The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

A Rotten Revolting Repulsive Recipe

Do you like Trick-or-Treating?
Dressing up and sweetie-eating?
Knocking on doors and saying “Boo!”
Well, here’s something else that you could do
Get out your pots and pans to make
A gross and gruesome Halloween cake!
First, mix together in a bowl
A squirmy frog and a small tadpole
A pinch of pickings from your nose
Then scabs from both knees and elbows
If you want a special treat
Use toenail clippings from smelly feet
If you like to chew and munch
Add smashed up snails for extra crunch
Pour in some water from the toilet
Stir it well then start to boil it
One at a time, add sixteen worms
Until the mixture’s nice and firm
Sprinkle in some big fat flies
And twenty spiders of various size
Bake in the oven for one whole day
Until the cake is sludgy grey
Use dog-dribble and slug-slime icing
To make it look extra enticing
Decorate with earwax candles
And bits of mud from under your sandals
Eyeballs, and a sneezing sprinkle
Will make it shine, glitter and twinkle
Serve it up with chocolate lice
Then everyone will want a slice!

About the Writer

Juli Frances Taylor

Juli loves words, Greek Mythology and the Oxford comma. She writes poems and stories in rhyme for children. Juli runs active poetry sessions in libraries and primary schools in the UK - where children rhyme, run, dance, and use words for fun.