Halloween: Meant for Good, not Harm

The witching hours for love
On Halloween watch for the charm
It comes like the fluttering dove
And is meant for good, not harm

The “charms” of the witching hour are well represented by the pleasant Victorian lady framed by a shamrock. But the rest of the image doesn’t seem to match the romantic viewpoint conveyed in the poem. If the “charm” comes like a fluttering dove, why are no doves pictured, just a pair of menacing owls? And if Halloween is for good, not harm, then what’s with the cackling witch flying through the eerie woods on her broomstick? And did anyone notice that the shamrock – a common Victorian motif – appears to be made of barbed wire? Maybe that’s a stretch.

It’s certainly an interesting juxtaposition of innocence and evil, but it seems to me that the poem is missing a line or two about the more sinister aspects of All Hallows Eve.

Vintage Halloween Postcard


Don’t look at the dogs, work the lock! You looked at the dogs!

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