The 10th Annual Halloweensie Writing Contest ~ aahhhrrrooooOOOOO!!!!!

Viper fangs and dragon claws. It’s time for. . .

The 10TH Annual HALLOWEENSIE CONTEST!!!

Halloweensie Pumpkin

~ 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 skeleton, creep, and mask.  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 325 fantastic entries last year, so I know you can do it!)  Also, you may use the words in any form – e.g. skeletons, creepy/crept, masked/unmasked, 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 Saturday October 31st by 11:59 PM Eastern Time and add your post-specific link to the list below.  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 so I can identify you.)  If you have difficulty posting in the comments, which unfortunately sometimes happens, you may email your entry to me at susanna[at]susannahill[dot]com and I’ll post it for you.  Please place your entry in the body of the email including your title and byline at the topNO ATTACHMENTS!  And please do not submit entries in more than one place because it becomes confusing.

The Judging: in a grueling marathon over the following days, my devoted assistants and I will narrow down the entrants to 3 6 9 12? top choices (give or take… you know how hard it is to choose!) which will be posted here and voted on for a winner on Wednesday November 4th or Thursday November 5th (if the judging takes longer than we expect if could be later…but we will do our best!)  The winner will be announced on Monday November 9th (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!!! 😊

1 – Get Your MS in Tip Top Shape With Vivian Kirkfield!

Vivian is offering a PB MS Critique (fiction or nonfiction/rhyming or prose), along with a 30 minute Skype or FB video chat to discuss, along with a read-through of the revision. And top it all off she will also help you with a query/cover letter edit to go with your polished up ms! WOW!

Vivian Kirkfield is the 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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2 – Penny’s Two Cents – an incredible opportunity for any picture book writer!

Sometimes it’s helpful to chat with a published author about your writing journey. Penny Parker Klostermann is offering her two cents. The prize includes General/Big-Picture Feedback on one picture book manuscript + One 30-Minute Chat (Rhyming or prose-750 words or under) Penny doesn’t claim to have it all figured out, (by any means) but she’s happy to share her two cents based on what she’s learned and continues to learn on her journey as an author.

Penny is the author of THERE WAS AN OLD DRAGON WHO SWALLOWED A KNIGHT (Random House 2015) (now available in board book and with matching pajamas! 🙂 ) and A COOKED-UP FAIRY TALE (Random House 2017)

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3 – Picture Book Manuscript Critique (rhyme or prose) from Carrie Finison, author of DOZENS OF DOUGHNUTS (Putnam, July 2020) and DON’T HUG DOUG (forthcoming from Putnam in January 2021.)

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4 – Picture Book Manuscript Critique from Lydia Lukidis, author of NO BEARS ALLOWED (Blue Whale Press 2019) and many educational titles.

Lydia Lukidis        No Bears Allowed

5 – Picture Book Manuscript Critique (fiction or nonfiction) from Teresa Robeson, author of Queen of Physics (Sterling, 2019) and Two Bicycles In Beijing (Albert Whitman, 2020)

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6 – Picture Book Manuscript Critique from Kirsti Call author of The Raindrop Who Couldn’t Fall (Mazo Publishing, January 2019),  Mootilda’s Bad Mood (Little Bee, September 2020), as well as COW SAYS MEOW (HMH) and COLD TURKEY (Little Brown) which will release in 2021.

  Kirsti Call

7 – Picture Book Manuscript Critique from Ellen Leventhal, author of DON’T EAT THE BLUEBONNETS (Spork 2017), LOLA CAN’T LEAP (Spork 2018), and HAYFEST A HOLIDAY QUEST (ABCs Press 2010)

Ellen Leventhal       Don't Eat The Bluebonnets

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8 – Picture Book Manuscript Critique from Heather Gale, author of Ho’onani Hula Warrior (Tundra Books, October 2019)

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9 – a personalized signed copy of The King Cake Baby  and 15 Minute “Ask Me Anything” Video Chat with Keila Dawson, author of The King Cake Baby (Pelican 2015), No Voice Too Small: Fourteen Young Americans Making History (Charlesbridge 2020), and Opening The Road: Victor Hugo Green and His Green Book (forthcoming from Beaming Books, January 2021)

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10 – Making Picture Book Magic Self Study – an online picture book writing class – any month of winner’s choice!

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11 – a personalized signed copy of EITHER  ROCK AND ROLL WOODS (PB) or an ARC of SPIRITS AMONG US (MG) from author Sherry Howard

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AND a personalized signed copy of TWO DOGS ON A TRIKE (Abrams Appleseed, May 2020) by Gabi Snyder

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12 –  a personalized signed copy of NOT SO SCARY, JERRY (Spork, 2017) by Shelley Kinder

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AND a personalized signed copy of MARS’ FIRST FRIENDS: COME ON OVER ROVERS! (Sourcebooks 2020) by Susanna Leonard Hill

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 me to embarrass myself my sample entry which should fill you with confidence in your own MUCH MUCH better efforts!!!

Halloween
A pumpkin moon
A ghostly ship
A still lagoon
Tattered sails
Like swirling mist
Ancient rigging
Creaks and twists
Skull and crossbones
Striking fear
Warning sailors
Far and near
Captain Jack
Comes thump-a-peg
Limping on
His broomstick leg
“Steady now,”
breathes Captain Jack,
“Mustn’t blow
our sneak attack!”
Silently
The ghost ship glides
Closer . . .
Closer . . .
On the tides
Guided through
The murky blue
By the ghastly
Skeleton crew
Stealthily
it comes abreast
creeping
uninvited guest
nearing windows
warm with light
no idea
of their plight
Captain Jack
Deceit complete
Unmasks and shouts out, “Trick-or-treat!”

It’s truly spooky how willing I am to embarrass myself for you! 😊😊😊 

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 3 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 169!!! fabulous entries that are posted in the comments
below! (Hopefully each one is a link, but thanks to the new wordpress, I’ve redone the list twice with uncertain success!)
 
  1. Midnight Rescue – Laura Bost
  2. You Don’t Scare Me – Brenda B. Covert
  3. Rattle, Rattle Skeleton – Vashti Verbowski
  4. Corona’s Evil Plan – Marty Findley
  5. Littlest Witch’s Wild Ride – Marty Findley
  6. Shy Skeleton’s Dance – Marty Findley
  7. A Night Out. . . – Deb Sullivan
  8. See Billy Bony – Helen Addyman
  9. The Skeleton Shuffle – Susan R. Waide
  10. Scare School – Laura Howard
  11. Is It Time? – Sue Lancaster
  12. The Skeletons’ Masked Ball – Sue Lancaster
  13. Halloween Masquerade – Jamie Donahoe
  14. The Curse of Halloween – Bru Benson
  15. Halloween Hesitation – Beth Volkmann
  16. The Phantom Of The Library – Natalie Cohn
  17. Trick Or Treat – Alli Straus
  18. No Bones About It – Judy Sobanski
  19. Family Business – Natalie Cohn
  20. Tattered Treats – Marilyn Garcia
  21. Halloween Surprise – Anna Ouchchy
  22. A Spider’s Tale – Darcee A. Freier
  23. Grandfather’s Clock – Sarah Heaton
  24. Halloween Peeps – Jamie Donahoe
  25. Mystery Guest – Dawn Young
  26. Nelly O’Skelly – Danielle Sharkan
  27. First Halloween – Carol Jones
  28. One Noisy Halloween – Rebecca Thill
  29. Polly’s Not-So-Perfect Potion – Susan Summers
  30. Masquerade – Kathiann Weatherbee
  31. Howl-o-weenie – Ashlee Hashman
  32. Trick Or Treat – Stephanie Mena
  33. Skelly The Skeleton – Michelle S. Kennedy
  34. Trudy’s Toothy Halloween – Kelsey Gross
  35. Class Pet Trickery! – Mary Bleckwehl
  36. Hola Halloween! – ‘Boo Darkling’ (Roo Parkin)
  37. BOO! – Rebecca Woodall
  38. Haunted – Anne Lipton
  39. Creepy D’s – Martha Holguin
  40. Trick Or Treat – Marla Yablon
  41. Skellie’s Closet – KeelyWrites
  42. Skelly B. Skeleton – Cathy Chester
  43. When Skally Nearly Didn’t Show His Face – Diana Webb
  44. Sammy Goes Home – Courtney Rubo
  45. GRRRRRRRRRR! – Donna Kurtz
  46. Teeth Love HalloweenToo! – Donna Kurtz
  47. The Halloween Fair – Donna Kurtz
  48. Skeleton And Ghostina – Gail Hartman
  49. Little Bonesy Loves Halloween! – Paul Kurtz
  50. Mousey’s Batty For Halloween! – Paul Kurtz
  51. Spider-Claws Is Comin’ To Town – Paul Kurtz
  52. A Bone-afide Friend – Kristen Reinsel
  53. Wendy’s Sugar Spell – Caitlin Eslinger
  54. A Very Scary Halloween – Kerrie Elizabeth Godding
  55. Haunted Hallo-weave – Cathrene Valente Youngquist
  56. Spider’s Can’t Dance! – Cathrene Valente Youngquist
  57. The Beady Eye – Libby Hartwell
  58. Stitch – Amy Duchene
  59. Halloween Surprise – Sarah Hawklyn
  60. Four Dancing Skeletons – Isabel Rodriguez
  61. First Trick-or-Treat – Carol Samuelson-Woodson
  62. BIG Boney Story – Yolanda Danyi Szuch
  63. Skeleton Knights – Islancy Guada
  64. Halloween, This Year – Nina Nolan
  65. The Arnold Rock – Polly Sheldon
  66. Skeleton’s Scare – Erin K. McCabe
  67. Skeleton’s In The Closet – Karen Keesling
  68. Vampire And Skeleton Go Shopping – Jay Reece
  69. Haiku – Corine Timmer
  70. Opportunity Wanders – Florbela Nienaber  
  71. Trick or Treat – Susan R. Waide
  72. The Monster’s Mash! – Susan R. Waide
  73. The Skele-Mummy – Linda Staszak
  74. All On A Halloween Night – Linda Staszak
  75. Creep A Little Closer – Yvonne McCutchen
  76. Moonlight Party – Yvonne McCutchen
  77. Stella Decorates – Melissa Warren
  78. Candy Heist – Sarah Hawklyn
  79. Pillows In Pants – Christine Menke
  80. The Masked Skeleton – Deborah Dolan Hunt
  81. Mask Required – Lucretia Schafroth
  82. Psyched Out – Karen Pickrell
  83. The Case Of The Missing Skeleton – Karen Pickrell
  84. All Hallows’ Eve – Liz Kehrli
  85. My Worst Thirty-first – Obbverse
  86. Scary Mary – Geraldine Jones
  87. Sweet Escape – Allison Strick
  88. Bones: A Love Story – Keatley Eastman
  89. Phoebe’s Magic Stew – Linda Hofke
  90. Paco And The Skeletons – Katie Schwartz
  91. Lester Skeleton’s Halloween Hunt – Ford Waight
  92. Little Frankie Patches Things Up – Rozana Rajkumari
  93. Witch’s Fiery Broth – Corine Timmer
  94. Jack’s Halloween – Kara Sibilia
  95. The Jolly Skeleton – Linda Staszak
  96. Sammy Skeleton’s Warm Halloween – Lily Erlic
  97. Slinky Skeleton – Penelope McNally
  98. Annabelle’s Halloween – Penelope McNally
  99. The Hungry Corpse – Robert Schechter
  100. Little Goblin’s Halloween – Kathleen Mazurowski
  101. The Curse – Glenda Roberson
  102. Moving Day – Laura Bower
  103. Halloweenie – Lauren Harris
  104. Letter On The Door – Jessica Reed
  105. Sebastian’s Halloween – Polly Owen
  106. Skeleton’s Halloween Party – Polly Owen
  107. Halloween High Jinx – Stacey Miller
  108. Weensie’s Potion – Lisa Lee Furness
  109. The Nightmarish Place – Suzie Olsen
  110. I’m Not Scared – Desirae Moten
  111. What A Haul! – Diane Hanington
  112. The Halloween Trick – Aimee Larke
  113. A Skeleton’s Fright – Nadia Ali
  114. The Maple Tree Fright – Rebecca Allain
  115. Creepy Cookie Night – Annette LaFortune Murray
  116. The Night Stacey Saved Halloween – Autumn Haley (age 8)
  117. The Skeleton Ball – Jenny Caddy
  118. The Halloween Car Parade – Laura Bower
  119. The Halloween Ball – Crystal Lamb
  120. A Halloween Scare – Sarah Hetu-Radny
  121. Skeleton And Jack – Jennifer Bochonowicz
  122. Halloween – Marjorie David
  123. Ben’s Biggest Fear – Maria Pichler
  124. Skeletons – Patty Wright
  125. GHOST On The COAST – Becky Loescher
  126. The Scare Dare – Nancy Derey Riley
  127. Lonely Spider’s Dance – Danielle Sharkan
  128. Things That Go Cronk – Carla Bourne
  129. Grrrr! Brothers! – Susan Drew
  130. Midnight Mortal Ball – Nicola Thackrey
  131. The Monsters Of Halloween – Ryan Roberts
  132. The Perfect Halloween Present – Jenny Buchet
  133. Hopeless Heist – Karyn Curtis
  134. A 2020 Halloween Bash – Kristen Foote
  135. Boneyard Ballet – Jennifer Broedel
  136. Halloween Night – Di Litwer
  137. Tom Bones Goes Rogue – Marty Bellis
  138. A Bone-Fide Halloween Tale – Marty Bellis
  139. Dad’s Halloween – Lisa Lipsey
  140. Final Moments – E. Elle Bea
  141. How To Hug A Ghost – Cathy Lee Patterson
  142. Not This Year! – Carmen Castillo Gilbert, PhD
  143. Shh! Party In My Room! – MeiLin Chan
  144. Little Witch – Tracy Detz
  145. A Pumpkins Story – Christine Graham
  146. Beware Of Humans – Janelle Springer-Willms
  147. Beware Of Skeletons – Lea Boyd (age 8)
  148. Little Badger’s Great Big Scare – Bridget Grey
  149. Lightning And A Mask Of Stars – Rhett Trull
  150. Creature Of The Night – Lindsey Aduskevich
  151. Thorny Lane’s Treasure – Rhonda Gatlin
  152. Argleby’s New School Adventure – Echo Roben
  153. A Cat-astrophic Halloween – Elizabeth Meyer zu Heringdorf
  154. Two Can Play – JC Kelly
  155. Mia’s Halloween Celebration – Lily Erlic
  156. Seven Jack-O-Lanterns – Mary Arkiszewski
  157. A-Z: Who’s Behind Me? – Ashley Congdon
  158. The Attic Mask – Barbara DiMarco
  159. Not-So-Happy Halloween – Claire Schlinkert
  160. The Skeleton Creep – Tracy Curran
  161. The Brown, Brown Boots On The Cold, Cold Floor – Crystal Lamb
  162. Hedgehogs In The Garden – Nicola Holden
  163. Home Sweet Home – Mona Pease
  164.  
  165. All Bones – Desi Valle
  166. Hallowcake Cravings – Katie Pals
  167. Foggy Halloween – Denise Seidman
  168. Halloween Is Scary – Valerie McPherson
  169. The Sweetest Halloween Treat On Earth – Jill Burns 
 

1,004 thoughts on “The 10th Annual Halloweensie Writing Contest ~ aahhhrrrooooOOOOO!!!!!

  1. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR DONNA

    GRRRRRRRRRR!
    by Donna Kurtz
    Thunder BOOMS!

    Lightning FLASHES!

    Z-Z-Z-A-A-P-P-P!

    “My Skeleton-Monster’s alive!” Doctor Frankenbeans cheers. “Say, ‘You-Are-My-Master.’”

    “Rrrr. . . ”

    “Not even close—try again.”

    “Grrrr!”

    “Still awful.”

    “GRRRRRR!”

    Skeleton-Monster smashes through the wall.

    Fairie-Princess, wearing her sparkly silver-sequined mask, walks down the road.

    “GRRRRRRRRRR!”

    “Totally-creepy look, guy—but your growl needs work.” Fairie-Princess takes Skeleton-Monster’s giant-sized boney hand. “Halloween party-time, Big Boy.”

    At the party, Skeleton-Monster wins the—

    —Bobbing-For-Apples Competition—

    —Caramel-Popcorn-Ball-Eating Event—

    —Totally-Creepiest-Costume Trophy—

    —and Monster-Mash-Dance-Contest, whirling Fairie-Princess across the floor.

    She giggles. “What fun, Strong-Silent-and-Scary! How do you feel?”

    “GRRRRRRRR—RRRRRRRR—RRRRRRRR–RRREAT!”—roars Skeleton-Monster—“HAPPY HALLOWEEN!”

  2. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR DONNA

    Teeth Love Halloween Too!
    by Donna Kurtz

    Teeth love costumes and trick-or-treating!

    First house—
    Tapp-Tapp
    “Sugary candy-corn?” creepy ghost Izzy-Incisor says. “No thank-you. It gives us cavities.”

    Second—
    “Hard jawbreakers?” mummy Carlotta-Canine says. “No thank-you. They crack our enamel.”

    Third—
    “Sticky taffy?” snow-princess Bonita-Bicuspid in her sparkly, silver-sequin mask says. “No thank-you. It pulls out our fillings.”

    Fourth—
    “Licorice laces?” scary skeleton Maxy-Molar says. “No thank-you. They get jammed between Bonita and me.”

    “Look, our dentist Dr. Dazzler’s house,” Carlotta says.

    Tapp-Tapp

    “Hurray,” Izzy cheers, “a toothbrush!”
    “Wow,” Carlotta laughs, “toothpaste!”
    “Yay,” Bonita giggles, “mouth-rinse!”
    “Yahoo,” Maxy whoops, “dental-floss!”

    “YIPPEE!” the friends cheer. “OUR BEST HALLOWEEN EVER!”

  3. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR DONNA

    The Halloween Fair
    by Donna Kurtz

    I went to the Halloween Fair,
    The skeletons rattled there,
    A spider with eyes big as boo-berry pies
    Got caught in the zombie’s hair.

    Masked ghouls rode the carousel,
    The mummies jumped on as well,
    Their wrappings unwound, limbs plopped to the ground,
    And gave off an awful smell.

    The creepiest was the bat,
    She flew in the witch’s black hat—
    The witch gave a shriek and fell in the creek,
    But what became of the bat,
    The bat, the bat, the bat,
    The bat, the bat, the bat?

  4. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR GAIL

    Skeleton and Ghostina
    Gail Hartman

    “You make a spooky pirate, Skeleton.”

    “That’s a boo-tiful witch mask, Ghosthilda.”

    “We’re ready for the Halloween party!”

    Off they rode on Ghosthilda’s boo-cycle.

    The boo-cycle wheel hit a rock. Skeleton and Ghosthilda flew into the air.

    Skeleton landed splat in a mud puddle.

    “Ouch, my funny bone broke!” cried Skeleton.

    Ghosthilda took Skeleton home and bandaged his bone.

    “Good as new,” said Ghosthilda.

    “But my costume is ruined!” said Skeleton.

    Ghosthilda grabbed the bandages and wrapped them around and around Skeleton.

    “You make a creepy mummy,” said Ghosthilda.

    “You make a boo-tiful friend,” said Skeleton.

  5. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR PAUL

    Little Bonesy Loves Halloween!
    by Paul Kurtz

    “Nobody will trick-or-treat with me,” little Bonesy Skeleton sighs. “I’m too creepy.”

    Hiding in a baby-blue bunny costume and mask, he joins kids collecting candy.

    “Friends and goodies. Yay!”

    “Here’s Mr. McNasty’s house,” Purple-Puppy says. “He has the yummiest treats, but he’s soooo mean.”

    Knock-Knock
    The door squeaks open.
    “Trick-or-treat!”

    Mr. McNasty scowls. “Blue bunnies? Pink kitties? Purple puppies? Halloween’s scary—you’re not. GO AWAY!”

    “Awww, no treats,” Bonesy’s new friends wail.

    Bonesy rips off his fuzzy costume and mask.
    “B-O-O-O-O-O-O-O-O!”
    “EEEYOWW!” howls Mr. McNasty. “Take the whole bowl!”

    Bonesy’s new friends hug him.

    “Our scary hero!”

    Bonesy loves Halloween!

  6. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR PAUL

    Mousey’s Batty for Halloween!
    by Paul Kurtz

    “Last Halloween’s Creepy-Skeleton outfit flopped.”
    Mousey slips on his bat-costume and mask.
    “Yay, I’m super-scary!”
    “Scary? HAH-HAH!” the rats laugh.

    Sighing, Mousey wanders into the woods.

    “HELP!—HELP!”
    Witchy dangles upside-down from a branch.
    Climbing up, Mousey gnaws.

    KAA-FLUMPPH—

    Witchy plops onto soft leaves.
    “Thanks Mouseykins, here’s a reward—

    PRESTO-CHANGO-FLITTER-FLUTTER!”

    Mousey’s bat-wings billow.
    “What?”

    He rises—
    “Whoa!”
    —soars—

    “Whee!”
    —sees the rats below.

    Z-O-O-O-M-M-M—

    Mousey power-dives.
    “SQUEE-YOWEE!—SQUEE-YAAHH!”

    Rats scatter.
    “HEE-HEE!” Mousey giggles.

    “Handsome—” coos a voice, “—you’re driving me batty.”

    Mousey turns his head.
    A girl-bat bats her eyelashes.

    Mousey winks at her.

    Witchy cackles, “HAPPY HALLOWEEN!”

  7. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR PAUL

    Spider-Claws Is Comin’ To Town
    by Paul Kurtz

    It’s time to put on
    Your fangs, masks and hats,
    And dress yourself up
    Like zombies and bats—
    Spider-Claws is coming to town.

    He brings girls and boys
    A creepy surprise,
    Like skeleton-pops and chocolate-flies—
    Spider-Claws is coming to town.

    The pumpkin-moon is rising,
    And Spidey’s nearly here—
    He’s bigger than Godzilla’s mom,
    So you better run in fear!

    He’ll flatten the bank,
    And smash up the mall,
    Destroy all the schools,
    Then crush City Hall—
    SPIDER-CLAWS IS COMING TO TOWN!
    B-O-O-O-O-O!

  8. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR KRISTEN

    A Bone-afide Friend
    by Kristen Reinsel
    WC: 100

    I look in the mirror.

    Eye sockets—too wide.

    Ribs—too narrow.

    The kids at human school already call me “Creepy Evie,” not knowing what I hide beneath masks, leggings and hoodies.

    It’s my first Halloween party. Rhada, the class pet, insists everyone “dress up.”

    Ruffles, bows?!

    Yuck.

    I search the attic. A gown and veil… hmm.

    Back in the mirror, I’m horrifyingly…

    poofy.

    Not happening.

    Unicorn-barfing-a-rainbow hoodie wins.

    I walk into school.

    GASP!

    Vampires, witches… skeletons?!

    “Evie—ditch the disguise. It’s our day,” whispers a familiar voice.

    “Wha…?”

    With a bony grip, Rhada squeezes my hand.

  9. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR CAITLIN

    Wendy’s Sugar Spell, Caitlin Eslinger (100 words)

    A creepy setting with the full moon rise.
    Wendy the witch has a spell to terrorize.
    She checks her brew, only missing an eye.
    “I’ll throw in wolf hair and give that a try!”

    The scalding caldron liquid turns blue.
    In go four skeleton bones til they’re goo.
    Something is missing, it’s still not right.
    Wendy is conjuring on Halloween night.

    A soul of a ghost and one blueberry pie.
    “This will make up for the missing eye!”
    The pot starts to burst with butterflies.
    Wendy is ready with her brilliant disguise.

    A child’s mask for an endless candy supply.

  10. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR KERRIE

    A Very Scary Halloween
    By Kerrie Elizabeth Godding

    Every. Single. Year. This year was no exception. Lucy always wanted to be a princess for Halloween. Except this year. Lucy wanted to be a scary, evil princess. Her Mom giggled when Lucy specifically asked if she could be a skeleton princess with a mask to hide her secret death-ray eyes. Together, Lucy and her Mom stitched and glued the creepiest princess costume ever. It was so scary, when Lucy tried it on, she was afraid to look in the mirror. Her Mom was so frightened, she ran out of the room. Lucy laughed, “This is the best Halloween ever!”

  11. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR CATHRENE

    HAUNTED HALLO-WEAVE
    Cathrene Valente Youngquist

    ‘Twas Halloween Eve and all through the night.

    Creepy spiders wove happenings to give all a fright.

    Ghosts rattled their chains, they moaned and they sighed.

    Skeletons shook out their bones, they jiggled and jived.

    Full Moon wore his cloud mask as he peered from on high.

    Witches mounted their broomsticks. They streaked through the sky.

    The old hags below stirred their potions and brew.

    Eyeballs and bat lips they dropped in the stew.

    At the first light of dawn haunted visions were banished.

    The first rays of bright sun… creepy spiders had vanished.

  12. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR CATHRENE

    Spiders Can’t Dance!
    By Cathrene Valente Youngquist

    Little Spider and his family creepy-crawled to the Halloween Ball. Moon smiled through his cloud mask.

    “SPIDERS CAN’T DANCE!” cackled Witch.

    “Spiders weeeeave!” moaned Ghost.

    “Spiders spinnnn!” rattled Skeleton.

    “SPIDERS DANCE,” the family said.

    By the ka-zillions they danced the Spider Dance! “Whirrr-whirrr.” They spun.They wove a silky web all around Halloween Grove.

    Sun awoke and smiled. The party melted away, all but Little Spider and his family who creepy-crawled back home…

    And yes, Spiders Dance!

  13. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR LIBBY

    THE BEADY EYE (100 words)
    By Libby Hartwell

    Strolling through the woods Skeleton tripped. Urgh!

    He reached down and found a dotted pink pebble.

    “How pretty,” he said and took it home.

    That night, as the rain fell, Skeleton heard a moan:

    “Where’s my beady eye?”

    Skeleton looked at the pebble and shook. Rattle.

    He went to the window. Creep.

    Wiping the pane, he saw a shadowy shape.

    With billowing cape and a mask-covered face, it moaned:

    “Who’s got my beady eye?”

    Skeleton’s teeth chattered as he picked up the pebble …

    and opened the door. Creak.

    Peering into the rain-filled night he asked:

    “Is this your beady eye?”

  14. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR AMY

    Stitch – by Amy Duchene

    Halloween creeping; feel the chilled air.

    Time to plan costumes. What will I wear?

    I totter and rattle. I shiver and shake.

    Sit at my sew table. What shall I make?

    I know! I’ve got it! How to stay warm…

    Go as a body in human form!

    Cover my bones with muscle and skin;

    Mask all the parts that live within.

    Stretch and measure, pin and sew.

    Add dainty detail—even a bow.

    Finally finished. All fits just right.

    A perfect costume for Halloween night.

    My skeleton shape, alive inside all.

    Now toasty and warm for this holiday in fall!

  15. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR SARAH

    Halloween Surprise By Sarah Hawklyn

    Tonight was Halloween and Jojo was upset.

    She had a costume she had made herself. She wore her sparkly pink tutu, a skeleton shirt, bones cut out of cardboard and a mask decorated with glitter.

    But there was no trick or treating in her neighborhood.

    To make matters worse, it stormed outside.

    Suddenly she heard a horrible shrieking sound.

    Were the Halloween monsters coming?

    Would they creep up on her in the darkness?

    She looked out the window …

    and quickly opened the door to a tiny wet, black kitten.

    She cuddled him close
    .

    “Maybe Halloween has come to me”.

  16. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR ISABEL

    FOUR DANCING SKELETONS – Isabel Rodriguez

    One dancing skeleton passing thru
    Heard a BOO and now there’s TWO!
    Two dancing skeletons made my flesh creep
    A BOO and an E-e-e-e-e and now there’s THREE!
    Three dancing skeletons passed my door
    To join their friend so now there’s FOUR!
    Four dancing skeletons, one with a mask
    Where are they going? Why do you ask?
    They’re on their way to their Monster friend’s Lab
    Whose Halloween Party garb is oh, so fab!
    The Wolfman and Dracula just couldn’t resis
    To dance the Monster Mash and the Transylvania Twist!

  17. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR CAROL

    First Trick-or-Treat (89 Words)
    By Carol Samuelson-Woodson

    Mask fitted tight.
    The full moon is shining.
    Sam says,“We might
    meet a monster or two.”

    Eek! Creepy sight.
    Bones are combining,
    skeletons white
    and quite gruesome to view.

    Witches recite
    spells, while they’re dining.
    “Taste,” they invite,
    (so polite) “our nice brew.”

    Help! ghastly plight!
    Werewolves assemble.
    Sam warns, “They’ll fight
    for a big bite of you.”

    Home! Tucked in tight.
    I sweat and tremble.
    Sam says, “We might
    die of fright.” (Many do.)

    Suddenly light!
    That glorious symbol
    banishes night.
    We’re all right! Dawn breaks through.

  18. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR YOLANDA

    BIG Boney Story (87 words)
    by Yolanda Danyi Szuch

    SKELETON, with bones bright white,
    had no costume for that night.
    Halloween was here at last,
    and he needed something fast.

    Then, a creepy GOBLIN said,
    “Bring me bones from creatures dead:
    from a rat and bat and cat,
    from a frog and hog and dog.

    I will make your mask and clothes,
    cloaking you from skull to toes.”
    SKELETON came back with bones.
    GOBLIN worked with moans and groans.

    Finally, the task was done.
    SKELETON enjoyed the fun,
    proudly rattling what he wore,
    looking like Tyrannosaur!

  19. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR ISLANCY

    SKELETON KNIGHTS
    By Islancy Guada

    S-keletons love dueling with monsters—fighting as bravely as
    K-nights.
    E-very corpse gathers on Halloween night, sharpening their
    L-ances and swords carved from the finest tibia bones.
    E-ven though skeletons have no guts,
    T-heir spines are hard steel.
    O-peration Save-The-Tombstones
    N-ears.

    S-keleton Knights creep through mist and fog—fearless, maskless, marching on!

    C-emetery monsters
    R-un or hide.
    E-very creature fears the Skeleton-Knights.
    E-scaping Tombstone-Raiders
    P-ause to fight.

    S-keletons creep through hallowed ground—fearless, maskless, fighting on!

    M-oonlight scorches all it touches—
    A-nother monster burns to ashes.
    S-himmering bones swing and thrust.
    K-night skeletons win the fight—Hooray, Tombstone-Saviors!

  20. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR NINA

    HALLOWEEN, THIS YEAR
    by Nina Nolan

    Usually, I feel weird wearing a mask trick-or-treating. The eye holes creep down my nose. I can’t see where I’m going. So I go as a skeleton.

    This year, because of the Covid thing, a mask felt normal.

    I marched out sporting a big Sasquatch mask.

    And crashed right into the first door I came to.

    It was Mr. O’Leary’s.

    Usually, he’s too shy to talk to anybody.

    But he hollered, “Happy Halloween!”

    Maybe he was trying to keep “social distance.” Because he was stretched way out of his upstairs window, throwing candy.

    It was my favorite kind!

  21. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR POLLY

    The Arnold Rock

    Now Arnold was a bony chap
    Skinny! White! He loved a nap!
    But couldn’t help the noise he’d make
    When music made his skeleton shake

    It happened at the oddest times
    Like when his teacher read him rhymes
    A click, a jolt, a creak, a clack
    His throbbin’ body went full whack

    Bones a banging, knees a knocking
    Spooky Halloween Tik-Toking
    Looks of horror, screams of fear
    Drop your masks! A monster’s here!

    Poor Arnold longed to softly sleep
    His bones did not they craved to creep
    out all the kids that Halloween
    Click or Treat! Let’s hear you scream!

    By Polly Sheldon

  22. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR ERIN

    SKELETON’S SCARE
    By: Erin K. McCabe

    Creep, sneak, peek.

    Skeleton crawled behind the cauldron, ready for Halloween!

    “BOO!” Ghost echoed, shaking skeleton’s bones with fright.

    Creep, sneak, peek.

    Skeleton tottered behind the tomb, ready for Halloween!

    “Boo!” Goblin shrieked, shaking skeleton’s bones with fright.

    Creep, sneak, peek.

    Skeleton wove through the web, ready for Halloween!

    “Boo!” Witch wailed, shaking skeleton’s bones with fright.

    Skeleton glided through the grove. How could he win the Halloween scare?

    A mask? A costume? A wig?

    Skeleton thought, hiding candies under the leaf pile, calling, “Snack time!”

    Barren bowl sat silently on the table.

    “NO CANDY!” His friends trembled with fear!

  23. kskeesling says:

    Skeletons in the Closet
    By Karen Keesling
    WC: 99

    Hooray! It’s Halloween night.
    I’ll give others a fright.

    My big sister, Ella Lynn,
    Always dresses as a skeleton.

    And me, little Mary…
    Can I be as scary?

    Something frightful, creepy and dark…
    Not the same old mask or shark.

    I look around. And then…I’ve got it!
    What is scarier than THAT closet?!

    I’ll be the closet where Halloween costumes lay.
    Our friends will be scared forever and a day.

    They’ll scream and hoot,
    I’ll steal their loot.

    Then I’ll leave them to their grief.
    Because what’s scarier on Halloween
    Than a closeted candy thief?

    • Ashley Congdon (@AshleyCCongdon) says:

      My youngest tries to scare his big brother 😄. And he tries to steal his loot. Great story! Good luck!

  24. Jay says:

    Vampire and Skeleton Go Shopping by Jay Reece

    “Hey Skeleton,” grab your coat we’re going mask shopping,” said Vampire.
    “My heart’s not in it,” said Skeleton.
    “Nothing to it, we’ll hide on the toy floor, and wait till closing time,” said Vampire.

    “Why do you need a mask? Asked Skeleton.
    “I’m not welcome at the Halloween party with these fangs! Said Vampire.
    Last year was . . . problematic.”

    “One eyeball?” suggests Vampire.
    “You’d cheat at games,” said Skeleton.

    “A cannibal then?”
    “Wasn’t gnawing a problem last year?” said Skeleton.

    “A skeleton?”
    YES! I could go as your brother!”
    “Come on Skeleton, we’ll be late,” screeched Vampire.

  25. Corine Timmer says:

    What fun! Thanks for hosting another Halloweensie, Susanna. I really enjoyed your entry. My first entry is a haiku (untitled). The text (haiku) is supposed to be centered but I don’t know if it will work here.

    night of the creeps
    Skeleton’s facemask
    widening Jack O’Lantern’s grin

  26. Florbela Nienaber (@anartistlife2) says:

    OPPORTUNITY WANDERS IN THE NIGHT
    by Florbela Nienaber

    The moon was full on Halloween night, there wasn’t a yowling cat or a swooshing bat in sight. Ben watched his brother creep just feet ahead in the twilight. They took a shortcut through the graveyard after the Monster Mask Party, but they wished they hadn’t. Ben hoped the skeletons stayed in their graves as they tried to reach the gate. His brother slid through it, and then signaled Ben to hurry through. Ben finally exhaled, but just as he reached for the gate, someone or something grabbed his shoulder. “UHHHHMMMM . . . want to play Fortnite sometime?” asked the lonely groundskeeper.

  27. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR SUSAN

    Trick or Treat
    By Susan R. Waide

    WOOF! Dogs have to wear masks to school.
    Rio thinks it’s a silly rule.

    LOOK! Dog skeleton creeps near.
    But Rio has nothing to fear.

    Terriers aren’t afraid of ghosts.
    It’s a decoration he boasts.

    YIKES! A skunk crosses Rio’s path.
    SQUIRT! This dog really needs a bath.

    He races all around the course.
    His teacher yells until she’s hoarse.

    Skunk sprays Theo and Cricket too.
    What is Rio supposed to do?

    Wake up Rio! It’s time to eat.
    Your dream’s a trick. Here’s your treat.

  28. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR SUSAN

    THE MONSTER’S MASH!
    By Susan R. Waide

    Mighty monkey makes his mask.
    He marches up the mossy mountain.
    Monster’s party starts at midnight.

    He walks through a mirrored maze.
    Monster waits at his marble table.
    Monkey tries to mind his manners.

    He stares at the monster’s meal.
    Minty marshmallow mango mash!
    Mounds of moldy macaroni!
    .
    Castle cats carry cookies.
    Costumed caterpillars do cartwheels.
    A creepy claw crawls in the room.

    The scary scorpion smiles.
    “I promise, I will not strike or sting.”
    Seven spooky skeletons sing.

    We all love the Monster’s Mash.
    It tastes so good and gone in a flash.
    The Monster’s Mash! The Monster’s Mash!

  29. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR LINDA

    THE SKELE-MUMMY
    By Linda Staszak 99 words

    Lulabelle was determined–this Halloween she would scare somebody.
    The little skeleton put on a frightful mask.
    She crept toward a house.
    But the lady smiled.
    “Lulabelle, we heard your bones clacking.”
    Lulabelle put on a witch’s hat.
    But they said, “Lulabelle, we heard you coming.”
    Lulabelle put on a vampire cape, but everyone giggled and pointed.
    Her bones still clattered.
    Hmmm…
    what if she covered up like a mummy?
    She twisted and twirled long strips around her until every bone was wrapped tightly.
    She wiggled and pranced.
    No clacking.
    Boo!
    Bwaahaahaa, the dreaded Skelemummy is on the prowl!

  30. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR LINDA

    ALL ON A HALLOWEEN NIGHT
    By Linda Staszak. 81 words

    One little, two little, three little skeletons,
    Bone clacking, joint cracking, jaw smacking skeletons,
    Loud gasping, hands clasping, three frightened skeletons.
    All on a Halloween night.

    Witch cackling, bat screeching, leaf rustling spookiness.
    Creepy place, masks on face, trick-or-treat kookiness.
    Ghouls howling, hounds yowling–all around ookiness,
    All on a Halloween night.

    Eerie-ness all around–ooh, what a frightful night.
    Quivering, shivering, running with all their might,
    Three little skeletons, home where it’s safe and bright.
    All on a Halloween night.

  31. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR YVONNE

    Creep a Little Closer
    By Yvonne McCutchen

    In a dark dark cellar
    I hear a strange strange sound!
    FLICK….JERK….TWITCH
    SO….I creep a little closer!
    ….just a little closer!

    In the dark dark cellar
    I feel something moving ahead!
    SLIDE….THUMP….FLICK
    So….I creep a little closer!
    ….just a little closer!

    In the dark dark cellar
    I see something in the shadows!
    So….I creep a little closer!
    ….just a little closer!

    In a tiny tiny voice
    I whisper….”Who’s in here?”
    In a growly gruff voice it replies….

    THE MASKED SKELETON!

  32. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR YVONNE

    Moonlight Party
    By Yvonne McCutchen

    The moon light shines bright
    Through the window tonight.
    Black cat’s silhouette stands tall
    Against the bedroom wall.

    Moon beams creep across the wooden floor
    Its light crawls up,
    …bottom to top…
    And blankets the bedroom door.

    Skeleton appears before the moonlit stage
    To perform, Rattle Them Bones,
    On his xylophone rib cage.

    AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST……
    The masked magician mummy entertains us
    With amazing tricks of hocus-pocus.
    We laugh until our sides might bust.

    THEN ….

    POOF!!!

    He disappears into a pile of dust!

  33. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR MELISSA

    Stella Decorates
    By Melissa Warren

    CREEK….
    “BOO!”
    “AHHH!”
    “Hahaha! Come on! It’s time to decorate for Halloween!”
    Stella dreaded Halloween, she just didn’t like creepy things, which was odd for a skeleton. She looked at the decorating assignments.

    Decorating List
    Stevie – path
    Sammy – garden
    Sarah – yard
    Stella – porch

    Stella sadly watched her family decorate.
    “What’s wrong Stella?”
    “I can’t think of anything spooky or creepy.”
    “Who says it needs to be spooky or creepy?”
    Stella grinned and got to work.
    It was time to unmask their decorations.
    Stevie… spiders!
    Sammy…mummies!
    Sarah…tombstones!
    Stella…rainbows, unicorns, flowers, butterflies!
    It wasn’t spooky, but it was perfect.

  34. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR SARAH

    Candy Heist by Sarah Hawklyn

    This year was different.
    This year the candy was outside.
    Ralph was so excited as he planned his attack.
    He waited patiently under the porch swing.
    Perhaps after this skeleton he could creep in.

    His mouth watered as he watched the monster choose.
    Frankenstein with glow-in-the-dark mask came next.
    Was now the right time? No one here. All monsters have gone.

    Yes now. Go! Hurry, hurry!

    Rushing in, he made his grab and was back in a tree before the next group.
    He gripped his Peanut Butter Cup tightly in his paw.

    A squirrel’s favorite.

  35. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR CHRISTINE

    PILLOWS IN PANTS by Christine Menke

    Twelve, tall; its HALLOWEEN YA’LL
    Laura, a SKELETON; SHOVES (7) SIBLINGS’ PILLOWS in my PAPA’S PANTS.
    SUSPENDERS, his HAT; tonight I’m FAT!
    Painted MUSTACHE . . . . my MASK!
    Laura yells, TRICK OR TREAT!
    Neighbors whisper, “Aren’t they TOO OLD?”
    Dark, “I have to PEE!”
    Laura giggled, WAIT, more CANDY!
    Darker, “UGH, my bladder is BURSTING!”
    Laura guffawed, WAIT, 3rd floor gives BIG SNICKER BARS!
    LAST STEP UP . . . . Papa’s pants ENTANGLE!
    LAURAAAAAAA, HELPPPPPP! FALLING . . .PEEING!
    TUMBLING OVER SOFT PILLOWS . . . LAUGHING, PEEING!
    GOING HEAD OVER ON FEATHERS . . . LAUGHING, STILL PEEING!
    Moon darkness,
    MOMMMMMMM, tricks are CREEPY, but
    neighbors stealing our PILLOWS is quite FREAKY!

  36. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR DEBORAH

    The Masked Skeleton
    Deborah Dolan Hunt
    98 words

    Sammy the skeleton jumped out of the bushes. “Boo!”
    Connor waved. “Happy Halloween.”
    Sammy grumbled.
    Clara giggled. “Sammy, you’re not creepy enough to be scary.”
    “Let’s go trick-or-treating,” said Connor.
    “No, thanks.” Sammy stomped away.
    Sammy spotted some kids. He ran over to them and shouted, “Beware!”
    The kids ran past him to the next house. “Trick or treat!”
    Sammy put on his silly mask that was not creepy or scary and went to find his friends.
    Everyone scattered as he walked by. He spotted Connor and Clara and ran up to them.
    They screamed and ran away.

  37. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    ENTRY POSTED FOR LUCRETIA

    Mask Required by Lucretia Schafroth

    “Mom! I need a mask!” screeched Skeleton. “Where’s my creepy one?!”
    Skellie rushed around their tomb. No luck!

    “Hallo-chella’s in an hour,” he moaned. “I can’t go unmasked!”

    Crypt-Kickers, his band with Zombie and Mummy, was performing. They’d practiced 31 lifetimes, perfecting their eerie, haunting sound. This Halloween, they planned to win the grand prize: a Ghoul guitar!

    “Hamper?” suggested Mom. Skellie rifled through laundry.

    Sock? No.
    T-shirt? Nah.
    Bandana? Nope.

    His boney fingers snagged black leggings. Hmmm…

    Skellie yanked one leg over his head and pulled. Tie off! Snip…snip! There!

    His improvised balacava worked! Now for that guitar…

    Word count: 100

  38. Karen Pickrell says:

    Psyched Out
    by Karen Pickrell
    karenpickrell@gmail.com
    100 words

    The skeleton on the gate should have been a warning. But I don’t scare easily.

    I’m not afraid of creepy crawlies in the night. Usually.

    And little masked critters don’t frighten me. Much.

    The flashing lights are only an illusion. So I’m told.

    And the eerie music doesn’t freak me out. Most of the time.

    The grisly hand rising from the grass is just pretend. I think.

    And the caution tape on the door isn’t real. I hope.

    Ding Dong.

    Creeeeaaak. “Gooooooood Evvvvvvening.”

    I am brave. I am fearless. I am … going to trick or treat … NEXT year.

  39. Karen Pickrell says:

    The Case of the Missing Skeleton
    by Karen Pickrell
    karenpickrell@gmail.com
    100 words

    The skeleton in room 4 disappeared on Hallows’ Eve.

    Ms. Jones said, “It’s like it just walked off.”

    “Creepsville,” Rodney Appleton said, donning his sinister Halloween mask.

    But I don’t scare easily.

    Nope. On the contrary. I took it as a personal challenge.

    I wrote in my notebook, The Case of the Missing Skeleton by Nan Z. Drew, famous detective.

    That’s me.

    I could look high and low.

    But why waste all that time trying to find a bag of bones?

    Instead, I turned to my trusty hound, Hardy,

    held up the picture of the missing person,

    and said, “Fetch.”

  40. Liz Kehrli (@Liztiz3) says:

    All Hallows’ Eve
    By Liz Kehrli

    Church bells echoed as the sky darkened.
    Fiona’s small hand grasped her glowing, handmade candle.
    A tear drizzled down her chubby cheek.
    She should be sleeping, but it was All Hallows’ Eve.
    The music and mischief were magical-
    creepy costumes,
    skeleton masks,
    brightly burning bon fires.
    Evil spirits were banished,
    friendly souls beckoned.
    She longed for Granda.
    Fiona missed his legendary stories
    and sweet-smelling pipe.
    Granda only allowed her to wear his favorite hat.
    Nobody else.
    She squinted through the smoke,
    searching for a glimpse,
    hopeful…
    The bells went silent.
    Another tear.
    Wait-
    a familiar scent.
    Fiona gasped!

  41. obbverse says:

    Thanks for the opportunity, I’ll just use the comments as I probably won’t put it on my site as it’s a far cry from my usual offerings. Looking at the other entrants it’s definitely more for the older child. 100 words, needed every one!
    My Worst Thirty-first.

    Last Halloween I had a nightmare of a night,
    Hunted by ghastly ghosts, goblins and imps, a haunting sight,
    While witches, werewolves, vampires criss-crossed my street
    Behind my door I hid, wetting my lips, whiter than a sheet.

    They were out for blood, all out to get me-
    But all locked out, unless one had a skeleton key.

    They pounded on my door, crowded round my stoop
    As I cursed myself for being such a stupid nincompoop,
    Once they’d left, the relief on my face, this clown couldn’t mask it,
    Stupid me hadn’t stupidly refilled the halloween treats; stupid basket.

  42. Geraldine Jones says:

    Getting into Halloween mood reading all the amazing entries. Scary Mary is written in memory of
    my sister-in-law Avril Mary who inspired this poem. She loved dressing up as a witch every Halloween, even in her eighties.

    Scary Mary

    A cheery neighbour that we know
    This autumn morning waves hello
    But all is not as it may seem
    Tonight, my dears, it’s Halloween

    As Mary morphs to witchy freak
    Her garden lawn begins to creak
    From flowered beds and veggie patch
    Old gravestones thrust, and skellies scratch

    Spooky masks in gloom of night.
    Creepy shadows in dusky light.
    Mary cloaked, black hat and broom
    A familiar figure in the gloom.

    Strewn from her Cauldron of assorted fare.
    Disgusting or delicious, beware, take care!
    ‘Frogs eyes, snails or scrumptious sweet?’
    ‘Your choice my dears, trick or treat?’

  43. Allison Strick (@byallisonstrick) says:

    Sweet Escape
    100 words
    By Allison Strick

    Pucker trembled in the trick-or-treat bag.

    He had lost so many friends tonight.

    Still, his heart filled with hope.

    The gluttonous vampire finally slept.

    Had Pucker’s disguise worked? Would he be spared this Halloween?

    He crept past his friends’ wrappers, lifeless and hollow as skeletons.

    Nearly there.

    Soon he would be free and could shed his Dark Chocolate Bar mask.

    Once out of the child’s bedroom, Pucker sighed in relief.

    But wait–footsteps! Adult footsteps.

    “Yummm. Dark chocolate!”

    Pucker froze. He’d been spotted.

    Rip.

    “What? Sour cherry licorice lips?! Gross!”

    Thump.

    Though discarded in the garbage can, Pucker grinned.

    It worked.

  44. Keatley Eastman says:

    My favorite contest of the year!

    Bones: A Love Story

    “A Halloween Ball!” Lafta longingly sighed,
    “What clever maneuver could get me inside?”
    (For Mummy decorum expressly forbade
    A Skeleton guest at the Mum-masquerade.)
    Undaunted, she crept in at seven o’clock,
    Impeccably swathed in a masking tape frock.
    She charmed the Queen’s son with a sweet pirouette.
    “I might,” Lafta whispered, “Fool everyone yet!”
    But catching her tape on a dowager’s shroud,
    Her costume unraveled in front of the crowd!
    The onlookers gasped—but their host cracked a grin,
    “Your wrappings were hiding the treasure within.”
    Their boundless romance has endured ever since,
    The skeleton girl and her Halloween prince.

  45. Linda Evans Hofke says:

    Thanks for the fun challenge, Susanna, and for all your hard work putting it together. Also, a big thank you to all those who have donated prizes this year. You are all so generous.

    Here’s my entry.

    Phoebe’s Magic Stew (100 words)
    by Linda Hofke

    On Halloween all witches must appear their very best,
    and poor old Phoebe Pulchritudinous doesn’t pass the test.
    But Phoebe, being wise, knows exactly what to do–
    she gathers the ingredients to brew a magic stew:

    One skeleton of skunk, two forked cobra tongues,
    three tarantulas, four Gila monster lungs,
    five southern masked weaver nests, six muddy boots,
    seven poison apples and eight fire-bellied newts.

    Boil…bubble..thicken. Done! She slathers up her skin.
    Hairy warts and pimples grow upon her nose and chin.
    Phoebe’s feeling confident. Her creepy face…just right!
    She’ll surely scare the people trick-or-treating Halloween night.

    (I know pulchritudinous isn’t a word kids use. I debated if I should make her last name Splendiferous or Prettyface but decided that kids might find the sound of pulchritudinous to be absolutely hilarious and they could, perhaps, learn a new fun word.)

  46. Katie Schwartz says:

    Ahhrrooooooh! Love your contests, thank you Susanna! And thanks to all the donors also for their generosity and prizes to be won. Fun, inspiring and a boost to ‘spirits’ everywhere!

    Paco and The Skeletons (98 words)
    By Katie Schwartz

    Coffins, masks and moonlight.
    “Tonight we’ll get our chance!
    When Hallow’s Eve commences,
    us skeletons will dance!”

    Jookin and a-jiving.
    Oldy-moldy bones.
    “We’re dying for refreshments!”
    They skulk across the stones.

    Paco comes a-sniffing.
    “Pee-yew!” Oh-oh, he spies
    “Skeletons!” A-creeping ‘round
    with decomposing eyes!

    Staring, drooling, hungry!
    “Bones, we have a guest!”
    Inching toward the little pup,
    as if they were possessed!

    Paco bolts like lightning.
    “Arf, arf, I’ll dig a pit!”
    The skeletons give chase, and then –
    entombed! A perfect fit!

    Is that the north wind moaning?
    Yowling, haunting tones!
    Just little Paco, “aahhh-rrrooo-ooooh!
    Num-num, dee-licious bones!”

  47. TVTA says:

    Lester Skeleton’s Halloween Hunt
    By Ford Waight

    One Halloween, Janey was creeping about her bedroom looking for the bones of Lester Skeleton, who had hidden them, as he did every Halloween.
    “Cold… Warm… Hot!” cheered Lester, when Janey found a foot beneath her pillow.
    “Hot!” And Janey giggled from behind her wolf mask at the leg under the bed.
    “Hot!” A hand in her hamster cage.
    “Hot!” Toes in her dollhouse.
    “Hot!” Teeth in her slippers.
    “Hot!” A whole arm hanging up in her wardrobe!
    “Now a song to put me back together again,” said Lester Skeleton.
    And he sang:
    “Them bones, them bones, them dry bones…”

  48. rozanark says:

    Little Frankie Patches Things Up
    By Rozana Rajkumari
    (Wc 90)

    The ghost, the mummy, the skeleton,
    and the witch were dead to each other.

    It was not always so, their friendship
    decomposed due to a grave mistake.

    And Little Frankie wanted to patch them up.

    So he invited them to his Halloween party.

    One by one they crept in and
    one by one he unmasked them.

    “See, we have so much in common.
    We’re all humans inside,” said Little Frankie.

    Now that they were together he felt whole.

    As he was part ghost, part mummy,
    part skeleton, and part witch.

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