I previously posted about The Ghoul, the memorable entry from Jack Prelutsky's Nightmares: Poems to Trouble Your Sleep (1976). The ghoul perched patiently outside a window, waiting for the children within to come out. That poem refused to be forgotten, partly because of the explicit descriptions of the ghoul's gruesome intentions (reproduced in their entirety in the previous post, linked above).
Prelutsky revisited this theme for younger readers a year later in his 1977 love-letter to October thirty-first, "It's Halloween" (illustrations by Marylin Hafner).
Only this time it's The Goblin holding patient vigil outside a window, and any violence it may wish to visit upon the child inside is left to our imagination. This monster only wants to play... or so it says.
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