Happy Halloween! This month we celebrate Halloween icons and the Black Cat is as synonymous with the holiday as the jack-o-lantern. Dark as night, cool, mysterious, irreverent guardians, it’s no wonder how they became so feared, blameful of calamity, and deemed witches’ familiars, cats simply appear to have their own agenda.
Happy October! All month along will be a celebration to Halloween Icons and I’m kicking off the official Halloween season with a tribute to the sassiest Halloween icon of them all, the black cat.
Say hello to my variation of a purple Martini, The Sweetest Black Cat, aptly named because of its sweet ingredients. If sweetness isn’t your thing, well, topping off with just a tad bit more vodka or ginger ale, to balance the flavors, oughta do the trick.
3 oz vodka 1 1/2 oz cranberry juice 1/2 oz blue curacao 1/2 oz sweet and sour mix 1/2 oz pomegranate grenadine 1/2 oz ginger ale (or 7-up/Sprite)
Please drink responsibily, don’t drink and drive, and have a safe and happy Halloween season!
Write a Halloween Icons themed haiku and yours could be chosen to win a Halloween prize pack worth over $50!*
In keeping with our monthly theme, share your most original Halloween Icons themed haiku anytime during the month of October. Contest starts October 1st and ends at midnight, the witching hour, on October 31st. Winner will be announced on November 1st here and on social media.
Three ways to share your haiku:
• Post your haiku here in the comment section of this specific blog post. After review, I will make your haiku visible to the public.
• Post your haiku on Twitter, using the hashtag #HalloweenHaikuChallenge2021 and tag me @halloweenhaiku9 to ensure that I see your post.
• Post your haiku on Instagram, using the hashtag #HalloweenHaikuChallenge2021 and tag me @Halloweenhaiku9 to ensure that I see your post.
1) Originality. You must be the sole author of the haiku you post. No exceptions.
2) Halloween Icons. The theme of your haiku must be Halloween Icons.
3) Scares. The scarier the better! It is Halloween after all.
4) Style. All haiku, senryu, and zappai are eligible and should fall within the usual standard 17 syllables (5-7-5). Sorry, Tanka or any other style of poetry is not acceptable for purposes of this contest. We’re not hating, just a matter of space and time.
5) Participants may post up to three haiku for consideration.
1st Prize Winner*:
Halloween Icons Prize Pack:
Copy of Yours Cruelly, Elvira by Cassandra Peterson (unsigned) – From the biggest Halloween Icon of them all, the newly released Memoirs of the Mistress of the Dark ($25) Halloween Face Masks ($20) Halloween Dish Towels ($5) DEI Candy corn socks ($5) Spooky Notes Notepad from Oct 31st Store in UK ($5) Stay Spooky greeting card ($5, not shown)
2nd & 3rd Place Winners**:
Two runner-up poems will be chosen to win a Halloween card, a small Halloween button or pin, and some Halloween stickers.
*Sorry, US residents only.
**Thank you to Oct 31st Store for donating the small prizes in this year’s Halloween Haiku contest. Awesome merch, great customer service, and fast shipping! Check out their online shop at https://october31st.co.uk/
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Halloween Kristy reserves the right to remove and discredit any haiku and/or images posted here or on social media containing plagiarized or copyrighted material, pornography, vulgarity, bigoted, racist, or sexist views.