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Cat’s Cry

It was a lonely stretch of road, the quiet stillness of dawn broken only by a long aching cry, longing for company, for the family it had lost. It was the cry of a cat. The sun was setting around the huge old barn. As the last rays of the …

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Saw Man

dark woods

“Where do we start first?” “Near the far edge,” I sighed. “We’ll work our way back.” As we trudged toward the edge of the forest, my thoughts lingered on how far I’d come in the months I’d had my new house. I’d cleaned up the broken glass, the rusty nails, …

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Manners

Eric glared back at his kid sister, scowling as she struggled along in her pink princess outfit. “I told you to go home, Tina.” “No,” she whined. “I want to trick or treat with you. Dad said I could.” “I said you can’t,” Eric said, exasperated. “You can’t keep up. …

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Top 10 Ways to Repel and Kill Vampires

nosferatu

Hauntingly pale with long canines for biting into flesh, vampires are much feared creatures of the night who survive off the blood of the living. Strolling neighbourhoods after dark in search of their next innocent victim, vampires are horrifyingly resilient and show no mercy. They can’t be starved of oxygen, …

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4 Halloween Poems

THE EXPERIENCE Walking down a dark street Lit with candle flames Knocking on a strange door Being asked your name Creatures roaming everywhere Giving you a fright Oh, it must be Halloween The very best’est night HALLOWEEN MEMORIES Memories of days gone by Jack o lanterns glowing Trick or treaters …

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Halloween Then and Now

Everything Old is New Again Ever wonder the origins of our modern-day Halloween? Our holiday represents a merging of ancient Celtic culture and 8th Century Catholicism. Pope Boniface IV designated the day as All Saints’ Day. The day was spent in honor of martyrs and saints of the Church. The …

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First Halloween Costume

© Copyright by David Lady “Aww, COOL!” exclaimed Jody as Susan turned the page. The eight-year-old smiled broadly at the picture of his Aunt Susan, taken when she was about his age, dressed in an implausibly bright and colorful witch costume for Hallowe’en. “That was the first Hallowe’en costume your …

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One Halloween Night

by Michael J. Smajda Never again on a Halloween night Will I ever go near a graveyard site. For when last I did, this is what I saw Zombie-like creatures, large and small, Ascending from their graves, one by one, Moaning and groaning in unison, Wandering about like flocks of …

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Pumpkin Halloween

Author Unknown Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate. The first one said, “My it’s getting late.” The second one said, “There are witches in the air.” The third one said, “But we don’t care!” The fourth one said, “Lets run, lets run.” The fifth one said, “I’m ready for …

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Stop Trick or Treating

(To the tune of We Wish You A Merry Christmas) We wish you’d quit trick-or-treating, We wish you’d quit trick-or-treating, We wish you’d quit trick-or-treating And come back in here. You do this ev’ry October, You know trick-or-treat is over, The night’s getting dark and colder, So please come inside. …

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The Raven

By Edgar Allan Poe Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore– While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door. “‘Tis some visitor,” I …

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The Raven – An Analysis

An Analysis of Poe’s Work “Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!” Quote from the Raven, “Nevermore.” The above quote from “The Raven” may well been seen as prophetic. With the publishing of this poem in 1845, Poe’s life would be forever …

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Halloween

By Dr. Jeanne Keyes Youngson Baxter looked out his bedroom window at the street below. No kids in sight. Probably still eating supper, he thought. Turning to admire his costume, which was carefully laid out on the bed, he smoothed the red satin lining of the cape with his fingertips. …

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Arrrgh! The History of Pirates and Piracy

By Dusti Lewars-Poole Piracy may well be one of the oldest known professions. With roots wrapped around Roman past and Viking exploits, piracy has inspired terror and fantasy for centuries. Today, the word “pirate” brings to mind dashing rebellious male spirits with gold teeth, elaborate coats, and oversized plumed hats. …

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Halloween Myths & Monsters

By Lesley Bannatyne excerpted from A Halloween How-To “I hate Halloween,” exclaims an elderly caller on an AM radio talk show in Maryland. “They should get rid of it. Kids today are just destructive.” “Halloween glorifies Satan,” warns a preacher on national cable television. “Kids shouldn’t dress up as devils, …

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