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I was dressed as a ghost,

A goblin-ghoul,

I’d just returned home,

From a long day at school…

I grabbed up my pumpkin,

It was plastic of course,

I called down my sister,

Dressed as a horse,

Out to get tricked,

Out to be treated,

When candy time came,

We wouldn’t be cheated!

Let me first say,

My name is Ten,

And sister’s name is Hundred…

And baby brother’s,

Name is One,

He’s really a silly and fun-kid…

We went next door,

To the house of the Thousand’s,

They had,

10 dogs,

10 ducks,

10 cows…

And they had 3 kids,

One,Ten, Hundred,

That made me think,

As I stood and wondered,

How’d they have,

The same names as us?

Why weren’t they named,

Brenda or Russ?

But that’s okay,

I won’t make a fuss…

They tossed us 3 candies,

Then we ran like a race,

The thousands were big,

Scared us back to our place…

The next house,

To the left,

On our spooky, dark street…

I wasn’t surprised,

Knew that we’d meet,

The Million’s family,

For they lived next door,

To the thousands’ house…

And we did like before…

We walked up their driveway,

And knocked on their door,

They had three kids,

One,Ten, Hundred,

And that made me think,

As I stood and wondered,

How’d they have,

The same names as us?

Why weren’t they named,

Susanna or Gus?

But that’s okay,

I won’t make any fuss…

If they have 3 kids,

Named just like us,

We’ll get 3 treats,

And that’s a big plus!!!

But when the door opened,

I let out a scream,

The Millions were giant,

Like 2 tons of ice cream!!!

I grabbed,

Sister, Hundred,

I grabbed,

Baby, One,

I closed my ghost eyes,

And we started to run…

We ran from the Millions,

We ran past the Thousands,

We ran past the dogs,

And the ducks,

And the cows…

And we finally got back,

To Mom and Dad’s place,

And I felt like we’d finished,

A 10-mile race…

We got in our spots,

Time to go ‘sleepy,’

And dreamed of the Millions,

So big, and so creepy…

RELATED MATH CHALLENGES

If we didn’t get scared, and continued trick or treating, what family do you think we would have found in the house to the left of the Millions?

If we got 500 pieces of candy at the house of the Thousands, and 500 pieces of candy at the house of the Millions, how many pieces of candy did we get? What place value does that number go to?