Haiku of the Week

Our theme this month is Halfway to Halloween. Also, we pay a little tribute to Cemetery Appreciation Month.

dancing fireflies
cemetery in full bloom
wait for Halloween

Happy 3rd Anniversary to me!

Recently, Halloween Haiku celebrated its 3rd anniversary. It’s been a quiet and subdued year, partly due to the pandemic, partly due to the fact that I’ve been unemployed since January. The job hunt takes up most of my energy, focus, and time these days. I had even toyed with the idea of shutting down, but decided to simplify instead. I post haiku every week. We’re not the biggest or the most exciting web blog, but who doesn’t need a little quiet contemplation every now and then?

I tried many times to hold events and do contests, but the truth is, I simply don’t have a big enough following to justify the costs. Given my current situation, I’m not going to try and rectify that anytime soon. We’ll see what the Halloween 2021 season brings.

Haiku is hard. I’m not even sure how good I am at it. It’s more than coming up with three lines. It’s about conveying emotion, feelings, and memories. Trying to conjure up connections through seventeen syllable poem and imagery is not a simple task either. True haiku is about nature. Senryu is less about nature and more about people. It’s often times witty or humorous. Most of my poems falls under the category of zappai, a seventeen syllable poem that does not match the format or characteristics of either haiku or senryu. I like writing halloween haiku, horror haiku, or dark haiku. I like writing in third person, say, from the witch’s point-of-view:

burning straw
escape the witch hunters
a magical broom

Maybe it’s no Matsuo Basho, but it’s not a haiku failure either. It’s just different. If you’re interested, you can learn more about zappai and other haiku styles here.

I want to thank my supporters, readers, and anyone who stops by to take a look at my little blog. I appreciate your time and energy. Here’s to another great year of Halloween Haiku.🎃

Monthly Haiku Corner – December

Our theme this month will be dark and spooky Christmas.

bloody santa hat
a moment of weakness
vampire

Monthly Haiku Corner – November

las calaveras
marigolds honor the dead
dia de muertos

Monday Macabre

pumpkins seeds
the veil is thinning
halloweek

Halloween Haiku Challenge 2020 – Last Week to Submit Entries

There’s one week left to submit those entries for 2nd Annual Halloween Haiku Challenge. Details about the entire contest can be found here. You can submit in the comment section or via Instagram or Twitter. Just don’t forget to use tag #HalloweenHaikuChallenge2020 and tag me @HalloweenHaiku9 so I see your post.

Winning haiku gets a free copy of Pumpkins and Party Themes: 50 DIY Designs to Bring Your Halloween Extravaganza to Life by Roxanne Rhoads of A Bewitching Guide to Halloween. This awesome book has amazing photos, party ideas and 50 DIY designs, a must-have for Halloween fans.

Friday Fright Cocktails: Cursed People Eater

After pissing off an insecure food blogger, I decided to make my own drink recipe to kick off the return of Friday Fright Cocktails.

This year has been wacky. Since 2020 and Covid-19 teamed up to pick on the human race, we’ve had to learn to adapt to fluid situations. Make changes on the fly. Step outside our comfort zones. We’ve also sadly learned that sometimes people absolutely suck, but we need community and Halloween has always been about community. That’s the only reason I share recipes I find around the web in the first place. Our community treats each other right. We know to give credit where credit is due. We know we’re gonna copy each other and nothing will ever be same because we put our own love into it. True Halloween lovers know how to share.

I don’t mind if you share the Cursed People Eater recipe, but it would be great if you link back here. I’m only sorry that I’m not a fancy schmancy food photographer that can offer you better photos. If you drink enough of these, you won’t be able to see straight anyway! 😛

Photo by Halloween Kristy
http://www.halloween-haiku.com

INGREDIENTS:

2 oz. Vodka
1 1/2 oz. ginger ale
1/2 oz. cranberry juice (optional)
1/2 oz. blue curacao
1/2 oz. St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
1/2 teaspoon lime juice
a drop of Tabasco (or two)
a dab of Grenadine
1-2 maraschino cherries
crushed ice as needed

Photo by Halloween Kristy
http://www.halloween-haiku.com

Cranberry makes the drink a bit too sweet. I made a version without it and liked it much better. The Tabasco is obviously the wild card here. It’s called a curse, but if you add the right amount, it’s actually a blessing.

Happy Halloween 2020!