Mugwort the cat was by the window, Gazing out into the Hallowe’en night. The sun had gone down almost two hours ago, Now there was only moonlight. Apart from all the glowing pumpkin lanterns, Beside many of the neighbour’s front doors With their jagged grins and triangular eyes. Muggie started washing her paws. She’d seen so very many Hallowe’ens before And with them, she was rather bored She’d asked so nicely to go out with Witch Hazel But her meows had just been ignored. Witch Hazel had gone off to a party For her usual Samhain night of fun All of the local witches would be going Except for this small, furry one. But this year Muggie had her own plans! And had invited her friends round as well This Hallowe’en would be more fun than usual! Thanks to Muggie’s new-fangled spell. Just then came a tapping at the cat-flap And so Muggie went to see who was there Her best friend Lavender had arrived at last With poppy seeds all stuck in her hair. Just one moment later Peppermint arrived Then old Sage followed him through. Rosemary, as usual was last to arrive Each wondered what this new spell would do. The cats trooped off to the tiny kitchen, To the cauldron and magick making gear. Each one had brought an ingredient for the spell. Muggie had very ambitious plans for this year. Somehow they managed to light the candle Then into the cauldron they threw, The poppy seeds and some salt and eggshells Then water to mix up their brew. All five cats stood in a circle, holding paws And waited for the signs to be seen Seconds later they were transformed into children Ready for Trick-or-Treating on this Hallowe’en. The cats had all ‘become’ twelve year olds Just for this one special All Hallow’s Eve They took Witch Hazel’s spare hat to carry treats And Pepper popped an extra bag up his sleeve. Muggie looked excitedly at the others But saw that Lavender had turned quite pale As she saw that Sage and Rose still had cat ears And Pepper somehow had still got his tail. Muggie shrugged and led her friends next door And Lavender rang their bell “Trick or Treat!” they all chorused when it was answered And were given sweeties and popcorn as well. The next house they visited was a tiny bit scary The door was opened by a hair-raising ghost! But the cats all laughed at that costume And the huge axe hanging up on a post. The lady at the big house opposite Was dressed up as a purple vampire Her headless friend brought a bowl of lollies, While all dressed in Elizabethan attire. The couple at number five brought out chocolate And the bag Pepper brought came in handy Because number eight gave them all jellybeans And several packets of lime popping-candy. Witch Hazel’s hat was completely full And the bag was stuffed with treats So the cats thought they’d better stop collecting now They had so many scrumptious things to eat. They all headed slowly back to Muggie’s house And in through the door they went Then straight to the lounge to eat sweet snacks Before their Magick was spent. They ate all of their treats and goodies Whilst they were still Magick children that night! Because Hallowe’en treats are not good for cats But for humans, they are quite alright. About ten minutes to midnight Muggie said, “Thanks for coming but you’d better pop off soon, Witch Hazel will be home in half an hour, you know After she’s paid her respects to the Moon.” But her friends were all busy dancing around And having the most wonderful night They were not used to such a lot of sugar, It really was a hilarious sight! Pepper performed astounding gymnastics Rose and Lavender danced a tango Muggie twirled around with the broom And Sage laughed at the resulting fandango. At midnight, this Hallowe’en group of children Changed back into Cats very fast Old Sage was first then Lavender and Pepper Then Rosemary and Muggie were last. Earlier than expected, they all heard a noise It was the sound of a key in the lock Witch Hazel was back from the Samhain party And four of the cats scarpered in shock. Muggie quickly glanced around the lounge to check And was relieved to see very little mess Most of the wrappers had ended up in the bin. If there’d been a party, you’d hardly guess. Witch Hazel came straight from the door to the lounge And lit a new fire in the grate. “Hello Sweetie” she said as she stroked Muggie’s head, “Sorry I’ve stayed out ‘til this late.” “There seems to be something odd in my cauldron! And my yellow candle! Where is that?” Then witch Hazel looked suspiciously at Muggie and said, “Muggie, why is there popcorn in my hat?” “Oh well, never mind, let’s have a snack before bed.” But Muggie couldn’t possibly eat any more “Have you already eaten tonight then, Muggie? And why are there lolly-sticks all over the floor?” The End.
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