The Gruesome Ghoul is a scary Halloween poem by Jack Prelutsky. It’s about a monster who kidnaps and eats little boys and girls. This poem appeared in the book Nightmares – Poems to Trouble Your Sleep.
The gruesome ghoul, the grisly ghoul,
Without the slightest noise,
Waits patiently beside the school
To feast on girls and boys.
He lunges fiercely though the air
As they come out to play,
And grabs a couple by the hair
And drags them far away.
He cracks their bones and snap their backs
And squeezes out their lungs,
He chew their thumbs like candy snacks
And pulls apart their tongues.
He slices their stomachs and bites their hearts
And tears their flesh to shreds,
He swallows their toes like toasted tarts
And gobbles down their heads.
Fingers, elbow, hands and knees
And arms and legs and feet.
He eats them with delight and ease,
For every part’s a treat.
And when the gruesome grisly ghoul
Has nothing left to chew,
He hurries to another school
And waits, perhaps, for you…