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“Twas the night before Halloween,
and all through the house,
all the creatures were stirring,
except for the mouse.
The monsters had gathered
to plan and prepare,
for the trick-or-treaters
who soon would be there.”
Natasha Wing, The Night Before Halloween
“Mummies unraveled
and put on new wraps.
Spiders found corners
and spun silky traps.
Count Dracula grinned
and slicked back his hair.
Frankenstein’s bride cried,
“I’ve nothing to wear!”
Natasha Wing, The Night Before Halloween
“In the morn when they woke,
it was Halloween Day.
There was bobbing for apples
and rides in the hay.
There were costume parties,
and games to be played.
Cupcakes and candy and,
of course, a parade!
After dinner was served,
and the kids were done eating,
it was finally time
to go trick-or-treating!
Moms re-painted faces,
and straightened clown hats,
put wings back on fairies,
angels, and bats.
Jack-o-lanterns were set
out on porches with care.
Their grins seemed to say,
“Knock if you dare.”
Natasha Wing, The Night Before Halloween
“When what to their
curious eyes should loom,
but a wicked old witch
holding a broom.
Her cape—how it shimmered!
Her face—oh, how scary!
Her hat was so pointy,
it frightened the fairy!
The wicked witch said,
“Welcome. We have a surprise.”
And the children yelled,
“Run! It’s not a disguise!”
Natasha Wing, The Night Before Halloween
“In the morn when they woke,
It was Halloween Day.
There was bobbing for apples
and rides in the hay.
There were costume parties,
and games to be played.
Cupcakes and candy and,
of course, a parade!”
Natasha Wing, The Night Before Halloween
“Hurry up!” said a ghoul.
who started to yawn.
“There’s so much to do
before bedtime at dawn.”
Natasha Wing, The Night Before Halloween
“Meanwhile the children were tucked snug in their beds,
while visions of candy corn
danced in their heads.”
Natasha Wing, The Night Before Halloween
“After dinner was served,
and the kids were done eating,
it was finally time
to go trick-or-treating!
Moms re-painted faces,
and straightened clown hats,
put wings back on fairies,
angels, and bats.

Jack-o’-lanterns were set
out on porches with care.
Their grins seemed to say,
“Knock if you dare.”
Gypsies and pirates
and zombies in rags,
grabbed their bright flashlights
and trick-or-treat bags.

They walked down each lane,
avenue, and street,
rang every doorbell
and said, “Trick or treat!”
Natasha Wing, The Night Before Halloween
“They walked down each lane,
avenue, and street,
rang every doorbell
and said, “Trick or treat!”

But just when the children
thought they were done,
the princess said,
“We’ve forgotten just one.”

So they walked to the house
at the top of the hill,
which gave all the kids
a spine-tingling thrill.

They stood on the porch
and were ready to knock,
when they heard heavy footsteps,
and a turn of the lock.

When what to their
curious eyes should loom,
but a wicked old witch
holding a broom.
Her cape--how it shimmered!
Her face--oh, how scary!
Her hat was so pointy,
it frightened the fairy!

The wicked witch said,
“Welcome. We have a surprise.”
And the children yelled,
“Run! It’s not a disguise!”
Natasha Wing, The Night Before Halloween
“They stood on the porch
and were ready to knock,
when they heard heavy footsteps,
and a turn of the lock.

When what to their
curious eyes should loom,
but a wicked old witch
holding a broom.
Her cape--how it shimmered!
Her face--oh, how scary!
Her hat was so pointy,
it frightened the fairy!

The wicked witch said,
“Welcome. We have a surprise.”
And the children yelled,
“Run! It’s not a disguise!”

The monsters were sad
when the kids ran away.
They wanted the children
to come in and play.

The wicked witch said,
“We can have our own fun!
Come on, little monsters,
the night’s just begun!”

The monsters all cheered
as they danced with delight,
“Happy Halloween to all--
and to all a fright night!”
Natasha Wing, The Night Before Halloween
“Hurry up!” said a ghoul
who started to yawn.
“There’s so much to do
before bedtime at dawn.”
So the witches brewed up
a magical potion,
which set every monster
and goblin in motion.
They blew up balloons,
and hung streamers and lights,
and decorated till
the wee hours of night.”
Natasha Wing, The Night Before Halloween
“Meanwhile the children
were tucked snug in their beds,
while visions of candy corn
danced in their heads.”
Natasha Wing, The Night Before Halloween
“Twas the night before Valentine’s Day,
and all through the town,
children were busy,
not making a sound.

They gathered their scissors,
their glitter and glue,
pink and red paper,
and paintbrushes, too.

They made cards that read,
“Will you be mine?”

and others that said,
“My true valentine.”

They trimmed giant hearts
with stickers and lace,

and added an arrow
in just the right place.

Then marking the envelopes
with each friend’s name,
they hoped that their friends
were doing the same.

And when they were done,
they slept snug in their beds

while visions of candy hearts
danced in their heads.”
Natasha Wing, The Night Before Valentine's Day
“The very next morning
It was Valentine’s Day!
They grabbed all their cards
and went on their way.

The classroom was decked out
in red, pink, and white,
with balloons and streamers,
so festive and bright.

Someone dropped by
with a giant bouquet
addressed to the teacher,
who blushed right away.
The card was signed
“From a secret admirer,”
but everyone knew
it was Mr. O’Meyer!

They played pin the heart
and won goofy toys,

and girls ran away
from kissy-face boys.

The art teacher came
and painted kids’ faces.
She put hearts on cheeks
and sillier places!

At last it was time
to deliver the cards.
Look! One for Lisa,
Jim, and Bernard.

They opened them up,
read them and smiled,
and laughed at the cards
that were totally wild.

Then they ate goodies,
sweet cherries, and grapes,

and drank punch with ice cubes
in little heart shapes.

And just when they thought
the party was done,
a knock on the door
came at quarter past one.

When what to their wondering eyes
should appear,
but the principal himself
dressed in full Cupid gear!
His arrows--how golden!
His bow--curved and tight!
The wig that he wore
was a comical sight.

He spoke not a word
and was gone in a minute,
leaving a present behind.
Now what could be in it?

They read Cupid’s note
as he leapt down the hall:
“Happy Valentine’s Day--
to one and to all!”
Natasha Wing, The Night Before Valentine's Day
“Writers step into their subject's shoes so readers can walk in them.”
Natasha Wing


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