Halloween is the holiday for the funny goblins,
the cute pixies,
the wicked witches,
and the kids in the superhero costumes,
but it’s also the celebration of the real-life monsters.
Beware of the needles inside the chocolate bars,
the poisonous candy,
and the violators dressed up in the wolf or clown costumes,
holding knives behind their backs,
ready to stab.
Halloween is the holiday for pumpkin carving,
the horror movies,
the black cat and the spider decorations,
and the colorful theme parties,
but it’s also the celebration of the obsessed.
Beware of those wanting to drink the blood of your dog
for the sake of Satan
and those walking around with the boxes of matches and the cans of petrol,
ready to set your house on fire
to summon the ancient spirits.
Paula Puolakka (born August 18, 1982) is a Beat poet, writer, and MA (History of Science and Ideas.) In 2019, The Finnish Reserve Officers' Federation gave her an honorable mention, honoring the academic legacy of Mr. Ludwig Wittgenstein and Mr. Theodore John Kaczynski. In 2018, 2019, and 2020, Puolakka landed first and second in various writing contests and challenges. She was also given honorable mentions. In Dec 2020, the PhDs of Tampere University gave her appreciation: her academic article - celebrating her Master's thesis of 2012 and the academic legacy of Mr. Kaczynski and Mr. Wittgenstein - was published by the science & university magazine Hybris. In April 2021, Puolakka won the second prize in the "Lahti, the European Green Capital 2021" writing competition. Her story celebrated "Teddy." On April 15 and May 20, she was the guest editor of The Ekphrastic Review's "Throwback Thursday." On June 3, her interview was published by Penable. In late 2021 and 2022, Puolakka is the remote representative of the City of Oulu.