The 8th Annual Halloweensie Contest aahhhrrrooooOOOOO!

***Update November 12th***
We’re pretty close to having the finalist list, but even if it was ready in a couple hours, that wouldn’t give enough time to vote today and I have previously scheduled blog posts for Tuesday Debut tomorrow and Would You Read It Wednesday on Wednesday, so the finalist list will be posted on Thursday November 15th.  Apologies for the delay, but there were a LOT of good entries and the judging process has been harrowing! 🙂 

***Update November 5th***
So sorry everyone but the other judges and I need more time – my fault not their’s.  Work deadlines, family needs, and 234 wonderful entries from you guys that all deserve careful and thoughtful consideration mean that I’m just not able to post finalists today.  I will get them up as soon as I possibly can but I think Wednesday or Thursday is likely.  Sorry for the delay!

Wool of bat and howlet’s wing!  It’s time for . . .

The 8th Annual Halloweensie Contest!!!!!
~ for children’s writers ~
aahhhrrrooooOOOOO!!!!!

halloweensie-pumpkin

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 shiver, cauldron, and howl.  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 235 fantastic entries last year, so I know you can do it!)  Also, you may use the words in any form – e.g. shivery, cauldrons, howling, 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 Wednesday 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, especially 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 5th (sooner if possible, later if necessary!)  The winner will be announced on Thursday November 8th, 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: (it is currently 1:40AM and I’m at the stage where I’m going to make mistakes, so I will finish posting the prize list properly in the morning.  Apologies for the delay!)

First, the amazingly awesome prize I promised!

– Skip The Slushpile with Editor Hannah Lambert of Little Simon!!!
The lucky winner of this prize will get to place the picture book manuscript of his/her choice directly into editor Hannah Lambert’s hands!  (In case you are wondering, Hannah is the editor of all 4 of my books in the WHEN YOUR… series.)  Hannah will read the manuscript and then send you an email to let you know she’s read your story.  She will include a brief mention of something she likes, and something you can work on. (Not a full critique.)  Of course what makes this prize so incredible is that if you send her a really, really good manuscript the dream could come true! 🙂 So good luck to whoever wins this!  Hannah is particularly interested in mss with a very low word count, and always has an eye out for excellent holiday stories.
(with thanks to Tania Guarino for thinking up the idea of skipping the slush pile!)

– several picture book manuscript critiques from amazing critiquers (details to come – I need to spread my generous volunteers out over 3 contests, so, planning…)

 – 2-Pack of Personalized Signed Picture Books by the lovely and talented Tania Guarino, author of MEET THE QUACKERS (Spork, 2017) and GARDEN PARTY: A COUNTING ADVENTURE (Spork, 2018)
tania-guarino_1_orig Quackers Garden Party

– a personalized signed copy of NOT SO SCARY JERRY by the wonderful and gifted Shelley Kinder

shelley-kinder_orig   Jerry

– Bundle Of Books – assorted PBs, MGs, YAs (details to come) – generously donated by KidLit411

– an e-pub or PDF copy (winner’s choice) of Linda Ashman‘s Nuts And Bolts Guide To Writing Picture Books. OR paperback of Ann Whitford Paul’s Writing Picture Books: A Hands-On Guide from Story Creation to Publication.

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 finished at 1:30 AM and 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!

Tricky Witches (100 words)

On a dark All Hallow’s night,
Shivering with cold and fright,
Tiny trick-or-treaters dare
To approach the witches’ lair.
Past the lighted edge of town
Black-cloaked witches stand around.
Something sticky, thick, and hot
Bubbles in their potion pot.
“Come and get it!” witches lure.
“It’ll warm you up for sure!”
Ghostly howls warn, “Stay away!
Don’t be fooled by the bouquet!
Cauldron’s contents might smell sweet,
But that’s trickery, not treat!”
Little candy-hunters flee!
Plan has worked out perfectly.
Witches cackle gleefully,
“Now there’s more for you and me!”
Final check, the brew is done.
“Fresh hot chocolate anyone?”

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 122!!! 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. When The Shivers Moved In – Kaye
2. Luna’s Mysterious Costume – Sara A
3. Pet Cemetery Picnic – Corine
4. Fright Night Stew – Dee
5. Halloween Night – Karen
6. Belinda’s Broken Brew – Keatley
7. Mummy’s Mess – Diana
8. New Halloween Cauldron – Kathleen
9. There Was An Old Witch – Dianne
10. Trick Or Treasure – Anne
11. A Seedy Story – Connie
12. The “Wolf” At The Door – Charlene
13. Halloween Sleepover – Pat
14. Little Cauldron’s Halloween Surprise – Ingrid
15. A Halloween Bite – Debora
16. Who Needs – Joan
17. Cauldron Conundrum – Danielle
18. Pete And Re-Pete – Heather
19. Stitchy Witchy Brew – Jennifer B
20. The Lost Boys – Michael
21. Full Moon Rising – Michael
22. Truly Boo – Mary
23. The Last Piece – Carrie
24. One House Left – Tara
25. Mission Halloween – Monica
26. The Family Resemblance – Debora
27. One Chilly Halloween – Debora
28. Skellie Ton’s Encounter – Laura
29. Monster Vacancy – Laura
30. The Halloween Ball – Sylvia
31. Mrs. Tank’s Pennies – Jennifer M
32. Midnight Feast – Becky
33. Halloween Prize – Kirsten
34. Three Pig-Witches – Su
35. The First Corner – John
36. Potion Commotion – Jennifer Bu
37. If You Can’t Beat Them… – Linda
38. A Brew For You – Diana
39. A Horrid Witch’s Brew – Erin
40. Halloween Stew For Two – Anne B
41. A Halloween Scene – Michelle K
42. The Skeletons On Halloween – Michelle K
43. Wolfie’s Pumpkin – Joan
44. What’s Cooking? – Jill
45. Halloween Friends – Kay
46. Not This Halloween! – Carmen
47. A Calm Halloween – Jessica
48. Festival – Beth B
49. School Screams – Lu
50. It’s Only Pretend – Jill L
51. The Candivore – Jill L
52. Shiver, Cauldron And Howl – Lisa
53. A Bite Of Soup – Megan
54. The Gathering – MaryLee
55. Are You Sure? – Jim
56. A Halloween Haiku – Michelle K
57. Festive Feast – Jamie
58. Halloween – Amy
59. The Best Night For Little Ghouls – Beth S
60. Trouble – Bonnie
61. H-A-L-L-O-W-E-E-N K-I-D-S G-E-T C-A-N-D-Y – Michelle K
62. Opposite Day: A Halloween Scare – John
63. Midnight Fright – Patricia
64. Trick Or Treat – Linda
65. Snap Apple Fright – Corine
66. Worst Costume…Never – Rich
67. Witch’s Welcome – Elaine
68. Fright Fight – Nannette
69. The Halloween Ship – Laura B
70. A Gold Wand For Wanda – Laura B
71. Safe – Dawn D
72. Stage Fright – Michelle Kl
73. Dusty Bones Has No Guts – Andrea
74. Who’s The Scariest? – Mona
75. Chef Crone – Diana
76. Calling All Witches! – Anne S
77. Halloween Dinner – Sara G
78. Tis The Season(ing) – Judy
79. Itchy, Itchy, And Twitch – Patricia
80. A Witch Is In The Kitchen! – Jeannie
81. Avocado And Toast – Rebecca
82. The Scary Costume – Karen
83. Trick-or-Treat – Amy B
84. Three Little Pumpkins – Karen
85. Oh Drat! – Kathy
86. Witchy, The Transylvanian Sheepdog – Karen
87. Fright School – Lucretia
88. Ghosts, Witches and Wolves, Oh No! – Amy R
89. Grandma’s Secret – Susie
90. Transylbirdia – Debbie
91. Little Bat’s First Halloween Journey – Linda
92. Mischief Night – Tania
93. The Scariest Night Of The Year – Susie
94. Pumpkin Sky – Cassandra
95. Halloween Punch – Gyeong
96. Winifred Waited – Gail
97. The Night Of The Candy – Jennifer H
98. Untitled – Anna
99. Untitled -Ella
100. The Question Of The Cat On The Pumpkin At Hallowe’en – Jane
101. The Halloween Scheme – Susan
102. A Witch Can Switch – Nancy
103. Guess Who – Mia
104. Little Wolfs Howlween – Beth
105. Gordie Goblin’s Potion – Jen
106. Bubble Bubble – Jen
107. The Missing Treat – Cheryl
108. Stir The Pot – Linda S
109. No Bones About It – JC
110. Trick-Or-Sweet – Lauren
111. Spooky Spies II: The Spookening – Samantha
112. Halloween Surprise – Linda B
113. Last Halloween – Susan V
114. Eat Up Your Carrots – Susan V
115. The Creepy Cupcake CATastrophe – Karen G
116. No Chocolate For Dogs – Shae
117. Double, Trouble, Bubble… – Deborah A
118. Tricky Halloweensie Velvet – Virginia
119. The Sleepy Pirate – Jennifer C
120. Three Little Witches – Debbie V
121. Courageous Cauldron Queens – Katrina
122. One Sweet Halloween – Darcee

841 thoughts on “The 8th Annual Halloweensie Contest aahhhrrrooooOOOOO!

  1. Ciara O'Neal says:

    Wish I had time to read and comment on all of these! These entries are great! Way to go everyone! And Susanna, writing a 100 word story was SUPER challenging. I hope you are sitting back with some popcorn cackling at your own cleverness!

  2. anythingbutchores says:

    Dusty Bones Has No Guts
    100 words
    By: Andrea Walker

    Every 31st of October, Dusty Bones digs out of his grave and clips a bow-tie atop his sternum, dressing for the Halloween bash. His spine shivers with excitement. Or was it nerves? Dusty stiffens, barely holding his bones together. Cauldron drums boom and the howling wind sings a jumpy tune. His kneecaps wobble. Not from the music, but three ghosts heading towards him. No spirits or apparitions haunted here. Worse-his biggest fear, children in costume. “Trick-or-treat,” the tiny beings say, locking eye sockets with Dusty. His bones betray him, jumping apart and tumbling back into his grave until next Halloween.

  3. mona861 says:

    Who’s The Scariest
    by Mona Pease 97 words

    Cauldrons were steaming
    that black spooky night
    when goblins slipped out
    determined to fright.

    First said, “I’m scary. What do you think?”
    He dangled three eyeballs and made those things blink.
    Second one said, “I’m scarier than you.”
    He dangled six eyeballs,
    made those things blink,
    then hollered his eeriest Bibiliboooooooooooooooooo.
    Third said I’m scariest. I’ll make you shiver
    She dangled nine eyeballs,
    made those things blink,
    hollered an eerie Bibiliboooooooooooooooooo.
    Her brains bubbled over but nobody quivered.
    Then out of the darkness
    came howls, echoes and Hooooo.
    Goblins froze like mummies!
    What else could they do?

  4. DianaLynn Gibson says:

    Chef Crone
    Diana Lynn Gibson
    98 Words

    The famous Chef Crone must make dinner tonight.
    But what could she brew that would fright, yet delight?

    “A shivery stew will be perfect!” she howled.
    She zoomed to her cauldron, stopped short and then growled.

    The snakes, frogs and lizards sat where they should sit.
    But gone was the thing needed most – every bit!

    This nebulous froth was both relished and prized.
    Her “Dead Dragon Drool” had been filched, she surmised.

    And WHO might have pilfered this savory slobber?
    She knew right away the true name of the robber.

    How could this be true?
    The hoodwinker’s – YOU!

  5. Anne Cavanaugh Sawan says:

    Calling All Witches!
    Anne Sawan

    Calling all witches! Something must be done!
    Halloween has become all about fun!

    The witch from the North brought frost. The South, weeds from the sea.
    West threw in bags of litter, then East poured in a cup of black tea.

    The evil crones cackled as they stirred round their stew,
    eager to see the horror that would surely come from their brew.

    The cauldron suddenly shivered and up rose a great cloud,
    raining chocolate candy down onto the crowd.

    “Oh no!” Howled the witches. “What are these horrible sweets?
    It seems our wicked trick has turned into Halloween treats!”

  6. Sara Gentry says:

    Thanks for another fun contest, Susanna! These are becoming one of my favorite Halloween traditions 🙂

    HALLOWEEN DINNER (100 words)
    By Sara Gentry

    The wind howled outside, rattling the window panes.
    I finished putting on my Frankenstein makeup.
    A little wind couldn’t stop me from Trick-or-Treating.
    Whooooo – ooooooo – ssssshhhhhh.
    I shivered.
    “Dinner!” Mom called.
    I entered the kitchen. Mom stirred a pot on the stove – like a witch with her cauldron.
    She handed me a bowl of slop.
    “What’s this?” I asked.
    “It’ll keep you warm tonight,” she said.
    I examined my dinner, poking the shapeless mass.
    I didn’t know what it was, yet it seemed familiar.
    Then the horror of it hit me.
    Mom made the spookiest Halloween dinner – last night’s leftovers.

  7. Judy Sobanski (@jkspburg) says:

    Tis the Season(ing)
    by Judy Sobanski
    94 words

    The cauldron steamed with witchy brew,
    an eye of newt and bat-winged stew.
    The cold outside crept through her bones.
    As she stirred the old witch groaned,
    “I’ll drink this stew to calm my pains,
    and send some warmth throughout my veins.
    I rode upon my broom tonight,
    sent shivers of horrific fright.
    Now I need to laze, unwind—
    escape from all of humankind.”
    She gulped the stinking stew so foul,
    but soon let forth a tortured howl.
    She grabbed her throat, gasped for air,
    Yanked her long, black, stringy hair…
    “Hmm…needs more salt!”

  8. Patricia Finnegan says:

    Itchy, Ditchy, and Twitch
    (100 words)
    by
    Pat Finnegan

    One Halloween night, with no candy in sight,
    Itchy witch itched,
    Twitchy witch twitched,
    and Ditchy witch fell in a ditch.
    Then,
    Ditchy Witch howled, “We’re rich!”
    “Why?” asked Itchy and Twitch.
    “Come see,” howled Ditchy the Witch.
    So,
    In jumped Itchy and Twitch,
    Who shivered and shimmied around the ditch,
    For the ditch wasn’t really a ditch,
    But
    A cauldron that looked like a ditch.
    “Halloween candy!” howled each witch,
    “In a cauldron that looks like a ditch!”
    So,
    Before you knew which witch was which,
    Three witches became candy-rich,
    Thanks to a cauldron that looked like a ditch.

  9. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR JEANNIE

    A Witch is in the Kitchen!
    By Jeannie Angelos

    One Halloween night I heard a sound that made my legs quiver.
    It was clear as day, a witch’s cackle, that made my whole-body shiver.
    I saw a cauldron stirring from the shadow on the wall.
    Is there a witch in my kitchen? Who should I call?
    Next, I heard a howl, a squeak, and a boo.
    What on earth was a scared little boy to do?
    It was then I dared to be so brave, and peer around the wall.
    Phew! It was just my Grandma making soup after all!

  10. Rebecca Thill (@rkthill) says:

    Avocado and Toast
    by Rebecca Thill

    In the Kingdom of Kitcherona, the Breads and Fruits did not get along.
    Avocado couldn’t resist going to King Brioche’s Halloween bash.
    White, orange and yellow paint gave him the perfect costume.

    “Candy Corn, come play with me,” yelled a square-shaped Monster.
    They howled at the moon and bobbed for apples in a cauldron.
    Paint dripped everywhere.

    Avocado shivered.
    “Please don’t tell the King. He’ll turn me into guacamole!”

    The Monster removed its mask.
    It was Toast, the daughter of King Brioche!

    She grabbed Avocado and . . .
    gave him her mask.
    “Some friends are destined to be together.”

  11. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR KAREN

    The Scary Costume

    by Karen Carson

    “I will not wear that costume. It’s too scary.”

    “Stop howling and put on your costume.”

    “No, it’s making me shiver.”

    “I’ll warm up the cauldron and brew you some soothing tea. Now put on your costume.”

    “Too scary.”

    “If you don’t put on your costume, we can’t go trick-or-treating.”

    “Trick-or-treating? You mean it’s Halloween! That’s different. Halloween is supposed to be scary. I’ll put on my costume.”

    “There, I’m all ready to go. What’s the matter? Why aren’t you coming? Why are you shivering?

    “Your costume’s too scary!”

  12. Amy Bryant (@AmyBryant_4Real) says:

    Trick-or-Treat
    (written by, Amy Bryant)

    I waved my wand into the air, howling, “Begone goblin, you will not scare!”

    The goblin laughed in glee, singing, “Your spells won’t work on me.
    I’ve put a wrench into your plans, your cauldron now is filled with cans!”

    Looking into my cauldron I saw, there was no candy in there at all.
    “You, naughty goblin with shivery grin. Naughty goblin, you will not win!”

    The goblin just winked at me and said, “Go look behind that tree.”

    Doing as the goblin bid, around the tree my candy hid.

    “Trick-or-Treat!” he said to me. “Now, let’s get more candy!”

  13. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY #2 POSTED FOR KAREN

    Three Little Pumpkins

    by Karen Carson

    Three little pumpkins sat on their heads.

    Mama Pumpkin told them, “Go to your beds.”

    “Not tonight,” said the first little pumpkin. “I’m shivering with fright.”

    “It’ll be dark soon,” said the second. “I’ll howl at the moon.”

    “It’s Halloween,” said the third. “And I’m a scary queen.”

    “Burrrr!” said the first little pumpkin.

    “Awooo!” said the second.

    “Booo!” said the third.

    Mama Pumpkin filled the cauldron with bubbly water and gave them each a bath.

    And the three little pumpkins went to their beds and fell asleep at last.

  14. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR KATHY

    OH DRAT!
    Tabitha’s cauldron is full to the brim.
    A spell to be cast at her spirited whim.
    She stirs as she chants with uncanny howls.
    “Snake skin, bat wings and beak of an owl!”
    With a high pitched cackle and shiver of glee,
    “It’s now time to be the beautiful me!”
    She scoops up some potion , takes a slog of green glog,..
    When she looks in the mirror there she sees a big frog!
    OH DRAT!

  15. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY #3 POSTED FOR KAREN

    Witchy, the Transylvanian Sheepdog

    by Karen Carson

    Witchy, the Transylvanian Sheepdog, moved into the neighborhood last year—into the house people said was haunted.

    She had green fur, red eyes, and a wart on her nose.

    She did not bark, but went “Cackle, Cackle, Cackle” and howled at the moon.

    The kids on the block shivered and ran away when they saw her.

    But on Halloween, all of that changed.

    Witchy was waiting on the front porch with a giant cauldron filled with candy.

    And she greeted every trick-or-treater with a swish-swish-swish of her broomstick-like tail.

    • Susanna Leonard Hill says:

      Nothing like a giant cauldron of candy to overcome the shivers! Love that Witchy appears to be a mixed breed critter – part witch, part werewolf, with the personality (at least on Halloween) of a plain old sheepdog 🙂 Thanks for another fun entry, Karen!

  16. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR LUCRETIA

    Fright School
    by Lucretia Schafroth
    (word count: 100)

    Monster Academy vibrated with excitement—werewolves howled, zombies lumbered and witches muttered spells. Eyre couldn’t wait to go spooking on Halloween—if the little ghost could finally pass her levitation test during Fright Finals. Each year, she’d hovered closer to—but couldn’t reach—the minimum altitude requirement.

    Eyre shivered with anticipation. Next to her, a little witch practiced her incantation:

    Teeny-weeny Halloweenies,
    Monsters, ghouls and creepy meanies…
    Some are big but I’m so small,
    Make this witch a lot more tall!

    Her cauldron brewed, potion spewed…Eyre got splashed. POOF!

    Next! Eyre floated forward—and easily passed the test…

    TRICK-OR-TREAT!

  17. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR AMY

    Amy Arguello Richardson
    Ghosts, Witches and Wolves, Oh No!

    One night we were walking, then a ghost said, “Boo!”.
    Run! Run! I said to my brother.

    We ran to a house, but would never go in!
    But we saw the door open, it was a witch leaving, her cauldron boiling behind her.
    Run! Run! I said to my brother.

    Now near a street light, we look toward a field.
    Are those wolves? Suddenly, howling!
    Run! Run! I said to my brother.

    Finally home and panting. Mom says, “Are you two too tired for trick or treating?”

    Wwwwwwhhhhaaattt?!

    Oh yeah! See brother! I told you it was Halloween!
    🎃

    • Susanna Leonard Hill says:

      Hahaha! Halloween is spooky enough when you KNOW it’s Halloween! Imagine how much scarier when you don’t! Love this tale – the opposite of one of the others where the trick-or-treaters were a week early! Thanks for joining in the fun, Amy!

  18. Susie Sawyer says:

    GRANDMA’S SECRET

    By Susie Sawyer

    “Don’t do it!” Anna shouted.
    Elliot jumped and yanked his hand off the doorknob.
    “Why? What does Grandma keep in there?”
    “You don’t want to know,” Anna warned. “Spooooooky things.”
    “No. This time, you’re not scaring me,” said Elliot.
    “Don’t say I didn’t warn you.” Anna strolled away, laughing.
    A twist, a push, the door creaked open.
    “Halloween night. No big deal. Not scared.”
    Stale air howled through the opening. Shivering, Elliot peeked in.

    In the moonlight, Elliot saw the silhouette of a witch next to a steaming cauldron.
    “Come in, child,” said a familiar voice.
    “Grandma!? . . . Is that you?”

  19. Debbie Sexton Lee says:

    TRANSYLBIRDIA

    By Debbie Lee

    (word count: 92)

    Tucked in a tree high on a branch
    a cauldron starts to bubble

    And one by one birds dip their beaks
    into this brewing trouble

    Chickens who once clucked all day
    begin to howl and shiver

    And eggs that once were white and smooth
    turn black and smell like liver

    Hummingbirds that once were tiny
    grow to three feet tall

    And robins glow an eerie green
    Hunting worms to maul

    But as the end of Halloween
    begins to creep so near

    Once again the beasts are birds
    At least until next year…

    • Susanna Leonard Hill says:

      Wow, Debbie! Very original, creative and CREEPY! 🙂 I don’t think I want to meet a 3 foot hummingbird or get anywhere near a black egg that smells like liver! You gave me the shivers! 🙂 Thanks for joining in the contest fun!

  20. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR LINDA

    Little Bat’s First Halloween Journey
    by Linda Kuhn

    Howling wind! Prowling ghosts!
    Yowling black cats! It is Halloween night!

    Little Bat shivered as she and Mama Bat swooped down along the tree-lined sidewalk in the light of the full moon.

    Witches on brooms, a mummy, and a pirate were going from house to house.

    The little bat flew after a skeleton and a scarecrow to a spooky house hidden behind some pines at the end of the street. Glowing jack-o’-lanterns lined the porch, where a cackling witch was dumping apples into a cauldron of water.

    “You’re funny, Grandma,” said Little Bat as she began bobbing for an apple!

  21. Tania Guarino says:

    Tania Guarino
    100 Word Halloween Contest Entry

    MISCHIEF NIGHT
    by
    Tania Guarino

    It’s Mischief Night, and leaves start to stir…

    near a yard, by the gate, waits a skeleton chauffeur.

    Google-eyed gremlins and goblins appear,

    in ghoul shades of green, bringing Halloween cheer.

    Decked in the finest of party attire,

    comes a witch, a warlock, and then…a vampire!

    They cruise through town, when it’s just after dark,

    with a cauldron of treats, for fun at the park.

    Zombies and mummies and every last ghost,

    drink from the fountain and play leap-the-post!

    A werewolf howls! I shiver in fright,

    while they dance and shriek in the moon’s glowing light.

  22. Susie Sawyer says:

    THE SCARIEST NIGHT OF THE YEAR

    by Susie Sawyer

    Painted faces.
    Heartbeat races.
    Trick-or-treat at spooky places.

    Vampires,
    villains,
    ghosts galore –
    follow me from door to door.

    Cauldrons bubble.
    Werewolves howl.
    Ghouls and goblins stalk and prowl.

    Caught in cobwebs,
    swooping bats,
    monsters, mummies, creepy cats!

    Shivering!
    Quivering!
    What’s that slithering?
    Witchy fingers, gnarled and withering.

    All this spooky, scary, stuff –
    Maybe I’m not brave enough!

    Hold on.
    STOP.
    I’ll be just fine.
    These spooks are all just friends of mine!

    We’re dressed in costumes,
    having fun.
    Back to normal when we’re done.

    I say good bye to all my fright
    (but I’m still glad it’s just one night.)

  23. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR CASSANDRA

    Pumpkin Sky
    By Cassandra Clarcq

    Pumpkin sky
    Pumpkin moon
    Flitting bats
    Sing squeaky tunes

    Hooting owl
    Crooked tree
    Shrieking sounds
    Of the great banshee

    Cackling witch
    Cauldron’s brew
    Curling tail
    Cat’s midnight blue

    Zombies roam
    Monsters growl
    Vampire
    In his red-black cowl

    Wafting ghosts
    Graveyard’s stones
    Mummies rise
    To give a moan

    Shivered bones
    Rattled dance
    Skeletons
    Begin to prance

    Werewolf’s howl
    Their nighttime’s croon
    To the pumpkin sky
    And the pumpkin moon.

    69 words

  24. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR GYEONG

    Halloween Punch
    By Gyeong Moon

    Ghosts and ghouls abound,
    When Halloween comes round.

    Creepy crawlies shout,
    While witches prance about.

    Goblins cackle, black cats hiss,
    But werewolves are coughing— what’s amiss?

    Too much howling, too much fun,
    Chasing demons as they run.

    Vampires suggest some Halloween punch.
    But isn’t it too early? It’s almost lunch.

    “Oh no,” says a mummy with delight.
    “It’s never too early, the time’s just right!

    Everyone knows that Halloween punch
    Is the perfect drink for a spooky brunch.”

    They pull out the cauldron, and each gets a cup.
    Then they shiver with chills, as they all drink up.

  25. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR GAIL

    Winifred Waited

    On Halloween morning, Winifred Witch’s mama gave her a cauldron of her very own. Winifred vowed to carry it with her wherever she went.
    That night at the witches’ annual Halloween meeting, the sign outside read:
    LEAVE ALL CAULDRONS AT THE DOOR.
    “No!” howled Winifred. Mama marched her inside.
    Winifred shivered with rage. The witches paid her no mind.
    Winifred held her breath and turned blue. The witches didn’t notice.
    So Winifred watched a wooly worm.
    She whistled a wistful tune.
    She waited. Mama smiled.
    “Meeting adjourned!”
    Mama hugged Winifred.
    Winifred hugged her cauldron — and carried it home.

    • Corine Timmer says:

      How awful for Winifred to be separated from her new and very own cauldron. Luckily the break-up did not last very long and she managed to calm herself down. An original and sweet story.

    • Susanna Leonard Hill says:

      Oh my goodness, Gail! It IS hard to part with something precious, especially when it’s new! Your story reminds me a little of Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse! Poor Winifred! I’m glad she didn’t have to wait too long to get it back! Thanks for joining in the contest fun!

  26. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTD FOR JENNIFER

    The Night of the Candy

    It’s the night of the candy,
    And I start to shiver.
    Am I ready for this?
    Can I deliver?

    All year I sit on the shelf
    And I wait for my chance.
    Will I be able to howl?
    Will I start to dance?

    You see, I’m a cauldron
    Owned by a witch!
    I want to cast spells –
    To help her bewitch.

    But, this year’s no different,
    As I guess I’m quite handy,
    To do what I do –
    And hold all the candy.

    By Jennifer Hron

  27. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR ELLA

    By Ella, age 9:

    One night I was going to a Halloween party. I started walking down a damp path through the woods to my friend’s house. I then heard a distant howl that sent a shiver down my spine. But, I kept on walking. Finally I reached my friend’s house. I tried to ignore the fact that there was a skeleton jumping out of a cauldron, so I walked into the house. Her mom led me to the back and then it happened…

  28. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR JANE

    THE QUESTION OF THE CAT ON THE PUMPKIN AT HALLOWE’EN

    Mitsy stared at Simon with witch-like eyes.
    ‘I’m in charge!’ she meowed.
    ‘I’m going to frighten you’ Simon shouted spookily.
    Mitsy shivered.

    ‘Hah, I got you, I won.’
    ‘Oh no you didn’t. I’m going to live in that cauldron in the kitchen. Every time I jump out you will shiver. Meowhowl howl…’

    ‘Mum, come here. Mitsy’s turned into a witch’s cat.’ Mum came in, picked up Mitsy and put her in the garden.

    Now who’s in charge? Who’s won? Mitsy, for frightening Simon, Simon for getting his mum involved, or his mum for dividing them up?

  29. Susan Schade says:

    THE HALLOWEEN SCHEME
    By: Susan Schade (100 words)

    The Halloween party was hopping.
    Decorations draped the kitchen.
    The cauldron contained a bubbling brew.
    The sandwiches sat on a platter, plotting their escape.
    The guests would be gobbling soon.
    The thunder of footsteps shook the kitchen.
    They heard hungry howls and the sandwiches shivered.
    Huge hands hovered around them.
    Salami screamed, “Don’t eat us, we’re WICHES!”
    Laughter laced the air.
    “Nice try, you’re SANDWICHES!”
    Fingertips surrounded them.
    Salami shouted, “WAIT! Do you know what kind of sandwiches we are?”
    The costumed crowd was confused.
    “We’re finger sandwiches.”
    Guests groaned, “I don’t like fingers!”
    And the smart sandwiches snuck away.

  30. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR NANCY

    A Witch can Switch

    I don’t like when people stare.
    I don’t always like to scare.

    People shiver and they howl
    When they spot me with my owl.

    Each Halloween I cry boo-hoo…
    So this year I’ll try something new!

    I’ll dress fluffy, with a plume,
    And give free rides on my broom.

    As we zoom across the night—
    All will howl with delight.

    And with my cauldron as a pot
    I’ll serve treats that aren’t hot.

    Then when the cold night finally ends
    I’ll shiver with my brand new friends.

    by Nancy Alpert

  31. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR BETH

    Little Wolfs Howlween

    Little wolf,it’s your big day!
    Your friends are here to practice and play.

    Howling to the moon, getting it just right.
    It’s very important on this special night.

    Little wolf just shut his eyes , tilted his head back,to his surprise,

    A howl so long, and loud, and clear, came pouring out for all to hear!

    All the witches gathered round, shivered and cheered to the sound.

    Stirring their cauldron all bubbling hot, it smells so foul, what’s in that pot?

    The full moon beamed a great big smile,
    Howlweens now complete in witchy style!

  32. Jen Bagan says:

    GORDIE GOBLIN’S POTION
    by Jen Bagan

    On Halloween morning Gordie Goblin awoke with an ACHOO!

    “No!” he moaned. “I must do my fierce and frightening tricks tonight!”

    Gordie headed out into the howling wind.

    KNOCK KNOCK KNOCK

    “Winni Witch!” he shouted. “I need a healing potion!”

    Winni ushered him in and did a quick examination.

    “You need a strong brew indeed.”

    Winni lit her cauldron while Gordie studied her shelves.

    Cyclops lashes
    Bat fur
    Werewolf toenails

    “Yuck!” he thought with a shiver.

    Finally, Winni brought him a steaming goblet.

    Gordie braced himself and took a sip.

    “It’s … yummy!”

    Winni smiled. “Chicken soup works every time!”

  33. Jen Bagan says:

    BUBBLE BUBBLE
    by Jen Bagan

    It was Halloween night and Winni Witch peered into her cauldron.

    “No bubbles?!” she howled. “Not again!”

    Winni tried a spell.

    “Bubble, bubble, toil and … and what?”

    She couldn’t remember.

    Winni worked a hex.

    “Eye of newt and toe of frog … wait is that right?”

    She felt all mixed up.

    Suddenly the doorknob started to rattle and turn.

    Winni shivered with fright.

    “Auntie, it’s Jimmy,” called a familiar voice. “Just checking on you.”

    “Oh Jimmy,” she said. “My cauldron’s a dud.”

    Jimmy took a look and smiled.

    “Auntie,” he said. “Remember, you have to light it first?”

  34. Cheryl Secomb says:

    The Missing Treat (100 words)
    by Cheryl Secomb

    Thunder rattled the house.
    Raccoon shivered. “What a delightfully spooky night!”
    Soon costumed critters would be howling at his door.
    Raccoon scanned the creepy-shaped sweets.
    “Skeletons, spiders, bats . . . where’s the cauldron?”
    Raccoon spotted a chocolate trail to Mouse’s small door. “Ah ha!”
    Knock! Knock!
    Mouse appeared. “Raccoon! Thank you for your thoughtful treat!”
    Raccoon realized that the thunder had shaken the cauldron off the counter.
    “It was for me, wasn’t it?”
    “Of course, Neighbor!”
    That night, Raccoon passed out creepy sweet treats.
    Skeletons, spiders, bats . . .
    but he kept a special cheese cauldron
    from Mouse.

    • Susanna Leonard Hill says:

      Aw! So sweet of Raccoon to play along with the accidental treat giving… or taking… Mouse might be more clever than his innocence makes him appear 🙂 Thanks for joining in the Halloweensie fun, Cheryl! It’s lovely to hear from you!

  35. Linda Staszak says:

    Thanks for doing this—so much fun!

    STIR THE POT 99 words
    By Linda Staszak
    “Gee Mom, can’t I do this inside on the stove?” grumbled Athena. “The rain keeps putting out the fire under your stupid caldron, and I’m cold.” She shivered but kept on stirring the bubbling pot.
    Mom sighed. “On Halloween we have to use traditional methods.”
    “Can you at least quiet the ghosts and goblins? I can’t hear my music with all that howling.”
    “Double, double, toil and trouble…”
    “Mom, don’t embarrass me.”
    “Eye of newt and toe of frog…”
    “Mo-o-o-m!”
    Mom grumbled. “This younger generation has no appreciation for tradition.”
    “Poisoned apples aren’t popular anymore. People give out candy.”

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