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What Will I Wear This Halloween? - a Poem

Updated on October 10, 2019
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John values the use of humour and enjoys writing and reading limericks and jokes. He is a fan of Monty Python, Mr Bean, And Edward Lear.

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Halloween Contest Announcement

HubPages has just announced it is running a competition for the coming Halloween. The HubPages Weekly email announcement is as follows:

"What better way is there to celebrate the month of spooks and pumpkin spice lattes than with a Halloween contest? This year’s theme is Halloween Costumes. This theme can be interpreted rather loosely—whether it’s a poem or a how-to, as long as your article has to do with costumes, (and complies with the rules), you are eligible to submit it. The rules are simple:

  1. Your article must be under three years old.
  2. You must submit said article’s URL to contests@hubpages.com. (Articles that are copy/pasted will not be accepted.)
  3. The deadline is midnight on Monday, October 21st. Any submissions sent after the deadline will not be considered."

I love entering these competitions, especially if poetry is included. Unfortunately, for a long time, it wasn't, but things are looking up. I have written a few Halloween pomes in the past. At first, I checked the date these were published with the thought of entering one of them, however, they are all more than three years old so didn't meet the criteria.

Therefore, I decided to write this poem and enter it in the competition. the competition. I look forward to reading the other contributions.

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Haunted House at Halloween: Image by Gordon Johnson from Pixabay | Source

What Will I Wear This Halloween?

What will I wear this Halloween?

What costume will I choose?

'The Scariest Costume' contest's on

And I don't want to lose.


Will I be a werewolf,

Or maybe Frankenstein?

Last year I was Dracula,

But, zombies are on the rise.


There's always Dr. Jekyl

And his alter-ego Hyde,

An alien from the planet Zogg,

Or a bigfoot known as Clyde.


My sister, she will be a witch.

Each year's the same old tune,

Just wears a black hat, cape, and mask,

And rides an old straw broom.

Witch's cosImage by OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabaytume:
Witch's cosImage by OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabaytume: | Source

But, I'll be more original,

Be different than the rest.

I need a special costume

So it is crowned "The Best!"


I've searched through lots of catalogues,

Been to the costume store,

But haven't found a single thing

I haven't seen before.


Then, suddenly, I had a thought!

The idea makes me shake.

What chills me to the very bones,

Like when a vampire sees a stake?


Now, I know the perfect costume.

That will horrify and thrill.

The scariest costume ever worn -

I'll be a 'Dentist with his Drill!'


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© 2019 John Hansen

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    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      29 hours ago from Queensland Australia

      Scared me even as an adult, Lawrence. Thank you for reading.

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      29 hours ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      John.

      Yep, they used to scare the bejabbers out of us kids!

      Great poem.

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      Paula 

      4 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      You big FAKER!!! LOL..............

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Oh, Paula! You scared me. You have a terrifyingly frightening one also.

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      Paula 

      4 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Very CLEVER, oh Master Poet! Have a SPOOKTACULAR Halloween! BOO !! Paula

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      John Hansen 

      4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Beth. Cheers.

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      Beth Perry 

      4 weeks ago from Tennesee

      Very funny! Good luck in the contest!

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      John Hansen 

      4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Hey, Nikki, thank you for reading another of my poems. I'm glad this shivered your bones lol. Thanks again. Happy Halloween.

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      Nikki Khan 

      4 weeks ago from London

      Oh my God!

      The idea just shivered my bones deep inside, A Dentist with his drill, the most scarier, I guess.

      You’re winner my friend, what a masterpiece!

      Happy Helloween!

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      John Hansen 

      4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Alyssa, glad you found this funny. Much appreciated.

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      Alyssa 

      4 weeks ago from Ohio

      You will most definitely win that costume contest! haha! What a fun poem, my friend. Have a happy Halloween!

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      John Hansen 

      4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Hey, Genna, I am glad you loved this and it brought a smile. I chose this actual Monster Mash video of Bobby (Boris) Pickett performing live over a few animated ones because it is worth it just for his facial expressions while performing it.

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      Genna East 

      4 weeks ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Lol! Loved this, and the ending line is perfect! And how cool is Monster Mash... Thank you, John, for bringing a smile. :-)

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Chitrangada. I am happy you enjoyed this poem, sorry it reminded you of your last trip to the dentist though. Thanks for the well wishes.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

      Awesome submission for the contest. It’s a wonderful and unique idea.

      I thoroughly enjoyed your poem. You reminded me of my last visit to the dentist, four months back, after postponing it several times.

      Great creative effort and wish you all the best for the contest.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      John Hansen 

      4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, thank you, MsDora. Dentists are definitely scary.

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      John Hansen 

      4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Venkat. I am so glad you enjoyed this even though it reminded you that you need to see the dentist. Good luck when you finally get there.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Applause, applause from me. The dentist with his drill is scary enough. He even wears a mask. Great Halloween poem!

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      John Hansen 

      4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Lora. You best not show the poem to your daughter then haha. I am glad you can relate though and saw the humour in it.

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      John Hansen 

      4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Linda, yes going to the dentist is still a daunting experience for many people. Perhaps not as much as it was years ago, however.

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      Venkatachari M 

      4 weeks ago from Hyderabad, India

      Amazing idea. Dentist with his Drill!!! Too much scary even to think of it. I went through it once. And, I am now postponing him for some months, even though I have to go through it sooner or later.

      Your poem is very appealing and beautifully crafted. Enjoyed it a lot as always.

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      Lora Hollings 

      4 weeks ago

      A wonderful poem, John and I really like your sense of humor too. Most people do have a primal fear of going to the dentist! Although, my daughter may not appreciate this ending as she's a dentist! But I certainly can. I try to avoid the dentist at all cost and only go when I absolutely have too. Good luck in the contest by the way!

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a fun poem, John. You have a great imagination! I think it's sad that even today dentists can be scary.

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      John Hansen 

      4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, Brenda. Cheers.

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      BRENDA ARLEDGE 

      4 weeks ago from Washington Court House

      A surprise ending indeed...but yes, a dentist can be quite spooky.

      Loved it!

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      John Hansen 

      4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for always reading my poetry Mary, and for your generous comment.

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      John Hansen 

      4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, Stephen. I appreciate your generous comment. I love the challenge of writing poems on any given topic. Cheers.

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      John Hansen 

      4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Haha Linda. Now, that is even scarier. Cheers.

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      John Hansen 

      4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, Kaili. Much appreciated.

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      Mary Norton 

      4 weeks ago from Ontario, Canada

      Oh, that would be truly scary. You really have a knack for writing poetry on any topic presented. What a gift.

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      Stephen A Brown 

      4 weeks ago

      Wow, that was really good! Who ever thought a person could write a poem about a Halloween contest? Your poems are excellent. Keep up the great work!

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      Linda Lum 

      4 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

      Yes, and that HUGE hypodermic needle in the other hand! I agree with you, and I love your poem. You've got my vote.

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      Kaili Bisson 

      4 weeks ago from Canada

      Yep, a dentist holding a drill is scariest of all, no doubt about it. This is great John...good luck in the contest!

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      John Hansen 

      4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Ruby, nice rhyme from you too. I am glad I touched on a nerve (pun intended) with the dentist and drill. Thanks for reading.

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      John Hansen 

      4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, Charlie. I am sure the one you wrote is wonderful. I look forward to reading it.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      There's nothing more horrible than a dentist with a drill, just thinking about it gives me a chill. I loved your rhyme John.

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      Charlie Halliday 

      4 weeks ago from Scotland

      Nice one John. Just wrote one.Not as scary a costume, but I have a wardrobe full.

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      John Hansen 

      4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Hey Pamela, so glad you found this poem funny and enjoyed the ending. Thank you for the support.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      4 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

      I really like this poem, and think you have a good chance at winning. I laughed out loud at the end as it was so funny. I wish you the best and hope to see you win.

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      John Hansen 

      4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Haha glad you agree Bill. Even though poetry is welcome to be entered in this contest I doubt it will have much chance of winning. It would be nice though.

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      John Hansen 

      4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Shauna. It was the scariest thing I could think of.

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      John Hansen 

      4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Elijah, I am glad the ending was an enjoyable surprise for you. Thanks for the well wishes for the competition. Take cate.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      That's the scariest monster I can think of, John! lol Good luck in the competition. I would love to see an old HP friend win this.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      4 weeks ago from Central Florida

      What an awesome entry, John! I can't think of anything scarier than a dentist with his drill.

      Good luck in the contest!

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      4 weeks ago from Washington DC

      LOLAL about how it ended, John, I would have never thought of that although especially young people are afraid of dentists. That one should take the prize but we will know once the contest is over. It kept me in suspense wanting to discover how it would end and you baked that cake very well.

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      John Hansen 

      4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, Lorna. Yes, I believe black cats are lucky. I own one. Glad you enjoyed this.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      4 weeks ago

      Your poem conjures up images of a magical Halloween and I love the idea of your own original costume. Lots of black cat luck John.

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      John Hansen 

      4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, Nithya. Glad you agree dentists are the scariest.

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      John Hansen 

      4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Haha Jason, you got it. The dentist’s bill is scarier than the drill. Thanks for reading.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      4 weeks ago from Dubai

      I totally agree dentist with the drill is the scariest of them all. Enjoyed reading.

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      Jason 

      4 weeks ago from AZ

      Great poem you nailed it. "BTW, Whats scarier than a dentist with a drill?" "When you get the dentist bill." Ha, ha, ha. Happy Halloween John! Good Luck.

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      John Hansen 

      4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for reading this, Prantika. I am glad you enjoyed the poem.

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      John Hansen 

      4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, Flourish. Glad you find dentists scary too.

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      Prantika Samanta 

      4 weeks ago from Kolkata, India

      It is a wonderful poem and I have enjoyed reading it.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      4 weeks ago from USA

      Now that’s scary! Good luck in the contest!

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