Halloween is just around the corner.  What better time to read a spooky poem or two?

"Mary Had a Vampire Bat" by Judy Sierra (from the book Monster Goose)

vampireMary had a vampire bat. His fur was black as night. He followed her to school one day And promised not to bite. She brought him out for show-and-tell; The teacher screamed and ran. And school was canceled for a week, Just as Mary planned.

"The Goblin" by Jack Prelutsky (from the book It's Halloween)

goblinThere's a goblin as green As a goblin can be Who is sitting outside And is waiting for me. When he knocked on my door And said softly, "Come play!" I answered, "No thank you, Now please, go away!" But the goblin as green As a goblin can be Is still sitting outside And is waiting for me. Or how about a creepy song?

"Home of the Strange" ( to the tune of "Home on the Range") words by Kelly DiPucchio (from the book Sipping Spiders Through a Straw)

ghostOh, give a me a home where the Boogie Men roam, where the ghosts and the green goblins play. Where there aren't any phones, only grunts, shrieks, and moans and the flies are all welcome to stay. Home, home of the strange, where the feared and the freaks come to play. Where the stench in the air, comes from goon underwear and the kids are all pasty and gray. For more spooky, creepy fun try Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich or Frankenstein Takes the Cake by Adam Rex, Monster Motel by Douglas Florian, Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam, and The Scary Book by Joanna Cole.