Halloween Decorations

The time has come, the time is here

After waiting and waiting lasting nearly a year

Pumpkins, bats, and a wreath on the door

Ghouls and ghosts and vampires and more

Decorations come out, decorations are hung

The haunting begins and the banners are slung

We unpack the boxes and we get out the lights

For mysteries all days, and creep-show at nights

Witches in flight and skeletons hanging

Werewolves howling and shutters are banging

There’re leaves on the hearth and rats on the mantle

Long creepy branches and black burning candles

Hay bales and baskets under spiders and webs

Reaching out to the living on their gossamer threads

Bones of the departed piled atop of the table

And a poor tortured doll lay trapped in her cradle

Black fabric curtains seem to blend with the night

The silence of midnight and the absence of light

Sinister Jack-o-Lanterns, with their eyes all aglow

Atop stuffed shirts and pants, and covered in crows

Brass locks, fences of iron, chains made of steel

Containing the beast, that might make you a meal

Goblins in corners, and the troll by the window

With those infinity eyes that just stare into limbo

Snakes, and lizards and a swamp creature too

Plus scorpions and cats, like a tortured petting zoo

Witch hats on the walls and brooms in each corner

The bones of a Knight, still wearing his armor

Decorations galore, that’s what says Halloween

A crafting of color and fun, with a taste of a scream

The view on the street says my windows all glow

Cars gliding by seem to take in the show

The pale orange light is both soft and foreboding

Looks like the shade of a volcano exploding

Our cauldrons are bubbling with an October brew

Newt eyes, lizard’s tails and a handful of rue

Leave it to simmer until the night of Samhain

We’ll drink it all down and go hunt boogeymen


If your house is all orange and the spirit is found

We may take you along to the cemetery grounds

About Me

I’m Ralph, a guy who loves Halloween and decorating for Halloween.  My wife & I used to own one of the largest home-based outdoor Halloween displays in the state of Idaho and would routinely get more than 10,000 visitors in late-October each year.  After fifteen years of doing it, we hung it up.  As the kids grew up and we grew old, it became too much for the tow of us, so we ‘retired’.  But, retired or not, we couldn’t just stop, so we only do the inside of the house now.  We hope you enjoy the pictures as much as we enjoy the decorating.

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I write about everything and sometimes nothing at all. I'm fascinated by old things, rusty things, abandoned places, or anywhere that a secret might be unearthed. I'm passionate about history and many of my pieces are anchored in one concept of time or another. I've always been a writer, dating back to my youth, but the last decade has been a time of growth for me. I'm continually pushing the limitations of vocabulary, syntax, and descriptive phrasing.

3 thoughts on “Halloween Decorations

  • October 1, 2021 at 11:28 PM

    Great Halloween poem, Ralph. You and your wife sure go “all out” to celebrate Halloween. It mustr have been some sight when you de orated the outside as well and had so many visitors. Wonderful photos too. Thank you for sharing.


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