I apologize for the fact that I am behind schedule posting the finalists. I know you are all waiting. I did not anticipate 324 entries or I would have given myself and the other judges more time. We will do our best to have the finalists posted by tomorrow or Saturday.
Lizard toes and dragon scales! It’s time for . . .
The 9TH 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 potion, cobweb, and trick. Your story can be scary, funny, sweet, 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 over 235 fantastic entries last year, so I know you can do it!) Also, you may use the words in any form – e.g. potions, cobwebbed, trickery, 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 Thursday October 31st by 11:59 PM EDT and add your post-specific link to the list below (not your blog’s main url because if you post again after your entry during the dates of the contest, the judges will find the wrong post!) There will be no Tuesday Debut, 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 MamaWritesByNightlight I can’t 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! And please do not submit entries before the start of the contest! Please submit your entry only ONCE! If you add it to the blog link list, and the comments, and email me to post it, things get very confusing! I try to stay as glued to my desk as possible, but sometimes I have to get up so if I don’t respond to your email or approve your post immediately, don’t panic! I’ll get to it as soon as I can!
The Judging: in a grueling marathon over the coming days, my devoted assistants and I will narrow down the entrants to
3 6 9 12? top choices (hee hee hee – you know how much trouble I have with winnowing, so we’ll see!) which will be posted here and voted on for a winner on Monday November 4th (if the judging takes longer than we expect if could be later…but we will do our best!) The winner will be announced on Thursday November 7th (good lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise 🙂 )
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.
- 6. PLEASE FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS! Large numbers of entries make it easy to cut entries that haven’t been entered as we asked.
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Now then, my pretties! It’s past the witching hour in the dead of night – very appropriate for a Halloween story, don’t you think? – and the time has come for my sample entry (which I seriously almost did not get done!) I seem to have developed a bad habit of having editorial deadlines that land in the middle of these contests, so I freely own up to the fact that I way exceeded the word count because I simply didn’t have time to make it shorter. My apologies for totally cheating! It’s not even like it’s any good as a result… but it does come to a sort of an ending😊 If nothing else, it should fill you with confidence in your own MUCH MUCH better efforts!!!
(so many words I’m not even writing it down!😊)
Costumes, make-up, pounding feet
Rushing out to trick-or-treat.
Almost at the farmyard gate
Witch Lucinda hollers, “Wait!
In this Halloween commotion
I forgot my poison potion!”
Sets her plastic pumpkin down.
“Go ahead! We’ll meet in town!”
Grabs her potion. Comes back quick.
But someone’s played an awful trick!
Her pumpkin pail, left on the ground,
Has disappeared and can’t be found!
Nevermind. A bag will do.
The witch zooms off to join her crew.
But halfway down the old farm road
She sees a sight that stops her cold.
In the shadows of the night
Glides a shape of ghostly white
Issuing an eerie moan
That makes Lucinda RUN for home!
Ghost flies past her fleeing faster
Surely this will be disaster!
Stops short at the barnyard fence.
Suddenly it all makes sense.
Head stuck in her pumpkin pail
Covered in a cobweb veil,
This is not a scary ghost!
Just a foolish baby goat!
Never say I’m not willing to embarrass myself for you! 😊😊😊 That is true love!😊
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 4 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!!! 🙂 🎃
1,293 thoughts on “The 9th Annual Halloweensie Writing Contest aahhhrrrooooOOOOO!!!!!”
Cinderella’s Halloween (99 words)
By Stephanie R. Kotara (@skotabrit)
Halloween night; the clock chimed.
Cinderella clutched the bottle, remembering the woman in black’s offer:
“Drink the potion by midnight and remain as you are forever.”
That morning, Cinderella dusted cobwebs. Now she was a princess.
The ball was nice. The prince was nice. But something unsettled her, the way no one blinked, except the bats.
“It’s a trick,” one whispered. “Beware—”
The prince shooed it away. “Stay here forever, my dear,” he said.
In the moonlight, his skin appeared orange.
Cinderella dropped the potion and ran.
She turned back once. Pumpkins everywhere.
She’d lost her slipper. Oh well.
Fun twist on this tale. Good luck
What a fabulous premise! It’s brilliant how you weave in familiar fairy tale elements and give them gothic twists: bats talking to Cinderella instead of birds, a woman in black instead of the fairy godmother, and the surprise ending. Cinderella’s modern vernacular is a nice, light contrast with the darker images and mood, producing heightened emotion and tension. I hope you will expand on this haunting retelling beyond the contest. Good luck!
Clever premise. The creepy bats are my favorite.
BOWL OF SWEETS (92 words)
By Augusta McMurray (email@example.com)
Bowl of sweets.
The night is young,
Children are having fun.
Lollipop is selected,
By an inquisitive detective.
Spooky ghost chooses a gummy,
I concede they are yummy.
I jostle into position,
Spying a magician.
Wicked witch carries a potion,
Scoops up goodies in a motion.
Down I go,
Bottom of the bowl.
The night is late,
What is my fate?
One last try,
Don’t be shy.
Oh, what luck,
Cobwebby spider picks me up.
Dreams can come true,
An Apple can be desired too
On the night sweets rule!
Unique Point of View! Very creative – good luck!
Glad someone chose the apple! Good luck
Fun perspective! Good luck!
by Lolly Ward (@LollyForWard)
Boo’s mother and father walked her down their street,
saying, “Knock on each door for a Halloween treat.”
She heard a loud “Boo!” and dashed back to the lawn
where her parents had stood—but now they were gone!
She shook when a witch with a potion appeared,
so under a cobweb, small Boo disappeared.
She hid as a ghostly voice near her boomed, “Boo!”
“Boo who?” she squeaked out, “Because I am Boo, too!”
Her parents laughed sweetly and with a neat flick
of the cobweb they found her and told her, “Great trick!”
Poor little Boo. Good luck.
Ooh, truly scary for a little Boo! Glad it ends happily!
Love it for the title alone! Cute! Good luck!
ENTRY POSTED FOR DONNA
Spinderella Has A Ball!
by Donna Kurtz
Spinderella Spider giggled. “Spider-Witch’s potion turns pumpkins into golden carriages. I’ll attend the Halloween Spider-Ball in style.”
Spinderella poured. The pumpkin dissolved into orange goo.
“Halloween-tricked! Now what?”
A leaf fluttered by.
After spinning and stitching like crazy, Spinderella slipped into her new ballgown. She climbed her cobweb, then jumped—
Spreading her gown’s wings, she flew—
Spinderella glided into the palace’s ballroom—
Spider-Prince Charming knelt. “Super-cool—you’ve won my heart!” He presented eight golden wedding rings. “Will you fly us off on our honeymoon?”
“I’d love to!”
Embracing, they soared into Halloween night.
Creative. The eight wedding rings made me laugh.
Fun twist. I really like her initiative (not a Fairy Godmother’s). Since she made her own gown, she could use it for flying later! Best of Luck
Ah, it’s a series! Fun!
Fun! I like the title and the “Whoa! Wow! Whee!”
ENTRY POSTED FOR DONNA
Spinny Has A Ball!
by Donna Kurtz
Spinny Spider unwrapped his package from Tricks-And-Treats Webstore.
“Drinking this potion will turn me human—Halloween Ball, here I come!”
Spinny checked his cobweb’s mirror—
“Tall, handsome, two strong arms—and six legs!”
Groaning, Spinny tugged on three pairs of pants and went to the party.
“Everyone’s avoiding me!”
A beautiful girl approached. “Care to dance, Handsome?”
They twirled across the floor.
“Don’t I scare you?” Spinney said.
She inched up her fluffy skirt—six ankles stared at Spinny.
“Ooooh! I love you.”
Twelve feet waltzed through the ballroom doors, spinning into Halloween night.
This is cute Donna. Good Luck
Well that’s just sweet! Loved it! 🧡
Aw, that’s a good one!
Cute! Love the last line.
ENTRY POSTED FOR DONNA
by Donna Kurtz
Grizelda Goblin plucked Spinetta Spider off her cobweb.
“I’m dipping you in gold to make a pin for my gown. It’ll catch Prince Charming’s eye tonight at the Halloween Trick-Or-Treat Ball.”
“Noo,” Spinetta shrieked. “I’ll give you Spider-Fairy’s magic beauty potion if you release me. I bought it to be most-beautiful at the ball.”
“Hmph! I’m already beautiful—but magic couldn’t hurt.”
Spinetta gasped. “It worked!”
Grizelda looked in her mirror—a bristly, eight-legged creature with glowing red eyes and needle-sharp fangs stared back.
Spinetta giggled. “See? Now you’re the most beautiful spider in the world.”
Be careful of being too greedy. Good luck
Eeee-yowww is right! She had it coming! Great job!
ENTRY POSTED FOR INGRID
Tricky Witch Test
By Ingrid Boydston
It’s Halloween! Tonight’s my chance. I’ve got to join the witches dance!
If I can pass this potion test, at last I’ll with cackle with the rest!
Two strands of cobweb, eye of newt, a pinch of stinky goblin root…
Do you smell smoke? I feel a spark! I think I’m glowing in the dark!
What’s that? I passed? I got it right? I’m now a pumpkin burning bright?
Hooray! I’m glad I did so well, but how do I undo this spell?
That’s all it took to make the switch? Tonight I get to be a witch!
What a fun story. Just the right tinge of suspense & a happy ending. Good Luck
Thanks Maria! I had a not so happy ending but thought this was a little more kid friendly. But it was fun to write, 😂
Love the rhyme!
Thanks! I 🧡 rhyme!
Fun! I like your word choices, particularly stinky goblin root!
Thanks! If you only knew how many variations I tried before I got there.. :}!
ENTRY POSTED FOR ROO
The Road To Grimly Gore – By Roo Parkin
The moon shines bright,
It’s Hallows’ Night,
And creatures fanged and clawed,
Hunch their backs, crouch by the track,
That leads to Grimly Gore.
A trick or treater ‘Plucky Peter’,
Dares to tread its path –
Bat wings quiver, cobwebs shiver,
Jack O’ Lanterns laugh.
Grimly’s gates are open wide,
And Peter tiptoes in –
Takes the knocker in his fist,
And makes a fearful din!
Behold the witch with wild-wind hair!
A laugh that scrapes like recess chairs,
A potion in her ghoulish grip,
It’s Peter’s MOM with pop and chips.
I enjoyed reading your story. “A laugh that scrapes like recess chairs” Love it!
Thank you so much, Corine. We all know someone with a laugh like that!
Love it 🙂 The name Grimly Gore is wonderful. I had a Grimly Green once. 🙂
Really fun images. Good luck
Thank you, Maria. I feel a bit bad for Peter’s mom!
“Scrapes like recess chairs”! That’s great!
Very kind, Ingrid. I am grateful people understand it – I was worried it was a bit random. 😄
You set the perfect creepy foreign a fun surprise at the end. Great word choices! Good luck!
Thank you, Nancy. Have a great Halloween.🎃
by Kathy Rahoy
Let’s open up the potion book,
find the recipe, take a look.
To make the perfect cobweb stew.
I’ll need a snake, a cake, a shoe.
Mix them in the pot until
purple bubbles start to spill.
This is sure to do the trick.
Grab the broomstick hurry quick.
Into the starry nighttime sky
quickly it is time to fly.
As the big blue moon ascends
I find my party of good friends.
A very merry festive scene.
A very Happy Halloween.
“Cobweb stew” is so enticing, but I would never guess it called for a snake & shoe. Good Luck
Happy Halloween and good luck to you too!
Quite a recipe! Fun story! Good luck!
Very cute Kathy, and fun to read!
I’ve started reading through the entries and the are ALL so good! Great job everyone and good luck to the judges!!!!
We are going to need good luck, Kelly! So many entries, and they are all so GOOD!
Cat and Ady
by Megan Kunz
“Cat, give it back!” Ady took her toad slime.
She mixed her potion, bubbly green.
“Cat, give it back!” Ady reached for her spider legs.
She mixed her potion, oozy blue.
“Cat, give it back!” Ady grabbed her bat wings.
She mixed her potion, mucky yellow.
“Cat, give it back!” Ady plucked her canned cobwebs.
She mixed her potion, sludgy purple.
“Cat, give it back!” Ady snatched her crow feathers.
She mixed her potion, murky orange.
Ady poured her potion on her pumpkin.
A spooky grin, two scary eyes and a triangle nose appeared.
“Trick or treat, Cat!”
Sounds like cat just wants to play. Good luck
That’s a fun way to make a Jack-o-Lantern 🎃!
Winnie received her invitation
to the annual witch convention.
Feeling pressure to go,
she didn’t want the witches to know…
that she didn’t enjoy this event,
because it always meant
that she would have to act scary
and concoct cobwebbed potions of spiders so hairy.
Winnie hated dressing in black.
As a witch, she just didn’t have the knack.
So, she decided to play a trick,
and ride in on her faithful broomstick,
wearing a gorgeous purple gown,
and holding candy for all the kids in town.
No more cackling calls so loud…
Just smiles and laughter…
She felt proud!
Love that Winnie stays true to herself. Good luck
Gotta love a cheerful purple gowned witch! Fun story!
I Love her entrance in her purple gown. I’m glad she wanted to make kids happy! Good luck!
I Don’t Want To Go
In this patch all my life.
Planted by the farmer’s wife.
Nowhere else for me.
Vine-sitting with my cucurbitaceae family.
Jack Be Littles and Sugars think I’m great,,,
unaware my fear of impending fate.
Families unload from the hayride.
Lil’ seeds tremble inside.
Plucked from home… future’s rough!
Sweet flesh in pies and more.
Lattes’ spice in Starbucks store.
Carved a mean face.
Onto a cobwebbed porch…spooky place!
Candles illuminate me.
Tip over…fire to see!
Then, a mushy mess.
Thrown into witches’ potion, no less!
Trick-or-treaters rush by me.
Rather stay put with my PUMPKIN family
Fun story from the poor pumpkin’s POV. Good luck
Oh! Now I feel kind of bad about all of the jack o lanterns I’ve carved. Interesting point of view.
You had me at cucurbitaceae family! Good luck!
Good luck everyone!
by Linda Staszak 98 words
“Get your Official Hallo-veggies,” called Agnes.
“You’re selling wedgies?” asked Harry hopefully. “Is this a trick?”
“Not wedgies,” said Agnes. “Halloween veggies.”
“Green beans don’t seem like Halloween vegetables,” said Harry.
“You get a free potion with them,” said Agnes. “It’ll turn someone into a toad.”
“Do you have a potion that would turn them into a spider?” asked Harold. “If my sister sat on a cobweb in a corner, Mom would squash her.”
“I can do that, but you’ll have to take more beans,” said Agnes.
“No wedgies?” asked Harry.
Agnes shook her head.
Aw, poor sister. But might be a great way to get a kid to eat green beans. 🙂 Good luck
Someone warn his sister! Fun story! Good luck!
THE INVISIBLE DOG
By Kathi Morrison-Taylor – 97 words
She appears on Halloween,
A zombie in the fog,
Izzy with her cobweb veil
And her invisible dog.
She joins a group, goes house-to-house,
She says, “Trick-or-TWO treats.
But only one if chocolate.
Those my dog can’t eat.
I haven’t found a potion yet
To neutralize that sweet.”
The other children grumble:
“Lying shouldn’t pay!
She gets double-candy all night long?
A piñata buffet?
No canine stands by Izzy’s side
Despite what she may say.”
Their bags grow heavy, then Bow-WOOF!
Knocked down by phantom paws.
Spilled candy quickly vanishes,
Snapped up by faceless jaws.
Never underestimate an invisible dog! I like Izzy. Good luck
Wow! That’s a lot of story in 100 words! Well done 🧡
They needed to believe in her dog! Good luck!
TRIM THE TREE
By Amy Duchene
Careful and steady
Unpack the treasures
Can’t wait til it’s ready
A zombie that moans
Flickers of light
Inky black candles
Illuminate the night
Baubles and trinkets and
Dark blood-red jewels
Mummies and werewolves
And goblins and ghouls
Searing flame eyes
You went out Trick or Treating
We left a macabre surprise
Just want to say thank you
For being great hosts
Tricked this tree in your honor!
Your friendly house ghosts
Wouldn’t that be freaky to come home to? Unless you were on good terms with your “house ghosts.” A Halloween tree is fun, but I have to have a tree in the house for 3 months, I’m going to change to a fake tree. Good luck
I’d love to see this masterpiece!
By Rebecca Gardyn Levington
Tricky Nicky’s favorite trick is ding-dong-ditching witches,
but every Halloween gets caught ‘cuz someone always snitches.
This year Nicky begs his buddy Ghost for some advice,
and she suggests a smoothie made of cobwebs, kale and mice.
Nicky blends the gruesome brew. The goo is gray and thick.
Then in one motion, chugs the potion. “Ugh, that stuff is SICK!”
Nicky rings the doorbell of the icky witch next door,
but doesn’t run away as he had always done before.
Since Nicky drinks InvisiBrew and isn’t ever seen,
he ding-dong-ditches EVERY night, not just on Halloween!
Sneaky kid indeed. Love the “InvisiBrew.” Good luck
Well done! What a fun Halloween adventure! 🧡
ENTRY POSTED FOR CHARLOTTE
By Charlotte Sheer
While children prepare to go Halloweening
Spider hangs back, tending to autumn cleaning.
His cobweb collection is coated in dust.
No stickiness left to trap bugs, so he must
spin new, pristine webs, but he lacks enough room.
The old ones whisked off by a witch on a broom.
get stirred in to thicken her bubbling potion
or spook trick-or-treaters, creating commotion.
It’s all in good fun to a costumed insider,
but who runs and hides? Mr. Scaredy Spider!
This made me laugh! Fun take on Halloween and spiders!
ENTRY POSTED FOR THELIA
Bitsy the spider (99 words)
. By Thelia Hutchinson
Bitsy the spider was shy. She wanted to go trick or treating with friends on Halloween in Arachnoville. She ventured into the Cobwebbed forest to ask Black Widow for help. Black Widow whipped up a potion that would give Bitsy the courage to be more sociable. Bitsy drank the bitter tasting potion and ran to school. She began yapping and got everyone to laugh at her jokes. Bitsy went to thank Black Widow. “Oh, that was just apple cider vinegar and water.” she smiled. Bitsy just laughed and ran off to go trick or treating with her new friends.
Oh the power of suggestion! Glad Bitsy made friends. Good Luck
Dumbo’s feather in a Halloween setting- great idea!
ENTRY POSTED FOR NADIA
Mitzy Bitzy Cobweb Potion
By Nadia Ali
In the dead of night, Willow Witch had a twitch.
“Twitches for witches are good,” she cackled hobbling to her spellbook.
“Mitzy Bitzy Cobweb Potion,” she read aloud.
In her cauldron she stirred them into a lotion.
On her face, on her legs, even on her hair she rubbed.
“There, that will do the trick,” she declared and back to bed she went.
In the light of morning, Willow Witch rose.
She elegantly walked to the mirror. Her face was smooth, her skin glowing and her hair of gold.
“Rats and drats! I should have worn my glasses!” she screamed.
Great twist on a witch not wanting to be “princess-like.” Good luck
That was a fun surprise at the end! Good job!
Perfectly You 99 words
by Mona Pease
I polished my teeth shiny white
dabbed my cheekbones
kinked my hair
painted my lips bloody red.
“Eeeeeeekkkkkk,” Mom shrieked!
“Why do you want to be something you ain’t?”
We slurped slimy potion
gnarly snake guts
chewy bat doo
resmudged my face
snarlied my hair
greened my teeth
pinched my wart ’til it swelled.
I heard Trick or Treat
from up the street
so grabbed a caldron
a bat and my cat.
I flew out the window and joined those kids.
“You look great!”
“Thanks,” I cackled.
I felt perfect being me!
So funny, Mona. Love that she gets to be herself for Halloween. Good Luck
That’s a fun twist! Good for you!
ENTRY POSTED FOR PIA
Miss Fancy Pants Spider
by Pia Garneau
What a Halloween night
A bone-chilling sight
Of ghouls and beasts with fangs
There were ghosts and witches
Goblins with stitches
Eerie, mysterious clangs
Then along came a critter
Bedazzled in glitter
With a trick to lighten the mood
Miss Fancy Pants Spider
Who wasn’t a biter
Shimmied and sparkled and oohed
Her dance moves were bold
Her cobweb was gold
She belted out Top 40 hits
Then she sprayed her pink potion
It caused a commotion
Covered all creatures in glitz
Miss Fancy Pants id my type of spider. Fun rhyming and story, Good luck
What an unexpected twist for a spider! Loved how naturally you worked in the words potion, cobweb, and trick. Well done, Pia!
I 🧡 this! And I would really love to see the illustrations! Great job!
Fun! I can imagine the illustrations on this would be delightful! Good luck!
Very cute story! Who doesn’t like glitter! Good luck!
love that she belted out top 40 hits 🙂
Good luck, Pia
What a fun, original story!
BELLA’S BARNYARD HALLOWEEN
By Deb Buschman
“Cobwebs, straw, and mud my potion is ready,” said Bella the witch.
Mom peeked into the barn, “I’m sorry Bella but dad’s sick and can’t take you trick or treating and I have grandma to watch.”
The animals watched Bella cry.
Lamb nudged Pig.
Pig nudged Cow.
Cow nudged Horse.
They made a plan and went out into the barnyard.
Horse helped Cow.
Cow helped Pig.
Pig helped Lamb.
Lamb nudged Bella.
Bella looked up and . . .
The buckets at each stall were filled with tasty treats.
Bella held out her pail, “Trick or Treat!” she shouted.
Aww, such nice friends! Best of Luck
Aww! I’d love a barnyard of friends like that!
Such sweeties to bring Halloween to her! Good luck!
THE PERFECT CAW-STUME
By Amy Duchene (100 words)
An inky black cloak
Shiny, near blue
Grey beady eyes
A winged pink mouth, too
Stiff tail feathers
Pointed, sharp beak
Wings that unfurl
Oh, I am sleek!
All touches in place
Looking just right
I’ll debut my getup
This Halloween night
Treat or treat! Like my costume?
I tap at the door
I wait til they hear me
Then I rap, evermore
They’ll think they’ve drunk potion
Saw a trick of the light
Or peered out through cobwebs
That scrambled their sight
But it’s me in my splendor
I’m really here
A crow come to visit
Nothing to fear!
Fun mash-up of Halloween & Poe. Hope the Crow gets lots of good treats. Good luck
This sounds like a classic already!
Gotta love the corvids! Good luck!
ENTRY POSTED FOR SHARIFFA
Halloween Spook by Shariffa Keshavjee
Hush! come this way, follow my torch.”
Geno crept up the haunted house porch
Cobwebs brushed,front door squeaked
A hunched figure ghastly mocked
“Come, drink from my cauldron quick.”
Warlock raised his ghastly stick
“Drink !” he waved his arms aflare
It’ll Make you invisible, my potion is rare!
The children trembled, made a plea
Alid then made his decree,
“I tricked you all see!”
His disguise now set free
They were silent and astounded
Trembling but dumbfounded
Spooked they all ran, what a shake
Candy and props left in their wake
ENTRY POSTED FOR SHARIFFA
Night of Hallows by Shariffa Keshavjee
Halloween night so dark
Far away she saw a spark
Spidery cobwebs acirque
Who goes there? O hark
Geno tip toed on feet stark
In the Darkness so pitch
She saw a withered witch
Brewing potions for a trick
Geno dared a brave notion
“Pray may I have a potion?”
“Yes “ she said so very amiable
This will make your face invisible
Arms and legs will only be visible
That will trick even the invincible
Geno spared her a Halloween edible
ENTRY POSTED FOR RANESSA
By Ranessa Doucet
Itsy, Bitsy, and Spidey knew Wenda was searching for them. She brewed a potion every Halloween, attempting to ruin the fun. Her potion needed 24 spider legs.
“She won’t get away with it this year!” Itsy declared.
The sneaky spiders concocted a plan to trick Wenda. Itsy gathered black pom poms, Bitsy found pipe cleaners, and Spidey got googly eyes. After a night of moonlit crafting, they left their creations on a cobweb.
Wenda, fooled by the crafts, threw them into her cauldron and cackled. To her surprise, Itsy, Bitsy, and Spidey were the ones cackling with glee on Halloween!
How fun to have the witch get tricked for a change!
Great arachnid revenge! Good luck!
So much fun! Great job everyone!
Oh my goodness! So many entries. I don’t know how you can go through all that and choose a winner. I think you could use a magical potion so I’m sending a virtual pot of magical beans (aka coffee) so you can create it. My first time taking part. My link is already up there among other blog owners. The prizes are amazing!
I don’t know how we’re going to choose either! There are SO MANY and they’re all SO GOOD!
BIG TEA LOVE STEW
By Laura Heath
Do love potions work with Daddies?
Shouty, grumpy, having – bad -day Daddies?
Halloween MAGIC was in the air.
‘Rar rar rar…’ complained Daddy outside.
Daddy’s tea might do the trick!
Sugar for sweetness.
Honey for hugs.
Nettle and garlic and black garden bugs.
Cobwebs and mustard. Vinegar too!
Stir it and stir it, the BIG TEA LOVE STEW!
‘Rar rar rar!’ stomped Daddy.
‘Tea … ’ whispered Freya.
Daddy took a sip…
‘My LOVE potion!’ wailed Freya.
Daddy looked angry, then very angry, then sad.
He kissed the tear on Freya’s cheek.
Oh my! Such a bitter sweet story, emphasis on the sweet!
Webster by Mary Miller
Webster had one talent —shooting silk out of his fuzzy wuzzy bottom.
He spun cobwebs across windows, above doors, and in corners.
Every night, the homeowners washed his masterpieces away.
Every morning, Webster started over.
One day, the leaves turned and the owners covered their house with cobwebs!?!
“Is this a TRICK?” Webster wondered. “Did they accidentally drink the witch’s potion?”
He looked around . . .
House after house, covered with cobwebs, skeletons, and pumpkins.
“I’ll try again!” Webster spun the biggest web —and nobody touched it until November. For fuzzy spiders like Webster, Halloween’s no trick. “It’s a TREAT!”
Super cute! Little kids could enjoy this very Halloween but not so scary story. 😁
Very cute! Love fuzzy wuzzy bottom! Good luck!
WHOO! WHOO! WILL HELP!
By Deb Buschman
Owl flapped his wings, but the giant cobweb held him tight.
“Whoo!” he called for help.
Trick or treaters ran past.
“WHOO!” he called.
“Very realistic,” said a parent.
A boy stopped.
“I’m Cade the Wizard.”
“Want some potion?”
“Whoo! Whoo!” Owl tried to flap.
“Oh no, you’re stuck. I’ll be right back.”
“I’m Cade’s mama, let’s get you out.”
Like a ghost in the night Owl flew free.
Cade helped mama take down the decoration.
“No more cobwebs mama.”
A gentle breeze touched their cheeks.
So sweet they rescued Owl. Good luck!
“The Little Witch Helps Out”
“Now Halloween it is today.”
Little witch Britt heard momma say.
“We will need some treats made up quick
I know a potion to do the trick”
“Oh Mommy will you let me help
I’m bigger now I reach the shelf”
On tippy toes, she reached it Wow!
“You’ve grown so much my dear I’m proud,
Go get your apron, help me out”
“The purple one with ghosts” she shouts.
“Get the cobweb jar add a pinch
Now give it a stir see that’s it”
Halloween treats by the little witch.
~ By: Avana Lilly
WHO SHOULD I BE?
By Ashley Congdon
Who should I be when I say trick-or-treat?
I could wear a black, pointy hat. Ride a broom. Brew a potion.
I can be a . . .
No, not for me.
Who should I be when I say trick-or-treat?
I could wear a black, round suit with eight legs. Cobwebs all over.
I can be a . . .
No, not for me.
Who should I be when I say trick-or-treat?
Someone I’ve never been before.
Green, bumpy skin. Yellow eyes and sharp teeth.
Mabel Monster is who I’ll be when I say trick-or-treat.
So cute! I love the repetition of “Who should I be when I say trick-or-treat?” and “No, not for me.” I think this would expand so well into a full-sized picture book! Kids would love the repeating lines and guessing what the parts of the costume might equate to, so that adds incentive for a page turn. Fun!
Agreed, Jolene, a lovely cadence you created, Ashley!
Thank you Jolene for reading. I thought, what do children like about Halloween? Costumes! And who doesn’t like a guessing game.
Very fun! I can really see little kids wanting to say what they will be for Halloween! Good luck!
Thank you for reading.
Definitely see this as a fun board book for toddlers!!
Fun for the little ones. Good luck!
FRANKIE AND FROGG PICK A COSTUME
By Ashley Congdon
“Today’s Werewolfster’s Howling Halloween Party, Frogg.”
“I’m just going for the cobwebbed cookies and potion punch. But we still need costumes. I got it! We’ll go as a popular pair.”
Ketchup and mustard?”
“Salt and pepper?”
“Peanut butter and jelly?”
“Okay . . . Dynamic duos?
Dr. Frankenstein and the Creature?
Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde?
Ms. Piggie and Kermitt?”
“Ribbit! Ribbit! RIBBIT!”
“We need costumes!”
“Ribbit . . .?”
“What about the princess gown in my closet?”
“Ribbit . . . .”
“Ohhh. I’ll go as a princess.”
“Ribbit . . . .”
“And you, the p-”
“Ribbit . . . .”
“Haha. Tricked-ya. Of course! Princess Frankie and Prince Frogg.”
This piece cracked me up! Frankie and Frogg are their own dynamic duo, and I loved imagining the illustrations that would accompany this text. Some of my favorite lines: “Today’s Werewolfster’s Howling Halloween Party, Frogg.” “I’m just going for the cobwebbed cookies and potion punch.” I was cracking up as I read the costume possibilities, too–so much fun!
Thank you. These two just keep coming back for more.
Haha, so cute, Frankie has such a funny personality!
Thank you! Yeah, I’m not sure where she came from. I guess that’s what happens. These characters take on a life of their own.
Right?! I love that she’s a part of two contests now, maybe she’ll be a series someday😍
These two are hilarious! Good luck!
Thank you for reading. It’s been fun writing about them.
ENTRY POSTED FOR MARY
The Sad Jackie-O-Lantern 100 words
By Mary C. Thorp firstname.lastname@example.org
She was big.
Perfect to be carved into a happy Jackie-O-Lantern.
She shivered when she saw the knife coming at her. She hoped an artist held it.
First the seeds inside were scooped out.
Now, the big moment.
What! He carved a frown! Had he been drinking witches’ potion?
She wanted a smile.
He placed her in the middle of the cobwebs on their porch with her mouth curved down for all to see.
Some mean trick-or-treaters started making fun of her.
They kicked her, turning her over, making the frown a smile.
Now she was a happy Jackie-O-Lantern.
Really mean trick-or-treaters! I’m glad it turned out well. I like the idea of a Jackie-O-Lantern.
ENTRY POSTED FOR MARY
What Had They Found? 99 words
By Mary C. Thorp email@example.com
Just off the beach, they found it covered in cobwebs.
A hidden treasure chest of Pete the Pirate?
Or was it an ancient coffin?
But how to open it?
Pulllllllllllllll! No way.
Maybe a witches’ spell would do the trick.
Jack and Jill hovered over the witches as they stirred their boiling potion.
“Eye of roach, toe of toad, blood of mosquito, reveal your secret.”
The lid creaked.
Their eyes popped. What had they found?
Or a sparkling treasure of rubies, gold and silver?
IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIICK echoed through the air as they fled screaming.
ENTRY POSTED FOR KRISTEN
Agatha’s Not So Witchy Halloween
by Kristen Reinsel
Word Count: 100
Agatha is a witch who spent 200 Halloweens casting spells and brewing potions.
This year, all she wanted to do was… hand out candy.
But no one dare stop by her house.
Busted porch. Spiders everywhere. Absolutely no curb appeal.
“Perhaps, it could use some sprucing up?” she thought.
Agatha patched the stairs, vacuumed cobwebs, and bought full-sized candy bars.
Then a knock.
Dressed as… a witch!
The girl whispered, “Trick or treat.”
Overjoyed, Agatha handed her the entire bowl of candy.
And a snail.
“Yes! ” exclaimed Agatha, “Next year, I’ll definitely need more…
I really enjoyed this – cute and quirky. Good luck.
Fun! We all need more . . . snails! Good luck!
ENTRY POSTED FOR KRISTEN
An Early Christmas Present (for Halloween)
by Kristen Reinsel
Word count: 100
Bob was a Christmas elf.
He loved Christmas, but once he heard about Halloween it was all he could think about.
“Decorating with cobwebs and pumpkins?! People giving me candy?! It’s madness!”
Bob loved candy.
And Santa loved Bob.
So, despite it being the busy season, he gave Bob the night off.
Then Santa made a call.
There are a few witches on the nice list.
One drop of Halloween potion and Bob found himself on a doorstep dressed as…
Bob spent the night ringing bells (doorbells) while merrily shouting, “Trick or treat!”
Best. Present. Ever.
Christmas came early for Bob! Nice Santa. Good luck!
ENTRY POSTED FOR MARY
THE WITCHES’ ROCK
by Mary Warth
Three little witches without much time.
Trying to brew by midnight’s last chime.
The trick was finding the perfect spot,
to set up their ancient, potion pot.
“This spot’s too bumpy. That one’s too small.”
“This one’s too grassy. That spot’s too tall!”
Then one little witch spied a flat rock.
“This spot’s perfect for making our stock!”
In went the cobwebs, toenails, and bats,
pink pickled peas, and whiskers from cats.
The air was charged as midnight drew near…
they brewed in time, to greet their new year!
Love the rhythm and pink pickled peas! Good luck!
The spot needs to be perfect! Original and fun.
ENTRY POSTED FOR ELAINE
by: Elaine Chandler
Sky, a friendly and happy black cat, loved Halloween.
But scared people turned their heads, made an X, and shouted, “Go away!”
Crying, Sky ran and hid.
Her cat friends, in their Halloween costumes, surrounded her.
“Pay no attention. Black cats are especially fun on Halloween!”
Spider Cat: “My giant spider legs will spin cobwebs at them!”
Taco Cat: “Voy a truco ellos (I will trick them!).”
Darth Vader Cat: “May the feline be with you!”
Witch Cat: “A potion to cheer you up, my dear.”
All: “We’re in this together. Let’s go.”
Paws linked, walking tall, they cried:
Glad they were all in it to help Sky out! Good luck!
Creative. I like the spirit of Ubuntu. ❤️ Black cats.
ENTRY POSTED FOR JANE
by Jane Cadieux
“I want to feel alive!” sad Willow said.
“You can!” said Gran, with sparkles in her eyes…
It’s Halloween! Nobody knows you’re dead.
Just be yourself, they’ll think it’s your disguise.
“They’ll see through me!” Willow cried feeling blue.
“I’m a ghost, not a merry Christmas elf!”
“Cobwebs,” said Gran, “and my potion for glue
hides transparency! Go, enjoy yourself!”
“Perfect!” said Willow looking very pleased,
then drifted up to children on the street.
“Your costume’s seriously lame,” they teased,
“but amazing trick, walking without feet!”
Willow gasped, realizing her mistake.
A real ghost shouldn’t try to be a fake.
I hope Willow will get her wish. Love, “They’ll see through me!” Good luck!
ENTRY POSTED FOR CASSY
Trick or Treat!
By Cassy Clarcq
Tiptoe, toe tip
Down the darkened street
Through the leaves
Hoping for a treat.
Of a ghost
Flying through the air
At my hand –
Brother doesn’t care
In their pot
Stir a potion green
Trying not to scream
In my shoes
Like a little mouse
Cobwebs – ICKY!
To a spooky house
Of my heart
Back, I can not go
Up the stairs
Past the pumpkin glow
Tiptoe, toe tip
looking for a sweet
Toe tip, tiptoe
TRICK OR TREAT!
Fun rhyme. I can see kids loving to hear this read aloud! Good luck!
ENTRY POSTED FOR BRIAN
Balthazar Bird and the Great Potion Commotion – by Brian L. Berger
Twelve rotten eggs
A crusty old shoe
Two soggy diapers
It smelled like a zoo
One by one
Each item was dropped
Into the cauldron
The potion is hot
Looking into the pot
“Uh oh”, he thought
Something’s not right
Growing in height
The potion exploded
Showering the room
All over town
In trees, on cars
Coating the ground
Gooey as cobwebs
People glued to the floor
Sealed to couches
Stuck behind doors
Unable to move
Unable to eat
What a Halloween!
All tricks, no treats
Oh,no! A potion out of control. Creative and fun. Good luck!
ENTRY POSTED FOR JOANN
A LITTLE GHOST STORY
by JoAnn DiVerdi
On Halloween, Little Ghost got a boo-boo.
He flew to a house and rang its bell.
They slammed the door.
He saw trick-or-treaters.
They ran away.
He saw a spider.
She wrapped herself in cobwebs.
“Boo-boo!” he said to Witch…
who offered him a potion.
He covered his mouth.
“Boo-boo!” he said to Vampire…
who offered him garlic.
He held his nose.
“BOO-BOO!!” he cried.
Mummy rushed over.
She bandaged the boo-boo…
and kissed it better!
“Happy Halloween,” said Mummy.
“Boo!” said Little Ghost with a smile.
Love this! So cute and all the Halloween characters are so great!
ENTRY POSTED FOR BARBARA
Grunt and Runt by Barbara DiMarco
Grunt and Runt were Trolls with revenge on their minds. No girls, boys, nor goats followed the bridge rules!
“I like goats,” said Runt.
“Silence!” shouted Grunt. “Go gather all the ingredients for the terrifying Halloween transforming potion!”
Runt collected everything…except for slug slime.
“Yuck,” said Runt.
Instead he hugged baby goats and picked pink flowers.
“Fun,” said Runt.
Grunt wickedly stirred the potion, adding cobwebs so the prank would stick…
“We’re ready for trick or treaters.” sneered Grunt.
“YAY!” cheered Runt, spinning and spilling potion all over Grunt.
Instantly, Grunt transformed into a pink goat.
“Sweet!” said Runt.
Very fun and original!
Snowflake the Scary
by Becky Hohensee
A wee little spider named Snowflake loved Halloween but wished she
were bigger, hairier, and scarier. The trick or treaters never noticed her.
She scurried down her cobweb to Witch’s cottage, guzzled a potion and burped.
“I’m big, I’m hairy, I’m scary,” she repeated to herself
climbing back into her web.
When the trick or treaters arrived, Snowflake took a deep breath, dropped from a dragline and swung.
“Aaah!” They screamed and ran.
But then saw her wee little reflection in the window.
Hmph, I’m not big.
Hmph, I’m not hairy.
But I’m definitely scary.
Snowflake loved Halloween!
I’m glad she believed in herself! Good luck!
ENTRY POSTED FOR MINDY
Only in America
By Mindy Holland
in America. We have an apartment, the social worker said it was dirty but elbow grease did the trick- no more cobwebs, no more dirt.
I entered my new school. In my village, kids wore school uniforms. Mommy says tomorrow I’ll get new clothes but today I will have to wear my tattered uniform. I’m worried that I will look different from the American kids.
I see children dressed in many ways: a skeleton, a fire-fighter and a witch carrying a potion book. It’s Halloween they tell me. They love my
What a welcome to America!
Clever idea turning this into an immigrant story. Nicely done. Good Luck!
Nice that the child felt included on that first day of school. Good luck!
nice story, Mindy
ENTRY POSTED FOR DOROTHY
Word Count: 98
Cobwebs In Your Potion Does The Trick
A black widow laces through a cobweb.
Spiderman, close by, brews a magic potion.
Harry Potter runs in the cave screaming “Stop! It’s a trick!”
Startled, the black widow falls in the infusion.
Spiderman screams and drops the elixir.
The poisonous mixture hangs by a thread.
The black widow in the vial is drowning.
Spiderman on the floor is coughing.
Harry Potter shouts: “Trick or Treat!”
He kicks the black window out of the mixture;
Then dumps the dusty filament in the philter.
“Drink up Spiderman! You will be fine.
Cobwebs in your potion always does the trick.”
ENTRY POSTED FOR TERRI
What the Spider Saw
by Terri Clemmons
Witch stirred her cauldron as unsuspecting children approached.
The door creaked open.
Spider clung to her dusty cobweb and shuddered.
Witch’s potion lured them into her lair with its pleasing aroma.
“Well, hello!” Witch crooned.
The children looked about. There was no candy.
“I need one more ingredient. And here you are.”
Witch lunged. The children dropped their bags. A lone apple rolled out.
“Ahhh, there it is!” She plunged the wooden stick.
“Ooo,” said the children. Gooey caramel trailed.
Spider drooled. She loved caramel apples.
“The trick is to let them cool enough to eat!” Witch said.
Oooh! Creepy…and fun! Good job!
Nice story, Terri! I love how the witch tricked the kids with a treat!
How did you know that caramel apples are my favorite, Terri. Nice twist at the end! Good job!
I like the twist at the end. Witch and the children enjoying caramel apples together. Cute!
Great twist. I love caramel apples! Good luck!
nice work, Terri.
Great spooky setup with a sweet ending!