The Halloweensie Contest!!! – aahhhroooooOOOOO!

Before we begin the contest, I just want to thank everyone who expressed their concern and sent their thoughts and prayers my way during the storm, and say that I hope all of my friends out there were able to stay safe.  We were lucky here, but I know a lot of people who read this blog were in harm’s way and I hope you and your loved ones are all safe and well.

And now…

It’s the (2nd Annual!) HALLOWEENSIE CONTEST!!!!!

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The Contest:  write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children (title not included in the 100 words), using the words witchbat, and “trick-or-treat.   Your story can be scary, funny or anything in between, poetry or prose, but it will only count for the contest if it includes those 3 words and is 100 words (you can go under, but not over!)  Get it?  Halloweensie – because it’s not very long and it’s for little people 🙂

Post your story on your blog today! – Wednesday October 31 – by 11:59 PM EDT and add your post-specific link to the list below.  If you don’t have a blog and would like to enter, you can simply copy and paste your entry in the comments section.  Then have fun hopping around and reading all the fabulous entries!  Anyone who has trouble commenting, please email me! (susanna[at]susannhill[dot]com)  P.S.  Special Note: due to the chaos and power outages caused by Sandy, if you would like to enter but need a little more time to post, please let me know!  I will extend the deadline out to Friday if that helps anyone!

The Judge: my lovely assistant and I will narrow down the entrants to three (hee hee hee – you know how much trouble I have with only 3, so we’ll see) top choices which will be posted here and voted on for a winner.  The vote will be added to Amy Dixon’s guest post on Monday (because Amy needs Monday since her book is Marathon Mouse and Monday is the day after the NYC marathon (which will hopefully still be able to take place) but we also need to vote for a winner!)  Unless you all let me know by popular vote in the comments that you’d prefer a separate post on a day I usually don’t post – Saturday or Sunday? or next Tuesday?

The Prize:  The winner will receive the INCREDIBLE prize of 5 (that’s FIVE!) brand new picture books personalized and signed by the authors!  These 5 awesome books are: PUZZLED BY PINK by Sarah Frances Hardy, THE MONSTER WHO LOST HIS MEAN by Tiffany Strelitz Haber, THE THREE NINJA PIGS by Corey Rosen Schwartz, MARATHON MOUSE by Amy Dixon, and FLAP! by Alison Hertz.  Great to keep for your own collection or to give to little ones in your life as holiday gifts 🙂  The winner will also be incredibly famous and able to boast that he or she won The Halloweensie Contest… and that is not something most people can say! 🙂

Here is my official sample, cobbled together in the midst of Sandy.  If only she had been as benevolent as the story…

Sandy Candy

Bad weather brewed.
“Windy!” said Wanda.
“Stormy!” said Spellda.
“Halloweenie!” said baby Cauldra.
Just then the lights went out.
“Perfect!” squealed the little witches.  They grabbed their broomsticks and candy cauldrons.  “Let’s trick-or-treat!”
“Sorry,” said Mama Witch.  “Spook Radio just issued a Wild Weather Warning.  All broomsticks grounded.  I’m afraid we’ll have to stay home.”
“No candy?”  Cauldra began to cry.
“We can still have fun,” said Wanda.
They played Pin-The-Bat-In-The Attic.  They sang Monster Mash and danced.  They told ghost stories by jack-o-lantern light.
The front door rattled.
Dad blew in, covered with…
“Candy!” shouted the girls.  “Happy Halloween!”
(99 words)

Here is the first sample I wrote which I’m including just for fun.  It originally had 2 other verses and totaled 176 words… too long!  This version is close though, with 116 words 🙂  What was I thinking?  100 words!  Ouch! 🙂

Topsy-Turvey Halloween

In a spooky old house perched perilously
On the creaky branch of a skeleton tree
Lived Emmeline Witch and her sisters three
But they weren’t as happy as they should be.

Emmeline Witch wiped away a tear.
“I just don’t get why year after year
no trick-or-treaters ever come here.
It totally spoils my Halloween cheer.

Emmeline tried to figure out why.
She puzzled and pondered, then gave a sigh.
“By Jingo, girls!  We’re way too high!
The kids don’t see us when they pass by!

Now Emmeline Witch and her sisters three
are the favorite stop on the Halloween spree,
the only house you’ll ever see
that hangs like a bat from a skeleton tree!

So now, having comforted yourselves with how much better your stories are than these!, everyone please add your post-specific contest entry link to the list below, or paste your story into the comments!  I  CAN’T WAIT to read them!!!

Also, please let me know if you have thoughts about what day to post the vote!

Happy Halloween!!!
(Please be sure to check the comments for entries – already 6 there from Sidney, Linda, Patricia, Larissa, Adele, and Pam!)

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132 thoughts on “The Halloweensie Contest!!! – aahhhroooooOOOOO!

  1. Stacy S. Jensen says:

    I feel like people won't be naming their children Sandy for a while. I like your Sandy Candy one. I don't know why, but this one had me stumped. I wrote multiple versions and eventually just published it. I look forward to all the posts.

  2. Julie says:

    I loved your very apropos story, as well as your witty poem! Thanks for hosting this fun contest, and I'm glad that you are safe and sound!

  3. larissamarks says:

    Happy Halloween, Susanna! Here's my story (EXACTLY 100 words):

    The Little Scaredy Witch

    Chloe was a scaredy witch. She was scared of bats, jack-o-lanterns, and most of all, costumed trick-or-treaters. Her sister Mavis told her, “Don’t be a scaredy witch! You’re supposed to be the one scaring people on Halloween.” With Halloween days away, Chloe worried about the trick-or-treaters who would visit. Maybe she would hide until Halloween was over. She found a sheet, and draped it over her head. Mavis walked in and screamed. “You frightened me!” said Mavis. Chloe suddenly felt braver with her sheet. So on Halloween night, she wore the sheet and happily greeted trick-or-treaters at the door. “Boo!”

  4. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    I had a very hard time with this one too – I chalked it up to my general level of distraction between Sandy and my dad. But I really like how yours came out – terrific! – and I loved your art to go with it!

  5. This Kid Reviews Bks says:

    Sadly, I didn't get enough time to finish my story – it was a whisper down the lane type thing – The witch whispered to the bat, “Trick or Treat”. The bat whispered to the mummy, “Pete said neat.” The mummy whispered to the ghost, “Pizza meat.” and so on but I didn't get it done because I could not think of a good last line… 😦 and things are crazy with no electricity (only a generator that runs now and again)! Good luck to all the contestants! I will enjoy reading them all 🙂 Stay safe everyone!

  6. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    I love the sound of your story, Erik – great idea! And as I mentioned in the post, I will extend the deadline because of the power outages, so if you manage to get it finished before the weekend, you can still enter if you want 🙂 Thanks for trying, and I hope you get your power back soon. Does no power at least mean no school? 🙂

  7. Kim says:

    LOVE your story, Susanna! It's pitch-perfect! (Or should I say “witch-perfect”?!) Glad you're fine and still online! (And no, didn't intend to make a rhyme!)

  8. Iza Trapani says:

    I love your samples, Susanna! You always surprise me with your excellent rhyme! Have you ever considered a rhyming picture book? I look forward to reading all the entries. I'm so glad you are safe. We had no problems here either- not even a power outage. Lucky.

  9. Linda Boyden says:

    I am blog-less so here's my entry:

    A Tricky Halloween
    By Linda Boyden (96 words)

    Witch at our door.
    Bats galore.
    Trick or treats roll
    in the Halloween bowl.

    Costumes on:
    a fairy and wand,
    us pirates in hats
    with swords on our backs.

    Time creeps by.
    “Why? Why? Why?
    Let’s go. Let’s go
    on the Halloween show!”

    Mom says wait
    till the moon awakes.
    It winks and we grin:
    “Now the fun begins!”

    We open the door
    and what’s in store?
    Wind and rain
    make a Halloween pain.

    But Mom thinks quick
    She knows a trick.
    “Umbrellas and the car
    will take us far.”

    Trick or treating done:
    Halloween fun!

  10. pennyklostermann says:

    So glad you're safe. Loved your samples, Susanna! You just know how to put a fun story together no matter what the word limit! I think I would like to play Pin-The-Bat-In-The-Attic. And I love the name Emmeline for your witch!

    Thanks for hosting another great contest. The entries really bring the holiday to life! So much fun!

  11. Robyn Campbell says:

    No time, no way could I finish mine. We had Sandy winds and snow. So electricity/internet was spotty and everything else too. *sigh* Yours are bodacious, Susanna. Love them. They brought a smile to my face. And I needed a smile on my face. Good luck to all.

  12. delores @ thefeatherednest says:

    Glad everyone is safe in your locale. Looking forward to reading all the entries. Mine is under Youngish.

  13. Sidney Schuhmann Levesque says:

    Susanna, glad to hear everything is OK where you are. Thoughts and prayers to those who weren't so fortunate.

    I don't have a blog, so here is my Halloweensie entry (100 words):

    “The Last House”

    Emma didn’t want to open the faded gate, but Jacob insisted.
    “Let’s get this over with,” he said. He adjusted his baseball uniform as he cradled a bat in one hand and a sack of candy in the other.
    The Olson house is their final stop every Halloween.
    Emma climbed the front steps with dread. She paused, smoothing her witch’s costume. Jacob sighed loudly.
    Emma finally knocked. The door opened, and an elderly woman appeared.
    “Trick-or-treat!” Emma said.
    But Mrs. Olson didn’t hear her. She saw only an empty porch. The old woman’s heart sank.

    “Mama loves you,” she whispered.

  14. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    No pressure 🙂 Have a fun-filled educational day at school 🙂

    This Kid Reviews Bks wrote, in response to Susanna Leonard Hill:

    Nope, we have school today. The school has power but we don't 😦 I am thankful we have the generator! That is nice you extended the deadline! I will try to finish the story 🙂 Thank you!

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  15. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    I'm so glad to hear you are safe! I was worried! Thank you for your kind words – I've written a few things in rhyme, just haven't sold any besides the board books. I've only had a chance to read the first 5 entries or so, so I'm really looking forward to reading the rest as they come in! 🙂

  16. Sidney Schuhmann Levesque says:

    I'm enjoying all the stories! So far, I really like Carrie's entry, “A Frightening Contest.” So clever. I was unable to open “Witch's Cocoon” and “A Bat On Her Hat.” Not sure if that's Sandy related.

  17. Patricia Nozell says:

    So glad to hear that you are safe, sound & reasonably dry. We headed to higher ground on Sunday, and managed to avoid the worst of it.

    Loved your stories; what a clever take on the Sandy storm. With Sandy in mind, I wrote the following (99 words):

    Halloween – 2012 (somewhere in the northeastern US)

    Jason scowled and slammed down the scissors. “All done,” he snapped to Jillian, who was tapping and flapping her huge, black wings. “Don’t know why you have to trick-or-treat with Tom and me. You’ll never keep up in this rain.” “But I wanna,” she pouted. “Then hurry up,” Jason shrieked. He scooped up his witch hat and glow-in-the-dark broom. Noticing Jillian’s frog boots, he stopped. “Quick, go grab Bat, Scat and Kit-Kat, then meet me by the garage!”

    “Get in,” he commanded, pointing to the old wooden wagon. “Two bats, two cats, two frogs – your ark awaits.”

  18. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    Thank you, Penny, you're much too kind 🙂 I LOVED your entry, and that great picture that went with it (I forgot to say that in my comment on your blog – did you make that digitally? It was perfect!) Thank YOU so much for always being such an enthusiastic joiner-in and for spreading the word of the contest. You're a gem 🙂

  19. Vivian Kirkfield says:

    Glad so many (including you, Susanna) escaped harm. But for many, the storm was the end of life as they knew it…just makes me realize all the more…how precious each moment is.
    I love your samples…and can't wait to read all the others! That will have to wait for tonight or tomorrow. 🙂 I had posted it last night and went back to change one word…I was afraid 'witches' wouldn't count for 'witch'…so I changed 'bold Lil' to 'witch Lil'…which I don't like as much…but I guess it works. 🙂
    Thanks for hosting the contest, Susanna…the prize package is awesome!

  20. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    Thank you, Robyn. I hope you and yours are all OK – people and ponies. Is Ivy all right? Maybe she can take her mind off her foot by reading all the fabulous stories everyone is putting up 🙂 – as a group they are absolutely AMAZING!

  21. Janet Johnson says:

    So glad you're safe! That storm was just . . . wow.

    And best of luck to all those entering your contest. I (sigh) am getting work done. But can't wait to read the finalists!

  22. pennyklostermann says:

    I made it on my iPad with an app called ScrapPad. It is very easy and made for someone like me with NO drawing skills! It was all background, stickers, and embellishments. My kind of art! After you create it, you can save it as an image and email it. Works for me 🙂

  23. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    Fun, Patricia! Love the ark idea! Very appropriate given the circumstances! Glad you are safe and relatively dry, and that in the midst of it all you found time to write your story! Thanks for joining in the fun! 🙂

  24. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    I know – my heart goes out to everyone who was less fortunate than we were. Thank you for your kind words about the samples – glad you enjoyed them. I loved your entry, which I can't remember if I read last night or this morning – witches is fine if you want to change it back 🙂 Thanks for joining in 🙂 And the entries as a group are downright amazing – you're in for a treat – no tricks! 🙂

  25. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    Wow, that is amazing! I've got a try that… although I guess first I need an ipad 🙂

    pennyklostermann wrote, in response to Susanna Leonard Hill:

    I made it on my iPad with an app called ScrapPad. It is very easy and made for someone like me with NO drawing skills! It was all background, stickers, and embellishments. My kind of art! After you create it, you can save it as an image and email it. Works for me 🙂

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  26. Julie Rowan-Zoch says:

    Thanks again Susanna, for all the contest fun! I liked that you challenged us down to 100 words – even if your 116er is so delightful (got some good images in my head!). Glad too to hear you've weathered Sandy well!

  27. Renee LaTulippe says:

    Just put in my link for “'round a moonlit town”! That was hard to do in 100 words, so there's not much story to it. But I had fun! Will be back over the next couple days to read others, but must skedaddle and get back to work. What treats are you eating today?

  28. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    I know! What was I thinking? 100 words! I barely managed anything – certainly not what I'd call a story! 🙂 And then I look at all these amazing entries and they did such a great job! Can't wait to read yours. And I believe the question, my dear, is not what treats am I eating, but what treats aren't I eating 🙂

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