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. . .
The 7th Annual HALLOWEENSIE CONTEST!!!!!
~ 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.
– a read and Skype critique of a picture book manuscript by the fabulous editor Callie Metler-Smith of Clear Fork/Spork Publishing!!!
– 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)
– 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)
– 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!)
– a picture book manuscript critique from talented author Lynne Marie (HEDGEHOG GOES TO KINDERGARTEN – Scholastic 2011)
– 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)
– 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
– 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
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!!! 🙂 🎃
1,018 thoughts on “The 7th Annual Halloweensie Contest aahhhrrrooooOOOOO!”
ENTRY POSTED FOR TIFFANY
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.
Oh, what a cute persnickety candy corn eating monster. Mother gives him a lesson in candy-eating efficiency, LOL. Glad there are giggles instead of tears. Sweet story!
Best way to eat candy corn! Especially if you can get all of each color in the bite. 🙂 Nice story. Good luck.
This little monster left the best for last 🙂 He knows how to enjoy a treat! I sense a good relationship between mother and son. A sweet story. Good luck!
Picky Monster eats candy corn the same way I do, color by color. Adorable story Tiffany!
Such a sweet story! Mothers always seem to know best. =)
Isn’t it just so true that there are all kinds of candy eaters, Tiffany? From the nibblers to the gobblers! From the ones that munch right through it to the ones that make it last for weeks! 🙂 Thanks for sharing your cute story for the contest!
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.”
Oh, Heather, this is hilarious! Love the ironic word play. Good luck in the contest!
This is great fun Heather! Well done!
A remarkable story! Love the dry VOICE 🙂 Chucklesome.
Love the voice of this sly Pumpkin P.I. 🙂 Good luck!
This is so fun! I love the voice of this, Heather.
Pumpkin P.I.’s got attitude. Fun, creative story.
This math nerd appreciates the title 🙂 Fun wordplay!
Hysterical, Heather! Kids will love this!
WOW – way to tell a “film noir” Halloween detective story! Hats off to you! This is one of my favorites!! Best of Luck! 🙂
Imaginative and fun! Heather, this story rocks Halloween to the core, errr, guts. Wel done, well done!
Oh, what fun! Love the word play and darling ending. Great!
Heather great play on words, and a fun detective story. Very creative!
Hahaha, Heather! Funny and clever and very well done! Love that you managed a private eye story in 100 words, as well as your use of the words and your word play! Thanks for a very entertaining entry!
ENTRY POSTED FOR BETH
Who Killed Candy Corn?
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.
Life is not the same without Candy Corn in it 😦
A Halloween who-done-it, LOL. Poor, poor candy corn. Almost as dramatic as Catherine and Heathcliff. I love it! Well done!
Poor Candy Corn 😦 Well done! Good luck!
Such an original story! Love it.
I feel bad for laughing out loud, but that was funny!
Cute story, poor Candy Cane! Good Luck
A romantic Halloween story, so sweet. Poor Monster, hope they find the culprit. Well done Beth!
So creative … and sad. Sounds like there’s more than one victim in this story. Well done, Beth!
OMG this had me laughing. I love the dark humor, the crime scene, and the your last line. Well done!
Oh my goodness, Beth! What drama! What mystery! Will we ever really know for sure whodunnit?! 🙂 Thanks for your clever creative entry!
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!
That is a sweet story! Good luck in the contest, Tasha 🙂
Nice job Tasha! You built great tension in so few words! 🎃
So many people sympathizing with Candy Corn. Probably because she’s a sweetie, heh heh. Love your build up of tension. Good luck in the contest!
Lots of tension, but a happy ending 🙂 Good luck!
Nicely done, Tasha! So much accomplished in so few words.
Now I want to watch Christmas movies and eat candy! Great idea!
I know a few kids who feel the same way as Candy about Halloween. Nice story Tasha!
I like Candy and her sweet story.. Good Luck!
I think there are lots of kids who can relate to Candy Corn, Tasha! Halloween can be a little too spooky for some! Nice job building tension…and making us all look forward to Christmas 🙂 Thanks for your sweet entry in the Halloweensie fun!
Super cute! And in 79 words Joni…wow! 🎃
Twix? Did someone say Twix???!!! 🙂
You heard me right, Susanna! Thanks again for creating this “sweet” contest. 🎃
Hi, Charlotte! Nice to see you on here. Thanks so much. Good luck to you, too.
Fun… nice rhyme… great word choice… this story has it all. Well done!
Thanks for your “sweet” comment, Sandy!
The Candy Corn Trap 99 words
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.
Whew! Saved by the big sister! I love how a lion is going after the mouse, too. Well done!
That’s a fun point of view switcharoo!
Poor Andrew! But it’s nice the mouse got to participate too. Great job. Good luck.
Clever little mouse! Cute story Nancy!
You’ve got to wonder, who’s trapping who, Nancy! 🙂 Nicely done! Glad the mouse got a treat too 🙂 Thanks so much for joining in the Halloweensie shenanigans!
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.
HA! Caught in the act! Never trust your mother on Halloween. For that matter, dad. They’re all candy scarfers. Nice rhyme and use of concrete images, too. Thanks for a fun read!
LOL-Ooey-gooey, Mom’s in the Halloween candy! Love the fun rhyme and twist ending 🙂 Good luck!
What a fun story! And the last line is great. Well done!
Haha. Very fun!
I love fun rhyme! Good job!
Really cute story. Seems no one can trust the mom with Halloween candy. Good luck
Momma’s gonna have a belly ache. Will serve her right for stealing all of the Halloween chocolate loot. Great poem, ghoud visuals and vonderful suspense & humor Laura!
Well written, Laura! Great rhyme! Good tension building and suspense and love the ending with the chocolate-crazed mom who leaves nothing but candy corn! 🙂 Nicely done! Thanks for joining in the fun!
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.
I like Elvira´s perseverance 🙂
I’d rather be named Shadow Monster, too. Good for Elvira!
Shadow Monster IS a super cool name! Fun!
Ingenious. I like how you used candy corn as a despised nickname. She seems like quite the inventor. Good Luck
Elvira persisted and won! Good for her. Cute story Valerie. 🙂 Good luck!
Yay for clever Elvira finding a way to change her hated nickname! Very original use of “candy corn” for the story, Valerie – nice! Thanks for joining in the contest with this fun story!
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.”
All laid-back Monster and home-loving Shadow want to do on Halloween is make soup! But duty calls. Cute 🙂
I like this story of two best friends. Thank you for writing it!
Clever and hilarious! Good luck 🙂
This could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship! I enjoyed this, thanks!
A Monster & Shadow friendship is a fun idea. Good Luck
I love the emotion in this story and the clever ending, Jen! Good luck. 🙂
Lots of fun, Jen! I love that Shadow and Monster are good friends. And soup is my favorite!
Cute story, Jen! Love that Monster and Shadow are “inseparable” 🙂 and their choice of activities when it’s not Halloween, and how poor homebody Shadow turned out to be the scariest! 🙂 Glad they did they’re duty and got to go home and make their soup! 🙂 Thanks for joining in the Halloweensie high jinx!
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!
The pingback was accepted but no worries! I think my blog is a little overwhelmed 🙂 Comments are coming in in a rather random order, many delayed! So glad you’re enjoying the contest!
Loads of fun to write and read :z]
ENTRY POSTED FOR ERIN
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.
The moral of the story? Always feed your shadow candy corn. Love it!
Ah, cute! A monster who’s afraid scared instead of scary, good idea!
Awww Monster is learning coping mechanisms. Cute and clever, Erin.
Those pesky shadows can be so scary! Love the detente at the end & sharing candy. Good luck.
Shadows ARE scary, Erin! Good to know they can be tamed with candy corn 🙂 Thanks for a fun contest entry!
ENTRY POSTED FOR BARBARA
Charlotte’s Colorful Night and the Unstuck Candy
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?
Gotta love a rainbow trick-or-treater. Sweet story. Thank you!
A sweet, colorful story.🌈🍭🎃
I love Charlotte’s imagination at work in this story. She is crafty and clever. Wonderful story Barbara!
Very sweet story and such a helpful dog. Love Charlotte’s imagination and determination. Good luck.
I’m with Charlotte, Barbara! Bright colors are MUCH more fun! Love Hoover’s name! 🙂 and love that Charlotte ends up hunting for Easter candy on Halloween! Fun! Thanks so much for joining in the contest!
ENTRY POSTED FOR NANCY
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?”
Love your story! I love how the characters interact. The last line is perfect! Well done!
Very fun, and a great ending!
A sweet story. I love the ending 🙂
Boo hoo! Hooray! Funny!
This is really cute. Nice fracture of Mary Had a Little Lamb, too. Boo, who? is a perfect ending for kids! Best of Luck. 🙂
Perfect, simply perfect! p.s. I loved it.
Awesome Halloweensie, Nancy! I love it! And the knock knock joke at the end was frosting on the super entry cake!
Very nice entry Nancy, loved the ending!
Clever, fun, and cute, Nancy! And great job with the rhyme! Love the last line! Nice job! Thanks so much for joining in the Halloweensie craziness! 🙂
ENTRY POSTED FOR LINDA
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!
Now I know to avoid candy cornfields if I don’t want to run into monsters on Halloween. Great rhyming story! Very atmospheric. My favorite line is “they crawled with jerks and twitches.”
Great rhyming and word choice, Linda! Well done.
Well done! I enjoyed the rhyme, the visuals, the story!
Great rhythm and rhyme. Who knew candy corn grew in a field? Definitely a place to avoid on Halloween. 🙂 Good Luck.
Linda, I love how this story is filled with awesome visuals. This could easily be a picture book.
Who knew candy corn would be the thing monsters roamed and hunted for?! Good to know – they can have mine! 🙂 Good job creating atmosphere, and nice rhyming, Linda! Thanks for joining in the Halloweensie fun!
ENTRY POSTED FOR MERYL
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?
Watch OUT. WATCH OUT! WATCH!!
Monsters made without a head,
Skeletons that cause you dread,
Should be scared of ME instead!
WATCH OUT! WATCH OUT!! WATCH!!!
I really like how brave this kid is, talking about all the scary things but then being the scariest one of all. Nicely done!
That’s a cool cadence you achieved. Fun story!
Love the change of who should be scared in this cute story. And the repetition adds to the suspense. Well done.
Such a brave MC. Good job on the catchy refrain. Good luck.
Great entry Meryl. I love the repetition, and ending.
Great job with the rhyme and atmosphere and repetition of the “watch out” line, Meryl! Love that with all those spooky things out there your MC still thinks they should all be scared of him/her! Kind of makes you wonder what exactly he/she is!!! 🙂 Thanks so much for joining in the Halloweensie fun!
ENTRY POSTED FOR MARY
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.
And let me guess, they celebrated by doing the Monster Mash! I love how they all decide that the rambunctious one shouldn’t be left out. Thanks for writing this story.
This a fun story with clever wordplay!
Everyone has their place at a party. Glad they decided to include Monster! Cute story Mary!
Don’t know what your missing until it’s gone. Glad Monster got to party. This is a fun story. Best of luck.
Every great party needs a monster. Love your story.
Aw! I’m glad they ended up including Monster, Mary 🙂 And love your play with “shake things up” – nice ending! 🙂 Thanks so much for joining in on Halloweensie!
ENTRY POSTED FOR BRIDGET
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?
I’d run from anything named marshmallow. But that’s just me. LOL.
I thought it was a love story at first 😃, it works either way!
Interesting story. Makes the reader think a bit. Good luck.
Hahaha! A monster named Marshmallow 🙂 Love it, Bridget! Somehow I don’t think he’d be all that scary 🙂 And as for candy corn, well, he can have mine and welcome to it! It seems like chocolate and marshmallow would be a better pairing, but chocolate is much harder to share! Thanks for joining in the Halloweensie contest!
ENTRY POSTED FOR MARE
by Mare Hagarty
“Sleep, Henry!” growls Stella, my sitter.
But it’s still Halloween and I have a trick.
Finally, I creep downstairs.
Stella is snorting. Scrunching my eyes, I scurry past the beasts on TV. Stella loves
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…”
Love how little brother gets his revenge on Stella! That candy corn will keep her awake all night. And Henry will smile.
Revenge can be sweet but paybacks come in many forms such as dealing with Stella after a night of no sleep. Humorous story Mare!
Mare…what a fabulous job you did with the pacing and tension! Well done! I love the story.
Fun story Mare. Perfect capture of older/younger siblings. Great tension. Good Luck. 🙂
Henry is very resourceful 🙂 but he might be taking on more than he bargains for with Stella, given that as the sitter, she’s in charge and will likely be back other nights, and given her penchant for growling and snorting… I kind of wonder if she’s even human…! 🙂 Thanks for a fun entry, Mare!
ENTRY POSTED FOR SHERRY
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!
I like the tension in your story. Well done!
Great visuals in this story. Well done Sherry!
Sherry…what a great story about diversity in friendships…and they stuck together as they ran away…perfect!
Great images and I was glad to see they all got away. Really engaging story. Good Luck.
Nice mood setting, Sherry, and delightfully creepy! 🙂 I’m glad the monster, the witch and the ghost escaped being dinner! Thanks for a nice spooky entry!
I’ve always been afraid of being someone’s dinner. And now my fear is amplified. Well done!
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.”
A true tragedy! Wasted candy corn…sigh. Cute idea!
Too funny! Poor Grik. I was rooting for him. Fun story. Good luck 🙂
Poor, poor, poor, little candy corn. Sob…I feel so, so, sooooo—happy that all of the candy corn in the world is now extinct!!!! Yay! Um, sorry. Poor, poor, poor little candy corn…..
Poor Grik! Happy you let us know the feelings candy corns have. Cute story Katie!
Poor little Grik, stomped out before his time.
Oh my goodness! What a candy corn tragedy, Katie! Very creative! And I love the unexpected ending! Nicely done!
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.
Replacing Jilanne’s comment from above:
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Ear of bat and toe of worm! It’s finally time for. . . The 7th Annual HALLOWEENSIE CONTEST!!!!! ~ for children’s writers …
Well, I’ve got that Halloween sort of feeling, for sure. Love your re-visioned bobby sox version. And your rhyme scheme is more complex than the usual ABCB form. Nice!
LOL, something got a little garbled, or maybe I’m losing my mind. That is a possibility. It is Halloween, and I am losing my mind.
No, it wasn’t you, Jilanne! Anne posted two version of her story and didn’t want the first one up and asked me to delete it, but I thought she’d still want to read the comment you took time to write!
And now I have that stuck in my head…in a good way! Great idea!
A fracture of Rocking Round the Christmas Tree, cool. So tough to do songs, but this one is fun. Good Luck.
A new holiday favorite from another holiday classic. Well done Anne. 🙂
Fun, fun, fun, Anne! Of course, now I’m going to have that song stuck in my head until Christmas! 🙂 Love your spin on this – definitely gives us that Halloween feeling! Thanks for joining in on Halloweensie
BATHILDA’S SCARY SURPRISE
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!”
Oh! Great ending!
Perfect ending, poor Bathilda! Nice job. Good Luck
Poor Bathilda. And after all that effort! Good luck in the contest!
Yup, this is picture book material right here. Great story Jennifer!
Love this! Great rhyme and word choice, and a perfect ending!
Great job, Jen! Cute story, wonderful twist ending, good rhyme and use of language! Thanks so much for a fun entry and for joining in on Halloweensie!
HOUSE HATES HALLOWEEN by KAYE BAILLIE
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
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!’
Exactly! It’s all fun and games until the day after! Fun word play!
Witchy witch does not want to clean up. Hee hee
When the witch is away the creatures will play, right? And poor house has to go along with it. I love the house setup and the ending!
Witchy witch has been off doing her thing and doesn’t want to clean up! Thanks, Jilanne.
Poor House! All along he knew what was in store for the morning after. Well done Kaye!
No wonder House hates Halloween! Thanks, Traci.
Perfect ending, Kaye…and I love that you told the story from the POV of the house!!
Thanks, Vivian! I thought it might be a little different.
Those house parties just have a way of getting out of hand! Great twist in the POV of the house. Fun story. Good Luck.
Thanks for reading my story, Maria!
Fun story, love the POV, but boy do I hate cleaning up after a party too.
Love that you wrote from the house’s POV, Kaye – very creative! Nice job creating atmosphere, and love your ending – like Ingrid said – all fun and games until the day after! 🙂 Thanks so much for an entertaining and original entry!
Well, I’ve got that Halloween sort of feeling, for sure. Love your re-visioned bobby sox version. And your rhyme scheme is more complex than the usual ABCB form. Nice!
NOT SO SCARY – by Judy Cooper
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.
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…
I love the twist at the end!
I’m with you on the candy corn. Terrible, horrible, no good, very bad…..
This is a really fun read. And the ending just right! Good luck Judy!
This is so much fun! Good luck Judy.
This was fun to read, and agreed…candy corn is horrible and awful!
Love how your MC figures things out and talks her/himself down from fright, and nice job with the ending, Judy! Thanks for joining in the fun!
I’m always amazed that with a 100 word limit and 3 required words, everyone can come up with such different stories. Nice work to all.
So true, Greg! The creativity is amazing – yours included! 🙂
I agree! They are all so very different & interesting! A round of applause to all! 🙂
ENTRY POSTED FOR SHERRI
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.
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.
Funny and yummy! A double whammy treat!
This is so clever, Sherri…I love it! And now I’m hungry for a KitKat!
Sherri, that’s too funny. I love how you got the names of candy all wrapped into the story. Nice job. Good Luck!
Love your pun, Maria! This contest is quite entertaining.
LOL, I think you should turn this into a candy bar novel-ty story so you don’t leave anyone out. HAHAHAHHAAAA. Love your story, Sherri! Well done!
Something to think about, Jilanne. Kind of a Joe Friday kind of tale, maybe.
Love all the candy references; nicely done!
Very clever, Sherri! Love Monster’s plan to make friends and how you worked in all that candy! Of course, now I’m hungry… 🙂 Thanks so much for taking part in the contest!
A fun story. I like the monster ball!
ENTRY POSTED FOR LAUREN
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.
….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.
That’s one party I’d be ok to miss! But the story is fun!
Quite the dance party. Makes me wonder what Ani & his sister “are.” Good luck.
Nothing like a little rock and roll to make one overcome their fear of the dance floor and its inhabitants. Good luck!
Nice job, Lauren! Love that the thumps and shadows turned out to be from music and monsters dancing and that everyone ended up having fun! Thanks so much for joining in on Halloweensie!
THE HISTORY OF CANDY CORN (100 words)
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.
Is it seriously from Philadelphia? That’s a fun fact!
Poor Zombie. Gets no respect—until the candy corn makes the scene. Hilarious! And from Philly, no less. Sweet!
Love that Zombie was responsible for introducing candy corn to the Halloween gathering and intrigued that it comes from Philadelphia (if that’s for real!) Makes me want to learn more about candy corn! 🙂 Thanks for an entry that was fun AND educational, Ashley!
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!
Glad Jimmy gets to sleep! Not a monsters tooth or horn…I can just see those illustrations. Nice job.
I enjoyed your rhyme! And I love the last two lines. Good luck!
Thank you. I’m glad you said this – I had the last lines figured out before the rest 🙂
Boy the havoc a piece of candy corn can wreak. Nicely done. Good luck.
I am glad Jimmy got over his monstrophobia 🙂 We have all been fooled by the Anxiety Trick!
And don’t I know it!
You had me at the edge of my seat, Sara! Great rhyme!
Nicely done, Sara! Great tension, fun ending, and good job with the rhyme! Amazing how our imaginations can run away with us in the spookiness of Halloween! 🙂 Thanks so much for joining in the Halloweensie fun!
ENTRY POSTED FOR KATHY
TRICK or TREAT
Trick or Treat
Down my street
Give me candy
Corn to eat.
If you don’t
I’ll give you
A monstrous scare!
Trick or Treat
In my sheet
On my beat.
Door to door
Give a Treat or
I’ll trick you!
Trick or Treat
Bag is stuffed
With tempting sweets.
Teeth are brushed
Tucked in bed.
by Kathy Shanahan
This is one of those ” How has this not been done before?” Ideas! Great job!
Nice Halloween bedtime story. A great way to get them to settle down after eating all that candy. Brought back memories of that old rhyme. Nicely done!
Great play of the old trick of treat rhyme. This is really fun. Good Luck 🙂
Such a clever idea!! Love the Halloween wind down!
Loved your take on the Trick or treat lines, and wind down to bedtime.
Cute story, Kathy, very nicely written! And what a great idea to spin off the old “trick-or-treat smell my feet” rhyme! Thanks for taking part in the contest fun!
ENTRY POSTED FOR MANDY
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,
“TRICK OR TREEAAAT!!!!”
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?
A GRIZZLY BEAR!!!
“Trick or treat, don’t drag your feet
Run,run, run or you’re DEAD MEAT!”
Frank stared in horror.
The bear removed it’s head,
“Get over hear buddy,
Ha! Margaret gets the last laugh! Bwaahhhahhaaaa Good luck in the contest!
Always beware and ready if you play a practical joke, it may come back to haunt you. This is a lot of fun. Good luck.
Hahaha! The joke’s on Frank! I’m glad Margaret out-foxed him (or maybe out-grizzly-beared him 🙂 Thanks for an entertaining entry, Mandy!
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.
Gotta keep an eye on the big brothers at all times! Especially at Halloween. Cute story! Good luck in the contest!
Awesome, Jim! Big brothers are like that, I guess!
Evil big brothers! At least he left some candy. Cute story. Good luck.
Brothers! Gotta watch them every second, especially when there’s candy corn about! Thanks for a fun entry, Jim!
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.
LOVELOVELOVE that your daughter wants to join the fun! 🙂
I can tell You’re daughter is a sweet person from her story! Good for her for jumping in!
A lonely Halloween transforms into a friendship Halloween. Nicely done!
Love this, Sparkle~ And the ending is perfect…so glad Emma made friends with the ghost.
Never underestimate the power of friendship. It can overcome fears. Great story Sparkle. Good Luck.
Poor sad Emma! I’m glad she found a friend and was able to enjoy trick-or-treating without feeling so scared! Thanks so much for joining in the contest fun, Sparkle!!!
your not you’re… and she did a good job fitting an arc in less than 100 words!
The Truth About Halloween by Keatley Eastman
I planted a whole bag of candy corn in my garden.
It didn’t sprout.
I whispered thirteen different spells over my best broom.
It never flew.
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.
Yes, monsters are definitely NOT trustworthy. They make their trade in spreading false stories. But I love the MC’s attempts at creating magic! Maybe their is some kind of magic in one’s own shadow? Nice story! Good luck in the contest!
HA! love the twist.. Fully expected a sibling to be at the root. so funny that they kid nonchalantly blames the monster! Good Luck.
Hahaha! A Halloween hoax 🙂 Love that all the myths are busted… but that your MC actually has a monster! 🙂 Nice job, Keatley! Thanks for participating in the contest!
ENTRY POSTED FOR RISA
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.
Yes, it’s not a restful time of year for little trick or treaters, is it? The excitement! The drama of the costume! The month’s supply of candy corn—ugh! I’m left wondering if that stuff will ever decompose or whether scientists will find it perfectly preserved hundreds of years from now….Good luck!
Cute addition of Monster’s Inc to Halloween. Good luck.
Funny how the things on our minds during the day wind up in our dreams! But was it REALLY a dream…??? Nice job, Risa! Thanks for joining the fun!
ENTRY #2 POSTED FOR RISA
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.
Good for Melanie. She goes from a slump to rising to the challenge!
Yay for Melanie rising to the occasion! I’m sure she’ll do great! 🙂 Thanks for another fun entry, Risa!