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It’s 11:30 p.m. on October 31st

 

In the dead quiet of the street, 

 

There lies perfectly lined up suburban houses 

 

Craftily decorated with synthetic spider webs 

 

and stock-still animatronics.

 

Lights are off and candy is hiding safely in drawers,

 

Children hiding safely under their covers

 

The spirit subsides, yielding fatigue

 

Their mellow breaths, heart rate slowing

 

They’re the lucky ones.

 

They’ll wake up tomorrow and relish in the sweet November chill

 

Swap candy corn for cornucopias 

 

The others aren’t so fortunate.

 

It’s precisely at this time at night

 

Where these specters get to enjoy the only fun they have all year

 

Yes, this time of the night is especially exciting for those lost ones

 

They rally under the moon right until the last waning seconds of the night

 

Yelping and screaming in euphoria, bounding up and down their captured home

 

On a mission, scraping underneath the dirtiest recesses and corners

 

To find any leftovers

 

Hungry, desperate, enraptured

 

Hurry, hurry, they haven’t got much time

 

The forgotten ones, the ones who got lost, 

 

The ones whose efforts were futile

 

And the ones who weren’t smart enough to know

 

That Halloween is theirs, after all.

 

So next time you’re safe and sound inside

 

The warmth of the house overwhelming the chaos of the night

 

Just know that in the morning, they will be gone

 

And you can enjoy all the pleasures of the new holiday

 

But they will be stronger, bigger

 

And greedier

 

Come next year,

 

You may not be so lucky.

 

Natalie Hyman

UC Berkeley '21

I'm a Senior at UC Berkeley with a passion for writing and creativity. I enjoy film and television, health and wellness, and friends! I hope to spread awareness through my writing while focusing on the things I truly care about.
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