Halloween 2015: “Midnight Meeting” by David L. Harrison and The Resident Ghoul

October 26, 2015 76 Comments by Renee M. LaTulippe

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It’s that time of year again, when kiddies of all ages, but especially non-calendar-reading five-year-olds, pester the living daylights out of their parents with the incessant question “Is it Halloween yet?” and zombie writers enter Susanna Hill’s Halloweensie contest. The guidelines this year are:

littlewitchno more than 100 words
littlewitchthe words costume, dark, and haunt must appear in the story or poem
littlewitchthe entry must appeal to kids
littlewitchthe entry must involve coercing a fellow writer into wearing a costume and cackling maniacally (okay, that’s not really a guideline, but if it were, I would win)

My last Halloweensie adventure was way back in 2013 with Pumpkinseed McCrackle, so I figured I’d have to do it up right this year — and who better to help bring out my inner ghoul than my fabulous boofriend David L. Harrison!

And boy, can that guy bring the cackle! He started us off with his witch stanza, then I jumped in with a vampire stanza. Then of course we knew the whole thing wouldn’t be complete without costumes and special lighting effects.

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I dunno, I think this is a good look for me, and of course David looks great in any old rag he throws on. The boys weren’t too sure about either one of us, but what do they know about Halloween? They’re five.

Anyboo, we cooked up a “Midnight Meeting” in our cauldron!

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And alas — I have to auto-disqualify us for going over the word limit, and probably for also exceeding the creepy quotient. But be sure to check out the other rule-following spooky delights right here at Susanna’s place. Or better yet, join in the fun! The DEADline is October 30 at midnight!

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Extra spooks

In case you need some extra creepy, here’s the annual screening of the Three Witches from Macbeth. But guess what? David also did a three witches video, and I’m telling you that man wins the cackle contest hands down! Give it a listen…

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My own video has almost 25,000 views on YouTube, with Comment Critics giving it rave reviews like “kitsch and cliché” and “Right. Ya. A bit over the top.” Thanks, YouTubers! You get me — you really get me!

By the way, David will be back here in February with a poem from his forthcoming book Now You See Them, Now You Don’t: Poems about Creatures that Hide. Maybe he’ll come dressed as a creepy bug! We can only hope.

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Have a BOOTIFUL day! 

AW, SHUCKS!
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“Midnight Meeting” © 2015 David L. Harrison and Renée M. LaTulippe. All rights reserved. 

Video and post content © 2015 Renée M. LaTulippe. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

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76 Comments

  1. David Harrison
    1 year ago

    Hello, my strangely pale but bootiful friend. As always, I loved playing with you. This time was a truly haunting experience!

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    • Renee M. LaTulippe
      1 year ago

      Thank you for brooming in for the occasion, my warted one. It was a blood-curdling time indeed!

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  2. jama
    1 year ago

    Bravo, Bravo!! How splendidly spooky, how ghoulishly gauche! You’ve outdone yourselves, Renee and David!!

    Thank you for the spooktacular spectacle!

    *runs away screaming*

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  3. Iza Trapani-Hare
    1 year ago

    Ooh, that was a faBOOlous! What talent, what wit, what ghoulish genius! You’ve never look better, my dearies 🙂

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    • David Harrison
      1 year ago

      Iza, I’m glad you liked it. I think we really got into the spirits of the thing,

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  4. Michelle Heidenrich Barnes
    1 year ago

    Delightful, my dearests! It’s feeling a bit chilly in here now. Thank you for getting my Halloween week off to a splendidly spooky start.

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  5. Matt Forrest Esenwine
    1 year ago

    Love it! I’ve never seen the two of you looking – um, err…worse! Great idea, to have two ghouls speaking to each other…well done!

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    • David Harrison
      1 year ago

      Thanks, Matt. Fun is fun and no place has more of it than No Water River!

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  6. Linda Baie
    1 year ago

    It’s a frightfully ghoulish way to greet Monday morning, but I won’t be going out to get the paper until the sun is up. Mysterious creatures may already have started to come to this party! Thanks, Renee and David!

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    • David Harrison
      1 year ago

      Linda, this is one morning when I might send the dog out for the paper. Just saying . . .

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  7. Jeanne Poland
    1 year ago

    You should see the video on my large screen i Mac with its great sound system! Renee, your enunciation was superb and David your synchronization with Renee’s pace was perfect! Loved the facial expressions while both of you listened to the other recite. The continuity was startling since you were on two continents.
    This participation is a classic. Hope it goes viral!

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    • David Harrison
      1 year ago

      Jeanne, isn’t it marvelous that we have the technology to do something like this? Skype has never served me better, especially with such a talented vampire sitting at the Italian end!

      Reply

  8. Wendy Greenley
    1 year ago

    I always enjoy your posts, but you both outdid yourselves with this one. Spooktastic!

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    • David Harrison
      1 year ago

      Thank you, Wendy. Glad I own a witch hat. Otherwise I might not have made the team!

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  9. Johnell
    1 year ago

    How very cool and spooky fun.

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    • David Harrison
      1 year ago

      Hi Johnell,
      I must say I was glad to be in the U.S., a safe
      ocean away from that scary vampire!

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  10. Clara Bowman-Jahn
    1 year ago

    So excellent my ghostly online friends!!Double boit, toil and trouble!

    This is great stuff to digest and eat.

    Very brainy. 🙂

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    • David Harrison
      1 year ago

      Hi, Clara. I’m glad you enjoyed our Halloween adventure. What fun it was to make!

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  11. Julie Rowan-Zoch
    1 year ago

    Oh my GHOUL! You had me laughing and crying! What a treat! Especially loved your word-spiiting! The way David says scream and Renée says blood curdles my hot chocolate!

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    • David Harrison
      1 year ago

      Julie, I’m sorry about your hot chocolate, but glad you joined us for the fun. We thought the words would make a good spelling list for Halloween.

      Reply

  12. Buffy Silverman
    1 year ago

    Bravo David! Brava Renee! A cackling masterpiece!! (And your boys win a prize, Renee, for bravely witnessing their mama’s vamperish transformation.)

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    • David Harrison
      1 year ago

      Buffy, those poor boys may never be the same. Not sure I will be either!

      Reply

  13. Vivian Kirkfield
    1 year ago

    Love love love this! Great job, David and Renee…you guys are a terrifyingly talented two-some!
    And thanks for all the video clips…I’ve got my Halloween entertainment right here. 🙂

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    • David Harrison
      1 year ago

      Hi, Vivian. Glad you like. It’s not every day I get to play with such a vampish vampire!

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  14. B.J. Lee
    1 year ago

    What a FRIGHTFUL pair! Thanks for getting my Halloween week off to a SPOOKTASTIC start!

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    • David Harrison
      1 year ago

      Greetings, B.J.
      I’m glad you came by to see our special concoction. We had a big time making it.

      Reply

  15. JeanJames
    1 year ago

    This was awesome, loved every minute of that video!! Very spooky and creative!

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    • David Harrison
      1 year ago

      Hello, Jean,
      Glad you liked it. Have you ever seen a more convincing vampire? She takes spooky to a new level!

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  16. Catherine Johnson
    1 year ago

    Ghouling with laughter. You two make a great pair of spooks. 25000 views is awesome and I’m not surprised. Acting, video skills and fabulous poetry is a superb combo.

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    • David Harrison
      1 year ago

      Catherine, I bet I’ve watched Renee’s witches a dozen times myself. What a masterpiece!

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  17. Cheryl Secomb
    1 year ago

    Wow, how delightfully chilling! Fabulous video and poem, Renee and David!

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  18. Clara Bowman-Jahn
    1 year ago

    So I Just had time for one of the vids earlier? Now witnessned the three witches of Shakespear?

    Plus reading all the fun comments? Oh MY INTRAILS!

    I am so impressed. I hope it goes viral as well. I shared to twitter and both my facebook pages. You two are a double scream but you knew that, right?

    I’m coming back for more later. This is a blast!

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    • David Harrison
      1 year ago

      Wow! Clara, thank you for sharing our handiwork! That’s so nice of you!

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  19. Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
    1 year ago

    You two are incredible! I now wish and don’t wish that you both lived on my street. Scary…but what a blast! I love the poem and videos and trip back in time and tip my witch hat to you. And I am a BIG fan of that Macbeth video, Renee! xx

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    • David Harrison
      1 year ago

      Amy, I’m a big fan of her video, too, along with 25,000 others and counting. Thanks for the kind words.

      Reply

  20. Marla Lesage
    1 year ago

    This is so fun! I think kids would love it.

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  21. Gabrielle Snyder
    1 year ago

    Spooky and lyrical read-aloud fun! I’m reading this to my kiddos tonight. Love it!

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    • David Harrison
      1 year ago

      Gabrielle, I’m “dying” to learn how your munchkins enjoyed our little horror show!

      Reply

  22. Linda
    1 year ago

    Bootiful and scary, very well done!

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    • David Harrison
      1 year ago

      Thanks, Linda. I was only pretending. Renee? I’m not so sure . . .

      Reply

  23. Patricia Tilton
    1 year ago

    What an incredible entry. By far my favorite, so far! It will be fun to read to my grand kids.

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    • David Harrison
      1 year ago

      Hello, Patricia,
      I’m delighted that you like our little ditty. It was fun to make and now we hope it will provide some pleasure for others.

      Reply

  24. Dawn Young
    1 year ago

    So awesome. That one delivered the shivers!

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  25. Jilanne Hoffmann
    1 year ago

    Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous!

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    • David Harrison
      1 year ago

      Aw, Jilanne, I bet you say that to all the witches and vampires you meet.

      Reply

  26. Kathy Mazurowski
    1 year ago

    Sounds like Renee and David had lots of fun performing this poem. It was a fun to watch as well. Thanks!

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    • David Harrison
      1 year ago

      Kathy, I don’t know about Renee, but my knees were shaking the whole time. She’s scary, man!

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  27. MIshka Jaeger
    1 year ago

    You are hilarious! Thanks for adding to the fun.
    (I also have a non-calendar reading almost-5-year-old)

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  28. Stacy S. Jensen
    1 year ago

    Love this. Wonderful video and poem.

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    • David Harrison
      1 year ago

      Stacy, it was a challenge to write the poem taking turns, but I think it worked out well and makes a nice read-aloud. Glad you enjoyed the results!

      Reply

  29. Jessica Bigi
    1 year ago

    wonderfully spooky 🙂

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    • David Harrison
      1 year ago

      There’s just something about that girl. Maybe it’s the way she’s always staring at your neck.

      Reply

  30. Chris Shumate
    1 year ago

    It may be creepy, and I may not read it to my 5-year-old, but I love it and would certainly recommend it for anyone looking for a spooky poem to set them on the edge of their seat.

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    • David Harrison
      1 year ago

      Maybe not until he’s old enough to learn about the birds and bees and things that go bump in the night?

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  31. Susanna Leonard Hill
    1 year ago

    Oh my lord! You guys are amazing…ly creepy!! What a clever poem, and what a ghoulish video! Thanks so much for joining in the Halloweensie fun. That was QUITE a performance!!!

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    • David Harrison
      1 year ago

      Thank you, Susanna! Renee actually had to dress up. For me it came naturally.

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  32. Gregory E Bray
    1 year ago

    Very nice. A lot of great work was put into this.

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  33. christie allred
    1 year ago

    Super creepy! Good job. 🙂

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  34. Joanna
    1 year ago

    Utterly professional and creeptastic!

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    • David Harrison
      1 year ago

      Thank you, Joanna. Making it was a pleasure. Of course, I can’t sleep now.

      Reply

  35. Michelle Kogan
    1 year ago

    Your dual poem and reading are ghoulishly FANTASTIC… I have to come back for Macbeth, and more of your site! Hope you both have a chillingly spooky Halloween…

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  36. Cathy Ballou Mealey
    1 year ago

    Had to save this one to watch in the daylight and I am SO glad I did. Spine-tingly spookily delightful!

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  37. jan annino
    1 year ago

    Fiitful!
    Frightful!
    So eeriely delightful!

    Laughing with the cackle of a grackle at your inventivness.

    Happy Halloween 2015 David & Renee!

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  38. Penny Parker Klostermann
    1 year ago

    You two scared the lilied livers outta me! This should be a series! I’d watch every week. Midnight Meeting would be a hit!

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  39. Brenda Harsham
    1 year ago

    Spooktacular and very lyrical indeed!

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  40. Teresa MI Schaefer
    1 year ago

    A chilling, ghoulish, spooky, spell indeed. Ghoulishly, gruesomely great.

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  41. Mary Lee Hahn
    1 year ago

    So. Much. Fun.

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  42. Lauri Meyers
    1 year ago

    Is scary and wonderful and, dare I say, romantically wicked!

    Reply

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