The 7th Annual Halloweensie Contest aahhhrrrooooOOOOO!

My sincere apologies that the finalists are not going to be listed for your votes until at least Wednesday!  Editorial deadlines… enough said.  I’m so sorry for the delay and will do my very best to get the finalists posted as soon as possible!  Thank you for your patience and understanding ❤ 

Ear of bat and toe of worm!  It’s finally time for. . .


~ for children’s writers ~



The Contest: write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children (children here defined as 12 and under) (title not included in the 100 words), using the words candy corn, monster, and shadow. (Candy corn will be counted as 1 word.)  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. monsters, monstrous, shadowy, shadowed, whathaveyou 🙂  NO ILLUSTRATION NOTES PLEASE! (And yes, you may submit more than one entry if you’re so inclined 🙂 )

Post: your story on your blog between right now this very second and Tuesday October 31st by 11:59 PM EDT and add your post-specific link to the list below.  There will be no Perfect Picture Book or Would You Read It posts for the duration of the contest so the links will stay up for everyone to visit and 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 (please include your byline if your posting handle is something like AwesomeWriter92 so I can identify you.)  If you have difficulty posting in the comments, which unfortunately sometimes happens, you may email your entry to me at susanna[at]susannahill[dot]com and I’ll post it for you.  Please place your entry in the body of the email including your title and byline at the top – NO ATTACHMENTS!
Please Note: although you are welcome to submit more than one entry, please only post each entry ONCE!  If you post it on your blog (preferred method) everyone will come visit you and you’ll make new friends! 🙂  If you don’t have a blog, post it in the comment section below.  If you’re unable to post, please email me with your entry and byline in the body of the email.  Please DO NOT post on your blog, and in the comments, and send me an email to post.  It makes things confusing!
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 devoted 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 6th (sooner if possible, although I’m warning you ahead of time I have a deadline for something else and if time gets dicey the finalists may get posted later.)  The winner will be announced on Thursday November 9th, good lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise 🙂  If we get more than 25 entries, I will post 6 finalists and give prizes for 1st – 3rd.  If by some chance we get the kind of turnout we’ve had the past couple years, I may post as many as 10-12 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 read and Skype critique of a picture book manuscript by the fabulous editor Callie Metler-Smith of Clear Fork/Spork Publishing!!!

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– a spot in Renee LaTulippe’s fantastic INTENSIVE RHYME AND METER SELF-STUDY COURSE!!!


– a 30 minute Skype conversation/critique of a picture book manuscript with the amazingly wonderful and talented author Penny Klostermann!!! (THERE WAS AN OLD DRAGON WHO SWALLOWED A KNIGHT – Random House 2015, A COOKED-UP FAIRY TALE – Random House 2017)

Penny Klostermann

–  a webinar of your choice from among the selection offered by Julie Hedlund on her Teachable site (details of selection choice to be discussed with Julie)

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Julie Hedlund

– a picture book manuscript critique from accomplished author/illustrator Cori Doerrfeld (PENNY LOVES PINK – Little Brown 2011, LITTLE BUNNY FOO FOO: THE REAL STORY – Dial 2012 and the forthcoming THE RABBIT LISTENED – Dial 2018 and THE TRUE ADVENTURES OF ESTHER THE WONDER PIG – Little Brown 2018, and many, many more!)


Cori Doerrfeld

– a picture book manuscript critique from talented author Lynne Marie (HEDGEHOG GOES TO KINDERGARTEN – Scholastic 2011)

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Lynne Marie

– a query letter critique from SubIt Club Founder and fabulous author Heather Burnell (BEDTIME MONSTER – Raven Tree Press 2010, KICK! JUMP! CHOP!: The Adventures of the Ninjabread Man – Sterling 2017)

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Heather Burnell

– an e-pub or PDF copy (winner’s choice) of Linda Ashman‘s Nuts And Bolts Guide To Writing Picture Books. OR a paperback copy of Ann Whitford Paul’s Writing Picture Books: A Hands-On Guide From Story Creation To Publication (on the off chance you don’t already have it 🙂 )

–  a Bundle Of Books from KidLit411 (must be selected by someone in the USA due to postage) which will include picture books and middle grade book, about 7 in total, details still to come.  (Totally awesome for writers, readers, parents, teachers, or gift-givers!!!)

– a personalized signed copy of GRIMELDA AND THE SPOOKTACULAR PET SHOW by Diana Murray PLUS a personalized signed copy of BIG SISTER, LITTLE MONSTER by Andria Rosenbaum
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– a personalized signed copy of MANJHI MOVES A MOUNTAIN by Nancy Churnin


– a copy of MEET WOOF & QUACK by Jamie Swenson and donated by the illustrator, Ryan Sias

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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 lot nuts!), I have some looming deadlines for various things… which is why I may be a little behind getting started reading entries and why the judging may be slightly delayed… just so you know… but I digress!

So, here goes nothing…!

Sneak Attack! (95 words)

Minnie Monster feels forlorn.
How she craves some candy corn!
Why do children have no clue
That monsters covet candy too?
Min peers out the closet door.
Plastic pumpkin on Jen’s floor
Brimming full of trick-or-treat
Surely more than Jen can eat!
What’s a monster girl to do
But help herself to just a few?
Min darts left, then tiptoes right.
Silent, stealthy, out of sight.
Candy corn within her reach,
Min emits a fearful screech!
Hurtles underneath Jen’s bed.
Hides her hairy monster head
From the THING that scared her so –
Nothing but her own shadow!

[And the two lines I had to cut from the end because they took the word count to 105:
Moral of this monster tale?
Don’t filch from another’s pail!  🙂 ]

Now then, darlings!  Is everyone feeling better about their way-better-than-that! stories?  I certainly HOPE so! 🙂

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!!!

Contest Entrants, remember to add your post-specific link to the google form 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 – just go along the list of links, click on them, and enjoy the stories!

Happy Writing and Happy Halloween!!! 🙂  🎃

And don’t miss the 135!!! fabulous entries that are posted in the comments below!  (Unfortunately I can’t make links to them, but please scroll through and read and comment for the talented authors!!!)
1.   Scaredy-Crow Joe – Ingrid
2.   The Bone Spider – Shelemur
3.   The Best In The Bowl – Susan S
4.   Fall Forest Stew At Edora Park – Kristen
5.   Scary To Someone – Vanessa
6.   The Trick In The Treat – Corine
7.   Vampette’s Visions – Katie
8.   Pumpkin Patch – Ryan
9.   The Spooky Night Of Halloween – Nina
10. Screamoween – Lindsay
11. The Baddies’ Curse – Cindy
12. Fangsmith’s Missing Fangs – Ann
13. Shadow Play – Jessica
14. Candy Corn: Sweet Or Scary – Jodi
15. Little Monster’s First Halloween – Kathy M
16. Halloween Blizzard – Marilyn U
17. The Scary Sweet – Megan W
18. The Shadow – Megan W
19. The Neighbor Kid – Viji
20. Dancing In The Moonlight – Kathy E
21. “Knock, Knock” – Jerry
22. Gobblewolly’s Halloweensie Treasure – Jennifer B
23. Raven’s Trick – Sydney
24. Sugar Monster’s Revenge – Sydney
25. Corny Smile Costume – Sheri
26. Unveiled Terror – Deborah
27. Trick Or Treat – Claire
28. Halloween With My Sister – Hilda
29. Sharkcula – Katherine
30. Monster Ball – Marilyn G
31. Happy Halloween Volcano – Barbara
32. Boogley’s Halloween – Chambrae
33. Pumpkin Patch – Summer
34. Victor Frank Bakes A Monster – Chambrae
35. Harry’s Favorite Night – Karen
36. The Monster – Judy V
37. The Candy Corn Monster – Gail
38. The Chilling Search For Candy Corn – Laurie
39. The Candy Corn-Eating Contest – Robin
40.  Witchy – Terri
41. The Purple Monster And The Candy Corn – Janet
42. The Purple Monster – Janet
43. Vampire Has A Sweet Tooth – Judy S
44. Candy Monster – Jennifer G
45. Nitro’s Halloween Surprise – Jenifer
46. Beware The Candy Snatch – Jennifer B
47. The Five Houses On Halloween – Cindy
48. Only Around Halloween – Janie
49. Broomstick Sale – Nina
50. The Candy Corn Monster – Marje
51. The Rumor – Judy V
52. Trick Or Treats For Monster? – Sandy
53. Witch Hiccups – B.L.
54. Manny’s Perfect Costume – Anne
55. Shadows Of The Candy Corn Monster – Sarah
56. A Real Witch – Brook
57. Fright Night – Marty
58. Beware The Great Candy Corn – Jenna
59. In The Ginger House Of Licorice Flax – Megan H
60. Do You Know About… – Robyn
61. I’m Not A Candy Corn – Kristen D
62. Halloween – Bah Humbug! – Susan R
63. Shhh – Michael
64. My Favorite Holiday – Jenna
65. Monster’s Shadow – Marcia
66. A Terrible Monster – Anne L
67. Candy Corn Meadow – Megan H
68. Monster’s Brave Halloween – Dee
69. Halloween – Best Day Ever! – Kathy B
70. The Scariest Monster – Dina
71. Marvin…The Monster – Lucretia
72. A Halloween Feast – Elaine
73. Monster Manners – Cheryl
74. Halloween Goodies – Tiffany
75. Pumpkin P.I. – Heather
76. Who Killed Candy Corn? – Beth
77. Sweet Halloween – Tasha
79. The Candy Corn Trap – Nancy R
80. Halloween Raid – Laura
81. Tricky Nicknames – Valerie
82. Shadow Monster – Jen
83. Monster Shadow – Erin
84. Charlotte’s Colorful Night And The Unstuck Candy – Barbara
85. Monster Had A Little Ghost – Nancy
86. The Quest – Linda
87. Watch Out! – Meryl
88. Monster Mayhem – Mary
89. Monster’s Treat – Bridget
90. The Watcher – Mare
91. Spooky Old House – Sherry F
92. Untitled – Katie S
93. The Monster Ball – Anne S
94. Bathilda’s Scary Surprise – Jennifer J
95. House Hates Halloween – Kaye
96. Not So Scary – Judy C
97. Monster’s Pay Day – Sherri
98. The Scary House – Lauren
99. The History Of Candy Corn – Ashley
100. Jimmy’s Nighttime Guest – Sara
101. Trick Or Treat – Kathy S
102. Freaky Pet – Mandy
103. The Shadow Of The Candy Corn Monster – Jim
104. Lonely Halloween – Sparkle
105. The Truth About Halloween – Keatley
106. Sweet Dreams – Risa
107. Call Backs – Risa
108. Sendak Admirer – Risa
109. Ghosts and Goblins and Gremlins, Oh, My! – Mia
110. Monster’s Woe – Nancy R
111. The Great Candy Corn Debate – Mary M
112. Trick Or Be My Treat – Corine
113. It’s All About The Treats – Sharon E
114. Hildy – Sharon E
115. Monster Imposter – Jeanette
116. Even Ghosts Get Scared – JC
117. Witchie On Her Toes – Kathleen
118. Candy Corn’s Big Night – Sharon W
119. Where Is Lilu? – Veronica
120. Which Witch? – Mary W
121. Oh My! – Judy V
122. No Candy Corn! – Grace
123. Monster Suprise – Mona
124. Shadowy Footsteps – Midge
125. Halloween No Fear – Deborah A
126. Scary Mary’s Halloween Harvest – Amy B
127. Me And My Shadow – Laura G
128. Boycott Halloween – Laura G
129. The Walk Home – JC
130. Candy Corn Mystery – Charlotte S
131. Needed: Halloween Partner – Marjorie
132. Mrs. Smith’s Halloween – Marjorie
133. Monster Jr.’s Halloween – Edna
134. Max’s Halloween Costume – Donna
135. The Scariest House On The Block – Susie

1,018 thoughts on “The 7th Annual Halloweensie Contest aahhhrrrooooOOOOO!

  1. Susanna Leonard Hill says:


    Terri Ross

    (100 words)

    Witchy sat in the shadow of a giant willow tree sipping warm moonlight from a teacup while Midnight, her fluffy pet bat, nibbled on spiders and candy corn. Jack-o-lantern giggled, tickled by the autumn breeze and little monsters sneaked and prowled, grunted and growled, playing hide and seek in the pumpkin patch.

    Witchy wanted Halloween to last forever.

    But when the breeze blew a lullaby darkening Jack-o-lantern’s eyes, Witchy knew it was time for the little monsters to go home. So they shuffled from the pumpkin patch and Witchy waved good-bye, sad to see them turning back into children again.

  2. authorjanetparkinsonbryce says:

    The Purple Monster and the Candy Corn
    by Janet Parkinson Bryce

    The trees shook as Purple Monster walked.
    “Where are you going Purple Monster?”
    “Shhhh, I’m going to where the people live.”
    “I must have some candy corn. It’s Halloween, and It’s the only time I can get some candy corn.”
    “Why do you want candy corn?”
    “It is a very special treat. It’s a delicious, sweet, yellow and orange tiny morsel of sugary yumminess.”
    “The people will see you.”
    “I’ll wait in the shadows and when they’re asleep I’ll grab all the candy corn.”
    “Good luck. I’ll wait here.”
    “Growl, I’m back.”
    “Did you get enough candy corn?”
    “Yes, om nom nom, BURP!”

  3. authorjanetparkinsonbryce says:

    The Purple Monster
    By Janet Parkinson Bryce
    In the dark forest, there was a dark cave.
    And in that dark cave, there was a purple monster.
    And that purple monster, loved yellow and orange candy corn.
    On Halloween night that purple monster walked through the dark, dark shadows.
    He peeked in all the windows of the dark houses in town, looking for some yummy candy corn.
    In the dark, dark houses, everyone was asleep.
    The purple monster, dashed through the dark town. Grabbing all the candy corn he could discover.
    Sitting in his dark, dark cave, he gobbled up all that candy corn. Until the dark, dark night was gone.

    • Jilanne Hoffmann says:

      Love the alternate dark, dark take on the search for candy corn. It’s interesting to see how an author can take a character and create a story with a completely different feel. Thanks for sharing!

    • Susanna Leonard Hill says:

      Nicely written, Janet. I like the alternating “dark, dark” with the “purple monster” and the candy corn! And there’s something in the rhythm of the writing that reminds me of Good Night Moon 🙂 Thanks for another fun entry!

  4. Judy Sobanski says:

    Vampire Has a Sweet Tooth
    by Judy Sobanski
    87 words

    Young Victor Vampire moped because he’d lost his second fang.
    “A toothless ghoul just isn’t cool!” he told his monster gang.
    “I feel ya, dude, said Skelton. “Last year I broke a bone.”
    “My throat was sore,” said Frankie Stein. “I couldn’t growl or moan.”
    Vic huddled in the shadows while he sucked on candy corn.
    “This is the ONLY Halloween I’ve missed since I was born!”
    Then suddenly Vic smiled wide, as happy as could be.
    The candy corn became his fangs,
    “Hey monsters…wait for me!

  5. jennifermaryg says:

    Candy Monster
    by Jennifer Mary Grolemund

    A polite monster lived under my bed. He didn’t eat my toys and he didn’t snore.

    On Halloween night, things changed. He moaned. He groaned. He even knocked on the bedpost. My feet ached from trick-or-treating and I wanted quiet.

    “Go to sleep, monster!” I yelled.

    “Hungry,” he growled.

    “It’s too late to eat,” I said.

    “Hungry,” he growled again.

    “Fine,” I huffed.

    I tiptoed down the hall and got the bowl of candy corn.

    I set it at the foot of the bed. Monster’s shadow crept closer.

    “Goodnight,” I said.

    “Goodnight,” my little brother giggled back.

  6. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    Entry Posted For Jenifer

    Nitro’s Halloween Surprise
    by: Jenifer McNamara

    Nitro, a monstrous orange butterfly, ate only candycorn. It made

    him shine and able to fly in Darkville’s dark skies.

    Darkville’s skies were so dark, people lived underground, and

    hardly every enjoyed the fresh air and dark sky.

    Nitro decided to give the people of Darkville a Halloween surprise.

    On Halloween’s shadowy evening, Nitro took flight with his candycorn.
    He put one candycorn by the root of every plant in Darkville.

    The plant’s shone. Their brightness brought the people to them.
    They gathered around the light, held hands, and sang.

    Their song found Nitro’s ears, and he smiled.

  7. Jennifer Broedel (@JBroedelAuthor) says:

    Entry from Jennifer Broedel ( Twitter: @JBroedelAuthor)
    97 words


    It’s Halloween night, and I’m snug in my bed,
    as visions of candy corn dance in my head.
    The night’s trick-or-treating brought in quite the haul
    of candy bars, lollipops, bubble gum all
    hidden, tucked carefully under my covers.
    And yet, I feel certain a monster still hovers.
    It’s not the dark shadows that trouble me most.
    I fear no rogue werewolf, aged mummy, or ghost.
    The sinister phantom I worry about
    is lurking beside me now, snatching claws out.
    A theft-proof alarm bell just might come in handy…
    My sister wants ALL of my Halloween candy.

  8. Cindy Williams Schrauben says:

    Another … just for fun.
    Cindy Williams Schrauben
    100 words


    At the first house on Halloween,
    a shadow gave to me
    candy corn (the chocolate wannabe).

    At the second house on Halloween,
    a shadow gave to me
    two monster peeps
    and a candy corn (the chocolate wannabe).

    At the third house on Halloween,
    a shadow gave to me
    Three Musketeers,
    two monster peeps,
    and a candy corn (the chocolate wannabe).

    At the fourth house on Halloween,
    a shadow gave to me
    four M&M’s,
    Three Musketeers,
    two monster peeps,
    and a candy corn (the chocolate wannabe).

    At the fifth house on Halloween,
    Susanna said to me
    Or disqualified
    you’ll be.


  9. Janie Riddle says:

    Only Around Halloween
    By Janie Riddle
    Candy corn is made by the Solar Lights Candy Corn Monster.
    The monster has lights shaped like candy corn that the sunlight fills with sugar candy.
    The shadows of the day help the candy become sweet.
    Your candy bag is full. It is time for bed.
    The Solar Lights Candy Corn Monster comes to play.
    It chases away the night shadows.
    The children can see to laugh and play.
    This special monster only comes out once a year when it is time to make candy corn candy.
    See you next Halloween.

  10. Nina Haines says:

    Broomstick Sale
    By Nina Q. Haines

    Halloween Broomstick Sale Tonight.
    Monster asked,” Does it run?”
    “Most nights” Witch fibbed.
    Shadow asked, “How old is it?”
    “200 years,” Witch lied.
    “Why are you selling it?” Monster asked.
    “Candy Corn got stuck in the handle,” Witch said. “The ride’s rough.”
    Monster hopped on.
    “I’ve always wanted a broom, “Monster confessed.
    The broom shot off like a rocket.
    “How do you stop it?”Monster cried.
    “It only switches on,” Witch cackled.
    Monster flew by the moon.
    Children asked, “Where’s the Witch?”
    Witch bought a new wide angle broom with a pen.
    She’s skywriting.
    Happy Halloween!

  11. Marje @ Kyrosmagica says:

    The Candy Corn Monster
    The Candy corn Monster,
    Lives alone.
    They say he gobbles candy.
    They say he doesn’t share.
    They say his tummy’s big,
    I say his yellow, orange and white eyes are bigger.
    He lives alone amongst shadows,
    But I’m not scared.
    I’ll knock on his door with a rat, tat, tat.
    He’ll growl, and growl,
    So I’ll give him a kiss!
    And shine a beam of light in his eyes!
    He’ll drop all of his candy quick,
    I’ll grab it fast!
    See candy corn is for sharing,
    No ifs, no buts, he will see,
    We’re all little monsters, him and me!

    By M J Mallon

  12. Susanna Leonard Hill says:


    The Rumor
    The children hid their candy
    after trick-or-treating
    A rumor had gone out that night
    A rumor worth repeating
    “Hungry monster on the loose,
    candy- he is eating”

    The children were all nervous,
    scared, and quite upset
    They hid their luscious candy corn
    so, the monster would not get.
    Hidden under pillows,
    in drawers with dirty socks,
    hidden in their closets,
    in cabinets with locks

    No matter where they stashed it,
    their candy disappeared
    A monster gobbled all their treats.
    A shadow dark and weird
    A nasty little creature
    hidden in the fog
    not a monster shadow,
    just the family dog.

    © 2017 Judith Valko

  13. Sandy Perlic says:

    Tricks or Treats for Monster? (99 words)

    Candy corn is evil.
    Candy corn is vile.
    A trick-or-treater’s nightmare:
    So stale. So out of style.
    So when I come a-knocking,
    don’t slip me a surprise.
    I don’t want any candy corn,
    just candy BARS (full-size).
    Should you ignore this message,
    you’d better be prepared
    to find the monstrous candy corn
    glued to your underwear.
    —Sincerely, A Candy Corn Hater

    Candy corn is evil.
    Candy corn is vile.
    its taste is overshadowed
    by its modern, en pointe style!
    So even though you tricked me,
    I view it as a treat:
    Your candy-coated underwear
    give me a stylin’ seat!
    —Sincerely, A Candy Corn-Coated Convert

  14. blbachmann says:

    Witch Hiccups (96 words)
    By B.L. Bachmann

    “Eureka! A spell to transform my rickety old broom into a fancy flyer!”

    As Lunora began her incantation, “Hickory-fixery-glittery-zoom,” she got the hiccups. “Treat this ancient–HICCUP–broom!”

    “Drat! Where did it go?”

    Lying in the shadows she found a tiny triangle of orange, yellow, and white.

    “A candy corn?”

    Lunora frantically flipped through her spell book.

    “This is dreadful!”


    “I can’t fly on candy!”


    “Not on–HICCUP–Halloween!”

    Then she heard her cat, Grumbles, munching on something.


    At least now her hiccups were gone.

  15. Susanna Leonard Hill says:



    (100 words)

    Manny still doesn’t have a costume.
    He’s too tall for Yoda,
    too hairy for Shrek,
    too scary for Robin.
    Late for his first Halloween parade,
    he grabs a white sheet and shuffles into town
    as a ghost.
    Dodging his own shadow, Manny slips behind
    pirates, princesses, and werewolves.
    Inching closer to the Fairy Queen’s’ Court,
    his huge webbed feet trip on the sheet.
    “Oh no!” he whimpers. The Halloweeners cheer,
    “Great hair!”
    “Terrific teeth!”
    “Awesome nails!”
    “Bravo!” shouts the Fairy Queen,
    giving Manny a bag of candy corn.
    “That’s the best monster costume ever!”
    He sighs. “No costume. It’s just me.”

  16. Susanna Leonard Hill says:



    Tonight, on Halloween,
    The Candy Corn Monster
    Grabs a light (as eyes gleam)
    And some sweets-his best lure.

    Goes to town in a cab,
    Finds spooky place to park,
    It’s kids he wants to nab,
    As they walk in the dark.

    Sets a candy corn trap,
    Puts a light on – means he’s “home,”
    Hides by a tree of sap,
    Waits as kids start to come.

    Screaming, jumping out,
    He grabs one kid, then two.
    See shadows and a snout?…
    Trick-or-treat, I scared YOU!

  17. Susanna Leonard Hill says:


    A Real Witch by Brook Tayla

    ‘A real witch lives here,’ I said, ‘I’m not going in.’

    The timber shutters clanged against the house.

    The garden grew weeds.

    Spiders dangled from branches.

    A candle reflected eerie, monstery shadows in the window.

    ‘We made an ‘every house’ pact,’ Toby said, nudging me forward.

    I opened the squeaky gate. Toby grabbed me. We snuck up the path.

    I rang the bell.

    The witch opened the door.

    ‘Trrrick or Trrreat,’ I stammered.

    ‘Happy Halloween boys, have some candy corn,’ she smiled.

    Toby reached out his hand. The witch said, ‘BOO!’

    He bolted away. The witch cackled. I laughed uncontrollably.

  18. marty says:

    Fright Night
    by Marty (81 words)

    Monster lurks, among the shadows, waiting to grab a bag of treats.
    Children scamper, unaware, gathering tons of tasty sweets.
    Out of the dark comes a mighty growl, as monster snatches one large sack —
    his Mars Bars-KitKat-candycorn snack!
    Before he gobbles a single bite, a small voice asks, oh so polite,
    “May I have one candy corn please?”
    Big monster stares, turns white, and flees,
    as mouse nibbles treats, perplexed and surprised,
    that suddenly he’s the one holding the prize!

  19. jennawaldman says:

    By Jenna Waldman
    (100 Words)

    Beware of the witches,
    their cackles and scorn!
    Beware of the ghosties,
    eyes dark and forlorn!
    But beware most of all…
    of the Great Candy Corn!

    She wears her fine silks
    while she stalks her poor prey.
    They’re stuck in her maize
    and she’s heading their way.
    Her great shadow looms
    as they scurry away!

    Oh Monster of Corn!
    Great Bringer of Tears!
    It’s Candy, the Corn, she’s
    been haunting for years!
    What’s that? A new plan?!
    Go ahead, I’m all ears!

    The terror’s now over,
    all needed to stop her:

    A kernel of courage…
    and a giant corn popper.

  20. MeganElizabethHoyt (@MeganGlassHoyt) says:

    In the Ginger House of Licorice Flax

    by Megan Hoyt

    When the candy corn shines blue and gray

    and soldiers glare through hollow eyes

    All Hallow’s Eve has come to stay

    In a land built upon lies.

    Frozen children with barren feet

    creep across a divide,

    They wander in undeserved defeat

    to the land where honor died.

    A Monster inhabits his musty cave

    His shadow shudders the walls

    Yet a sturdy banner begins to wave

    In a house with empty halls.

    His icy fingers clutch the latch

    Refusing to give up the key

    To the ginger house of licorice flax

    With an oven prepared for . . .


  21. Susanna Leonard Hill says:


    Do You Know About… By Robyn Campbell

    Velvet the spider

    Who sat down beside her

    to honor All Hallows Eve?

    Making the lass believe,

    feared shadow monsters,

    seemed petty imposters,

    and that candycorn,

    was stuffed with scorn.

    “They duped you, lass,”

    her voice scratchy and crass.

    “They munched curds and whey,

    grabbed the tuft for soiree.”

    Velvet twirled and whirled her web of deceit,

    knitting the lass until complete.

    “You fooled me,” the frightened girl screamed.

    “Damsel, I’m not who I seemed.”

    Velvet spread out huge jaws,

    grabbed the lass with vast claws

    And said, “trick or treat, trick or treat

    I want something good to eat.”

  22. Susanna Leonard Hill says:


    I’m Not a Candy Corn

    By: Kristen Donohue

    I’m not a candy corn. Can’t you see?

    I’m a hat for that miniature monster.

    I’m not a candy corn. Can’t you see?

    I’m the old fingernail of that cackling witch.

    I’m not a candy corn. Can’t you see?

    I’m the whistle for the Halloween Bat Race.

    I’m not a candy corn. Can’t you see?

    I’m the missing tooth of that shadowy vampire.

    I’m not a candy corn. Can’t you see?

    I’m a… I’m a…

    Oh look!

    A tasty fly just for you.

    The perfect spidery treat.

    I told you I’m not a candy corn.

    But just to be safe,


    • Susanna Leonard Hill says:

      Very clever and original, Kristen! Love the candy corn thinking up everything else it could possibly be to escape being eaten by the spider! Thank goodness that fly showed up and gave the opportunity for a get-away! (although… not so good for the fly! 🙂 ) Thanks so much for joining in the fun!

  23. Susanna Leonard Hill says:


    Halloween—Bah Humbug! – by Susan Roberts

    I’m the Bah Humbugger of Halloween!
    Those annoying rascalions pretending they are someone they are not.
    Princesses and kings,
    mummies and ghosts,
    witches and werewolves
    hiding in shadows, scaring kids,
    begging for candy corn to fuel their all-night screams.
    Tired and wired, they are loud, wild monsters.
    Halloween is not for me.

    I’m turning off the lights.

    I’m going to bed!

  24. Michael Sullivan says:


    The space beneath the sink
    with the dish junk shoved to the other side,
    my hands pulling tight on the hanging garbage can
    and the hanging towel holder,
    so not a breath of mine escapes
    my box,
    not a thought of mine that I exist
    and occupy this space.
    The monster followed me home.
    He can smell my breath.
    He can hear my thought,
    and he is hungry,
    so hungry
    for my Halloween spoils.
    I will be too, soon,
    once the last candy corn is gone.
    Then I’ll have to leave.
    Shhh, I feel his shadow.
    “Brother? That you?”

  25. jennawaldman says:

    I couldn’t resist writing another!

    by Jenna Waldman
    (92 Words)

    Have you heard that Halloween
    is just a month away?
    Every night I stay awake,
    just planning for the day!

    I make a list, and check it twice,
    of all the things I need.
    My costume has to look just right.
    My monster must succeed!

    A ball of foam, some poster board,
    red feathers, and hot glue.
    Some candy corn, an old shoehorn,
    a duct tape roll or two…

    A shadow stops my shopping cold.
    It’s Santa on display!
    My costume? Yeah, well that’s old news.
    Christmas! It’s just two months away!

  26. marsue77 says:

    By Marcia S. Nass (87 Words)

    Monster always planned Halloween.
    This made his Shadow angry.
    So, this year, Shadow decided to go it alone.
    He made his own superhero costume.
    He said, “Trick or treat.”
    He got his own candy corn.
    Everything was fine
    UNTIL . . .
    Something dark and creepy started following him.
    “EEEEEEKKKKKKKKK,” he screamed as he ran.
    “Stop! It’s me,” said Monster. “I’m you this Halloween. A shadow.”
    “Ha-ha,” said Shadow.
    “I missed you,” said Monster.
    “Me too,” said Shadow. “But look, we got double the candy corn!!!

  27. anneuro says:

    A Terrible Monster
    by Anne Lipton
    100 words

    Mona Monster sowed magic seeds and sweet-talked her plants.

    “I want to be a farmer,” Mona said.

    The other monsters roared. “Monsters can’t be farmers. Our job is monstering.”

    So Mona hid in the shadows like a good little monster. Only she couldn’t scare a small child.

    The other monsters roared. “You’re a terrible monster!”

    “I know,” said Mona. “But I’m a fiendishly good farmer.”

    She harvested her crop and brought it to market.

    Creatures of every sort wormed out of the woodwork to see what a monster farmer could grow.

    And every Halloween, they return—for Mona’s candy corn.

  28. MeganElizabethHoyt (@MeganGlassHoyt) says:

    Candy Corn Meadow

    by Megan Hoyt

    Little Boy Blue, stop blowing your horn
    while I’m stuck in this meadow of candy corn!

    It’s sticky and striped like an orange raccoon,
    and this cow–the one who leaped over the moon–

    is chomping and drooling in thick orange strands
    while shadowy monsters in marching bands

    climb candy corn hills and laugh and play
    like it’s just an ordinary day.

    Don’t mind me–I’m just one tiny sheep
    stumbling around in this candy corn heap.

    Hobgoblins and toads may find this a delight
    But I’m swimming in chocolate on Halloween night!

  29. Susanna Leonard Hill says:


    Monster’s Brave Halloween
    By Dee English

    Monster’s tooth hurt, and he shuddered as he looked over his shoulder. Oh, no! Shadow was still there and looked enormous.

    “I’m brave.” Monster tripped. OH NO! He scrambled to pick up his candy. “I’m calm.” Monster shivered.

    When he reached for another piece of candy, Shadow did, too. Was Shadow smaller?

    Monster jumped up and ran. Then he crouched and dropped a candy corn. Instantly, Shadow grabbed it, and looked even smaller.

    Monster sprinted up to his house, throwing out candy. He glanced back in the deep dark. Shadow was gone!

    Candy really ISN’T good for you, thought Monster.

  30. Susanna Leonard Hill says:


    Halloween – Best Day Ever! – Kathy Brown

    Sam and Pam were picking out costumes for their first ‘trick or treating’ event.
    They looked at monsterish and funny costumes.
    Sam chose a cowboy costume and Pam chose a princess costume.

    Halloween night finally arrived! Pam liked the to see the shadowed trees while they were ‘trick or treating’. Sam was excited to get his favorite treat, candy corn.

    After lots of ‘trick or treating’ Sam and Pam went home with their parents. They were excited to eat some of their treats.

    Sam and Pam told their parents that ‘trick or treating’ on Halloween was….The Best Day Ever!

  31. Susanna Leonard Hill says:


    The Scariest Monster
    by Dina M. Gold

    Dorothy stuck her thumbs in her ears and wiggled her fingers. She would be the scariest monster during trick-or-treating! Dorothy turned on her flashlight and started down her street.

    Halloween was a success. Dorothy’s bag was full of candy. The sun started to set. Dorothy suddenly noticed a spooky shadow!

    Each step Dorothy took made the shadow bigger and scarier! She ran home. “What’s wrong, little monster?” Dorothy’s mother asked.

    “Sc-scary shadow!” Dorothy panted. Her mother laughed. “Your costume was scary,” she said. “You even scared yourself!” Dorothy realized she had cast the scary shadow! She laughed while eating candy corn.

  32. Lucretia Schafroth says:


    Marvin tucked himself into the corner. He couldn’t risk anyone seeing him lurking…



    for the Trick-or-Treaters.

    He’d prepared for months, laser-focused on tonight’s mission…

    finding the perfect spot…

    mastering a flawless special effect…

    to thoroughly spook the costumed kids.

    As children swarmed onto the porch, Marvin jumped in front of the light…

    striking his ninja pose…

    casting a huge, creepy shadow…

    and screeched, “BOOO!”

    “MONSTER! RUN!” shrieked the kids.

    Dropping their Halloween loot, they careened off the porch.

    Tasting a piece while carrying the bounty to his lair, …

    Marvin, the chipmunk, thought…



  33. Susanna Leonard Hill says:


    Elaine D’Alessandro

    It’s Halloween in Pumpkinville,
    Four brothers couldn’t wait,
    After trick or treating
    They devoured by their gate.

    Some chocolate bars and candy corn,
    Some licorice, red and black,
    Some lollipops and bubblegum
    Stuffed in each one’s sack.

    The monster shared with everyone,
    The scarecrow and the ghosts.
    Then suddenly a shadow
    Loomed and weaved very close.

    It looked like a tall dinosaur
    Stumbling in the night.
    Then without haste Scarecrow groaned,
    “That’s Mom by our street light!”

    Scarecrow shrieked,” We’ll brush our teeth,”
    While Monster stuffed his pocket.
    Ghosts then whispered with a pause,
    “Bet she wants our CHOCOLATE!”

  34. Susanna Leonard Hill says:


    Monster Manners – 89 words
    By Cheryl Johnson

    “Monster want candy corn.”

    “Monster want candy corn right now.”

    “Monster want candy corn RIGHT NOW!”

    “Did you not hear me?”

    “Monster not happy.”

    “Monster not happy right now.”

    “Monster not happy RIGHT NOW!”

    “Shadow stop following me.”

    “Shadow stop following me right now.”

    “Shadow stop following me RIGHT NOW!”

    “Manners? Shadow, did you say manners?”

    “I’d like candy corn.”

    “Manners? Shadow, did you say manners again?”

    “I’d like candy corn, please.”

    “Thank you, Mother Monster.”

    “I love Halloween.”

    “I love Halloween right now.”

    “I love Halloween RIGHT NOW!”

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