Illustrated by: Peter Hudspith. Thanks so much Peter.
AT SPOOKS' PALACE
By Josie Whitehead
The Spooky King and Spooky Queen
Thought it would be fun
To hold a Halloween Party
And invite their friends to come.
'Spooks’ Palace is a gloomy place.
Let’s see what can be done,
To make our awful, scary home
A place for having fun.'
They painted giant footprints
Which led up to their door,
And then some pumpkin lanterns.
Well these really were a chore!
'Shall we make ghostly figures too
To float around the air?'
Oh the food they cooked was terrible,
And took ages to prepare.
'I think they’d like some beetle juice',
'And a monster munchy pie;'
'Some little witches’ broomsticks and
Some spiders’ legs we’ll fry.'
Said the Spooky King and Spooky Queen:
'Real ghosts can come and play,
But do you think this partying
Might drive our bats away?'
The night arrived and children came.
Their costumes looked a treat.
The witches, ghosts and skeletons
Came tripping down the street.
The evening was a great success -
They ate, they drank and played.
The ghosties seemed to come and go,
While lanterns gently swayed.
By ten o’clock they all were tired
And thanked the King and Queen.
Then everyone went home at speed
To dream some spooky dreams.
Copyright on all my poems
I've written well over a thousand poems since 2010, but in that year I'm pleased to say that teachers and children chose this poem to go in my book "Celebrations" which AMS Educational Publishers published along with 400 poems. I love to write with rhyme, rhythm and lots of stories, as you see - and why not? This is the poetry I loved and which children tell me they still love. I hope you all do too. The wonderful illustration wasn't in my book but it was done for me by Peter Hudspith, a Leeds children's illustrator, since then. I love it and I know you will too. Josie