On this night, the children and the adults
become their own dreams and nightmares,
princesses and zombies,
in search of that sweet sugar high

The day after, they are weary and cranky,
overcome by shakes and meltdowns.
The source of their insanity is now
buried among the candy wrappers.


Janet Cormier is a painter, writes prose and poetry, and performs comedy. JC prefers different and original over pretty. She loves collecting stuff, but cleaning not so much. Janet also talks to strangers… a lot. Her column now appears weekly on Oddball Magazine.