by Catherine Johnson, @CatherinePoet
It’s Halloween! What a couple of days it has been! I hope you are all safe from Sandy. Take your mind off the weather with my first vlog. You may need to adjust the volume, I go a bit high pitched at times I’ll get better with practise. Here’s some delicious witches hats to munch on while it’s playing. (I discovered these delicious bites on Pinterest, the kids love them!)
Susanna is all kinds of awesome organising this special contest with fab prizes. We had to write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children, using the words witch, bat, and “trick-or-treat“. Your story can be scary, funny or anything in
between, poetry or prose.
Itchety, scratchety, sneezes to go.
Throw in a bat and throw in a toe.
Scaredy cat toe rag
Trick or treat kid
Witch with the sneezes
They quivered, they hid.
Ratchety cauldron, make me a spell,
I’m poorly not spooky I want to be well.
I should have replaced you,
you’re on your last legs,
the spells are not working
you pickle frogs’ legs.
“Hooray! You’ve been listening
I’m tickety boo!”
No! Wait just a minute.
Catherine Johnson, 2012.
Yikes, I hate my recorded voice and that high note lol. I’d better improve before Nov 9th
Now if you’ve been wondering about reading poetry to an audience, Renee has a fabulous vlog about how to read a poem. Check it out here.
There are lots of great Halloween poetry books, but these are just ones I have read recently:
Book of poems:Best Witches by Jane Yolen
Picture book in a set form of poetry: The House of Boo by J. Patrick Lewis
Picture books: Halloween Night on Shivermore Street by Pam Pollack
Druscilla’s Halloween by Sally M. Walker
Jinnie Ghost by Berlie Doherty
Be sure to check out the other entries here. And have a super Halloween!