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:


    Halloween Goodies
    By Tiffany Painter

    The tired little monster dragged his Halloween bag home. He dumped his candy on the floor. The sight of wrappers gave him new energy. He pawed his collection of goodies, stopping at a wrapper. He opened the bag and poured out the special Halloween carrots. After picking one up, he bit off the white tip. Next, he nibbled off the yellow bottom. Before he could go for the orange middle, a shadow fell across the candy. His mother grabbed one of the candy corns and tossed the whole thing into her mouth at once. Monster giggled at his mother.

  2. Heather Preusser says:

    Pumpkin P.I. by Heather Preusser (100 words)

    I was creepin’ it real when a trick-or-treating ghost floated into the office.

    “Someone stole my Halloween candy!” The ghost looked pale, like he had seen his own shadow. Not that ghosts have shadows.

    “That’s monstrous,” I said. “I’ll patch things up.” My money was on Witch. Not that I have use for money.

    We cut through town. The ghost was getting on my gourd when I found a trail of candy corn. It led to my next of pump-kin, my cousin’s Jack’s house. We caught him red-handed. Not that he has hands.

    “Sorry,” he said. “I was feeling empty inside.”

  3. Susanna Leonard Hill says:


    Who Killed Candy Corn?

    Beth Brody

    Monster raced away, ‘round the corner, through the alleyways. Misty shadows enveloped his skyscraper frame. He ran from pulsing blue police lights, the wail of an ambulance too near.

    Children, masks undone, pantomimed great height, pointed in the direction he ran. Wept as they watched paramedics come, lift her off the sidewalk onto a gurney, and speed away.

    All that was left was a thick chalk outline shaped like a triangle. No more bright stripes of orange, yellow, and white to sweeten their Halloween night.

    Candy Corn was dead. Monster had loved her. Perhaps too much?

    We might never know.

  4. Tasha Hilderman says:

    Sweet Halloween (100 words)

    Candy Corn did not like Halloween. She liked things sweet, not scary.
    All day she did her best to avoid ghosts, ghouls and monsters.
    Then came the night. Candy stayed up late watching Christmas movies to keep her mind off the trick or treaters.
    Suddenly she heard a noise.
    She held her breath.
    A sinister looking shadow climbed up the walls.
    She closed her eyes.
    A cold wind blew through the house. SLAM! She heard footsteps getting louder and louder.
    “Candy I’m home!”
    “Mom you scared me!”
    “Sorry! I brought you a Halloween treat!”
    Halloween was sweet after all!

  5. nancyriley7 says:

    The Candy Corn Trap 99 words
    Nancy Riley

    Plink, plink. Andrew dropped candy corns from a tiny hole in the wall to a cage across the room. He waited in his Lion King costume. A pair of tiny eyes peered from the hole. “I’m gonna catch that mouse,” he whispered.
    Glowing green eyes watched from behind the boy. Suddenly, a monstrous shadow appeared on the wall above the hole. Giant claws. Sharp fangs. Pointy ears.
    “No!” squeaked Andrew.
    “Growl!” The shadow pounced on him. “Come on, Andrew. Time to trick-or-treat!” Emma dragged her brother out the door.
    The mouse scurried to the first candy and began to nibble.

  6. Laura Jensen Bower says:

    Halloween Raid (100 words)
    By Laura Bower

    I tiptoed softly down the hall
    and saw a shadow on the wall.
    A ghastly monster? Could it be?
    Looming right in front of me?
    I heard a roar and scary snort
    and stumbled back into my fort.
    I grabbed my shield, my biggest sword.
    “Get out of here!” I bravely roared.
    I flicked the lights and charged ahead.
    I knew I should have stayed in bed.
    When I opened up my eyes –
    I was shocked. A true surprise
    to see my mother standing there
    with chocolate oozing through her hair.
    My basket empty, wrappers torn.
    The one survivor? Candy corn.

  7. cantsing1 says:

    Tricky Nicknames by Valerie McPherson

    Everyone in kindergarten had nicknames. But Elvira hated hers. Candy Corn because she was sweet and lived near corn fields.
    She begged her friends to change it.
    “It’s you, Candy Corn!”
    Elvira devised a plan, a party on Halloween night. As everyone gathered, Elvira secretly climbed the corn husk sculpture she had built. High overhead, Elvira flipped a switch. Lights flashed across the fields.
    Now she had their attention!
    “My name is not Candy Corn, it’s . . . ”
    “Shadow Monster!” a voice shrieked. “Run!”
    “A perfect nickname for Candy Corn!” one friend cried. Everyone agreed.
    Shadow Monster? Cool! Elvira smiled, climbed down and joined the party.

  8. Jen Bagan says:

    SHADOW MONSTER by Jen Bagan

    Monster and Shadow were inseparable.

    For most of the year they perfected recipes, dabbled in pottery and played Scrabble.

    But on Halloween ….

    “Monster, don’t go! Let’s make candy corn soup!” pleaded Shadow.

    Monster shook his head. “You know the Monster Handbook says I have to be scary at least

    once per year.”

    Shadow stayed close while Monster monstered …hard. Hurry up already, thought Shadow. I

    want to go home.

    Suddenly Shadow heard a rustling from behind. Amid the swirling leaves was a dark, looming


    “RUN!!” screamed Shadow.

    Monster laughed. “Shadow, that’s just you. Come on, let’s make that soup.”

    • willowwrites says:

      Please feel free to delete this post with the blog link. I wasn’t sure if my pingback above Oh, Fudge! – Living in the Corner of a Vortex – worked as I didn’t get an accept pingback notice.
      Fun contest, thanks for the opportunity and for all those fab people offering prizes! You all are awesome!

  9. Susanna Leonard Hill says:


    MONSTER SHADOW – Erin Brady

    I’m afraid of my shadow, don’t tell anyone, please. I’m a monster! I’m not supposed to be afraid.

    Monsters are scary, they’re not supposed to be afraid. But my shadow, is BIG and dark. It’s everywhere I go. There is no escaping it. If I run fast it’s there. If I hide in the corner it’s STILL there. My shadow just wont give up.

    I wonder why my shadow is bigger than me. Hmmm. You know what’s not scary, candy corns. My shadow really likes candy corns. Sometimes we eat them together and I see my shadow smile.

  10. Susanna Leonard Hill says:


    Charlotte’s Colorful Night and the Unstuck Candy
    Barbara Sharf
    100 words

    Charlotte’s school uniform was black and white. Boring. She loved bright colors.

    Last year Charlotte was a beach ball. The year before a rainbow. Tonight she was candy corn.

    Tree limbs hung over the street like monster arms. Trick or treaters crept from house to house.

    Charlotte cast a shadow of a tortilla chip. She had pasted candy corn onto her sneakers. With each step they fell off. Hoover, her dog, wasn’t far behind vacuuming up each kernel. A glue stick, popcorn, cheese puffs, and banana taffy were in her bag. Done!

    Yes, Charlotte loved colors. Now witch house had jelly beans?

  11. Susanna Leonard Hill says:


    MONSTER HAD A LITTLE GHOST – Nancy Granberry

    The monster had a little ghost.
    Its sheet was white as snow.
    And everywhere the monster went
    The ghost was sure to go.

    He followed her to trick or treat
    Around the neighborhood.
    They collected lots of candy corn
    And chocolate…mmm, so good!

    The monster roared and showed her fangs.
    The ghost was pretty shy.
    He jumped at shadows on the street
    And once he almost cried.

    The monster whispered to the ghost
    That he should tell her, ‘Boo!’
    He did, then giggled and felt brave
    When the monster said, “Boo, who?”

  12. Susanna Leonard Hill says:


    by Linda Staszak. 89 words

    Among the trees, the monsters lurked,
    The shadows hid their faces,
    And one by one they tiptoed out
    From favorite hiding places.

    Past jack-o-lanterns’ evil grins
    And flying bats and witches,
    And howling ghouls and screeching spooks,
    They crawled with jerks and twitches.

    The moonlight cast an eerie glow
    On those who ventured out,
    And tho’ the night was full of fright
    The creatures prowled about.

    The monsters dared to carry on,
    Their quest was nearly done
    Candy corn field up ahead!
    Hooray! Wow, that was fun!

  13. Susanna Leonard Hill says:


    by Meryl Cullom

    Halloween is very scary.
    Spiders creep on legs so hairy.
    Witches lurk so please be wary.
    Watch out. Watch OUT! WATCH!!

    Every corner, shadows leaking.
    Every doorway, ghosts are peeking.
    What is all that eerie squeaking?
    Watch out. WATCH OUT! WATCH!!

    Outside there is trick or treating,
    Candy corn and chocolate eating.
    Loud and hard my heartbeat beating?

    Monsters made without a head,
    Skeletons that cause you dread,
    Should be scared of ME instead!

  14. Susanna Leonard Hill says:


    Monster Mayhem


    Mary A. Zychowicz

    Shadowville prepared for the annual Halloween party!

    Everyone was invited except….


    After the unfortunate events at the last party, Monster was not invited back.

    Last year, Little Witch whirled in. “Whee!”

    Ghost glided through. “Booooo!”

    Vampire vaulted down. “Screeeech!”

    Everyone nibbled candy corn and danced…

    Until… Monster came.

    He danced. Boom! The floor shook. The table toppled.

    No Monster this year, it was decided.

    Butw hen the party began,

    Witch said, “Something’s missing.”

    “Yes”, agreed Ghost.

    “Monster”, said Vampire.

    “Let’s go get him.”

    Monster was happy!

    Everyone agreed, it was better with Monster there to shake things up.

  15. Susanna Leonard Hill says:


    Monster’s Treat – Bridget Westerlund

    On the night of Halloween a monster was lurking in the shadows. The monster’s name you may ask is Marshmallow.This night was the only night Marshmallow could show his face. The only reason Marshmallow showed up was because he loved… CANDYCORN!!! You may think that’s not normal but all monsters Love candy corn. The one problem is he doesn’t go trick-or-treating. He may ask it from you. Now on Halloween if he asks candycorn from you, what will you do? Will you give him the sweet treat or will you run?

  16. Susanna Leonard Hill says:



    by Mare Hagarty

    “Sleep, Henry!” growls Stella, my sitter.

    But it’s still Halloween and I have a trick.

    I wait.

    And wait…

    Finally, I creep downstairs.

    Stella is snorting. Scrunching my eyes, I scurry past the beasts on TV. Stella loves
    shrieky movies.

    I don’t.

    But in the kitchen, by moonlight, my shadow is the monster. I waggle my fingers and

    Then I spy the bowl.

    “Rrrroooaar! I’m coming for you!”

    I dig in with both hands. My pajamas have giant pockets.




    “Henry???” Stella’s voice quivers.

    “It’s The Candy Corn Creature! GRRRRRRRR! Go back to dreaming, Stella. If you can…”

  17. Susanna Leonard Hill says:


    SPOOKY OLD HOUSE By: Sherry Fellores

    A Monster, a witch, and a ghost

    Making our way down the sidewalk.

    On a quest for candy corn and more,

    Our bags are abundant with loot.

    Crunching leaves, fingers cold to the bone,

    Illuminated pumpkins on every porch.

    Shadows dance in the dark,

    As moonlight hits the ground.

    Just ahead, a spooky old house, unwelcoming.

    Do they dare?

    Creaking gate, shaking knees, and pounding hearts.

    A shivering finger rings the bell.

    The door screeches open.

    “T-T-Trick or treat”

    “A trick for sure…you’re just in time for dinner.” A guttural voice says.

    Running feet, running fast…Whew, safe at last!

  18. Katie Simpson says:

    Halloween is a tough time to be a candy corn.
    Grik blinked back tears remembering the tragic year his mum was eaten.
    Brothers, sisters, grandparents, all heartlessly gobbled up.
    But no longer! No more would little monsters smilingly destroy his kind.
    Heavily armed, ready to fight to the death, this time he wouldn’t hide in the shadows.
    “Pow, pow!” He opened fire on the costumed feet stomping up the path.
    “Ouch!” A mini witch complained and raised her foot to rub it.
    “So, this is how it ends,” Grik recognized as the foot descended, “not eaten, but squashed.”

  19. Anne Cavanaugh Sawan says:

    The Monster Ball

    Rocking around at the monster ball
    it’s the Halloween creepy hop.
    Spider webs hung where you can see,
    as shadowy creatures start to bop.

    You will get that freaky sort of feeling
    when you see,
    Witches waltzing with their brooms,
    black cats twirling around the room.

    Rocking around at the monster ball,
    have some candy corn and cake.
    Devils jumping up and down
    while they do the spooky shake.

    Rocking around at the monster ball,
    let the ghostly spirit ring.
    Skeletons bow and bend their bones
    while all the Mummies croon and sing.

    You will get that Halloween sort of feeling
    when you see,
    Frankenstein twist and grooving,
    muddy zombies can’t stop moving.

  20. Jennifer Cole Judd says:

    By Jennifer Cole Judd (94 words)

    Bathilda haunts the shadowed streets,
    watching kids munch trick-or-treats.
    She moans: “There are no treats for me,
    when those monsters all run free!
    Candy corn and gummi bears–
    I get nothing for my scares!
    On Halloween, I’m always bored,
    but this year, I won’t be ignored.”
    Into the moonlight, thin and pale,
    she leaps and groans a ghastly wail.
    The startled children flee in fright.
    Bathilda cackles with delight.
    She gathers up forgotten snacks
    from all of the abandoned sacks.
    Then moans again, “It all looks sweet,
    but I forgot that ghosts can’t eat!”

  21. Kaye Baillie says:


    The house on the hill groaned.
    ‘Not Halloween again.’

    The leaves on its roof turned to sludge.
    Straight walls slouched.
    Windows grew grey and gritty.
    And its blinds banged shut.

    Then Monster arrived spilling candy corn.
    Spiders spun sticky webs
    bats squeaked
    rats freaked
    and black cats ran amok!

    Then the full moon shone
    and House cast its spooky shadow,
    opened its creaky door …
    in burst creepy children galore.
    Tricks were played
    treats were gobbled,

    but worse was yet to come.

    Witchy witch flew home next morn.
    ‘You’d better clean up this mess!’

  22. Judy Cooper says:

    NOT SO SCARY – by Judy Cooper

    What’s that?
    A giant black bat?
    It’s my neighbor, Pat.

    Is that a wizard or a witch?
    It’s my very good friend, Mitch.

    Is that a monster… with skin that’s green?
    It’s my little cousin, Jean.

    What’s that shadowy buggy mess?
    It’s only my big sister, Tess.

    A ghost!
    Wait. That’s not so scary.
    It’s only my best buddy, Larry.

    I’m now ready to go door-to-door.
    I won’t be a scaredy cat
    or a bore.

    The only scary thing
    since the day I was born
    is that horrible, awful…

  23. Susanna Leonard Hill says:


    MONSTER’S PAY DAY – Sherri Rivers

    Monster Snickered. He put on his costume, dressing up as the friendly neighbor Mr. Goodbar.
    He coordinated his candy stash and waited.

    Ding! Dong!

    Shadows of approaching figures emerged.

    “Trick or Treat!” said Kit, dressed as a cat. Monster lowered the bowl. Kit cornered a Kit Kat.

    “Thank you, Mr. Goodbar.”

    “Twick or Tweat,” said baby Candy, the youngest of the Corn sisters.
    Monster let her choose.

    “Oooh, me like Candy Corn.”

    Suddenly a Star Burst from the sky, lighting the night.

    “You’re not Mr. Goodbar,” said 3 young Musketeers.

    Monster was busted, but he had made Mounds of friends this Halloween.

    Pay Day!

  24. Susanna Leonard Hill says:


    The Scary House
    By Lauren Barbieri

    Ani froze at the gate. Thumps pulsed and shadows flitted across the windows. “I’ll wait here!”

    “Too scared?” Jae sneered.

    “No,” Ani sniffed. “My bag is heavy.”

    “But you wanted more candy,” Jae said.

    Ani took a deep breath, snuggled into her hood, and shuffled to the door.



    “Trick or—”

    ….a-bop-beep, a-BOP-BAM-BOO! The music blared and…

    Monsters with candy corn teeth swayed, licorice hair swinging. Skeletons jiggled and wiggled. Spiders bounced on web trampolines.

    A ghost wearing a kid-face mask whirled to the door. “Dance with us!”

    Ani grinned and…

    …twisted and bopped to the dance floor.

  25. Ashley Samuel Pierson says:


    A monster gathering was underway for the annual Halloween bash. Vampire brought bat truffles to sink their teeth into. Werewolf brought howling hot dogs, and Zombie brought…..

    “Something no one likes,” said Witch.

    “Another Zombie fail,” laughed Ghost.

    A shadow seemed to fall over the party. Disappointed monsters gathered around Zombie. He passed around a tri-color treat among grumbles and sneers.

    “A treat all the way from Philadelphia, it’s called candy corn and new this year. I predict it will be a Halloween favorite,” he said.

    One taste and they agreed.

    “Zombie, you did a wickedly good job,” said Witch.

  26. Sara Gentry says:

    Thanks for another fun contest, Susanna!

    Jimmy’s Nighttime Guest (97 words)
    by Sara Gentry

    Jimmy lay awake in bed,
    quaking, shaking, filled with dread.
    Shadows cast upon the wall
    must mean monsters came to call.

    One stood like a triangle,
    pointy, tall, and terrible.
    Jimmy wondered if this beast
    hunted for its dinner feast.

    Peeking out behind his sheet,
    bracing for a sure defeat,
    waiting for a monster raid,
    Jimmy felt his courage fade.

    Trembling in his bed with fright,
    Jimmy reached out for the light,
    never to expect this sight.

    Resting on the radio,
    something blocked his night-light’s glow.
    Not a monster’s tooth or horn –
    one small piece of candy corn!

  27. Susanna Leonard Hill says:



    Trick or Treat
    Down my street
    Give me candy
    Corn to eat.

    If you don’t
    Just beware
    I’ll give you
    A monstrous scare!

    Trick or Treat
    In my sheet
    Ghostly shadows
    On my beat.

    Door to door
    Shouting, “BOO!”
    Give a Treat or
    I’ll trick you!

    Trick or Treat
    Weary feet
    Bag is stuffed
    With tempting sweets.

    Teeth are brushed
    Story read
    Ghostly monster’s
    Tucked in bed.

    Goodnight Halloween!
    by Kathy Shanahan

  28. Susanna Leonard Hill says:


    Freaky Pet
    By Mandy Langlois

    Frank knew that Margaret was gonna freak when she saw his pet.

    Dressed in monster gear, he grabbed the mechanical alligator and set out for her house.

    Feeling smug he stood and bellowed,

    In a flash Margaret was there handing him candy corn,
    she didn’t even glance at the alligator.

    Behind her was something huge.
    A huge, dark, shadowy…. something!?
    What was that?


    “Trick or treat, don’t drag your feet
    Run,run, run or you’re DEAD MEAT!”

    Frank stared in horror.

    Margaret laughed.

    The bear removed it’s head,

    “Get over hear buddy,

    Happy Halloween!!”

  29. jimchaize (@jchaize1) says:

    The Shadow of the Candy Corn Monster
    By Jim Chaize
    On Halloween, my plastic pumpkin overflowed with lollipops, chocolates, and my all-time favorite, candy corn.
    Sugary triangles of orange, yellow and white. I counted seventy-eight pieces.
    My smile glowed brighter than a jack-o-lantern, before a roar filled the air.
    A shadow crept across my room.
    I dove under the covers. My body shook.
    Claws raked across my bed, over and over. I screamed!
    The room finally brightened. I peeked out.
    The monster was gone. I still had my chocolates, lollipops, and seventy-eight …
    “Hey, where’s my candy corn?”
    That’s my big brother, the candy corn monster.

  30. lexicalcreations says:

    So I’m adding my link of MY story to the list above, but my preteen daughter wants in on the fun. So here is HER entry under her pen name (if she wins I will be both proud and jealous):

    by Sparkle Adams

    “Boo…” Emma cried. “Hoo…” Dragging her monster feet, she went to Mrs. Evengard’s house.
    “Trick or treat,” she said sadly.
    “Oh darling, you’ll have a wonderful time!” Mrs. Evengard said, giving Emma candy corn. You’ll be with the rest of the kids and the shadows soon.”
    “I guess so. I’m alone right now. Goodbye.”
    She had no reason to feel happy–she thought. Emma was frightened lots, though. Something tapped her on the shoulder.
    “Augh!” It’s a ghost! Emma ran up the street.
    “Wait! Will you go trick or treating with me?”
    “Of course!” Emma said. And together they had fun.

  31. Keatley Eastman says:

    The Truth About Halloween by Keatley Eastman

    On Halloween,
    I planted a whole bag of candy corn in my garden.
    It didn’t sprout.

    On Halloween,
    I whispered thirteen different spells over my best broom.
    It never flew.

    On Halloween,
    I poured buckets of Super Deluxe Transformation Potion on my pet frog.
    She stayed a frog.

    I sat for hours in the graveyard–no spooks.
    I chased bats until sunrise—no vampires.

    No growling mummies!
    No cackling goblins!
    No twitching werewolves!
    No lumbering zombies!

    The scariest thing I saw on Halloween was my own shadow.

    That’s the last time I believe anything my monster tells me.

  32. Susanna Leonard Hill says:


    By Risa Rivera

    After today’s classroom Halloween Costume Contest, Jessica could rest easy. She was sure that her mom’s finishing touches to her one-eyed monster costume from Monster’s Inc. put her in the running. Winner to receive a month’s supply of candy corn, and this year’s bragging rights. While Jessica slept dreaming about her costume debut, she awoke to the sound of her very own idol Mike Wazowski standing in the shadows belting out his “pun”niest jokes and collecting her laughter to power Monstropolis’ electricity. She wasn’t exactly concerned, but she’d had enough Tricks and Treats for one night.

  33. Susanna Leonard Hill says:


    By Risa Rivera

    After waltzing into class, and scrawling her guess for the exact number of candy corn in the clear glass jar, she read the audition paper and slumped into her chair. Halloween already? Only six more weeks until opening night. To top it off, Miss Shadow placed her in charge of this year’s Fifth Grade solo. Her heart was thumping wildly even just thinking about it. She remembered last year’s solo, and how Johnny’s voice cracked sending the school auditorium into a fit of giggles. This was one monster of a task, but Melanie is always up for a challenge.

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