A Halloween Poem of My Childhood

Halloweens in Our Town

Our town was full of inquisitive old church ladies,

Whose eyes rolled and lips flapped talking about

this was a sin and that was a sin, we were all going

to hades.

Until the Halloween Carnival Day

arrived and Lo and Behold to

everyone’s surprise,

The Church Ladies were in their

costumes, and My friends and I

could only surmise.


Were they really Witches and these

were not costumes? Or were they in

costumes as Church Ladies?

Maybe a clue---they came to the

Halloween Carnival in a Mercedes.

Judy, Bobbi and Edie
Judy, Bobbi and Edie
My friends Judy, Me in the middle and Edie by me on the right.
My friends Judy, Me in the middle and Edie by me on the right.
A Black Cat and Halloween
A Black Cat and Halloween

But their brooms were held tightly in their hands,

They laughed and swayed with the music of the bands.


My friends and I enjoyed all the rides and ate hotdogs,

and candy apples until there was rumbling in our insides,

Now getting sick was something we could not abide---so we waited for our tummies noises to subside.


Because at 6:00 pm when the streets lights shined and darkness slowly appeared---we will go Trick or Treating,

The Carnival food would not be our defeating.


We changed into our costumes we proudly put together ourselves---my mother forced a smile when she saw us--- Judy, Edie and myself,

Mother thought she had hidden my costume high up on her closet shelf.


In the station wagon we went from neighbor to neighbor---only the ones my mother knew,

With each stop our bags of treasures grew and grew.


When mother thought we had enough fun,

It was home for us to empty our bags and trade our treasures,

A Butter Finger for a Hershey’s Bar,

was a good measure.


Then with all the lights out---and under a sheet we went with a flashlight to tell scary stories to scare us out of our wits,

Until we had frightened fits.


So, in the morning when our parents came into my bedroom where we Angels were sleeping,

And like every year before our treasures went missing,

We knew the Witches came creeping.


We finally got wise and hid some in our pillows cases,

Then at the breakfast table--- to our parents we showed them the look of innocence---on our faces.


One of the Witches aka Church Lady lived across the street from me,

And to our amazement---there she sit eating our candy

slowly swinging in her swing----for all to see.


We loved Halloween in our small town---it is truly a day of fun and cheer,

When one can share and have their best friends near.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

We would take pillow cases to carry our candy...and have to empty them at least once to make room for more....loved the old days roaming around the neighborhoods until we were too tired to do anymore. Great poem and memories, Bobbi!


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SommerDalton 4 years ago

This is perfect timing I love this brings back memories lol voted up!


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Billy,

It was great and it still is in my home town---I just do not live there anymore. My mother loved her black and white pictures---she did not like color.

Thanks for the visit and comment.

Bobbi


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Sommer,

Thanks for your visit and comment. There is nothing like good friends and memories of them.

Have a great Friday.

Bobbi


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Lovely, special memories and a lovely poem, thank you and voted up!


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Thank you Movie Master,

Edie the smallest girl was my best friend who lived next door---and I have so many stories I can tell about our episodes---we had fun but lived on "Restriction" when we were caught.

Memories are so wonderful and the ones of us who still can remember are truly blessed.

Thanks,

Bobbi


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

This is excellent! In one poem you captured innocence and excitement of being a child and a dark undertone of those neighborhood ladies. Very interesting and colorful!


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Thank you Tammy for your visit and comment. I appreciate you taking time out of your Birthday Day to read my poem. Edie was my best friend growing up---we got into a lot of trouble---but it was worth the memories.

Thanks,

Bobbi


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Oh my! No one came to my block last year. What a difference from when my kids went trick-or-treating and the streets were alive with laughter. so sad...


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi,

And since I live in the country I now go to my sister's for Halloween, and it is such a joy in small town American to see all the children dressed in their costumes. Some so tiny their parents walk with them. Now, there is a special time on Fridays before Halloween when all the businesses close at 6:00 pm and the parade of little children begins with their parents and visits all the stores with their Halloween Decorations and are given candy for their bags.

This way the smallest children have fun also.

Thanks for the visit and comment.

Bobbi Purvis


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

This is terrible Bobbi, left a comment 3 nights ago, and thought you would have to moderate on it and publish it. Never mind.

Just touched by your picture next to Judy and Edie. Probably 1965, for the Bonanza's memento. We are still young at heart and can relate to Tammy's commenting. I still remember that Chrsitmas day that sister had to go. See? memory can be so sickening ; that Church Lady that lived across the street from you, was really an item. Innocence that defined our personality for good. Thanks for pouring your heart in these pieces my friend! You did so well with this Halloween inspiration Barbara.


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Lord,

I did not get a comment 3 night ago---I am so sorry---. Anyway, you are so sweet to visit and comment. I always love to hear from you.

I will always be young at heart and soul---just my body will get older.

You take care and have a great Autumn.

Your Friend,

Bobbi Purvis


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Brilliant Bobbi ;I loved this one.

Enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Thank you Eddy,

Coming from you that touches my heart. I wish you a great day and all the ones that follows.

Thanks for your visit.

The little girl in the middle is me with blond hair, and the little girl with dark hair and a bonnet is my best friend Edie.

We got into so much trouble together---but had a lot of fun.

Thanks for your visit,

Bobbi Purvis


Vincent Moore 4 years ago

Oh I so remember trick and being treated. I especially enjoyed going to the bars, because the drunards would throw coins and sometime a dollar bill into my pillowcase. When i moved by the tables I was asked to sing and if I hit the right tune, they would give me a taste of their ale. Oh those sweets the morning after as I counted my coins and popped a candy treat between my lips. I loved Halloween, you've told a wonderful story about those witches, aka church ladies. LoL how true.


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Vincent,

Thanks for the visit and your wonderful comment. Yes--we also used a pillow case to hide candy from our parents. My mother believed in one

piece of candy for the entire Halloween night.

What will you do Halloween night? I will go to my sister's in the city to help her hand out candy to all the sweet children.

Thanks for your visit.

Bobbi Purvis


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

I left you a message Mr. Poetic Man.

Bobbi Purvis


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Trinity M 4 years ago

What a beautiful trip down memory lane Bobbi. Childhood memories are treasures to be looked and remembered. Lovely poem. Up and beautiful.


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Thank you Trinity,

Thanks for your visit and comment. We all have memories of our childhood and this time of year I start thinking of mine. Have a great new week.

Your Hub Friend,

Bobbi


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

What a great way to evoke a cherished memory. I felt like I'd traveled back in time with you. Voting this Up and Beautiful.


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Thank you for reading and for your comment. I had a lot of my Hub Friends on this journey with me and I enjoyed the company. Have a wonderful Autumn.

Your HP Friend,

Bobbi Purvis


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jonmcclusk 4 years ago from Cinnaminson, New Jersey

This is a great read to put me into that Halloween spirit, great poem and well done.


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Jon,

Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I hope you have a great Halloween with lots of treats and fun.

Bobbi Purvis


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Linda Cassini 4 years ago from Las Vegas NV

One never does know what lies beneath the masked...good write :) enjoyed it


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Linda,

Thanks for the visit and comment. Edie the shortest little girl was my best friend all through school---we got into so much trouble but we had fun.

Thanks again,

Bobbi Purvis


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CrazedNovelist 3 years ago from Hampton, GA

Wow. That was pretty awesome Bobbi! Thanks for posting this. :)


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PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi,

Thanks for your visit and comment. I wish you the best in 2013 and may it be your best year ever.

Bobbi Purvis


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Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

This was really interesting, delightful but still dark. Loved the old ladies questionable role. Enjoyed reading about your adventures.


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PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi,

Thanks for your visit and comment. Have a great weekend.

Bobbi


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ChitrangadaSharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

I came to know a lot about Halloween through your poem and found this very interesting!

Thanks for this beautifully expressed poem!


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PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Chitrangada Sharan,

I 've missed seeing you and thanks for your visit and comment. Have a great weekend.

Bobbi Purvis


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

Halloween, my 2nd favorite holiday. Friends, one of my favorite memories. Thank you for sharing your memories with us. It's that time of year for some trick or treating :)


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PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Shinshine625,

It is nice to see you this morning. I love your new picture. One day I will stop long enough to do mine. Halloween was always a fun time for me with my friend Edie.

Have a great day.

Bobbi Purvis


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Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

I had to read again Bobbi Purvis as it is that special time of year, for your poem to come out and play.

That really is a fantastic black and white photograph of you and yours. It looks from a different and better time.


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PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Anna Haven,

Yes, it was a different time, and a time I was happy to be a part of with my little friends. Small towns are fun to grown up in and I am sure the cities are too.

Have a great Halloween.


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

It is so nice to reminisce, as someone once said "Make good memories, they are a great cushion for old age." Well done and scored accordingly.


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PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Perspycacious,

It is great to hear from you and I hope all is well in your world. Memories are easier to remember as I age. I never thought I would make it over 40, but here I am. I will be ready for Halloween to hand out candy to all the sweet nieces and nephews and their friends.

Bobbi Purvis


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

I just had to read this even if I was a day late for the Halloween event! lol! I loved this poem, it said it all, and brought back loads of memories too, wonderful!


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PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Sweet Nell Rose,

I am happy you enjoyed it. I enjoy your hubs because you write about topics I love to read about and believe in. You have a great week.

Bobbi Purvis


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aviannovice 14 months ago from Stillwater, OK

I loved Hallowe'en then, and still do now.


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PurvisBobbi44 14 months ago from Florida Author

Hi aviannovice,

I enjoyed every Halloween in our small town, and when my nephews were old enough to enjoy it with me it was great.

Have a great day.

Bobbi Purvis

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