Wax Candy Lips

Some of you young’ns won’t know what I’m talking about with regard to the title and first line, but those of you who grew up in the fifties and sixties definitely will. It’s another of the many poems I wrote in 1998, and my only Halloween poem.

 Wax Candy Lips

Wax candy lips and Groucho Marx glasses

Bushy eyebrows and big bulbous nose

Dad’s flannel shirt, big as a dress

Old shoes with holes in the toes

Orange grocery sack with a handle

A flashlight for streets with no light

I run to the door when the bell rings

Pass out candy to things in the night

It’s time to go, big sister my guide

Reluctant, she’s taken the chore

She’s thirteen, you see, no time for me

Little brothers can be such a bore

She can’t hold a giggle when she sees me

I wiggle large eyebrows and grin

Mom warns us, be careful out there

And squeezes my black painted chin

First house we hit is next door

Bell is answered by Mrs. Pardee

Says, oh Johnny you look so cute

I say, how’d you know it was me

Back into the night, streets are awash

With goblins and ghouls and such

They race through the night a laughing

Later, candy they’ll eat, and too much

I bask in the thrill of this glorious time

The fun and the treats and the sights

I hope that I’ll never grow older

And have to give up these Halloween nights

 Copyright © 1998 C. Mashburn

48 Comments »

  1. jmdh said

    I wish they still made that stuff !!!!

  2. Awww so cute. What a lovely and, fun read. 🙂 I bet it was such fun and an exciting time too!

  3. This was delightful!

  4. Morning said

    sweet and playful,

    treats and customs, these are for kids, but grownups do share a part of the game…

    your only Halloween piece?

    wow, some words are indeed old style, thanks for making us think.

  5. Sherry Mashburn said

    I wish Halloween could be the same for our grandchildren. Wonderful poetic memory . . .

  6. Heaven said

    too much candies and chocolates are bad… but its halloween…enjoy the treats ~

  7. “I bask in the thrill of this glorious time.” I love Halloween time! Great poem!

  8. I can still conjure up the taste of those things…fun memories. And we could go on and on!

    • Yes, I think I could write a book about Halloween experiences.
      Thanks for the comments, liv!

  9. I used to love those wax lips – so cool! Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

    • They were very popular when I was in grade school. Lips, mustaches, teeth, and those little pop bottles that had liquid inside them. I wonder what that stuff was??
      Thanks for the visit and comment, Stephen!

  10. Fountains said

    This gave me a smile I’ve been needing.

    • I’m so glad I could make you smile, Fountains! I keep a good amount of make-you-smile material on hand, so stop by and read anytime you need to!
      Thanks for the wonderful comment!

  11. kez said

    loved this really captured a childs feel for trick or treat and treated me to a fab read …thank you x

  12. Andy said

    Hello Charles.
    Halloween is indeed a time for the kids, but I’m sure there are plenty of adults who probably enjoy themselves more than the kids.

    Nice nostalgic piece.
    Thanks for sharing & for your visit….I did have a good laugh at your comment too!

    This Unknown Spirit.

    • Thanks for the read and comments, Andy!
      I’m glad you got a laugh out of my comment!

  13. Ina said

    🙂 It sounds like a fun holiday ! Good poem!

  14. Miss Kitten said

    This was very sweet Charles (pun intended). Reminds me of when I was thirteen and my mom announced that I was then too old to go trick-or-treating. It was a huge shock to me. You mean….NO MORE FREE CANDY???!!! I had to stay home and hand it out. Anyway, my younger brother and sister were “happy” to share their candy with me.

    Here’s my selection:

    http://randommisanthrope.com/2011/10/29/autumn-introspection/

  15. I needed to smile today…thanks for giving me one…delightful poem

  16. I don’t think I’ll ever stop trick-or-treating 😉 Favorite line: “I say, how’d you know it was me” Loved it 🙂

  17. Nice. Here’s mine
    http://tappingthewall.wordpress.com/2011/10/11/hay-ride/

  18. This was awesome, I miss the excitement of Halloween when I was younger.

  19. Katherine said

    Aww that was so cute. I could imagine you trick or treating. Trick or treating isn’t a tradition in our country, except in the recent years when kids in posh villages and malls started trick or treating.

    Happy Halloween! 🙂

  20. Nicely Written, Charles! Enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  21. What a wonderful memory and a beautifully expressed piece. I remember wax candy lips and the thought makes me smile.

  22. thanks for sharing such a gem, Happy Belated Halloween.

  23. mbwilliams said

    Those memories are so vivid aren’t they? And a great muse for our writing today…

    • Yes. Some of the best & funniest are from Halloween.
      Thanks for the visit and comment, mb!

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