Halloween Haiku, Just for You

by Kassandra Lamb (on behalf of the whole gang)

party logo of New Orleans cemeteryOur own Kirsten Weiss is hosting a Hoodoo Halloween Blog Party this weekend to celebrate the upcoming release of her new book, The Hoodoo Detective. She also suggested we do a haiku post for Halloween, so we decided to make this our contribution to her party.

photo of pumpkins

And since this was Kirsten‘s idea, she gets to go first:

Footfalls crush dried leaves
Pumpkins cast malformed shadows
Gimme candy now.


Shannon discovered she was even more mathematically challenged than she’d thought. It’s 5, 7, 5, Shan. She finally nailed it:

Brillant red leaves

(photo by Mckelvcm CC-BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia)

Confetti of gold
Flutters, falls, lands on hard earth
Creates skeletons


And from Vinnie:
Time of ripe walnuts
my sister’s hope shimmers like
golden aspen leaves.


Along similar lines, I chose to contrast the autumns of my years in Maryland with those of my new home in Florida:

red apple hanging from branch
Crisp air, brilliant leaves,
Plucking apples from the trees–
Autumns of my youth.

Black cats and palm trees,
Ghosts and gators and brown leaves–
Southern Hallowed Eve.

And another from the poetic Vinnie:

For Micah:
Like a genie or
sunflower, wispy and bold,
magic, dancing gold.

And if you prefer spooky…

painting of moon in the trees

19th century painting by Stanisław Masłowski

From Kirsten:
Brooding autumn wind
shivers skeletal branches
clawing at the moon.

From Kathy:
Eve of All-Hallows
brings moon-cold fog, wisp-fingered,
circling huddled souls.

*shudders*  That sent a shiver down my spine.  And finally some fun images:

flying witchFrom Vinnie:
Crows bombard the street
with walnuts, then strut and pluck
the sweet exposed meat.

From Kathy:
Battered, bruised flyers
need night-vision goggles, or
headlights on broomsticks.

Heroes, ninjas, ghosts:
“Get candy, get candy, get-”
Mission accomplished.

Check out the other posts at ParaYourNormal, then try your hand at your own autumn/Halloween haiku in the comments.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN from the crew at misterio press!!

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  • Reply
    K.B. Owen
    October 18, 2014 at 10:52 am

    I love how you sorted the collection, Kass! What fun to read all of the contributions together. Cute pics, too. Kirsten, good luck with your HooDoo Party – I’m sure it will be a blast! Will definitely be stopping by. (Psst, everybody: I already got to read The Hoodoo Detective, and it’s fabulous!).

    • Reply
      Kassandra Lamb
      October 18, 2014 at 1:32 pm

      Glad you like the layout, Kathy. It was fun putting this together. I’ve read The Hoodoo Detective too, and wholeheartedly agree.

      Kirsten, I think it’s your best one yet!

  • Reply
    Kirsten Weiss
    October 18, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Love these haikus (and I’m not talking about my own). Night vision goggles for witches on broomsticks? Hysterical!

    • Reply
      Kassandra Lamb
      October 18, 2014 at 1:30 pm

      Isn’t that one great, Kirsten! I went looking for a picture of one of those witches who’s run into a tree, but couldn’t find one.

  • Reply
    Shannon Esposito
    October 18, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Love these! Didn’t realize you guys were such poets 🙂 They really put me in the Fall & Halloween spirit. And thanks for calling me out on my math skills, Kass! LOL!

    • Reply
      Kassandra Lamb
      October 18, 2014 at 1:29 pm

      You’re welcome;, anytime, Shannon! 😀

  • Reply
    October 18, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Ghosts come and ghosts go
    But vampires live on forever
    Which one will you be?

    • Reply
      October 18, 2014 at 12:57 pm

      Oops! Should read: But vampires live forever
      Silly fingers inserted extra word!

      • Reply
        Kassandra Lamb
        October 18, 2014 at 1:28 pm

        Ah, another mathematically-challenged poet! And add me to the list too, because I didn’t catch it. LOL

      • Reply
        Kirsten Weiss
        October 19, 2014 at 12:37 pm

        Like, like, like!

    • Reply
      Kassandra Lamb
      October 18, 2014 at 1:27 pm

      Oooh, never thought about it in quite that way before, Eileen. I never particularly wanted to be a vampire, but I guess I’d rather be a vampire than a ghost.

  • Reply
    Abby Normal
    October 18, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Ride across the room
    on my pink turbo broomstick
    get Kassandra’s treats

    • Reply
      Kassandra Lamb
      October 18, 2014 at 8:56 pm

      LOL Pink turbo broomstick… I love it!!

    • Reply
      Kirsten Weiss
      October 19, 2014 at 12:41 pm


  • Reply
    Vinnie Hansen
    October 18, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Eileen, I like your addition to our collection. Do you wish the ghost would go from your house, or has it left? I’m behind on the saga.

  • Reply
    October 19, 2014 at 11:47 am

    ghosts and magic time
    spirits rise & cry & fall
    “again” they whisper

    • Reply
      Kassandra Lamb
      October 19, 2014 at 11:49 am

      Great one, Candy. Creepy!!

  • Reply
    Jess Witkins
    October 19, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Here’s more!

    Leaves beneath my foot
    crunch, crunch, crunch beneath my weight
    Sounds of autumn days

    Did you hear that sound?
    Like the breathing of a spook.
    I look behind me.

    • Reply
      Kirsten Weiss
      October 19, 2014 at 12:38 pm

      I love the way you leave us hanging with your second haiku – classic horror! And the first one evokes fall beautifully.

    • Reply
      Kassandra Lamb
      October 19, 2014 at 2:06 pm

      Love them both, Jess. Cold shiver down my spine with the second one.

  • Reply
    K.B. Owen
    October 19, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Wow, these are fabulous! We ought to run a reader haiku contest in the future… 😉

    • Reply
      Kassandra Lamb
      October 19, 2014 at 2:07 pm

      Yay! That’s a great idea, Kathy! Hmm… *scratches chin*

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