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

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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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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. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    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.
    “Mmmmmmm!”

  2. Darcee Freier (@da_freier) says:

    Sable Spins Halloween by Darcee A. Freier

    Halloween morning, Mama Spider asked Sable to make costumes for the spiderlings. Mama needed to go hunting.

    “Make me an octopus!”
    “Me too!”
    Sable spun oodles of octopus tentacles. The sun climbed the sky.

    “Make me a butterfly.”
    “Me too!”
    Sable wove a kaleidoscope of butterfly wings, a slew of cowboy boots, a pack of pointy ears.

    At noon, Sable ran out of silk. Mama brewed a special potion. Sable slurped.

    She spun hats, tails, and sunglasses. As the sun set, 107 spiderlings wore their costumes. Sable put on a cobweb hat and together the spiderlings crawled out to trick-or-treat.

  3. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR SHERRY

    GHOST’S BIRTHDAY PARTY
    By: Sherry Fellores

    It was Ghost’s birthday
    On Halloween night.
    All ready for his party,
    But no friends were in sight.
    The cobwebs were hung,
    The potion was brewed,
    Ghost even cooked up the spookiest food.
    “BOO HOO! I’ve been ghosted, I see.
    There are skeletons in my closet–
    They must see right through me.”
    No party, no friends,
    No trick-or-treat.
    Ghost hung his head,
    And turned as white as a sheet.
    But just as the midnight moon was to rise,
    Ghost’s friends all showed up and shouted…SURPRISE!

  4. Kaitlyn Leann Sanchez says:

    Omg, Susanna, you story is so great, I was in the edge of my seat the whole time! also, please tell magical Amy, she must share her linking to comments secret!!

    Thanks again to you, your assistants, and the prize donors, for this amazing opportunity and for encouraging the writing community so much!

  5. Joel Chalmers says:

    A HAIRY TRICK
    By Joel Chalmers

    We all stood there glued to the cobwebbed glass. We watched as the boy who had been there the longest took his turn in the chair.

    Hair covered where a face should be.
    A green potion sprayed on the hair.
    Then …

    Everything went BLACK.

    The BUZZING.
    The SCREAMING!

    Was this a trick?!?!
    When the lights came back on, the boy was gone!

    The crazed man cackled, “Who’s next?”
    We tried to run. But none of us got far. Our parents held us waiting for our sacrifice to come.

    The man yelled, “NEXT!”

    The sign outside read “Free Halloween Haircut.”

  6. viviankirkfield says:

    I’m loving all of the stories that I’ve read so far and the turnout is AMAZING.
    If David McMullin is listening…I loved your story, but I didn’t see a place to write a comment or to share it on Twitter.
    Susanna…Halloweensie is definitely a hit…I hope it continues forever!

  7. sharonkdal says:

    ALWAYS PACK THE POTION
    93 words
    Sharon Dalgleish

    We were packing up the car
    on our camping holiday
    when I saw the giant cobweb
    and I quickly backed away.

    I could see the lurking shadow.
    I could smell the spidery breath.
    Then the tremble of the web told me
    there’d been a sudden death.

    I ran to warn the others
    this wasn’t just a trick.
    There’s a monster on the loose!
    And the chomping makes me sick!

    I hollered for the potion …
    Then I felt a little sad.
    The potion was too late, you see
    the chomping sound was dad.

  8. stacey miller says:

    Witchy Wobbles

    By Stacey Miller @stacey25miller

    “I have the Witchy Wobbles,” sniffed Wanda.
    “When somethings tricky,” said the dragon. “I take a deep fiery breath and
    …practice dragon yoga,”
    “This is the fire-breathing pose… the swooping pose… and the capturing a princess pose”
    Wanda thought of her favourite things…
    “This is stirring a potion pose… zooming on a broom pose… and turning a prince into a frog pose!”
    The yoga dragon clapped her wings.
    “Whenever you feel like you have a belly full of spiders…cobwebs in your mouth, or legs like wiggerly worms, do your yoga moves.”
    “You have my Witchy word!” cried Wanda.

  9. Amanda Baker (@SchamandaBaker) says:

    The Purrr-fect Halloween Party
    (99 words)
    By Amanda Baker

    “Curse on a cobweb, Pete! How could you?”
    Winnie’s little brother just smiled.
    “You wanted an unforgettable Halloween party,” Pete said.
    “Not like this!”
    Something crashed in the living room.
    Instead of a party of her coolest classmates, Winnie had a room full of black cats.
    “I’m never going to live this down,” Winnie moaned. She mixed her potion into the giant bowl of milk.
    The room filled with the pop-popping of cats turning back into classmates – some under couches, some licking themselves. Winnie tried to explain. But before she could, Elodie Carmichle squealed, “Whoa! Best Halloween trick, ever!!”

  10. amshahen1 says:

    The Frozen Witch
    By Amber Hendricks
    100 words

    Imelda was wicked.

    Imelda was warty.

    Imelda was…..

    Freezing!

    Everyone in Winterhaven loved the frosty Halloween weather.

    Everyone but Imelda.

    Her teeth chattered.

    Her bones clattered.

    And her potions were frozen solid.

    She dreamed of a tropical vacation. Of warm breezes and dipping her toes in the sparkling sand.

    But Imelda was stuck.

    Unless…

    Snapping her fingers, she brushed the cobwebs from her spell book.

    Imelda knew just the trick!

    Gathering her supplies, she conjured her spell.

    A pinch of poison.

    A serving of scales.

    A scattering of sand.

    POOF!

    It wasn’t the tropics, but not bad for a staycation!

  11. Margaret Menacing Aitken 🎃👻 (@mgtaitken) says:

    This is my entry for “weenie” kids. Such a fun contest! Happy Halloween!

    Margaret Aitken Twiter @mgtaitken

    My Granny is A Witch
    By Margaret Aitken

    My Granny is a witch.
    She wears black from hat to boot.
    Her purse is full of cobwebs,
    her hair as dark as soot.

    My Granny is a witch.
    She stirs potions in a pan.
    She corresponds with gargoyles,
    which frightens the mailman!

    My Granny is a witch.
    She can’t wait for Halloween.
    No decorating her house-
    it’s always black and green!

    My Granny is a witch.
    Is it tricky or a treat?
    Despite all her ghoulish ways,
    she’s really very sweet!

  12. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR KETAN

    Jack O’Lantern’s Potion for Motion
    by Ketan Ram
    98 words

    Jack O’Lantern sulked on the porch.
    For he really wanted to trick-or-treat.
    With Halloween night underway,
    how could he with no hands or feet?

    “Who can help me?”
    Jack howled with force.
    Then Spider Witch Spinny dangled down from her cobweb offering,
    “I will grant your wish, of course!”

    “Oh Spinny! Please whip up a spell or a potion!”
    “One that will put me in Halloween motion!”
    “I want…hands and feet, a mouth to eat treats and a sac for my candy sure would be handy!”

    “Granted!” Spinny smiled and winked.

  13. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR RAFIQUE

    Halloween Story by Rafique Keshavjee

    They stare at his his body in horror. A Halloween trick that led to death. What happened? The children knocked, the door opened, revealing a smiling clown. The smile became a leer, and from the leer came a gruesome growl. They screamed, and ran from the door, dropping sweets and scattering into the cobwebs in the darkness. Leaving little Steven, face-down. Silence. In horror, they creep back. The clown has turned the body over, and having frantically tried potions, looks up, aghast and defeated. Steven lies limp and still. His sister starts crying, “You did this! He has a hole in the heart!”

    “Haha!” Shouts Steven, as he jumps up and runs off, leaving them twice-tricked.

  14. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR JOAN

    Jamie’s Halloween Day Challenge by Joan Leotta

    Cobwebs covered the deserted house doorway.

    Jamie’s older brother, Todd, had challenged her: “Go into the empty house, bring back proof, or I won’t take you trick or treating tonight.”

    Snakes, spiders, ghosts, witches inside?

    Jamie covered her head with her hands and ran in, stopping in the kitchen where she saw a potion recipe on the table!

    She took a photo with her phone, grabbed the potion paper, then ran home where she mixed up a batch of the potion.

    Todd looked at the picture and potion. “You win. And this hot chocolate is frightfully good.”

  15. Susan Halko says:

    Witch’s Trick
    by Susan Halko

    On Halloween night,
    Witch’s doorbell rang.
    “Trick or treat!”
    the children sang.

    “Welcome!” Witch cackled.
    “Who do we have here?”
    “A werewolf, a zombie,
    and skeleton—oh dear—

    I’ve run out of candy.”

    “Aww man! Are you kidding?”
    These kids were complainers.
    So Witch fetched some cobweb-
    covered containers.

    “A trick then?” she smiled.
    “Try this old Charming potion.”
    And three greedy gulps
    set some strange things in motion:

    Fangs and fur, haunting groans,
    clanking bones from real tombs—
    The rude trick-or-treaters
    became their costumes!

    The Halloween creatures
    ran into the night.
    And from that night forward,
    they were always polite.

  16. Katie Schwartz says:

    A BATTY HALLOWEEN
    Katie Schwartz
    99 words

    ”Tonight, little batlings, it’s going to get frightful!
    Terribly scary! Quite undelightful!”

    ”Cobwebs, with tricksters, and bright buggy eyes!
    They’ll snare you with potions, and spiderly lies!”

    ”Inky black shadows! Worse are the MUMMIES!!
    Fly by too close, yum yum yum in their tummies!”

    ”You’d eat US???!!! That’s extreme, Mummy, not necessary!
    Hideous! Horrible! So scary! Very!”

    ”No, no, Mummy don’t! We’ll be perfect, divine!”
    ”It’s MOMMY, you mixed-up li’l batlings of mine!”

    ”Should I clean out your ears?! Bops on the head?!”
    ”Ha-ha, funny Mummy, it’s not time for bed!”

    ”BATZOOKS! You’re so kooky!” is all Mommy said!

  17. Kathy Mazurowski says:

    Black Cat’s Dream

    On Halloween Eve
    Black cat wrote:

    Night time’s swift.
    Cobwebs drift.

    Pumpkins chant,
    Werewolfs rant.

    Treater’s tricks
    Potions mix.

    Vampires bite
    Spiders fight.

    Witches scream
    in my
    Halloween dream.

    By Kathy Mazurowski

  18. Ashley Congdon (@AshleyCCongdon) says:

    I was encouraged to post this one. ☺️

    THE WITCHES’ BAKERY AND
    THE FORBIDDEN POTION
    By Ashley Congdon 
    WC: 99

    “What are you doing?”

    “This shelf is covered in cobwebs.”

    “Don’t touch that potion!”

    “Why?”

    “It’s a concoction I created long ago to add a little flavor to our drinks. We needed customers.”

    “Did it work?”

    “Yes, but people wanted more. In cookies, cakes, cupcakes, candies, and spam. We don’t even sell spam!”

    “What’s the name of this forbidden potion?”

    “PUMPKIN SPICE.”

    “Sounds horrible. How did you make it stop?”

    “Trickery. Said it was seasonal. Ended it in November. And the next year, said I lost the recipe.”

    “Good idea. You don’t know what they would’ve asked for next.”

  19. Katie Williams says:

    Halloweensie Contest 2019 Word Count: 100
    Katie Munday Williams
    Ktwills79@gmail.com

    MASTER OF POTIONS

    Jamie was a potions master.

    On Halloween, he measured, poured, and stirred.

    Today’s potion had to be extra special!

    He sprinkled bits of frog toenails.

    He tossed in wisps of cobweb.

    And he threw in a tuft of grass, just for good measure.

    Perfect. Now to test it.

    Jamie squirmed with excitement. He looked left…then right.

    The coast was clear.

    He grabbed his sister’s smoothie…

    In went the potion.

    He waited.

    And waited.

    Until…

    Glug, glug, glug.

    His sister finished every drop.

    Her face turned green. Her eyes bulged. Jamie ran.

    “You trickster!” she croaked.

    But Jamie was long gone.

  20. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR SUSAN

    A New Addition to the Family! by Susan Valli
    100 words

    Nell’s Halloween broomstick
    Always got homesick,
    Heading for home,
    Making heartrending sobs.
    When it reached the front door,
    It would examine the floor,
    Looking worried and scurried,
    To finish its jobs.
    It began brushing and sweeping,
    Cleaning while keeping,
    Cobwebs away,
    And the floor gleaming bright.
    So Nell sat and thought,
    How Broom could be taught,
    The trick of soaring away,
    Through Halloween nights.
    A potion? A lotion?
    To encourage fast motion?
    But that night in its cupboard,
    Broom had an idea.
    The cupboard had room,
    For a stay-at-home broom……..
    But it also had room,
    For a broom without fear……

  21. Kristina Castillo (@kristina_stillo) says:

    Halloweenie Dog (100 words)
    By Kristina Castillo
    (Twitter @kristina_stillo)

    When leaves fell down, a chill kissed the air
    They dressed me as a soft, cuddly bear.
    They hung cobwebs from the rail
    Which stuck to my wagging tail.
    They stirred up potions and carved an orange vegetable
    And ordered me to keep away from the spectacle.
    The doorbell rang time after time
    Which made me jump at every chime.
    I hid from swords, lasers, and guns
    And creepy giggles from tiny ones.
    Worst of all, and quite the trick
    No chocolate, not one lick!
    When I had enough, I ran away
    To avoid the rest of this awful day.

  22. Chambrae Griffith (@chambrae_g) says:

    MARVIN’S MEAN POTION MIX-UP
    By Chambrae Griffith

    Marvin woke up feeling nice.
    He brewed a get-mean potion.
    Cobwebs, snake skin, dragon scales,
    One slip set things in motion.

    He gulped it down, then grabbed his wand,
    “Time for tricks and fright!”
    He found his victims, aimed and flicked…
    But something wasn’t right.

    Cotton candy grew like clouds,
    The slide turned roller-coaster,
    Though Marvin meant to make to make them scream,
    They drew a “Thank You” poster.

    His get-mean potion hadn’t worked.
    “More!” He heard their cries.
    But being nice felt kind of good,
    He aimed and flicked…. “SURPRISE!”

  23. Jennifer Broedel (@JBroedelAuthor) says:

    Halloweensie Entry 2019
    JenniferBroedel.com & Twitter: @JBroedelAuthor
    (97 words…or 100, discounting the hyphens!)

    CAST-OFF CANDIES
    By Jennifer Broedel

    At the bottom of a sack,
    on a shelf, tucked in the back,
    three small candies sat, uneaten.
    Cast off. Passed up. Limp and beaten.
    Left from last year’s trick-or-treat,
    things no child would ever eat…
    Candied lace worms, chocobats,
    one full pack of mummy cats.

    Then a warty hand reached in,
    followed by a pointy chin…

    “Where’s that potion recipe?
    One large cobweb, now let’s see…
    What could give it extra zing?
    Ah, some candy—just the thing!

    Tumble in the chocobats,
    candied lace worms, mummy cats!
    Cast-off candies simmer, stew…
    Perfect for a witch’s brew!”

  24. kswemba says:

    MIGHTY MONTY
    By Kelly Swemba

    Frightville howled with pure delight.
    The moon rose up, it’s Halloween night!

    The ghouls and ghosts practiced their boo,
    As witches mixed potions two by two.

    All were busy, except little Monty,
    Who crouched in a corner, away from the party.

    Told he was too small, how could HE help?
    Tears rolled down, then he heard a yelp.

    “I’m out of web!” a tarantula said.
    Mighty Monty rose up and spun his thread

    He draped his cobweb up and down
    Monty’s the best decorator in town!

    The village all cheered at his wonderful trick,
    Happy Halloween from this lil chick!

  25. cindyargentine says:

    Halloweensie Entry (100 words)
    Twitter @CindyArgentine
    Thanks for this fun contest, Susanna!

    SPIDER’S FIRST HALLOWEEN
    by Cynthia Argentine

    With the magical potion in his belly, Spider spun marvelous webs.
    People started copying him.
    They blanketed bushes with cobwebs. Decorated porches with giant orbs.
    I’ve inspired them! Spider thought.
    Or maybe … they know something.
    Maybe a monster THAT BIG is coming!
    Spider trembled.
    Dusk fell.
    Eerie eyes glowed.
    Was the monster coming … tonight?
    Spider hid.
    He heard doorbells, footsteps, squeals.
    He peeked.
    Costumed creatures filled the street!
    They raced to each house and yelled, “Trick or treat!”
    They held out buckets. Plunk! Plunk! Pieces fell.
    One dropped.
    Spider tiptoed.
    Nibbled.
    YUMMM!
    Spider could get used to this.

  26. michele ziemke 💻🎨🎭📚💬 (@ZiemkeMichele) says:

    Halloweenie Hide and Seek Ye

    The witch stirred her potion of bubbling goo.
    “Tee-hee-hee! This should do!”
    The witch’s pet spider sat beside her,
    giggling too.

    “Where is he?” she asked.
    The spider danced on his web,
    Pointing to the black puppy, Zeb.
    “Too cute,” said the witch.
    The spider kept pointing,
    the witch kept denying.

    Feeling the brush of air from a crow,
    the witch simpered, “Tee-hee-ho.”
    She coaxed the crow to take a sip…
    POOF! A cloud of soot covered his lip.
    A boy in black talks back.
    “Good trick, Mother.
    The was the best Halloween ever!”

    Michele Ziemke

  27. Beth Stewart says:

    WITCHY’S BUNGLED BREW
    By Beth Stewart
    (99 words)

    “What’s the date?
    Is it too late?
    Where’s my broom, my hat, my pot?”
    Witchy knew that she forgot.
    Goblins crowded outside her door,
    Eagerly waiting for a pour.
    Her ghastly, hideous, Halloween potion
    Always stirred a grand commotion!
    Staring at her cobwebby crock,
    Now she’d be a laughingstock!
    Witchy needed to fix this mistake.
    What icky slop could she quickly make?
    Conjuring tootsies, lollies, and goo
    She melted up a bubbly stew.
    First a long slurp…then a BITE,
    Goblins whined, “This sweet’s a fright!
    We want something good to eat!”
    “Too late,” cackled Witchy, “this trick’s your treat!”

  28. Kerry McQuaide (@KerryMcQuaide) says:

    Lovesick: Haunting the Stacks
    by Kerry McQuaide (100 words)

    “I love her,“ Bai sighed, “but she acts like I don’t even exist!“

    “You are a ghost.“ Agnes shrugged.

    “It doesn’t make my feelings any less real.”

    “Here’s something that might do the trick.“ Agnes heaved a book off the top shelf. It fell open to a chapter titled, Love Potions. “Aha! See?”

    “Shush!” Lilly, the lovely librarian hushed them.

    Bai flushed a fantastic pink.

    “Thanks Agnes, but I have to do this on my own.”

    Dissolving and reappearing in front of the circulation desk, Bai presented a bouquet of black roses and cobwebs.

    “Lilly, I’d like to wooooo you.”

  29. Patricia Finnegan says:

    Dark Dark Magic
    by Pat Finnegan
    100 words

    On a dark, dark night in her dark, dark house,
    Witch opened an old, old spell book.
    And in that old, old spell book there was an old, old chant
    For a spooky scary potion.
    And in that spooky scary potion she put spooky scary things
    Like lizards and cobwebs and screams.
    And those lizards and cobwebs and screams made more lizards and cobwebs and screams
    Until Witch chanted, “Trick-or-treat, trick-or-treat.”
    And the trick-or-treat spell caused trick-or-treat magic
    Making music and pumpkins and candy.
    Then the dark, dark house came alive—So alive—
    With Witch’s friends at her Halloween party!

  30. Patricia Finnegan says:

    SAVE-THIS-NIGHT
    by Pat Finnegan
    96 words

    Witch was known as Queen of Mean
    Cause she hated Halloween.
    With her potion RAINS-A-LOT,
    She began a wicked plot.

    Cloudy monsters filled the sky,
    Thunderclaps made children cry.
    Rainy rivers hit the ground,
    Windy winds blew Witch around.

    Swept up by the storm she made,
    Witch was now the one afraid.
    Trick-or-treaters yelled, “Don’t fret,
    We’ll use cobwebs as a net.”

    Landing with a graceful wiggle,
    Witch let out a happy giggle.
    “I was wrong and you were right—
    Here’s my potion SAVE-THIS-NIGHT!”

    No longer known as Queen of Mean,
    Witch made friends that Halloween.

      • Patricia Finnegan says:

        Yes, there was bit of the Grinch in the witch relative to Halloween – Thank you for reading and commenting:-)

    • anneuro says:

      This is such an original premise and poem with great rhyme, rhythm, and wordplay. I especially like “cloudy monsters” and the names of the potions. You’ve created some magic yourself by managing to squeeze out a complete character arc in so few words. Well done! @Anne Lipton

  31. Butterfly Kisses and Silly Wishes says:

    Casper, Jasper, and Fang
    Casper has a trick or two but doesn’t have a sleeve.
    How will he scare the children then, on this All Hallows Eve?
    Jasper works with potions to scare the kids tonight,
    but a quick look in the mirror has given him a fright.
    Fang hangs upside down to spin a web of gold; it twinkles in the moonlight, a beautiful sight to behold!
    Submitted by Gabrielle Copeland Schoeffield

  32. Jen Bagan says:

    JIMMY THE MEANIE

    by Jen Bagan

    Jimmy Fitz was a meanie. He teased, taunted and tricked – especially on Halloween.
    With his ghoulish mask in place, he snuck up on his mother.
    “BOO!”
    “AAGGHHH!” she screamed.
    Jimmy howled with laughter.
    He called to his baby sister.
    “Drink this potion. You’ll turn into a real unicorn!”
    She slurped greedily then spluttered.
    “YUCK! That’s cough syrup!”
    Jimmy cackled with delight.
    He gathered spiders from cobwebs and found his dad hunched over his desk.
    Giggling, Jimmy opened his jar to launch the spiders … but dad turned around.
    “GAAAAAHHHHHH!” shrieked Jimmy.
    Dad smiled as he removed his zombie mask.
    “Gotcha!”

  33. Katrina Swenson says:

    ITCHY WITCHY UNDERWEAR
    By Katrina Swenson

    Every year on Halloween,
    there’s pumpkins, costumes, and a scene
    that thrills the region’s flight fanatics:
    Myrtle’s Fright-Night Aerobatics!
    But Myrtle’s stumbled on a hitch:
    her witchy britches make her itch!
    Charms and chants and incantations–
    none relieves her aggravations.
    Myrtle checks a cobwebbed cranny
    for a brew to soothe her fanny.
    “Use this potion if you dare.”
    She pours it on her underwear.
    “It’s done the trick! Oh, lucky witch!
    Britches gone, but so’s the itch!”
    Feeling breezy on her broom,
    Myrtle zips to practice. Zoom!
    On Halloween she wows the town–
    but…
    DON’T watch Myrtle upside down!

  34. Susan Burd says:

    HALLOWEEN NIGHT by Susan Burd (90 words)

    Things are up there
    Hidden from sight
    Riding ‘round on
    Halloween Night.

    High on their brooms,
    Dancing in flight
    Waiting for us
    ‘Neath the moonlight.

    Goblins and ghosts,
    Neon and white,
    Playing some tricks
    Giving a fright.

    Bags full of loot,
    Mouthfuls to bite,
    Makes lil’ fiends
    Fly like a kite.

    BOO!

    Black magic cast,
    Witches invite,
    Caught in cobwebs,
    Captured for flight.

    Dark Potion poured,
    Rise to moonlight,
    Spellbound by brew-
    Root beer delight!

    Floats us to bed,
    Tucks us in tight,
    Witches sweet dreams
    Charms us till light.

  35. Cynthia Stone-Medina says:

    GHOST TRAIL

    by Cynthia Stone-Medina
    100 words

    “It’s getting harder to scare people on Halloween night,” Boo said to the other ghosts
    assembled.
    Murmurs of agreement arose.
    “The trick is timing.”
    Using cobwebs, he drew a map.
    “This is the trail we usually follow. It’s time for a change,” he said, “the people already know
    where to avoid us.”
    A ghost shrilled, “it can’t be done!”
    Change can be scary.
    Thunder struck as Boo sprinkled potion across the map.
    “This will reveal the new ghost trail we will follow.”
    That night terrified screams of unsuspecting trick-or-treaters filled the air.
    It was the best Halloween of Boo’s afterlife!

  36. jeffarcus says:

    FATTY BATTY
    by Vanessa Marcus
    95 words

    Fatty Batty couldn’t fly,
    Chunky like a pizza pie.
    Then a potion made him thin,
    A trick that nicked his double chin.

    Fatty batty felt so free,
    Flitted through the sky with glee,
    But then a cobweb thin and fine
    Snagged him like a fishing line.

    Fatty batty hung there stuck,
    Skinny, scrawny, out of luck.
    He wished that he was fat again.
    He missed his old round latter end.

    Fatty batty grew and grew.
    His wish for squishness had come true.
    He smiled as the web sagged long,
    On the ground where bats belong.

  37. Rachael Schweigert says:

    Gwendolyn Dee The Halloween Queen

    Gwendolyn Dee the Halloween Queen,
    started her reign as a wee little pea.
    She won best costume eight years in a row.
    Just last year, she was a wart covered troll.
    This year however, cobwebs crept in.
    No potion or trick could help her win.
    She arrived on her broom with no costume in flight.
    “What in toad’s spells will they think of this sight?”
    “We love your fun magic, and witchy-roo laughter!”
    “No costume compares to the Gwendolyn IT factor!”
    From that day on she was called Gwendolyn Dee.
    Her friends liked her, and she liked not being queen.

    Rachael Schweigert
    100 Word Count

  38. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR TRACY

    My Mummy’s a Witch (93 words)
    by @WriterCornish -Tracy Curran

    “My Mummy’s a WITCH!” announced Anna, wide-eyed.
    “It’s a secret she keeps but I know cause I’ve spied…”
    Our home’s PACKED with cobwebs, the corners are full.
    She knits them at night with her sparkly wool.
    There’s jarfuls of coloured, bright, magical potions,
    under the bed hidden next to her lotions.
    And tonight’s Halloween- I said ‘trick please, no treat.’
    Mum twitched her nose and black bats filled the street.”
    But Anna’s been fooled, you should never assume.
    In the Halloween skies flies her dad on his broom.

  39. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR DAVE

    Goldiwitch
    by Dave Goodale

    No scary tale,
    but a fairy tale,
    on Halloween night.

    Goldiwitch flew to BEAR CROSSING,
    trickily transformed it to SCARE CROSSING,
    draped the sign with cobwebs light.

    To stay awake, she drank a potion,
    rubbed in bat lotion,
    awaited cars beaming bright.

    Goldiwitch counted one, two,
    those wouldn’t do,
    but the third car was just right.

    She wove magic to scare,
    then heard a bear,
    and it gave her a terrible fright.

    The bears numbered three,
    Papa, Mama, and B,
    and their crossing made quite a sight!

    Goldiwitch flew away,
    and needless to say,
    her goldilocks turned white.

  40. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR KATE

    The Scaredy-Ghost
    By Kate Thompson (@writes_kate)

    Ghosty Jack was terrified,
    He hated Halloween.
    Every year he hid away,
    Sad, lonely and unseen.

    “I’m such a scaredy-ghost!” he cried,
    “I need to make a change!
    A courage potion’s what I need –
    I’ll visit Witch McStrange!”

    The potion gurgled, fizzed and hissed,
    It stank of cobweb plop.
    But Jack rushed home, determined,
    ‘til his friends all shouted…“STOP!”

    “You don’t need stinky potions,
    spells, or wishes on a star.
    We’ll bring the trick-free fun to you –
    Just don’t change who you are!”

  41. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR DEDRA
    (her link in the link list is not working for many people – including me – so this is a back-up 🙂 )

    HalloWeenteam
    By Dedra Davis
    (Word count-100)

    The Weenteam discussed costumes for Halloween while chewing bones.

    “Bacon and eggs!” yelped Martha.

    “Nope, last year.” Charli spouted.

    “King and queen?”

    “You buried the scepter! Think!”

    They did their best thinking while chewing.

    Chomp. Crunch. Chomp Chomp.

    “Nut and squirrel?”

    “Maybe… Or, a spider and cobweb. But how?” Charli pondered.

    “Hotdogs!?”

    “Nope, too obvious. Think outside the box!”

    “Did you say box of treats?”

    “Seriously, Martha! I want a lot of tricks with our treats, this year!”

    “Lotions and potions?”

    This only got a glare.

    “Martha, what is long and low like us?”

    “Dill Pickles!!!”, they yapped together!

    THE END

  42. writestuff99 says:

    Meanwhile at Witchmart

    JC Kelly (100 words)

    Glenda flew into Witchmart with a shopping list as long as her broomstick. The store was packed with last minute Halloween shoppers. She buckled her daughter Wanda into a broomcart and flew down the aisles, checking her list…

    …POTION INGREDIENTS
    …COBWEBS
    …NEWT EYES
    …And….?

    She squinted to read the last item. It looked like someone had scrawled “HALLOWEEN CANDY.”

    “Ha,” she cackled, ”Nobody’s brave enough to trick-or-treat at our haunted house.”

    “But my friends want to come tonight,” said Wanda. “Could we please buy candy?”

    “Hmmmmm… I suppose… but none of that sweet chocolate nonsense… how about real gummy worms?”

  43. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR SHARIFFA

    Is It Really Halloween by Shariffa Keshavjee

    Hush! come this way, follow my torch.”
    Ayla 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
    Keval made his decree
    “Where is the fear is it in the dark?
    Look! see it’s all in your heart!

    Let not darkness deceive you
    Its in the mind within you
    Not in the cauldron dark and vast
    Nor in the rare it’s potion last

  44. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR ELIZABETH

    Incantations by Elizabeth Steiner

    Come Goblins! Come Ghoulies!
    Come Ghosties and Witches!

    The time has come to make our brew.
    A potion so powerful to seal our rule!

    Eyes plucked from penguins,
    Ears of a baboon,
    Dew from a cobweb lit by the moon.

    A dragon’s puff to light the wick,
    Boiling and bubbling will do the trick.

    A dram for each soul that dares to dream
    Of midnight flights and creepy schemes.

    Howls and Cackles,
    Screeches and Twitches!
    Come Goblins! Come Ghoulies!
    Come Ghosties and Witches!

  45. Sheila Alford (@TheSheilster) says:

    Laney’s Creepy Night Out
    By Sheila Alford

    Laney looked in the mirror and adjusted her hat.
    DING DONG!
    “That must be Sarah.”
    Laney grabbed her bucket.
    “Let’s go trick-or-treating.”
    “We’re not going to Mrs. Garfield’s are we? Her house is creepy. There’s cobwebs all over her porch and they’re not decorations—they’re real.”
    “I dare you to ring the doorbell,” said Laney. “I’ll give you half my candy.”
    “Alriigght.”
    DING DONG!
    “Hey, you’re not Mrs. Garfield!”
    “I’m her granddaughter. I just moved here and I start school on Monday.
    Why don’t you come in? I made a new drink. I call it my special potion.”

  46. jimchaize (@jchaize1) says:

    The Disappearing Potion
    By Jim Chaize
    Trevor and I rummaged through boxes for our costumes.
    “Look at this,” I said.
    Trevor swiped away cobwebs.
    “Grandma’s Potion Book,” he read.
    We flipped through the book as we dressed to trick-or-treat.
    “A disappearing potion.”
    “Let’s try it.”
    In the kitchen, we mixed the ingredients.
    The potion gurgled.
    “Happy Halloween!” said Trevor, downing his cup.
    Before I could drink mine, Trevor’s body shook. His irises turned red. His empty costume sagged to the floor.
    “Mom, Trevor disappeared!” I called.
    “Look for him!”
    “Okay!” I drank my potion.
    Later, Mom picked up the costumes.
    “Where’d they disappear to … Kids!”

  47. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR KRISTY

    Zippity Zora by Kristy Roser Nuttall

    The Halloween broom flying contest was about to start, but Zora couldn’t find her broom. Maybe she could cast a spell to conjure a broom! Ala Ka Broom!

    No luck. All she could conjure were jumpy frogs and tricky toads.

    Then she tried to trade frog and toad potions for a broom, but all of the other witches cackled at the thought.

    In her mopey malaise, Zora stumbled right into a cobweb. She tripped and sprawled right into the perfect stick to make her own broom! With weeds and a bit of tree sap, Zora zoomed off, zippity fast!

  48. Chandra Mayer (@ChandraCMayer) says:

    Halloween Party
    by Chandra Mayer
    (100 words)

    “A Halloween party!” Worm said. “I bet they have zombie cupcakes, candy corn fudge, and magic potion punch.”

    “What about a costume?” Squirrel asked.

    I could be…
    The mustache of a musketeer.
    A wand for a wizard.
    The tail of a tiger.

    “Where’s your invitation?” Squirrel asked.

    “I didn’t get one,” Worm admitted.

    Worm wiggled closer, admiring cobwebs and cauldrons, ghosts and ghouls, and other spooky decorations. He stared wistfully at the house.

    “Come inside, Worm!” Mouse called.

    “I wasn’t invited.” Worm said.

    “Everyone is welcome.” Mouse said. “The mailbug hid the party invitations as a trick. They’re all missing!”

  49. Chandra Mayer (@ChandraCMayer) says:

    Halloween Howl
    by Chandra Mayer
    (100 words)

    Little Werewolf opened the closet, cobwebs hanging from his old Halloween costume. “I can’t go out like this,” he complained, arms and legs longer than last year.

    What about…

    A mummy?
    Not enough toilet paper.

    A ghost?
    No extra sheets.

    A witch?
    No spare potions.

    “Come out, even if you don’t wear a costume,” Vampire said. “Humans have awesome candy and always fall for our tricks.”

    “Great costume!” the neighbors said to Werewolf, as he jumped from the sidewalk with a growl. “It looks so real.”

    “Who knew my best Halloween costume was… me?!” Werewolf smiled, bag filled with candy.

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