Poetry Prompt: Remixing Halloween (1978)

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This post is part of a series of weekly found poetry prompts. If you have an idea for a found poetry source, email Senior Poetry Editor Beth Ayer.

A psychotic murderer institutionalized since childhood for the murder of his sister, escapes and stalks a bookish teenage girl and her friends while his doctor chases him through the streets.


You probably know the story. What can you make out of it? We’re celebrating the ghoulish season by doing some slicing and dicing of our own. Your task:  create found poetry from a horror classic, the original Halloween. Check out the movie script, and slash it to pieces.

Please share your poems in the comments… if you dare.


  • October 24, 2013


    More fancy talk…
    You want to know
    what Haddonfield is?


    all lined up

    in rows
    up and down

    You’re telling me

    they’re lined up for a


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  • October 30, 2013


    Someone Broke
    Into the Hardware Store

    Haddonfield, Illinois
    And “Michaels around someplace”
    Laurie, pretty in a quiet way – Lonnie Elam said never to up there,
    Lonnie Elam said that’s a haunted house.
    October 31 … his own day of reckoning
    With himself; The Rabbit in Red Lounge-
    Entertainment Nightly – the Bogeyman is coming
    Entitled to a good scare, since it happened.
    Nothing left; some Halloween masks, a rope, a set of knives.

    Oct 30, 2013