middle of nowhere in SW Kansas and when I heard that they got more treaters than I did I gave it up! This spook eyeballed my trail cam a few years ago. Aiiieeee!


riverdrifter 1 year, 5 months ago

"Oscar, you look worse than I do." "That's because I've been feeling well." What's Halloween without a little Spike Jones?

Hope you are feeling better Ronda!


Jay_lo 1 year, 5 months ago

For a brief instant the fairy princess

with the oversized gown

balances on wobbly heels

upon the step of the web strewn porch

The goblins and superheroes

pay scant attention as she pitches forward.

Star tipped wand escapes her grasp

And plastic pumpkin rolls down the walk

spilling its hoard of

Halloween treasures

into the darkness.

The skinned knee oozes

slightly thickened dampness

through the sparkly dress

and princess tears roll

down reddened cheeks.

Somewhere in the deepening darkness

of the hallowed eve

her plight draws a gasp

from the creatures of the night.

The hollow eyed ghost

and the wide eyed owl

reply in unison

to echo her cries

Boo! Hoo!


tange 1 year, 5 months ago

My so-called friends
say you're not alive
I'll bake their bones
for telling lies


bevy 1 year, 5 months ago

Nice work, Ronda. Thanks for sharing it again!


Ronda Miller 1 year, 5 months ago

Kansas, it's true. I didn't know about your blog. Thanks for your kind words though and have a terrific Halloween!

Roe. I've seen a few off color pumpkins - yours can be whatever color you want! I like the whitish gray ones - they seem so contrary and scary!


RoeDapple 1 year, 5 months ago

Roses is red,

Punkins is yella.

The zombie at my house,

is one smelly fella.

(RoeD - 10-31-2012)


Lawrence Morgan 1 year, 5 months ago

It's a very nice poem. Definitely perfect for Halloween. Thank you!

However, because Reader's Blogs are no longer on the front page (just like my most recent blog on The World Series), most readers will never know about this poem or that it ever existed.


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