The 9th Annual Halloweensie Writing Contest aahhhrrrooooOOOOO!!!!!

***CONTEST UPDATE***

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!!!

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~ 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 topNO 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.

The Prizes:  SO AMAZING! What a generous community we have to donate so much awesomeness!!! 🙂

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Submit your picture book manuscript directly to editor Alayne Christian for her consideration and critique. Helpful feedback is a certainty, publication could be a possibility!

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Blue Whale Press is an SCBWI PAL publisher of children’s books that focuses on stories involving themes of friendship and/or personal challenge. Most often, stories are selected for publishing due to their inherent educational or moral value. But as a general rule, a good dose of humor or a tug at the heart doesn’t hurt their chances of being published either. While a few chapter books and a middle grade are on their list, their focus is picture books. As a boutique publisher who doesn’t mind taking risks, Blue Whale Press considers itself to be a launch pad for authors and illustrators hoping to establish themselves.

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Hone Your Skills with the Lyrical Language Lab Rhyme & Meter Self Study Crash Course (11 Lessons) from accomplished writer and poet Renee LaTulippe

INTENSIVE RHYME AND METER CRASH COURSE

This option contains all the same lessons as Module 1 of Renee’s fully guided course, including all supplemental materials, downloads, and audio/video components. This is the option to choose if you need to build a strong foundation in the mechanics of rhyming picture books and poetry. The major focus is on the four main types of meter and how to use mixed and varied meter. Other topics include rhythm, cadence, breath, scansion, rhyme, sound devices, figurative language, imagery, and diction.
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You also have the opportunity to submit two of your assignments to Renee for feedback, and have email access to ask questions about the lessons as you complete them. Although lessons will arrive every other day, you are free to complete them at your own pace.
See the course description above for more information.

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Picture Book Manuscript Critique (Rhyming, Non-Rhyming, Fiction, or Nonfiction – Vivian is open to any type of picture book critique) from Vivian Kirkfield author of SWEET DREAMS, SARAH (Creston Books, 2019), PIPPA’S PASSOVER PLATE (Holiday House, 2019), FOUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN (Pomegranate 2019), MAKING THEIR VOICES HEARD (Little Bee, January 14, 2020), and more…

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Nonfiction Picture Book Manuscript Critique from Christine Evans, author of EVELYN THE ADVENTUROUS ENTOMOLOGIST (Innovation Press, September 2019)

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Rhyming Picture Book Manuscript Critique from Carrie Finison, author of DOZENS OF DOUGHNUTS and DON’T HUG DOUG, forthcoming from Putnam in August 2020 and Spring 2021.

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Picture Book Manuscript Critique (non-rhyming please) from Janet Johnson author of HELP WANTED, MUST LOVE BOOKS (Capstone, March 2020) as well as the MG novel THE LAST GREAT ADVENTURE OF THE PB & J SOCIETY (Capstone 2016)

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Fiction OR Nonfiction Picture Book Manuscript Critique (non-rhyming please) from Darshana Khiani, author of HOW TO WEAR A SARI forthcoming from HMH/Versify, Spring 2021

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Picture Book Manuscript Critique (non-rhyming please) from Gabi Snyder, author of TWO DOGS ON A TRIKE, forthcoming from Abrams Appleseed, May 2020 and LISTEN, forthcoming from S&S/Wiseman, Spring 2021

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Query Letter Critique from Dee Romito, author of PIES FROM NOWHERE: HOW GEORGIA GILMORE SUSTAINED THE MONTGOMERY BUS BOYCOTT (Little Bee Books, 2018) as well as several middle grade books.

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Book Bundle #1 – Nonfiction
Signed Copies of WAITING FOR PUMPSIE (Charlesbridge, 2017) and THE BOO-BOOS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD (Charlesbridge, 2018) by Barry Wittenstein

and JURASSIC RAT (Spork, June 2019) by Eleanor Ann Peterson.

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Book Bundle #2  – Board Books
Personalized Signed Copies of LITTLE TIGER and LITTLE PANDA (both Amicus Ink, 2019) by Julie Abery

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Book Bundle #3  – Holiday Books
Personalized signed copy of NOT SO SCARY, JERRY (Spork, 2017) by Shelley Kinder

Personalized signed copy of THE QUEEN AND THE FIRST CHRISTMAS TREE (Albert Whitman, 2018) by Nancy Churnin

The Night Baafore Christmas (WorthyKids 2019) by Dawn Young

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Please join me 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, recommending them for school visits, or supporting them in any other way you can dream up 🙂

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!!!

Runaway Imagination
(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!!! 🙂  🎃

And don’t miss the 197!!! fabulous entries that are posted in the comments below!  (And HURRAY! I FINALLY figured out how to make links (THANK YOU AMY!) so you can click directly through to each story to read and comment for the talented authors!!!)
(Where authors’ first names were the same/same spelling I tried to add last names)
1. Witch’s Brew – Corine
2. A Webbed Witch – Kelly
3. Trick Or Treat – Krystal
6. Vampire Stains – Jocelyn
8. One Magical Day – Heather
9. The Lure Of Chocolate – Glenda
10. A Trick Or A Treat? – Glenda
11. Booty And A Beat – Chelsea
13. Little Brother – Lindsey
15. The Halloween Night Bookstore – Sherry Peace
16. The Halloween Heist – Deb Sullivan
17. Halloweensie Treats – Deborah Williams
18. Sweet Snookums – Linda Staszak
19. Scaredy-Cat – Natalie
20. My Surprise Punch – Natalie
21. Tricks For Treat – Megan Walvoord
22. She’ll Be Back – Linda Staszak
23. Tacky Trick – Jill
24. True Brew – Karen
25. Uncanny Cantations – Diana Gibson
26. Sylvester The Spider – MaryLee
27. A Silken Surprise – Tara
30. The Halloween Spell Test – Mary Vander Plas
31. Some Arachnid – Mary Vander Plas
32. One Halloween Night – Dianne Moritz
33. Web Magic – Marcia
35. Cobs In Cahoots – Linda Staszak
36. Halloween Love – Polly
37. Lil Witch, MBA – Annie
38. Sneaky Sister – Keatley
39. Boo Quiet To Spook? – Sandy
40. The Witch’s Dilemma – Susan Summers
41. Halloween Hijinks – Susan Summers
42. Lottie’s Spin On Halloween – Marty Lapointe-Malchik
43. Smelloween – Deb  Buschman
44. Monster School – Erin Rew
47. The Halloween Hop – Sue
48. The Web – Anne
49. What Witch Whips Up – Linda Hofke
50. The Magician – Susan Drew
53. Witchy’s Party – Judy
54. This Little Piggy – Kaylynn
55. A Handsome Prince – Kaylynn
57. My Own Man – Kaylynn
60. Potion Prank – Kristy
62. Ghost’s Pest Problem – Maryna
63. A Spider’s Cobweb Tale – Michelle Kennedy
64. The Little Cobweb With Big Dreams – Michelle Kennedy
65. Five Silly Witches – Mary Vander Plas
66. The Halloween Shortcut – Marty Bellis
67. A Potion Gone Wrong – Michelle Kennedy
68. Witch 101 – Lauren Neil
69. A Halloween Treat – Stacy
70. The Pretty Little Witch – Lucretia
71. Sally The Witch – Natalie
72. Greta Ghost’s Great Escape – Laura Bower
73. The Trick-Or-Treat Crusader – Laurie Carmody
74. Trick-urkey – Kelly 
75. Wendela The Witch – Valerie
76. Trick Or Treat? – Marcia
77. Brewed For You – Diana Gibson
78. No Thank You – Diana Gibson
80. Halloween Hornswoggled – Kristy
83. Three Cauldrons Full! (Play-On Baa Baa Black Sheep Nursery Rhyme) – Erin
84. It’s Party Time – Marty Bellis
85. Cobweb Soup – Kathy Shanahan
86. Goblin Hates Halloween – Ashley Fagan
87. Halloween Forever – Mary Rudzinski
88. Twinkle Twinkle Little Witch – Debbie Vidovich
89. A Pot Of Potion – Cheryl
90. A Famous Witch – Jill
91. A Halloween Visit – Paul
92. Cobwebs – Paul
95. Grandma’s Halloween Tricks – Debbie Wanninkhof
96. Cinderella’s Halloween – Stephanie
97. Bowl Of Sweets – Augusta
98. Boo Who? – Lolly
100. Spinny Has A Ball! – Donna
101. Most Beautiful? – Donna
102. Tricky Witch Test – Ingrid
104. Cobweb Stew – Kathy Rahoy
105. Cat And Ady – Megan Kunz
106. Witcheroo Switcheroo – Amy Brazda
107. I Don’t Want To Go – Amy Brazda
108. Hallo-wedgies – Linda Staszak
109. The Invisible Dog – Kathi
110. Trim The Tree – Amy Duchene
111. Tricky Nicky – Rebecca
112. Cobweb Commotion– Charlotte
113. Bitsy The Spider – Thelia
115. Perfectly You – Mona
117. Bella’s Barnyard Halloween – Deb Buschman
118. The Perfect Caw-stume – Amy Duchene
119. Halloween Spook – Shariffa
120. Night Of Hallows – Shariffa
121. Sneaky Spiders – Ranessa
122. Big Tea Love Stew – Laura Heath
123. Webster – Mary Miller
124. Whoo! Whoo! Will Help! – Deb Buschman
126. Who Should I Be? – Ashley Congdon
127. Frankie And Frogg Pick A Costume – Ashley Congdon
128. The Sad Jackie-O-Lantern – Mary Thorpe
129. What Had They Found? – Mary Thorpe
130. Agatha’s Not So Witchy Halloween – Kristen Reinsel
132. The Witches’ Rock – Mary Warth
133. Halloween Ubuntu – Elaine
134. Fake Ghost: A Sonnet – Jane
135. Trick Or Treat! – Cassy
138. Tricky Witchy – Mia
139. Grunt And Runt – Barbara
140. Snowflake The Scary – Becky
141. Only In America – Mindy
143. What Spider Saw – Terri
144. Sable Spins Halloween – Darcee
145. Ghost’s Birthday Party – Sherry Fellores
146. A Hairy Trick – Joel
147. Always Pack The Potion – Sharon
148. Witchy Wobbles – Stacey
150. The Frozen Witch – Amber
151. My Granny Is A Witch – Margaret
153. Halloween Story – Rafique
155. Witch’s Trick – Susan Halko
156. A Batty Halloween – Katie Schwartz
157. Black Cat’s Dream – Kathy M
159. Master Of Potions – Katie Williams
160. A New Addition To The Family! – Susan Valli
161. Halloweenie Dog – Kristina
163. Cast-Off Candies – Jennifer Broedel
164. Mighty Monty – Kelly Swemba
165. Spider’s First Halloween – Cynthia Argentine
166. Halloweenie Hide And Seek Ye – Michele Ziemke
169. Dark Dark Magic – Pat
170. Save-This-Night – Pat
171. Casper, Jasper, And Fang – Gabrielle
172. Jimmy The Meanie – Jen
173. Itchy Witchy Underwear – Katrina
174. Halloween Night – Susan Burd
175. Ghost Trail – Cynthia Stone-Medina
176. Fatty Batty – Vanessa
178. My Mummy’s A Witch – Tracy Curran
179. Goldiwitch – Dave
180. The Scaredy-Ghost – Kate
181. The HalloWeenteam – Dedra
183. Is It Really Halloween – Shariffa
184. Incantations – Elizabeth
187. Zippity Zora – Kristy
188. Halloween Party – Chandra
189. Halloween Howl – Chandra
191. Haunted House – Chandra
194. The Thud In The Cellar – Michelle
195. A MOMster’s Warning – Stephanie Shaw
196. An Un-afraid – Erin Fleming
197. Witch’s Halloween Party – Vanessa

1,294 thoughts on “The 9th Annual Halloweensie Writing Contest aahhhrrrooooOOOOO!!!!!

  1. skotabrit says:

    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.

  2. Augusta McMurray says:

    BOWL OF SWEETS (92 words)

    By Augusta McMurray (gusmcmurray@me.com)

    Trick-or-treat,
    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.

    Crunch!

    Dreams can come true,
    An Apple can be desired too
    On the night sweets rule!

  3. lauraward707 says:

    BOO WHO?
    by Lolly Ward (@LollyForWard)
    (95 words)

    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!”

  4. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    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.

    “I know!”

    After spinning and stitching like crazy, Spinderella slipped into her new ballgown. She climbed her cobweb, then jumped—

    “Whoa!”

    Spreading her gown’s wings, she flew—

    “Wow!”

    Spinderella glided into the palace’s ballroom—

    “Wheee!”

    Everyone gasped.

    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.

  5. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    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!”

    Glub-Glub-Glub!

    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?”

    “You bet!”

    They twirled across the floor.

    “Don’t I scare you?” Spinney said.

    “No.”

    She inched up her fluffy skirt—six ankles stared at Spinny.

    “I’m Spinderella.”

    “Ooooh! I love you.”

    Twelve feet waltzed through the ballroom doors, spinning into Halloween night.

  6. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR DONNA

    Most Beautiful?
    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.”

    Glub-Glub-Glub!

    POOFF!

    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.”

    “EEEE-YOWWW!”

  7. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR INGRID

    Tricky Witch Test
    100 words
    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…

    GULP!

    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?

    BURP!

    That’s all it took to make the switch? Tonight I get to be a witch!

  8. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    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,
    OH!!! …
    It’s Peter’s MOM with pop and chips.

  9. Kathy Rahoy says:

    Cobweb Stew
    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.

  10. megankunz says:

    Cat and Ady
    97 Words
    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!”

  11. Amy Epstein Brazda says:

    Witcheroo Switcheroo
    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!

  12. Amy Epstein Brazda says:

    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.
    Grown enough.
    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

  13. Linda Staszak says:

    Good luck everyone!

    HALLO-WEDGIES?
    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.
    “Okay, deal.”

  14. Kathi Morrison-Taylor says:

    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.

  15. amyduchene says:

    TRIM THE TREE
    By Amy Duchene
    (86 words)

    Gingerly, gently
    Careful and steady
    Unpack the treasures
    Can’t wait til it’s ready

    Jagged-toothed pumpkins
    Rattling bones
    Puce-colored witches
    A zombie that moans

    Potion-filled cauldrons
    Flickers of light
    Inky black candles
    Illuminate the night

    Baubles and trinkets and
    Dark blood-red jewels
    Mummies and werewolves
    And goblins and ghouls

    Gossamer cobwebs
    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!

    Love,
    Your friendly house ghosts

  16. Rebecca Gardyn Levington (@WriterRebeccaGL) says:

    TRICKY NICKY
    By Rebecca Gardyn Levington
    @WriterRebeccaGL
    100 Words

    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!

  17. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR CHARLOTTE

    Cobweb Commotion

    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!

  18. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    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.

  19. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    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.

  20. mona861 says:

    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
    Burrrrp!

    Then I
    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
    sticky cobwebs
    a bat and my cat.
    Wickedly-Spickedly!
    I flew out the window and joined those kids.

    “You look great!”
    “Thanks,” I cackled.
    I felt perfect being me!

  21. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    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

  22. Deb Buschman (@DebBuschman) says:

    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.

  23. amyduchene says:

    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!

  24. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    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

  25. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    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

  26. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR RANESSA

    Sneaky Spiders
    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!

  27. annamaledonchildrensauthor says:

    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!

  28. Laura Heath says:

    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…

    ‘BLEURGHHHHHHH!’

    Tea EVERYWHERE!

    ‘My LOVE potion!’ wailed Freya.

    Daddy looked angry, then very angry, then sad.

    He kissed the tear on Freya’s cheek.

    And …

    SOMEHOW

    the magic

    WORKED.

  29. 🧟‍♀️BLOODY Mary Miller🎃 (@Daizylublue) says:

    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!”

  30. Deb Buschman (@DebBuschman) says:

    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.
    “Whoo! Whoo!”
    A boy stopped.
    “Whoo,WHOO!”
    “I’m Cade the Wizard.”
    “Whoo!”
    “Want some potion?”
    “Whoo! Whoo!” Owl tried to flap.
    “Oh no, you’re stuck. I’ll be right back.”
    “Whoo.”
    “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.
    “Whoo, Whoo!”

  31. Avana Lilly says:

    “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

    Twitter: @AvanaLilly
    Email: Avanaa.lilly@gmail.com

  32. Ashley Congdon (@AshleyCCongdon) says:

    WHO SHOULD I BE? 
    By Ashley Congdon
    WC: 97

    It’s Halloween! 

    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 . . . 

    witch.
     
    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 . . . 

    spider. 

    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.

    That’s ME. 

    Mabel Monster is who I’ll be when I say trick-or-treat.

    HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

  33. Ashley Congdon (@AshleyCCongdon) says:

    FRANKIE AND FROGG PICK A COSTUME
    By Ashley Congdon
    WC: 100

    “Today’s Werewolfster’s Howling Halloween Party, Frogg.”

    “Ribbit. Ribbit.”

    “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?”

    “Ribbit.”

    “Salt and pepper?”

    “Ribbit.”

    “Peanut butter and jelly?”

    “RIBBIT.”

    “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 . . . .”

    “pea.”

    “ribbit.”

    “Haha. Tricked-ya. Of course! Princess Frankie and Prince Frogg.”

  34. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR MARY

    The Sad Jackie-O-Lantern 100 words
    By Mary C. Thorp mcthorp@live.com

    She was big.
    Round.
    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.

  35. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR MARY

    What Had They Found? 99 words
    By Mary C. Thorp mcthorp@live.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.
    It jiggled,
    It opened!
    Their eyes popped. What had they found?
    Worms?
    Bones?
    Or a sparkling treasure of rubies, gold and silver?
    IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIICK echoed through the air as they fled screaming.

  36. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR KRISTEN

    Agatha’s Not So Witchy Halloween
    by Kristen Reinsel
    kkreinsel@gmail.com
    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.

    No one.

    Then a knock.

    A girl.

    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…

    snails.”

  37. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR KRISTEN

    An Early Christmas Present (for Halloween)
    by Kristen Reinsel
    kkreinsel@gmail.com
    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!”
    laughed Bob.

    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…

    a unicorn.

    Bob spent the night ringing bells (doorbells) while merrily shouting, “Trick or treat!”

    Best. Present. Ever.

  38. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    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!

    Happy Halloween!

  39. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR ELAINE

    Halloween Ubuntu
    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:

    “Ubuntu!”

  40. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR JANE

    Fake Ghost
    a sonnet
    by Jane Cadieux
    100 words

    “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.

  41. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR CASSY

    Trick or Treat!
    By Cassy Clarcq

    Tiptoe, toe tip
    Down the darkened street

    Crunch, scrunch
    Through the leaves
    Hoping for a treat.

    Flitter, flutter
    Of a ghost
    Flying through the air

    Tugging, pulling
    At my hand –
    Brother doesn’t care

    Witches mixes
    In their pot
    Stir a potion green

    Scurry, hurry
    Slipping by
    Trying not to scream

    Quiver, shiver
    In my shoes
    Like a little mouse

    Wispy, sticky
    Cobwebs – ICKY!
    To a spooky house

    Thumping, pounding
    Of my heart
    Back, I can not go

    Breathing, braving
    Up the stairs
    Past the pumpkin glow

    Tiptoe, toe tip
    looking for a sweet

    Toe tip, tiptoe
    Shouting,
    TRICK OR TREAT!

  42. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    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
    Splashed, plopped

    Boiling, bubbling
    The potion is hot
    Balthazar grinned
    Looking into the pot

    “Uh oh”, he thought
    Something’s not right
    Frothing, foaming
    Growing in height

    The potion exploded
    “BANG”, “BOOM”
    Covering ceilings
    Showering the room

    Flooding streets
    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

  43. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR JOANN

    BOO-BOO!
    A LITTLE GHOST STORY
    by JoAnn DiVerdi

    On Halloween, Little Ghost got a boo-boo.
    He flew to a house and rang its bell.
    “Boo-boo!”
    They slammed the door.
    He saw trick-or-treaters.
    “Boo-boo!”
    They ran away.
    He saw a spider.
    “Boo-boo!”
    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.

  44. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR MIA

    Tricky Witchy
    By Mia Geiger
    88 words

    Ghostville was spooky, scary and bleak —
    especially during Halloween week.
    The houses had skeletons, cobwebs and more.
    But Matilda’s was cheerful, down to its core.
    She had roses and tulips and red bric-a-brac;
    she even had daffodils growing out back!
    The kids took one look, and then flew on by.
    Matilda curled up and she started to cry.
    “Wait,” said her spider. “Remember your potion?”
    Matilda giggled and shook with emotion.
    Soon, her kitties — both large and petite,
    all became ghostly, then shrieked…“Trick or Treat!”

  45. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    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.

  46. Becky Hohensee (@HohenseeBecky) says:

    Snowflake the Scary
    by Becky Hohensee
    (100 words)

    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.
    Snowflake smiled.
    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!

  47. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR MINDY

    Only in America
    By Mindy Holland

    Finally,
    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.

    Nervously,
    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.

    Surprise,
    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
    costume.
    What a welcome to America!

  48. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR DOROTHY

    Dorothy Wawa
    dorothywawa@aol.com

    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.”

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