Thirteen Halloween Haikus

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Because I’ll be teaching a class on haiku this week, and because I’ve been reading an author friend’s book of horror haiku, my Friday the 13th offering for the blog hop will be a collection of thirteen Halloween haikus. Enjoy!

 

I

Jack o’lanterns glow

On front porches, welcoming

Witches, pirates, ghouls.

 

II

A skeletal hand

Emerges from the cold ground

And high-fives the night.

 

III

Through the trees, a house

Beckons weary travelers,

Disappears at dawn.

 

IV

A dare. I walk through

The silent cemetery.

Behind me, footsteps.

 

V

We stroll past tombstones,

Whispers shatter the silence.

Shh! You’ll wake the dead.

 

VI

Halloween, midnight.

Even the clock hides its face

And prays for morning.

 

VII

Crescent moon hangs high

Above the cemetery,

The Grim Reaper’s scythe.

 

VIII

Down the darkened street,

Spooky specters wail as they

Trick or treat for souls.

 

IX

Skeletons practice

Extreme nudism as they

Dance in their bare bones.

 

X

Spiders weave their webs

By moonlight, hoping to catch

Some trick-or-treaters.

 

XI

Crows perch on a branch,

Standing guard over graves where

Souls rise from the dead.

 

XII

Does a pumpkin scream

As knives slice its skull and scoop

Its soul from within?

 

XIII

Halloween’s over.

The last trick-or-treater runs

Home with his candy.

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