This vintage poem titled Halloween Frolic, by Helen Gray Cone, tells of a little witch who tried a merry spell to make the hares come to her from dingle and from dell. The little witch gave the hares names such as Fairy-foot, Sparkle-eyes, Fine-ear, Bob and Bun. When the little with told the hares what she willed, they stamped and leaped in glee. Only the sleepy owlet in the tree knows the secrets the little witch spoke of – but she would never tell. The page includes an illustration of the little witch talking to the hares in the forest and an owl perched on a tree branch. A full moon is in the background illuminating the scene.
I scanned the original poem from the November 1892 issue of St. Nicholas magazine.