I’m Not Afraid
Thank you for the water
And the extra goodnight kiss.
I know it’s getting late but first
I have to tell you this.
I’m not afraid of scary things
That dance out in the dark.
I’m not afraid of mournful sounds
That make the dogs all bark.
I’m not afraid of closet doors
When they are open wide.
I’m not afraid of drapes and shades
Where shadows like to hide.
I’m not afraid of ghosts and ghouls
That haunt each Halloween.
I’m not afraid of anything
That I have never seen.
I’m not afraid of creaking steps
Or gurgles in the sink.
I’m not afraid of basement groans
(At least that’s what I think).
I’m not afraid of all those things
That bump or growl at night.
I’m not afraid of anything–
But please leave on the light.
— Charles Ghigna
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From Halloween Night: Twenty-One Spooktacular Poems
This collection of 21 silly, funny, just slightly scary poems about witches, monsters, pumpkins, gargoyles, and trick-or-treating will elicit delighted giggles from children aged 4 to 8 who are just beginning to discover the traditions and lore of Halloween. With such titles as “I’m Not Afraid,” “Witch Way,” “Sick or Treat,” and “What to Wear on Halloween?” it’s destined to become a read-aloud favorite.