I love Hallowe’en! There’s something particularly atmospheric about the last night of October – the clocks have just changed, darkness is more prominent, farmers are burning bonfires, the leaves are rusty and red and falling fast, leaving the trees looking like jagged, spiky skeletons…

In the spirit of the day, I’m sharing a rhyme I’ve always liked, that is featured at the beginning of THE best Hallowe’en movie ever made. The film opens with the sound of children chanting this, before we are introduced to the antagonist of a franchise that made Hallowe’en night much more macabre than it already was. The sound of this chant is chilling and if you’ve never seen this movie you should be ashamed…

Black cats and goblins and broomsticks and ghosts,

Covens of witches with all of their hoax.

You may think they scare me, you’re probably right;

Black cats and goblins on Hallowe’en night!

Trick or treat!

From John Carpenter’s “Halloween”, 1978


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