The 6th Annual Halloweensie Writing Contest – aahhhrrrooooOOOOO!!!

Ear of frog and toe of newt!  It’s finally time for . . .



The Contest:  write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children (title not included in the 100 words, children here defined as 12 and under), using the words spider, ghost, and moon.   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 🙂  (And yes, I know 100 words is short but that’s part of the fun and the challenge!  We got nearly 150 fantastic entries last year so I know you can do it!)  Also, you may use the words in any form – e.g. moon, moons, mooned, spidery, ghostly, whathaveyou 🙂  No illustration notes please!

Post your story on your blog between right now this very second and Monday October 31st by 11:59 PM EDT and add your post-specific link to the list below.  There will be no Perfect Picture Book post on Friday Oct. 28 so the post and the list of links will stay up all weekend for everyone to enjoy.  If you don’t have a blog and would like to enter, you can simply copy and paste your entry in the comments section below. (Or, if you have difficulty with the comments, which unfortunately sometimes happens, you may email your entry to me and I’ll post it for you! Please place your entry in the body of the email – NO ATTACHMENTS!)  P.S.  Although I try to stay glued to my computer 24/7 I am sometimes forced to leave my desk.  If you haven’t commented on my blog before, your comment won’t show up until I approve it.  It may take a little while if I’m away from my desk.  Likewise, if you send me an entry to post, I promise I will do it as soon as I can!

The Judging: in a grueling marathon over the following days, my lovely assistants and I will narrow down the entrants to 3 top choices (hee hee hee – you know how much trouble I have with only 3, so we’ll see) which will be posted here and voted on for a winner on Monday November 7th.  The winner will be announced on either Wednesday November 9 or Thursday November 10.  If we get more than 20 entries, I will post 6 finalists and give prizes for 1st through 3rd.  If by some chance we get the kind of turn out we did last year, all bets are off.  I may post as many as 10 finalists and I’ll probably end up giving everyone a prize 🙂  But we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it 🙂

Judging criteria will be as follows:

  • 1. Kid-appeal! – These stories are intended for a young audience (ages 12 and under), so we’re looking for stories that children will enjoy and relate to.
  • 2.  Halloweeniness – the rules state a Halloween story, so it must be crystal clear that the story is about Halloween, not just some random spooky night.
  • 3. Quality of story – entries must tell a story, including a main character of some kind and a true story arc even if it’s tiny 🙂  Entries must not be merely descriptions or mood pieces.
  • 4. Quality of Writing: check your spelling, grammar, punctuation etc.  If you’re going to rhyme, give us your best 🙂  Overall writing quality and use of language are also important.
  • 5. Originality and creativity – because that is often what sets one story above another.

The Prizes:

–  a Picture Book Manuscript Critique by wonderful editor Marilyn Brigham of Two Lions!!!


Marilyn Brigham

Marilyn Brigham edits picture books, chapter books, and middle grade for Two Lions, the children’s imprint at Amazon Publishing. Her recent titles include Go to School, Little Monster by Helen Ketteman, illustrated by Bonnie Leick and The Secret Knock Club: The Great Sleep-Under, by Louise Bonnett-Rampersaud, illustrated by Adam McHeffey. She is looking for commercial, character-driven picture books and chapter books; holiday picture books; and widely appealing, high-concept middle grade. She is not currently acquiring board books or nonfiction.

– a Picture Book Manuscript Critique by the fabulous agent Jodell Sadler of Sadler Children’s Literary Agency!!!


Jodell Sadler

– winner’s choice of a Picture Book Manuscript Critique or a 15-minute phone call for all your writerly questions from fantastic author Katy Duffield (LOUD LULA – Two Lions 2015, FARMER MCPEEPERS AND HIS MISSING MILK COWS – Cooper Square Publishing 2003, ALIENS GET THE SNIFFLES TOO – forthcoming from Candlewick, and many other titles)


Katy Duffield

–  winner’s choice of a Picture Book Manuscript Critique or a Query Letter Critique from amazing author Dori Kleber (MORE-IGAMI, Candlewick  2016)


Dori Kleber

– a Picture Book Manuscript Critique from the awesome Vivian Kirkfield, author of the forthcoming SWEET DREAMS, SARAH – Creston Books, 2017) AND personalized signed copies of her wonderful books SHOW ME HOW and the LUCKY DRAW ANTHOLOGY.


Vivian Kirkfield

–  a Bundle Of Books from KidLit411 (must be selected by someone in the USA due to postage) including:
Picture Books:

THEY ALL SAW A CAT by Brendan Wenzel

Middle Grade Books:

SUNNY SIDE UP Jennifer and Matthew Holm

(What a totally awesome book bundle for writers, readers, parents, teachers, or gift-givers!!!)

– a 6 month subscription to One Stop For Writers (value $50)

– an e-pub or PDF copy (winner’s choice) of Linda Ashman‘s Nuts And Bolts Guide To Writing Picture Books.

– a personalized signed copy of THE PEDDLER’S BED by Lauri Fortino


– a personalized signed copy of GRIMELDA THE VERY MESSY WITCH by Diana Murray


Please join me again in thanking these very generous authors and other writing professionals for contributing their books and writing expertise as prizes by visiting their websites and blogs, considering their books and services for holiday or other gift purchases, rating and/or reviewing their books on GoodReads, Amazon, B&N or anywhere else if you like them, or supporting them in any other way you can dream up 🙂

Now then.  Time for my sample entry which I provide because I would never ask you to do anything I wouldn’t do myself.  Also, in case anyone is worried about the quality of their entry they have only to read my truly horrific attempt to be filled with confidence that their’s is MUCH better!  I have to confess, I was really down to the wire this year (my schedule is a little bit nuts!), I have a deadline for tomorrow… which also means I may be a little behind getting started reading entries… just so you know… but I digress!

So, here goes nothing…!

Won’t You Come Into My Parlor…? (100 words)

The Halloweensie Spider was lonesome as could be.
“Nobody ever comes to visit me.
“I know!” she said.  “I’ll plan a big to-do!”
So she sent out invitations to everyone she knew.

The Halloweensie Spider got ready for her guests.
Hot apple cider and candy treasure chests.
Games organized for lots of friendly fun
Like Pumpkin Golf, a Witch Ring Toss, and Find The Skeleton.

The Halloweensie Spider stood at her moonlit door
Greeting the witches, goblins, ghosts, and more.
“So glad you came!” she told them with a smile.
“Forgive my sticky floors, but I hoped you’d stay awhile!”

Everyone feeling better about their stories now?  I should certainly HOPE so! 🙂

Also, this is so weird I just have to share it.  I realized belatedly that totally by chance, my sample entry from last year also included the 3 words from this year.  Look!

Halloween Surprise! (100 words)

Halloween.  Trick-or-treat.
Spooky shadows.  Darkened street.
Suddenly my brother, Jay,
Tugs my arm.  “Let’s go this way!”
He pulls me off the beaten track,
Passes Old Man Clancy’s shack.
Creeping fog licks at our heels.
I don’t like the way this feels.
Something glides in silent flight,
Ghostly shapes against the night.
“Witches!  Let’s go home!” I say.
“Owls.  Let’s go on,” says Jay.
Spidered moonlight through the trees.
Heartbeat pounding.  Shaky knees.
Up ahead this haunted night
Monsters dance by bonfire light!
Turning!  Running!
Costumed monsters end disguise.
Cake and presents, friends who say,
“Happy Halloween Birthday!”

How weird is that?!  But I figured it would be cheating to use it again 🙂

I can’t wait to read all of your entries!  I’m so looking forward to them!  I hope there will be a lot – the more the merrier!  And there are still nearly 5 days to write, so you have time if you haven’t written yet.  Feel free to spread the word to your writing friends as well.  And your reading friends – parents, teachers, etc.  The more people who read and enjoy your stories, the better!!!

So!  I don’t love this link system, but it’s all I have, so my apologies and do your best with it, and let’s hope it works!

Contest Entrants, remember to add your post-specific link to the linky list below so we can all come read your awesome stories!  (Post-specific means not your main blog url, but the actual url of the post that has your story in it – otherwise if you post again before the contest ends, your link will take readers… and judges!… to the wrong place!)

Eager Readers – you ALSO need to click the “click here” to add your entry button on the linky list just to see the list of links.  I apologize profusely for the inconvenience of not having the list visible right here on my site.  But this, apparently, is wordpress…

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Happy Writing and Happy Halloween!!! 🙂

 And don’t miss the 90 fabulous entries in the comments below!
Trick Or Treat – Lesley/Maggie
Untitled – Sherry
Teensy-Weensy Witch Strikes Back – Julie
Candy Korn – Karen
Haunt The Vote –
Moon Spell – Rebecca
Hesper’s Revenge – Michele
Entry #1 – Dave
Entry #2 – Dave
Sylvia’s Best Halloween – Susan
A Little Erie Gift – Kathy
Untitled – Eleanor
What Should Witch Be For Halloween – Robin
The Treat Escape – Maria
Mordecai Moon – Kathryn
Spider’s Halloween Treat – Lisa
Spider And Ghost At Halloween – Polly
Spider’s Scary Night – Claire
Gregor The Ghost – Joan
Spider-Ghost – Kelly
Into The Forest – Kirsten
Spencer Spider: Master Spinner – Lorraine
Halloween Toast – Elizabeth
Goober The Ghost And The Scariest Night Of The Year – Joni
The Sun’s Halloween Party – Alice
The Spiders Who Stole Halloween – Kristen
The Broom Of All Brooms – Tracy
Spiderling’s Ghost Moon – Kathleen
Boo You’re It – Anne
What Owl Didn’t Know – Charlotte
Halloween Dog – Barbara
Itsy And Bitsy’s Halloween Treat – Becky
Monster Chef – Kristy
Sarah Spider’s Curse – Jennifer
Halloween Surprise – Jessica
The Spider Ghost’s Curse – Anne
Little Witch’s Holiday – Jen
Trick Or Treat – Melissa
Little Ghost Lost – Anne
Spider’s Trick Or Treat – Sara
Booboo Ghostie Caught A Sneezy – Ann
BooBoo Finds A Friend – Sydney
Spider And Moon – Jennifer
Entry #1 – Hilary
Entry #2 – Hilary 
The Ghost Of The Moon Spider – Susie
Little Spider’s Magic Halloween – Marty
Gilford’s Halloween – Sarah
Crinkle-Snap – Jill
The Dare – Sandy
On Halloween Night – Rocio
Untitled – Laura
What Spiders Dream – Mike
Sick Or Treat – Candy
The Ghoulie-Gold Fairy – Emily
Little Miss Zombie – Ingrid
Kali And Asha – Jessica & Noah
Trick Or Treat – Marie
Ghost And Spiders – Jerry
Halloween For Real – Mary
The Halloween Moon – Lisa
Everyone’s Afraid Of Something – Debbie
Let’s Trick-Or-Treat! – Katherine
Spider And Ghost – Jim
Ghosts Say Boo – Danielle
Moon’s Halloween – Marilyn
Frankie’s Fabrication – Amanda
The Witch’s Broom – Judy
A Headless Halloween – Jill
Aunt Claire’s Soul Cake – Corinne
Tree’s Halloween Costume – Linda
Beware The Full Moon Halloween – Sharon
Itty Boo Ghost – Monica
Woody Sings On Halloween – Bev
The Spider And The Fly – Gabrielle
Webster’s Spin – Carol
Spider’s Halloween Hunt – Kristen
Scaredy-Cat-Pat – Sara
Ding Dong – Elaine
Ghost Saves Halloween – Jessica
Spiderella – Sam
After Trick-Or-Treat – Kate
Untitled – Heather Elizabeth
Dare – Merriweather
Sticky Candy Bag – Nancy
Moon’s Halloween Surprise – Stefanie
A Halloween Story – Tonya
Pup’s First Halloween – Ellen
One Good Trick Deserves Another – Marc
Four Finicky Ghosties – Shelley
Ready, set, GO!  aahhhrrrooooOOOOO!!!!! 🙂

540 thoughts on “The 6th Annual Halloweensie Writing Contest – aahhhrrrooooOOOOO!!!

  1. Lesley Wells says:

    Here is my entry for Halloweensie writing contest 2016 In name of Maggie Jeffrey


    Polly was excited on Hallowe’en. She loved dressing up, decorations, trick or treating, moonlight and the SCARINESS. She also loved playing tricks on her sister, Penny.
    Tonight Polly had asked a boy from school to dress as a ghost and jump out. Then he would put his remote control spider in a bowl of sweets as Penny was about to take one.
    However when he appeared Penny said ‘Hi Gavin, I saw your shoes’. Polly whispered to Gavin ‘Spider’s in the wrong bowl!’
    As Polly reached to move it, it bit her. It was real, and poisonous.

  2. Sherry Howard says:

    Samantha Spider gazed at the moon, and the moon winked back.

    “We should work together to reach the moon,” Samantha said.

    The spiders wove wonderful webs, and used strong knots to lock them together.

    The web grew larger, and LARGER, and L A R G E R.

    Samantha lifted leg, after leg, after leg (all eight of them) to climb to the end of the web—where she landed on the roof of the mansion. She saw a sky full of ghosts and goblins, but she couldn’t reach the moon—until she hitched a ride on a witch’s broom.

  3. littleredstoryshed says:

    I am so excited that Halloweensie is back that I have put the title of my post and not the title of my story on the Linky Tool link, i hope you can correct it Susanna… being so technically challenged I will post in comments to be sure.

    Teensy-Weensy Witch Strikes Back! /99 words
    By Julie Abery

    A pale moon trembled on Halloween night,
    The teensy-weensy witch danced jiggles of delight.
    Jumping on her broomstick, scooping up her cat,
    Sammy spider poised on her pointy purple hat.
    “We need to fly faster” the giant spider cried.
    “We need a rocket blaster” the teensy witch replied.
    “Quickly, send a sticky web spinning way up high,
    Catch those ghosties unaware, flying through the sky!”
    “Nooooo” wailed the gooey ghosts wishing they had fled.
    The witch and the spider gathered up the thread!
    Tying a humungous bow, they hung them from the moon…
    “Next Halloween can’t come too soon!”

  4. Robyn Campbell says:

    Say huh? Wha? Is it time already???? EGAD, MAN. I must be in th, th TWILIGHT ZONE (cue music).

    Wishing I used those three little golden nuggets last time. MUST work on it. Sus, I am sharing this in Binders. BODACIOUS prizes from a bodaciously awesome, marvelously wonderful, Sus.

    LOVE your story. MWAH!

    • Susanna Leonard Hill says:

      I hear that music, Rob! Spooky! Thanks for sharing in Binders! And I WILL LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR ENTRY (wink wink nudge nudge hint hint!) And thank you for loving my dreadful story – you’re too kind! 🙂 MWAH back atcha! 🙂

  5. Karen LaSalvia says:

    Thanks for hosting this contest! I had so much fun writing for it. What a great exercise – it really made me pour over each word and consider its value. Now, at the risk of staring at a typo for 4 days, I’m going to post early. Good luck everyone and I’m looking forward to reading all the stories!

    Candy Korn
    By Karen LaSalvia

    “Now this is more like it,” said Rolo. “A bowl with a view!”
    “No, it’s bad! I heard about this,” said Twizzler. “They call it… Halloween.”
    “Sounds fun!” said Airhead.
    “It’s a once-a-year candy MASSACRE, Airhead!” said Twizzler. “First, we’re moved to a bowl under the moon, then a bag decorated with ghosts and spiders, then there’s jiggling and jostling…”
    “See? Sounds fun!” insisted Airhead.
    “Shh!” said Rolo.
    “One by one we disappear,” said Twizzler. “With only our clothes left behind!”
    “Spooky!” said Rolo.
    Twizzler continued, “It’ll be okay unless we hear…”

  6. picturebookplaydate says:

    Oh boy…writing in rhyme…here goes…

    Haunt the Vote (87 Words)

    Attention! Election!
    This Halloween night!
    Under the moonlight
    Come vote – it’s your right!

    Spider or Ghost:
    You must choose a side.
    No third party choice
    It’s one scary ride.

    The issue at stake:
    Salty or sweet?
    It cannot be both.
    You must choose one treat.

    Spider liked salty:
    Pretzel, popcorn or chip.
    Especially if
    It came with some dip.

    Ghost liked sweets:
    Chocolates and gummies.
    “Who doesn’t?” Ghost thought,
    “Maybe some mummies…?”

    On Halloween night
    – election disaster –
    We wrote-in “Sour”
    Now a pumpkin’s our master!

  7. R.J. Koehn says:

    Moon Spell

    Hey, baboom, dadoom,
    The witch and the broom,
    The spider jumped over the moon;
    The little ghost Oooed
    To see such skill,
    And the owl began softly to croon.

    Hey, brickle, brackle,
    The witch starts to cackle,
    The spider webbed over the moon;
    The little ghost gaped
    To see such shade,
    And the owl sang his Halloween tune.

    Hey, goblin, squadron,
    The witch and the cauldron,
    The spider delivered the moon;
    The little ghost rushed
    To see the spell,
    And the Owl hooted, “I’ll see you soon!”

  8. Karen (@kelasalvia) says:

    Thanks for hosting this contest! I had so much fun writing for it. What a great exercise – it really made me pour over each word and consider its value. Now, at the risk of staring at a typo for 4 days, I’m going to post early. Good luck everyone and I’m looking forward to reading all the stories!

    Candy Korn
    By Karen LaSalvia

    “Now this is more like it,” said Rolo. “A bowl with a view!”
    “No, it’s bad! I heard about this,” said Twizzler. “They call it… Halloween.”
    “Sounds fun!” said Airhead.
    “It’s a once-a-year candy MASSACRE, Airhead!” said Twizzler. “First, we’re moved to a bowl under the moon, then a bag decorated with ghosts and spiders, then there’s jiggling and jostling…”
    “See? Sounds fun!” insisted Airhead.
    “Shh!” said Rolo.
    “One by one we disappear,” said Twizzler. “With only our clothes left behind!”
    “Spooky!” said Rolo.
    Twizzler continued, “It’ll be okay unless we hear…”

  9. Kidlit Tidbits (@KidlitTidbits) says:

    Hesper’s Revenge (100 words) by Michele Blood

    “Gotcha!” whooped the boot-wielding child.

    One horrifying thwaaap later, Hesper was reduced to a stain in porch corner. There the ghost spider festered for 20 years hatching plans of revenge.

    Hesper lay tomb-still as clowns, cowboys, and cops paraded through puddles of Halloween moonlight. Where was the barbarian? Had Hesper waited too long?

    She recognized the brute instantly. Her hourglass tingled. The costumed fiend still wore boots. Now he carried a long, narrow wand, and sported a white jumpsuit with a diamond-shaped logo.

    Frigid liquid streaked toward Hesper’s underbelly. A familiar voice announced, “Orkin man! I’ll start on the porch.”

  10. Traci Bold says:

    You can find my story on the Linky Tools list! Look for THE HALLOWEEN MOON. Good luck to everyone. I will be reading the entries throughout the day and enjoying all of your creativity!

  11. viviankirkfield says:

    Halloweensie!!!!! Hurray!!!!! Thank you so much, dear Susanna!!!! Your contest makes a fun holiday even better!
    I’ll be posting my link tomorrow…can’t wait to read all the wonderful stories. 😉 And I LOVE yours…so clever. 🙂

  12. Susanna Leonard Hill says:


    Lilly brought her warmed marshmallow towards the picnic table. She sat beside her grandfather and assembled her s’mores. Her grandfather gave a dark chuckle, “It’s a full moon tonight.”

    Lilly knew the game he liked playing. “I’m too old for your Halloween ghost stories pappy.”

    He chuckled again as he got up to leave. “Are you now?”

    She nodded and then felt something tickle the back of her neck. Reaching behind she pushed away at what she thought was her pappy’s hand.

    She felt nothing.

    Working on her s’more again, she found a big hairy spider dangling from her hand.

  13. Susanna Leonard Hill says:


    It was Xavier’s first Halloween. Together they crossed the street to the McDermott’s house. Xavier had seen Mr. McDermott decorating the yard over the past several weeks. It was covered in ghosts and spiders. Now, basked in the full moon, it was scary different. Xavier’s hand held tight around his father’s thumb.

    Xavier reached to push the doorbell but before he did, the door swung open. Out jumped a scary monster. Xavier’s father let out a pained yelp of his own. Then the monster pulled off the mask and there stood Mrs. McDermott with the smile of an angel.

  14. Susanna Leonard Hill says:


    By: Susan Schade
    98 words

    Sylvia loved Halloween. As the moon crept into the sky, she settled into her favorite windowsill spot. She wiggled and tapped all eight legs excitedly as she watched the costume extravaganza outside. Sylvia dreamed of dressing up.
    Suddenly, she shrieked! She was not alone! She flew over fleshy fingers to escape the towering tissue above her. It landed on her head and she raced across the room. Sylvia swung to her web and the tissue floated to the floor.
    The other spiders marveled, “Sylvia, you’re the best ghost we’ve ever seen!” Sylvia smiled. It was the best Halloween.

  15. Kathy Elstad says:

    Thank you for hosting this contest! It’s my first one and it was lots of fun and a little challenging! 100 words is not a lot of words — LOL Here is my entry for the contest! Submitted by Kathy Elstad.

    A Little Erie Gift!
    Ooooh! A creepy night — just right for the little band of ghosts to practice scaring for Halloween!

    Out of the attic window, they flew down, down to the park. Boos and screams were heard and a little sniffle. A little sniffle? Little Boo sadly sat under a tree. A little spider dropped down and asked, “Learning to be scary?” “Yeh,” said Little Boo!

    So Spider spun an unusual web all over Little Boo and off he flew by the light of the moon. An erie glow was seen and screams were heard — “Ahhhhhh!”

    • julie rowan zoch says:

      I posted an ‘almost’ entry – 104 words, so I know it does not qualify, but I hope my adaptation will be something parents, teachers, storytime-tellers might like to use with toddlers too! Thanks for inspiring me, as always, Susanna!!!

  16. Susanna Leonard Hill says:


    Sheryl twisted and turned in bed.
    The full moon lit up her bedroom casting ghostly shadows against her bedroom wall.
    “What was that?” she gasped.
    Her eyes widened when she noticed a huge spider crawling down its web.
    “Mom… help, there’s a bug in my bedroom!”
    Sheryl’s mother swung the door open. She smiled when she saw the critter, and looked towards the window.
    “You needn’t worry. Come and see for yourself. The moonlight reflected its shadow on the wall making it seem larger than it is in reality.”

  17. Susanna Leonard Hill says:


    What Should Witch be for Halloween

    By Robin Brett Wechsler

    (word count: 99)

    The night before Halloween, Witch didn’t know what to be.

    “What can I dress up as?” Witch wailed under the moonlight.

    “We both have a green face,” said Frankenstein. “You be me, and I’ll be you.”

    “Not a boy,” said Witch.

    “At least clothes fit you!” said Skeleton.

    “Can’t you cast a spell and be whatever?” said Ghost.

    “Yes, but I can’t decide!” said Witch.

    “A spider?” suggested Frankenstein.

    “Too creepy!” said Witch.

    “Mmm,” said Mummy.

    “What?” asked Skeleton.

    “Mmmee,” said Mummy.

    “Me?” asked Ghost.

    “ME!” said Witch. “He wants to be himself for Halloween! I’ll be myself too!”

  18. Susanna Leonard Hill says:


    The Treat Escape
    (100 words)
    by Maria Ordish

    Moon slices an escape route through the Halloween mess…
    “I can’t see!” moaned Ghost. “Icing has dripped into my eyes!”
    “Your eyes are made of icing,” said Spider.
    “If Janie comes in and eats us, I’ll crumble.”
    “Perhaps the Gingerbread People have some advice. They hang on a tree
    every year.”
    “I don’t want to be stuck in a box for 11 months!”
    “Let’s roll out the cat door…”
    Moon beams his spotlight.
    “Look Mama! Cookies!”
    “They smell yummy, honey. Try one.”
    “Noooo! They’ll sit on my shelf forever and ever.”
    “Oh, look. Ghost’s eyes are all gooped with icing.”
    “Told you.”

  19. Kathy Elstad says:

    Thank you for hosting this contest! It’s my first one! It was fun and a little challenging 🙂 100 words is not a lot of words — LOL Here is my entry for the contest. Submitted by Kathy Elstad.

    A Little Erie Gift!
    Ooooh! A creepy night — just right for the little band of ghosts to practice scaring for Halloween!

    Out of the attic window, they flew down, down to the park. Boos and screams were heard and a little sniffle. A little sniffle? Little Boo sadly sat under a tree. A little spider dropped down and asked, “Learning to be scary?” “Yeh,” said Little Boo!

    So Spider spun an unusual web all over Little Boo and off he flew by the light of the moon. An erie glow was seen and screams were heard — “Ahhhhhh!”

    • Susanna Leonard Hill says:

      I’m thrilled that this was your first contest, Kathy! Yay you for entering! Love how Spider was wiling to help Little Boo. We all need practice to become good at what we want to do, and we can all use a little help! Thanks for a cute story and for joining in the Halloweensie fun!

      • Kathy Elstad says:

        Susanna, thank you so much for hosting this very fun contest! I am just beginning to think of myself as a writer so I have enjoyed reading all the stories submitted and I have learned so much from all the authors. I am also amazed at reading ALL the personal comments from you! Wow! That is dedication! Thank you, again!

  20. Kathryn Rammell says:

    Mordecai Moon
    by Kathryn Rammell

    Mordecai Moon sat perched in the sky,
    Waxing and waiting for Hallow’s Eve to roll by.

    Doorsteps were haunted, dinner now sweets.
    Kids transformed into monsters to pick up their treats.

    But one group of teens thought ill of the night
    And terrorized children, leaving more than just frights.

    Until one bold ghost stood up to the bunch
    And gave them a scare worth more than a punch.

    Vampires, witches and spiders take note
    From the clever pranks of this devilish ghost.

    Mordecai Moon just laughed from his throne
    And begged the brave child to leave them alone.

  21. Lisa Riddiough says:

    Ok, my story sounds a lot like Sherry Howard’s. But I swear I wrote it yesterday before reading any of the posts today. Great minds and all that!! Happy Halloween!!

    Spider’s Halloween Treat

    “Mama, I want to go to the moon,” said Spider.
    “Be home by 5. Tonight is Halloween!”
    Spider spun a silky ladder. It took until noon to get to the oak tree.
    He eyed the telephone pole.
    That took until 2:15.
    By 4:30 Spider had spun his way to the top of the tallest building in town.
    A witch whooshed by on her broom and snagged his web. Up, up he swept, dangling from her broomstick, all the way to the moon and back. By 5 O’clock!
    “Mama, I –“
    “Perfect timing! Here’s your ghost costume!”

    • Sherry Howard says:

      The same, but different! Wasn’t it fun to use the prompt words? Using times is a great technique. We were taught to use times as a constraint sometimes when writing fiction. It can get the creative juices flowing.

    • Susanna Leonard Hill says:

      I guess it’s kind of the same, Lisa, but not really! It’s amazing how 3 words can produce 150 + different stories, and even when they’re vaguely similar in some way, they’re still unique! Funny – I almost wrote a story where spider dressed up as a ghost too! when I couldn’t get my rhyme scheme to work… but in the end I went with my original idea! Thanks so much for joining in the Halloweensie fun!

  22. Susanna Leonard Hill says:


    Spider and Ghost at Halloween By Polly Owen (98 words)

    Spider and Ghost, set out – unlike most,
    to do a good deed for the day.
    No trickle or treating,
    Just welcoming greetings,
    but still, people just ran away.

    “Oh why don’t they like us?” Ghost said as he wailed,
    the moon coming out, from a cloud.
    They think that we’re scary,
    and I am too hairy.
    And some don’t like help. They’re just proud.

    Then one little girl, skipped along and then fell.
    They rushed to her aide like a pro.
    She looked up and smiled,
    to the screams of “That child!”
    “We’re not helping vampires though!”

  23. Susanna Leonard Hill says:


    Spider’s Scary Night by Claire Bobrow


    “Who’s there?” said Spider.
    He trembled on his web.


    “Who are you?” called Spider.
    His 8 eyes looked this way and that.


    “What do you want?” shrieked Spider.
    He crept to the darkest corner of the web and hid.

    But the moon rose.
    And Spider shone like a black marble in a fishing net.


    Spider ran.
    Quick as lightening, he dropped from a silken thread…

    And landed right on the head of a ghost,
    Who blinked red eyes and moaned:


    Spider fainted
    Into the ghostly candy bowl
    Left on the porch,
    For Halloween.

    • Susanna Leonard Hill says:

      Oh, my! Poor scared spider! Nicely done, Claire! I love how he trembles in his web – so perfect! – and how his 8 eyes looked this way and that, and how he looked like a black marble in a fishing net – great language! And I guess you have to faint, into the candy bowl is a good place to go 🙂 Thanks so much for joining the fun!

  24. Traci Bold says:

    Thank you Susanna for hosting this Halloweenific contest and for arranging the fantastic prizes from: Marilyn Brigham of Two Lions, Jodell Sadler of Sadler Children’s Literary Agency, Katy Duffield. dori Kleber, Vivian Kirkfield, KidLit411, Brendan Wenzel, Sherri Duskey Rinker, Don & Audrey Wood, Sylvia Liu, Jennifer E. Smith, Jennifer & Matthew Holm. Trent Reedy, Gennifer Choldenko, Linda Ashman, Lauri Fortino and Diana Murray.

    p.s. The challenge is so worth it!

    • Susanna Leonard Hill says:

      You’re very welcome, Traci – it’s my pleasure! And the people who donate are so incredibly generous – especially the people I tag for prizes over and over! 🙂 Looking forward to reading your entry!

  25. jeanjames926 says:

    I’m so excited for Halloweensie! This is my favorite time of the year, not even my pile of grad school homework could keep me away. Thank you so much for hosting as usual. I’ll be posting tomorrow. Can’t wait to read all the fabulous entries.

  26. joanleotta says:

    I do have a blog, but would like to take advantage of entering by posting my entry here–this is so much fun!
    Gregor the Ghost
    Gregor the Ghost woke up late afternoon on Halloween, his very favorite day. He would walk along the streets and no one would be afraid! They would think he was just another child in a ghost costume! When the moon was high, he joined the crowds going from house to house for candy.
    He noticed a girl dressed as a green and yellow spider all by herself.
    “What’s wrong ?”
    “No one wants to go with me. They say I’m too scary ”
    Gregor laughed.”Spiders don’t scare me.”
    Ghost and spider gathered candy together. Neither one scared the other!

  27. Kelly Marie Darke says:

    Here is my entry. Thanks for the opportunity Susanna!
    Spider-Ghost by Kelly Darke (100 words)

    Ghosts love Halloween. They usually party all night, but not Moon. Moon sat home reading comics.

    Moon’s friend Shadow rappelled from her web. “Ready to trick-or-treat?

    “Have you looked outside?,” asked Moon. “There are spooky monsters everywhere!”

    “You know you’re a ghost, right?” said Shadow.

    “So,” said Moon.

    “I’ll protect you,” offered Shadow.

    “From mosquitoes, yes. Zombies, no.” Moon continued reading.

    Shadow climbed to the ceiling. Minutes later, a magnificent web drifted down covering Moon.

    “What’s this?,” asked Moon.

    Shadow leaped onto Moon’s chest. “It’s our costume. We are… SPIDER-GHOST!”

    “Cool!” Moon lit up. “Nobody spooks Spider-Ghost. Let’s go!”

  28. kpbock says:

    INTO THE FOREST By Kirsten Bock
    Into forest, dark and deep,
    Hold your treasure tight and creep.
    Creatures huddle, shadows black
    Waiting for a sneak attack.
    Skitter spiders, howling ghosts
    Crunching leaves as dry as toast.
    Full moon glares as bright as day,
    Tries to snatch your prize away.
    Turn the corner, almost there,
    Over inky grass, you tear.
    Through the door, now lock it tight.
    Up the stairs and out of sight.
    Take a breath, you’re safe and sound.
    Not a ghoul or beast around.
    Heartbeat wild and sweaty drip,
    You wonder, was it worth the trip?
    Tip your bag and smile because,
    Yummy candy! ‘Course it was!

  29. Susanna Leonard Hill says:


    By Lorraine Sharma Nelson

    Spencer wanted to be the best web-spinning spider that ever lived. One day, while he was busy working as usual, he noticed the giants hanging strange things on the porch where he lived. One of those things was a fake spider web.
    I can do better than that, Spencer thought. That night, while the full moon shone on the little ghosts and goblins wandering the neighborhood, Spencer set to work. Up and down and side to side, he spun, without stopping.
    When he was done, everyone came to admire the silvery Halloween decoration gracing the front porch of the house.

  30. Elizabeth Saba says:

    This my first time posting although I have heard of your contest before. I love your blog Susanna. Here you go:
    Halloween Toast
    by Elizabeth Wilcox Saba

    Witch stirred her cauldron in the chilly mist,
    As the creatures of the night came to assist.

    By the light of the moon Owl tossed in some mice,
    That made the brew smell quite nice.

    Spider added an apple core,
    That made the brew bubble more.

    Ghost and Goblin tried not to be hasty,
    But they were restless for something tasty.

    “Let it bubble, let it stew,
    Let’s be patient for my brew.”

    Witch sipped, “This is fine,
    creatures of the night get in line.”

    Spider, Owl, Goblin and Ghost,
    Filled their cups for a Halloween toast!

    • Susanna Leonard Hill says:

      Hi Elizabeth! Thank you for your kind words about my blog. I’m so glad you decided to enter the contest this year 🙂 And wow! Mice, apple cores, witch and goblin stew – what could be tastier?! I bet that toast was scrumptious 🙂 Thanks for joining in the fun!

  31. Joni Klein-Higger says:

    By Joni Klein-Higger

    Goober winced at the moon. “Halloween.”

    What frightened Goober wasn’t goblins. Witches. Certainly not ghosts…after all, he was one. No, it was those loud, horrible, sticky-fingered creatures.

    “Trick or treat.”

    “I was here first.”

    “Give me that!”

    With each year, they got worse…
    And worse…
    And worse.

    Goober tried tricking them.
    Scaring them away with spiders.
    He even tried summoning his ghoulish friends for help.
    Nothing worked!

    “I’ll never have a happy Halloween again,” Goober cried. “BOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOO.”

    “What was that?” the children shrieked.




    “Ah.” Goober smiled at the moon. “Halloween.”

    And he lived hauntingly…

  32. Alice Caldwell says:

    Such a fun contest, here is my entry.

    The Sun’s Halloween Party
    By Alice Caldwell
    (100 words)

    Everyone was excited about the Sun’s Halloween party. The Stars were going as a rock band. A satellite was going as a robot. Earth was going as a spider. And the Moon wasn’t going. He was scared of all things spooky. That is why he only comes out at night. In the dark he can’t see all the things that scare him. Earth got an idea. She found a large sheet and cut two holes in it, and tossed it over the Moon. Under the sheet it was dark, and the Moon felt safe partying in his great ghost costume.

    • Susanna Leonard Hill says:

      What a clever and creative idea, Alice! Love that Sun has a Halloween Party and that all the space characters go dressed up! And how nice of Earth to find a costume for Moon that would allow him to feel safe so he could enjoy Halloween too! Nice job! Thanks so much for joining in the contest fun!

  33. kjfoote says:

    The Spiders who Stole Halloween (93 words)
    By: Kristen Foote

    “Halloween should be OUR night!
    With 8 long legs, we’re BORN to fright!

    While ghosts and witches stew hot liver,
    WE make bearded grown men quiver!

    Candy? WHAT?? How’s THAT a thing?
    ‘Cause sweets can’t scare, beware, or sting!

    So coat the town with webs wove wide!
    Don’t leave an inch of space to hide!

    And while scared children trick-or-treat,
    they’ll shriek, “AHHHH!!! SPIDERS rule this street!””

    The moon danced through their webs, un-feared.
    “How pretty!” trick-or-treaters cheered.

    “Oh well. The costumed kids are right.
    We have all year. Who needs one night?”

  34. chattytcp says:

    Aahhhrrroooooooo is right, Susanna Leonard Hill! What an amazing contest. I really enjoyed exercising my writing muscle on this one. Thanks for hosting and good luck everyone. It is always such a delight reading all the entries. Happy Halloweensie!!!! Here is my contribution below.

    The Broom of All Brooms (100 words)

    The moon shone bright this Halloween night.
    All prepared for an evening of fright.
    The squeaky black bats flapped and flew.
    The eight-legged spiders spun up some goo.
    Spooky white ghosts floated high in the sky.
    Booing and hissing when tricksters strolled by.
    Witchy witches were whining
    because their brooms weren’t flying.
    So all of the bats, the spiders and ghosts too,
    Thought and thought about what to do.
    The spiders spun a broom of all brooms,
    With silky wings and floaty ghost things.
    Now with the help of a favorite few,
    The witchy witches flapped and they flew.

      • chattytcp says:

        Oh my goodness, Susanna, what an amazing response to your contest and so many fabulous entries! How are you ever going to choose? I wish you could compile them all in a book so everyone could continually revisit. I would love to read these to my class every Halloween. Thanks for all your time putting it together. I’m sure you and the judges will be agonizing over this one, in a fun Halloweensie way!

  35. Susanna Leonard Hill says:


    Spiderling’s Ghost Moon

    By Kathleen Mazurowski

    Crisp air fluttered through golden and crimson leaves.
    “It’s time for extra spinning. I’ve dreamt that my web was chosen for the Ghost Moon,” said Spiderling.
    He checked his work. “A little sticky,” thought Spiderling and kept spinning.
    “I need to tighten it,” said Spiderling.
    Using his new spider skills, he kept spinning a ghostly pattern.
    Witches gathered to select the best web for this year’s Ghost Moon.
    “This one’s gooey,” said one witch.
    “This one’s too droopy,” said another witch.
    “This one shows advanced web-making skills,” said all the witches. “This year’s Ghost Moon web is Spiderling’s!”

  36. Susanna Leonard Hill says:


    Boo, You’re It by Anne Sawan

    “Boo, you’re it!” said Ghost.
    “No fair.” Grumbled Spider. “I can’t see you.”

    “You’re right. I guess it’s no fun playing Halloween tag with a ghost.” Said Ghost.

    “I forgot, it’s Halloween! Said Spider. “We get to make a wish on the moon tonight!”

    Ghost looked up at the sky. “I wish I wasn’t invisible.” She said.

    Spider began to spin. “Here, try this on.”

    Ghost slipped into the silky threads. “I’m not invisible anymore! Thank you Spider for making my Halloween wish come true, but what did you wish for?”

    Spider smiled and said, “Boo, you’re it!”

  37. Susanna Leonard Hill says:


    What Owl Didn’t Know
    by Charlotte Sheer

    Owl is heard, though rarely seen,
    “Whoooooo will come out
    for this year’s Halloween?”

    Children in costumes, with masks on their eyes,
    step into the dark, feeling brave in disguise.
    “BOO!” they shout, attempting to scare,
    while sights that are spooky
    appear in the air.
    Mysterious moon glows through mist and gray trees.
    The whoosh and white billows of ghosts chase the breeze,
    while crackling dead leaves in the air fly around,
    and spider-like shadows are cast on the ground.

    “Where are you going?” Owl hoots, swooping low,
    “Home…because Trick-or-Treat Night’s tomorrow!”

    • Susanna Leonard Hill says:

      What a fun entry, Charlotte! Poor Owl – I can relate! So easy to lose track of the days, especially if you’re looking forward to something and eager for it to arrive! Nice depiction of Halloween mood! Thanks so much for joining in the contest!

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