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:
no more than 100 words
the words costume, dark, and haunt must appear in the story or poem
the entry must appeal to kids
the 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.
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!
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!
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.
Have a BOOTIFUL day!
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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.
Hello, my strangely pale but bootiful friend. As always, I loved playing with you. This time was a truly haunting experience!
Thank you for brooming in for the occasion, my warted one. It was a blood-curdling time indeed!
Bravo, Bravo!! How splendidly spooky, how ghoulishly gauche! You’ve outdone yourselves, Renee and David!!
Thank you for the spooktacular spectacle!
*runs away screaming*
Thank you, Jama. Working with Renee is a scream!
Ooh, that was a faBOOlous! What talent, what wit, what ghoulish genius! You’ve never look better, my dearies 🙂
Iza, I’m glad you liked it. I think we really got into the spirits of the thing,
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.
Thank you, Michelle. Renee is the beauty and brains of the outfit. I just happened to own a witch hat.
And a cackle to die for…
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!
Thanks, Matt. Fun is fun and no place has more of it than No Water River!
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!
Linda, this is one morning when I might send the dog out for the paper. Just saying . . .
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!
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!
I always enjoy your posts, but you both outdid yourselves with this one. Spooktastic!
Thank you, Wendy. Glad I own a witch hat. Otherwise I might not have made the team!
How very cool and spooky fun.
I must say I was glad to be in the U.S., a safe
ocean away from that scary vampire!
So excellent my ghostly online friends!!Double boit, toil and trouble!
This is great stuff to digest and eat.
Very brainy. 🙂
Hi, Clara. I’m glad you enjoyed our Halloween adventure. What fun it was to make!
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!
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.
Bravo David! Brava Renee! A cackling masterpiece!! (And your boys win a prize, Renee, for bravely witnessing their mama’s vamperish transformation.)
Buffy, those poor boys may never be the same. Not sure I will be either!
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. 🙂
Hi, Vivian. Glad you like. It’s not every day I get to play with such a vampish vampire!
What a FRIGHTFUL pair! Thanks for getting my Halloween week off to a SPOOKTASTIC start!
I’m glad you came by to see our special concoction. We had a big time making it.
This was awesome, loved every minute of that video!! Very spooky and creative!
Glad you liked it. Have you ever seen a more convincing vampire? She takes spooky to a new level!
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.
Catherine, I bet I’ve watched Renee’s witches a dozen times myself. What a masterpiece!
Wow, how delightfully chilling! Fabulous video and poem, Renee and David!
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!
Wow! Clara, thank you for sharing our handiwork! That’s so nice of you!
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
Amy, I’m a big fan of her video, too, along with 25,000 others and counting. Thanks for the kind words.
This is so fun! I think kids would love it.
Thanks, Marla. We hope so!
Spooky and lyrical read-aloud fun! I’m reading this to my kiddos tonight. Love it!
Gabrielle, I’m “dying” to learn how your munchkins enjoyed our little horror show!
Bootiful and scary, very well done!
Thanks, Linda. I was only pretending. Renee? I’m not so sure . . .
What an incredible entry. By far my favorite, so far! It will be fun to read to my grand kids.
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.
So awesome. That one delivered the shivers!
Thank you, Dawn. Mind the darkened streets now.
Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous!
Aw, Jilanne, I bet you say that to all the witches and vampires you meet.
Sounds like Renee and David had lots of fun performing this poem. It was a fun to watch as well. Thanks!
Kathy, I don’t know about Renee, but my knees were shaking the whole time. She’s scary, man!
You are hilarious! Thanks for adding to the fun.
(I also have a non-calendar reading almost-5-year-old)
Glad you liked it, Mishka. The pleasure was ours.
Love this. Wonderful video and poem.
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!
wonderfully spooky 🙂
There’s just something about that girl. Maybe it’s the way she’s always staring at your neck.
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.
Maybe not until he’s old enough to learn about the birds and bees and things that go bump in the night?
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!!!
Thank you, Susanna! Renee actually had to dress up. For me it came naturally.
Very nice. A lot of great work was put into this.
Glad you enjoyed. Kudos to Renee.
Super creepy! Good job. 🙂
Happy Halloween! Oh, and Boo!
Utterly professional and creeptastic!
Thank you, Joanna. Making it was a pleasure. Of course, I can’t sleep now.
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…
Had to save this one to watch in the daylight and I am SO glad I did. Spine-tingly spookily delightful!
So eeriely delightful!
Laughing with the cackle of a grackle at your inventivness.
Happy Halloween 2015 David & Renee!
You two scared the lilied livers outta me! This should be a series! I’d watch every week. Midnight Meeting would be a hit!
Spooktacular and very lyrical indeed!
A chilling, ghoulish, spooky, spell indeed. Ghoulishly, gruesomely great.
So. Much. Fun.
Is scary and wonderful and, dare I say, romantically wicked!