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Halloween Candy Check


Parents say the candy check

Is something they must do.

They have to search for anything

That might be bad for you.


Although they never find a thing

Despite this careful chore,

It’s funny how the bag comes back

Much lighter than before.



from HALLOWEEN NIGHT © Charles Ghigna

Scholastic Book Club

14 comments:

Diane Mayr said...

Charles, you're first for the Round-Up. If you were to be the parent who checked the candy, what kind would you have to taste test? Just to be on the safe side, of course.

Joyce Ray said...

Ah, Charles. The secret is out. Candy corn is my weakness. Thanks for sharing.

Charles Ghigna (Father Goose) said...

Diane, thanks again for serving as our Halloween Hostess for this week's Poetry Friday. To answer your question, my favorite candy is Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. I always buy extra bags of those to hand out ... in hopes there will be some left over after the Goblins gobble up their fair share.

Joyce, candy corn is one of my wife's favorites. I think they look cool with the perfect Halloween colors (orange and yellow) and the perfect shape (witch's hat), but I'm more of a peanut butter and chocolate kind of guy. ;-)

Diane Mayr said...

I like an Almond Joy!

Charles Ghigna (Father Goose) said...

Yes! Coconut and chocolate!
I'm trick-or-treating at YOUR house! ;-)

Amy LV said...

Oh gosh. That is totally me. I am a candy thief. I'll steal any of it! This poem tickles me...will be sharing it with our three goblins! Happy Halloween!

Charles Ghigna (Father Goose) said...

Hi Amy!
Happy Halloween to you
and your sweet goblins!

Myra Garces-Bacsal from GatheringBooks said...

What a fabulous book cover! I would be reading this to my nine year old daughter who would be trick or treating in a few days. She'd be tickled by this as well. :)

Katya said...
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Katya said...

All Butterfingers must be taste-tested in our house. And Almond Joy.

I'm Jet . . . said...

I live far out in the country, and it took five years to get my first trick or treater -- a little kid that lived down the road.

He was accompanied by his mother. That was the year I had stopped buying candy in anticipation (of course!).

I was so flustered, I didn't know what to give him, so I offered to write the kid a check.

Does that count as a candy check?

teacherdance said...

I don't have children at home anymore, so have to buy my favorites so I'll have leftovers! This year I'm at my grandchildren's house for Halloween. Maybe I'll get to do the candy check instead of the parents!

laurasalas said...

Uh oh, my secret is out!

Linda said...

Oh boy, do I remember those days! My favorite was the Reese's PB cups too, but a Snickers or an Almond Joy would be a delight too!