There were times, so long ago, Halloween masks on a cereal box.
Select a face to wear, contents, no matter—snap, crackle, or pop.
Change to Queen, scary thing—boo—maybe animal sly, like a fox.
Fill a sack with candy corn, M and M’s, chocolate bars, don’t stop.
Masked cutout, soggy “Trick or Treat” shouts—ick, lips wet paper.
Homemade marshmallow Krispies, popcorn ball, or caramel apple,
gifts—creative, decorated treats—wiped out wet cardboard flavor.
Crayon color paper bag, treasure chests variety—oh sweet sample.
Year advanced to a rubbery mask, a character, imaginary acting.
Steamy breath, chilly air, moisture drops—flavor, summer hose.
Generosity pouring on the kitchen table, variety, nothing lacking.
Mom and I oohed, aahed in delight—her smile, like sunrise arose.
Announcing, “My all-time favorite, Bit-O-Honey! Can we share?”
Now, I see Mom’s smile, as a Bit-O-Honey takes me back there.
April Ryan is an avid Halloween poet who lives in Seattle.
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