The 11th Annual Halloweensie Writing Contest aahhhrrrooooOOOOO!!!


Sorry for the delay in posting finalists, everyone! So many great entries – it’s really hard to narrow the field and it’s taking us longer than expected. I will do my best to post them no later than Monday afternoon, sooner if I can. Thank you all so much for your patience, and have a great weekend!

Witch’s wart and wing of bat! It’s time for. . .

The 11th Annual Halloweensie Writing 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 word count) using the words glow-in-the-dark, goosebumps, and goodies.

  • Your story can be poetry or prose, scary, funny, sweet, or anything in between, but it will only count for the contest if it includes those 3 words and is 100 words. Get it? Halloweensie – because it’s not very long and it’s for little people 😊
  • You can go under the word count but not over!
  • Title is not included in the word count.
  • Also, being super clear for this year, glow-in-the-dark counts as 1 word (even though it looks like 4 😊)
  • You may use the words in any form i.e. glowed-in-the-dark, goosebumpley, goody (“Oh, goody!”, goody-two-shoes etc.), whathaveyou 😊
  • You are welcome to enter more than one entry – just remember you’ll be competing against yourself 😊
  • No illustration notes please!

And yes, I know 100 words is short, but that’s part of the fun and the challenge! We got just shy of 300 fantastic entries last year, so I know you can do it!

POST: your story in the comment section below between right now this very second and Sunday October 31st at Midnight – the witching hour! Please include your title, word count, and byline with your entry so that if your posting handle is MomNeedsAVacation I’ll still be able to tell who wrote your entry 😊

  • For those of you who would also like to post on your blogs, please feel free to do so! You are welcome to include the link to your blog with your entry in the comment section below so that people can come visit your blog, but all entries must be posted in the comment section of This Post between now and Sunday October 31st at Midnight.
  • If you have difficulty posting your entry to the comments, which unfortunately sometimes happens, you may email your entry to me and I’ll post it for you! Contact button above or [susanna[at]susannahill[dot]com Please place your entry in the body of the email including your title and byline at the top NO ATTACHMENTS! They will not be opened.
  • I know how hard you all work on your entries, and how anxious you are to get them posted, but please try to be a little patient if your entry doesn’t show up immediately. Many comments have to be manually approved, and it sometimes takes me a little while to post entries that come in by email. I promise I will get to everything as soon as I can. I try never to leave my desk during contests, but sometimes it’s unavoidable 😊
  • Side Note: WordPress will not properly format entries written in the shape of a pumpkin (or anything else!) or with fancy or colored fonts or unusual spacing. No matter how great it looks in whatever program you compose it in, be forewarned that when you post it in the comment section it is going to be basic and I am not able to change that for you, I’m afraid.

THE JUDGING: in a grueling marathon over the days following the contest close, my devoted assistants and I will read and re-read and narrow down the entries to a finalist field of about 12 which will be posted here for you to vote on I hope by Friday November 5th (though if the judging takes longer than expected it might be a little later – we will do our best!) The winner will be announced Monday November 8th (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. Use of all 3 required words and whether you came it at 100 words or less.
  • 4. 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.
  • 5. Quality of Writing: check your spelling, grammar, punctuation etc.  If you’re going to rhyme, give us your best 😊  Use and flow of language, correctness of mechanics, excellence of rhyme and meter if you use it, PROOFREADING!
  • 6. Originality and creativity – because that is often what sets one story above another.
  • 7. How well you followed the Submission Guidelines – agents and editors expect professionalism. This is a chance to practice making sure you read and follow specified guidelines. If you don’t follow agent and editor submission guidelines, they won’t even read your submission.

THE PRIZES: So amazing! What wonderful, generous people we have in our kidlit community! Just wait til you see what you can win!

⭐️ Picture Book Manuscript Critique by Dawn Young, author of THE NIGHT BAAFORE CHRISTMAS (WorthyKids, 2019), COUNTING ELEPHANTS (Running Press Kids, 2020), THE NIGHT BAAFORE EASTER (WorthyKids, 2021), THE NIGHT BAAFORE THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL (WorthyKids, 2021), and the brand new ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS (WorthyKids, October 19, 2021)!

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⭐️ Picture Book Manuscript Critique (nonrhyming) by Janie Reinart, author of WHEN WATER MAKES MUD: A STORY OF REFUGEE CHILDREN (Blue Whale Press, 2021)

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⭐️ Picture Book Manuscript Critique (biography) by Lindsey McDivitt, author of NATURE’S FRIEND: THE GWEN FROSTIC STORY (Sleeping Bear Press, 2018), TRUTH AND HONOR: THE PRESIDENT FORD STORY (Sleeping Bear Press, 2020), and A PLAN FOR THE PEOPLE: NELSON MANDELA’S HOPE FOR HIS NATION (Eerdman’s Books For Young Readers, 2021)

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⭐️ Picture Book Manuscript Critique (rhyming or any) or First 10 Pages of a longer MS (winner’s choice) by Kenda Henthorn, author of the forthcoming BAA, BAA TAP SHEEP (Sleeping Bear Press, April 15, 2022)

Kenda works in the aviation industry now so it’s no surprise that her writing inspirations and aspirations are sky-high, too.  She resides in Oklahoma and when the winds aren’t sweepin’ down the plains, Kenda enjoys acting, flying, kayaking and riding horses or her motorcycle.  (Vroom-vroom!)She has served as a Regional Coordinator for the Oklahoma SCBWI and a Best in Rhyme Award committee member and judge.

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⭐️ Picture Book Manuscript Critique (rhyming or lyrical) by Randi Sonenshine, author of THE NEST THAT WREN BUILT (Candlewick March 2020) and the forthcoming THE LODGE THAT BEAVER BUILT (Candlewick Fall 2022)

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⭐️ Picture Book Manuscript Critique by Danielle Dufayet, author of YOU ARE YOUR STRONG (Magination Press, March 2019) and FANTASTIC YOU (Magination Press, September 2019)

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⭐️ Storyboard Notebook – a great way to draft your picture books! PLUS a deck of What’s The Story Cards to inspire the drafts! PLUS the Making Picture Book Magic Self Study Course to help you craft your draft!

⭐️ Personalized signed copy of ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS by Dawn Young PLUS your choice of one of the writing craft books listed below!

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⭐️ Personalized signed copy of BRANCHES OF HOPE: The 9/11 Survivor Tree by Ann Magee PLUS your choice of one of the writing craft books listed below!

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⭐️ Personalized signed copy of MIMIC MAKERS: Biomimicry Inventors Inspired by Nature by Kristen Nordstrom PLUS your choice of one of the writing craft books listed below!

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⭐️ Personalized signed copy of A PLAN FOR THE PEOPLE: Nelson Mandela’s Hope for His Nation by Lindsey McDivitt PLUS your choice of one of the writing craft books listed below!

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⭐️ Personalized signed copy of THE NEST THAT WREN BUILT by Randi Sonenshine PLUS your choice of one of the writing craft books listed below!

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⭐️ Personalized signed copy of 13 WAYS TO EAT A FLY by Sue Heavenrich PLUS your choice of one of the writing craft books listed below!

⭐️ Winners of the 6 signed picture books above may also receive their choice of any one of the following writing craft books to go along with their picture book:

Writing Picture Books Revised and Expanded Edition: A Hands-On Guide From Story Creation to Publication by Ann Whitford Paul
Writing Irresistible Kidlit: The Ultimate Guide to Crafting Fiction for Young Adult and Middle Grade Readers by Mary Kole
The Writer’s Guide to Crafting Stories For Children by Nancy Lamb
Yes! You Can Learn How to Write Children’s Books, Get Them Published, and Build a Successful Writing Career by Nancy I. Sanders
Yes! You Can Learn How to Write Beginning Readers and Chapter Books by Nancy I. Sanders
Making a Living Writing Books for Kids: Tips, Techniques, and Tales from a Working Children’s Author by Laura Purdie Salas

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 birthday, 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 and library visits, and supporting them in any other way you can dream up! 😊

Happy Writing! Happy Reading! And Happy Halloween!

Now, let the Halloweensie begin!

The 294 entries listed below are linked to where they appear in the comments so you can click on the titles and get right to them! (Assuming WordPress cooperates . . . fingers crossed!) Anyone who feels kind can start at the bottom of the list so those entries get some comments too! 🎃 😊

  1. Isolated For Halloween – S. J. Little
  2. A Halloween Time Machine – Sara Kruger
  3. Weather’s Trick, Witch’s Treat – Abby N. Wooldridge
  4. Halloween Is LIT! – Anne Lipton
  5. Kit’s Costume – Kari Ann Gonzalez
  6. Mean Halloween – Heather Ferranti Kinser
  7. A Witchy Switch – Katie Schwartz
  8. The Porchlight – Chris Garcia-Halenar
  9. Bruce Goose – Jessica Hinrichs
  10. Undersea Halloween – Vashti Verbowski
  11. Sweet Swap – Daniella Kaufman-Schloss
  12. The Halloween Witch – Trista Herring Baughman
  13. The Lonely Pumpkin Head – Elle Jaufret
  14. Hallows’ Eve – E. A. Peterson
  15. Whose Cat Is THAT? – Beth Stillborn
  16. This Pumpkin’s Not For Picking – Laura Howard
  17. The Jimjam – Carrie Karnes-Fannin
  18. Trick Likes Treats, But So Does Swoop – Melissa Valente
  19. The Haunted House High Up On The Hill – Sue Lancaster
  20. Tricked The Treats – Katie Fischer
  21. A Helpful Ghost – Emily Durant
  22. The Wraith On My Wrist or Ghostie Lost In City Mist – Sally Yorke-Viney
  23. Three Little Geese Do Halloween – Linda Williams Swanson
  24. A Glowing Solution – Nicole Loos Miller
  25. Warning: May Contain Sugar – Amy Leskowski
  26. How Hannah Saved Halloween – Colleen Murphy
  27. Double Meaning Halloween Knight – Debbie Meneses
  28. Untitled – Shariffa
  29. The Scavenger’s Feast Ball – Sarah Hetu-Radny
  30. ‘Tis The Season, Candy Eaters – Hannah Roy LaGrone
  31. Greta’s Glow-In-The-Dark Goosebumps – Susan E. Schipper
  32. Bobbing For Apples – Lyn Jekowsky
  33. The Perfect Pumpkin – Barbara Kimmel
  34. No More Sugar! – Sarah K. Rose
  35. Fairy-Fire – Vanessa Konoval
  36. Creepy Cook-Off – Sarah Meade
  37. Macy & Lucy’s Halloween – Sarah Meade
  38. Ghostly Linens – Stephanie Maksymiw
  39. Happy HOWL-oween – Lindsey Hobson
  40. Three Glowing Bats – Sherry Roberts
  41. Halloween Family Secret – Jennifer Mary Grolemund
  42. A Sick Day – Jany Campana
  43. The Pied Pumpkin Of Halloween – Marta Cutler
  44. Creatures From The Couch – Julie Hansen
  45. Alligator The Ghost – Marta Cutler
  46. Goose-Zilla – Linda Staszak
  47. Welcome To The Skeleton Dance – Sue Heavenrich
  48. Teal Halloween – Kathleen Lowry
  49. The Gloves – Stephanie Rondeau
  50. Ghoulie Rulies – Brenda Whitehead
  51. Tricky Treaters – P. J. Purtee
  52. Garth’s Game Changer – Darcee A. Freier
  53. Nabbed! – Abby Voss
  54. The Wart-Covered Tree – Danielle Arndt
  55. The Last Fall Firefly – Meagan T. Gentry
  56. Who Cares If It’s Cold? – Allison Strick
  57. Glenda’s Goosebumps – Susan Burd
  58. The Candy Thief – Meagan T. Gentry
  59. Halloween Hero – Rose Cappelli
  60. The Halloween Ball – Marta Cutler
  61. Scary-Go-Round – Catherine Catcho
  62. The Scariest Monster – Marty McCormick Bellis
  63. Fright Night – Marty Findley
  64. Halloween Eve – Barbara Renner
  65. Wilbur Werewolf – Deb Buschman
  66. Teeny Owl’s Spooky Halloween – Janet Parkinson Bryce
  67. No Room For Monsters – Jill Stuck
  68. Ghost House – HC Morris
  69. Boogie Man’s Bright Idea – Jenn Shetsen Wierda
  70. Swamp Beast Falls For Sweets – Jilanne Hoffman
  71. Have You Seen My Monster – Alan Elliott
  72. Halloween Hang-Ups – Russell Wolff
  73. Mark Lights The Way – Karyn Curtis
  74. Halloween Pie – Jill Stuck
  75. The Costume – C. E. King
  76. I’m Coming To Get You – Pat Holloway
  77. The Frightmare – Linda Staszak
  78. Frankie & Gigi: Trick Or Feet – Kira Barrett
  79. Home For Halloween – Melissa Miles
  80. Not The Costume I Wanted – Michelle S. Kennedy
  81. Goosey Glender’s Fall Feast – Bartybear
  82. Halloween Scavenger Hunt – Denise Seidman
  83. Stink Fairy’s Hallo-smelly-ween – Stacey Miller
  84. Hallowmas – Danielle S. Hammelef
  85. Goosebumps For Mother Goose – Lynne Marie
  86. How Do You Tickle A Ghost? – Kizzi Hutcheson
  87. Dragon Magic – Melissa Rotert
  88. Gretyl Hobbled Into Halloween History – Royal Baysinger
  89. Shiver And Sugar! – Abby Voss
  90. Monster Feast – Abby Voss
  91. Are You Ready To Trick-Or-Treat? – Corine Timmer
  92. Christmas In October – Vanessa Konoval
  93. Spooky ABCs – Alan Elliott
  94. Dragon And Pirate’s Halloween – Alan Elliott
  95. Tiny’s Halloween Flight – Carolyn C. Snelling
  96. Rainbow Bridge – Corine Timmer
  97. Great-Aunt Broomhilda – Josh Cohen
  98. Cirque Fantome – Kizzi Hutcheson
  99. A Knock On The Door – Pamela Swanson
  100. Trick-Or-Treat Nightmare – Cindy Sommer
  101. Worth The Climb – Armineh Manookian
  102. Thank You, Trick-Or-Treaters! For Protecting Your Mother – Sharon McCarthy
  103. Beware, Out There – Julie Lerczak
  104. The Haunted Bathroom – Jill Lambert
  105. Plan Bee – Jenny Morales
  106. “BOO!”K Spooky Halloween – Laura N. Clement
  107. The Witch’s Mistake – Jennifer Kaap
  108. Itsy B. Spider – Molly Ippolito
  109. Too Many Goodies – Rachel Krackeler
  110. Ghostmetics – Rozana Rajkumari
  111. Santa’s Halloween – Jen MacGregor
  112. My Scariest Halloween Night – Les Degnan
  113. Winnie Trick-Or-Treats – Dorothy Kohrherr
  114. Camping Surprise – Meredith Flory
  115. Halloween Hunt – Mary Ann Featherston
  116. The Glow-In-The-Dark Bowl – Kathy Scott
  117. The Haunted House – Carmen Castillo Gilbert
  118. Once Upon A Halloween – Colourbeam
  119. A Witchy Potion – Susan Summers
  120. A Giant Surprise – Susan Summers
  121. Hollow-Eeek! – Karen Keesling
  122. Once Upon A Halloween – Nadia Ali
  123. Halloween Battle: (Vampire) Squid vs. (Goblin) Shark – Laura Bower
  124. Happy, Happy Halloween – Claire Freeland
  125. Mr. O’Leary’s House – Nina Nolan
  126. Phantom Festival – Lynn Moore
  127. The Surprise Halloween Friend – Cindy Greene
  128. Goosebumps – Amy Flynn
  129. Ninja Goose And The Halloween Hi-Yah! – Deborah Foster
  130. Tricky Treat – Patricia Nozell
  131. A Halloween Snack – Debra Daugherty
  132. Escaping Planet Taradiddle – Colleen Daugherty
  133. First Halloween Treat – Natalie Cohn
  134. My Last Trick-Or-Treat – Reed Hilton-Eddy
  135. Glowing Ghost – Lauri C. Meyers
  136. hALLYween SPELL – Paul Roncone
  137. Halloween Love – Marla Yablon
  138. Cockroach’s Glowing Problem – Lori Himmel
  139. Scaredy-Cat Pat And The Haunted House – Sara Dean
  140. Let The Real Halloween Begin! – Lori Evans
  141. Ixchel’s Belizean Halloween – Blanca Manzanilla
  142. Emy Is Always Right – Katharyn R. Benessa
  143. Tricky Treat – Ann Grilli
  144. Jack’s Pumpkin Plan – Diana Murrell
  145. Lights In The Dark – Ivanka Dimitrova
  146. Fraidy Cat No More – Jennifer Cherry
  147. Galactic Trick-Or-Treat – Tiffany Hanson
  148. My Ghost Bubble Friend – Sheila R. Schmotzer
  149. R-R-R-Rattled – Gennie Gorback
  150. Glow-In-The-Dark Goodies – Leslie Collins
  151. Moonlit Love – Liz Kehrli
  152. Un-Spooky Halloween – Krista Legge
  153. Stella Shines – Laura Barens
  154. Tabby The Trouble Maker – Dawn Renee Young
  155. The Nameless Ghoul – Imelda Taylor
  156. How The Jack-O-Lantern Found His Real Smile – Sheri Palmer
  157. Halloween Chase – Connie Newbauer
  158. Spidey Sparkles – Angelique Lamour
  159. Never Trick A Witch – Tiffany Hanson
  160. Halloween Monster – Tiffany Hanson
  161. The Halloween Sleepover – Kelsey E. Gross
  162. Goose Bumped – Jen Subra
  163. The Rock – Trista Herring Baughman
  164. Halloween Pumpkin – Shariffa
  165. A Tricky Tattoo – Gregory E. Bray
  166. Brave, Adalaide – Katie Walsh
  167. March Of The Skeletons – Jill Richards Proctor
  168. Little Night Terrors – Obbverse
  169. The Mansion On Maple – Glenda Roberson
  170. The Graveyard Picnic – Gabrielle Cardwell
  171. Halloween Heebie-Jeebies – Karen Pickrell
  172. A Few Of The Scariest Things: A Parody To The Tune Of My Favorite Things – Ingrid Boydston
  173. The Witch Of Jekyll Island – Shampa Enayet
  175. Hank’s Halloween Costume? (A Riddle In A Story) – Ken Major
  176. All Hallow’s Eve – Stacey Miller
  177. Molly’s Ghost – Hobbo
  178. The Witch’s House – Emma Wood
  179. My Word – It’s Halloween! – Jamie Donahoe
  180. Switched On And Off – Diana Webb
  181. A Night With Gran – Diana Webb
  182. Boys Will Be Boys – Matt Snyder
  183. Flicker Of A Cat’s Tail – Jacqui Boulter
  184. Pumpkin Train – Kathy Raggio
  185. The Alien – M. Waknitz
  186. Jellyfish George’s Halloween – Scott Kinder
  187. Skeleton’s Halloween – M. Waknitz
  188. Twyla Z. Witch – Lori Dubbin
  189. Witch’s Brew – K. Sibilia
  190. It’s Halloween – Elizabeth Muster
  191. Capture The Goodies On Halloween – Ames Jegen (age 11)
  192. (Not) A Very Scary Story – Linda Staszak
  193. Halloween Helpers – Ellen Seal
  194. Halloween Warning – Stephanie Henson
  195. Leaping Lizards! – Sharon Match
  196. Graveyard Bully – Jean James
  197. The Greatest Night Of The Year – Krista Harrington
  198. Halloween Hide And Seek – Melissa Wrex
  199. Trick Or Treat Night – Emily Keifer
  200. Oscar’s Irresistible Brew – Lucretia Schafroth
  201. All Hallow’s Eve At The Roller Rink – Bonnie Kelso
  202. My Halloween Crew – Alana DeVito
  203. Post Halloween Goals – Amy Reitz
  204. The Card Game – Cathy Lee
  205. Quiet Night – Thelia Hutchinson
  206. Trick-Or-Treat, Night Animals!: A Halloween Story – Mary Catherine Amadu
  207. A Halloween Tail – Janice Kay
  208. An Inch – Susan Leigh Needham
  209. Underwater Halloween – Judy Sobanski
  210. The Lonely Scarecrow – Sarah Atherton
  211. The Little Witch – Deborah Hunt
  212. Waking The Dead – Nancy Derey Riley
  213. A Not-So-Sweet Halloween – Erika Romero
  214. It’s Halloween In Toothytown – Kristen Littlefield
  215. Until It’s Safe – Brittany Saulnier
  216. First Halloween – Karen deWilde
  217. You Are What You Eat – Alexa Tuttle
  218. Once Upon A Halloween – Carrie O’Leary
  219. Goodie Ghost’s Halloween Screams – KJ Albright
  220. A Bunny Can Dream – Becky Walker
  221. Ogre’s Halloween – Barbara DiMarco
  222. Monster Lipstick – Kathi Morrison-Taylor
  223. Ghoulies Grand Soiree – MaryAnn Cortez
  224. Haunting Gnomes – Lindsay Moretti
  225. Goosebumped Ghoul And Scattered Skeleton – Sarah Kohls Roberts
  226. Not This Time – Sandhya Acharya
  227. How To Sneak A Halloween Treat – Alicia Meyers
  228. I Wish. . . – Amy Duchene
  229. Bram’s Hunt – Michaela Almeida
  230. Terrific Toothpaste! – Heather Gallagher
  231. The After Party – Samantha Sinclair
  232. The Final Hour – Ashlee MacCallum
  233. Halloween Gala – Tonnye Williams Fletcher
  234. Halloween Bites – Melissa-Jane Nguyen
  235. Double, Double Toilet Trouble – Stephanie Amargi
  236. Henley’s Haunted House – Jeannette Suhr
  237. Disguise Surprise – Nancy Derey Riley
  238. Enough – David McMullin
  239. Witches Aren’t Supposed To Be Afraid Of The Dark – Ally Piper
  240. Frankenpixie – Paul Kurtz
  241. Scaredy-Monster – Paul Kurtz
  242. Halloween’s The Worst! – Donna Kurtz
  243. Bunny’s Bored! – Donna Kurtz
  244. The Goblin Market – Aly Kenna
  245. Wilfred The Wizard – Nicola Thackrey
  246. Halloweenie – Jana Mattern
  247. The Last House On Halloween – Bru Benson
  248. Ghostly, Ghastly, Goosebumps – Janet F. Smart
  249. Astronaut Aidan – Kaye Wright
  250. The Halloween Dare – Erin Cleary
  251. Dracula’s First Halloween – Eleanor Cullen
  252. Pumpkin Dawn – TSW Sharman
  253. A Southern Halloween – Trista Herring Baughman
  254. The Candy Monster – Judy Cooper
  255. The Halloween Potty – Andrew Hacket
  256. It Absolutely Will Be A Fine Night – Susan Krevat
  257. Halloween Goodies – Una Belle Townsend
  258. It’s Dark In Here – Sue Ko
  259. Eyelashes – Sue Ko
  260. Fall – Sue Ko
  261. Too Dark – Rae Harkness
  262. Boo – Mary Ann Napolitano
  263. Much Too Goody – Sarah Hawklyn
  264. Candy Surprise – Julianna Kurtz
  265. Halloween Surprise – Judy Egan
  266. Trick-Or-Treat At 20 Below – Matthew Lasley
  267. Gotcha! – Pat Finnegan
  268. The House Next Door – Aundra Tomlins
  269. No Grownups! – Penny McNally
  270. The Halloween Party – Claire Schlinkert
  271. Can We Please Skip The Costumes? – JC Kelly
  272. How Would She Know? – Meredith Adams
  273. The Day After Halloween – Haven Blough
  274. Brujita’s Treat – Desi Vee
  275. Spooky Investigates – Jessica Murray
  276. The Best Medicine – Becky Falkum
  277. You Ain’t Nothin’ But A Hot Dog – Joyce Schriebman
  278. Witches Holiday – Nadia Nakib
  279. Halloween Hocus Potion – Shelley Kinder
  280. Goats And Goblins – Briana Joy McCormick
  281. Next Halloween – JC Kelly
  282. Pirate’s Halloween – Marjorie David
  283. Silly Goose – Sarah Marhevsky
  284. All’s Fair In Spook And Scare – Patricia J. Weaver
  285. Smartie Treat – Steena Hernandez
  286. Haunted Hunt – Dea Brayden and Linsday Brayden Ellis
  287. The Glow-In-The-Dark Goodies – Christopher Singleton, Sr
  288. Witches Woods – Bevin Rolfs Spencer
  289. Invite A Witch To Your Halloween Party?! – Holly Vagley
  290. Pumpkin’s Halloween – Holly Vagley
  291. Halloween Moon – Martha Holguin

2,962 thoughts on “The 11th Annual Halloweensie Writing Contest aahhhrrrooooOOOOO!!!

  1. horsewriterlady says:

    By Cindy Sommer
    98 Words

    “Ready, Ben?” Alex adjusted his cape.
    Ben grabbed his glow-in-the-dark teeth. “Let’s get goodies before the party.”
    They rushed from house-to-house dodging parades of pancakes, zombies, and a creepy cow.
    “Love the cow!” The boys laughed.
    Clip-clop, clip-clop!
    “The cow!’ Alex whispered.
    Clip-clop, clip-clop!
    “It’s getting closer!” said Ben.
    Clip-clop, clip-clop!
    Snorting and whinnying clothes with a tail trotted by.
    “Ahhhh!” Alex and Ben bolted.
    At the Halloween party, the boys described their goosebumply experience.
    “A galloping ghost!”
    “A snorting spirit!”
    “A neighing nightmare!”
    “Our horse trashed our clothesline,” said Emma.
    Alex and Ben grinned. “We can help.”

  2. Armineh Manookian says:

    Worth the Climb
    By Armineh Manookian
    Word Count: 99

    “I’m tired of waiting.” Andy slumped. “They NEVER come.”
    Goosebump nudged.
    “Your costume!”
    Goosebump wiggled.
    “This leg goes here.”
    Goosebump wriggled.
    Andy bolted down the hill.
    “A puppy!” cried a trick-or-treater.
    “Meet Goosebump.”
    “He sounds like a goose,” giggled another.
    “I want a hug!” said a third.
    Goosebump zigzagged between feet.
    Winded, they reached Andy’s house where Goosebump let them pet him.
    “Do you have any candy?” asked a trick-or-treater.
    “We’ve got the best goodies,” Andy said.
    “And the best glow-in-the-dark decorations,” said another. “Happy Halloween!”
    Andy smiled. “Happy Halloween!”

  3. sharonmariemccarthy says:

    Thank you, Trick-or-Treaters!
    For Protecting Your Mother
    By Sharon McCarthy
    Word Count 99

    Thank you trick-or-treaters
    for jumping in leaves to get excited for Halloween night.
    When you are all done, cover the trees, flower beds, and shrubs.
    The armor of leaves will protect plants and animals from harsh winter months.

    When you decorate your lawn,
    add leaves to beautify it, don’t throw them away!
    The moist covering will produce goosebumps of glow-in-the-dark firefly eggs
    and other insects to sprout.

    When you get goodies next Halloween night, listen for night birds singing:
    thanks for the harvest of crawly treats you gave us too.

    Mother Earth loves you,
    Thanks for loving me too!

  4. Julie Lerczak (@JulieLerczak) says:

    Beware, Out There
    By Julie Lerczak
    (100-word count)

    When the yellow moon hangs up high,
    And crinkly cornhusks litter ground,
    Beware! Beware, if you go out there!
    You might see witches zoom around!

    Do twisty shadows stir your fear?
    Do glow-in-the-dark eyes cause you fright?
    Beware! Beware, if you go out there!
    That’s when bats make nightly flights.

    Are the pumpkins wearing evil grins?
    Do goosebumps skitter up your spine?
    Beware! Beware, if you go out there!
    Watch out for werewolves close behind.

    If grabbing goodies, door to door,
    And zany zombies join your fun,
    Beware! Beware, if they find you there!
    Now’s the time! Run, run, run!

  5. Jill Lambert says:

    Thank you, Susanna, your assistants, and all generous prize donors, for another inspiring contest. So fun!

    The Haunted Bathroom
    By Jill Lambert
    (100 words)

    My crafty sister’s busy.
    She decorates all year.
    Halloween’s approaching.
    My stomach churns with fear.

    She’s hanging creepy cobwebs,
    glues googly eyes on hoodies.
    Jack-o’-lanterns grimace,
    overstuffed with goodies.

    Finally, she’s finished.
    “Now let’s trick or treat!”
    Following in costume,
    I panic, plant my feet.

    “I’m going to the bathroom.”
    Oh, no! The light is out!
    Turning toward the toilet,
    my gasp becomes a shout.

    Suspended in the darkness,
    an eerie greenish grin.
    Glaring eyes unnerve me.
    Goosebumps prick my skin.

    I lurch into the hallway.
    My sister hears me skid.
    “Did you like my glow-in-the-dark
    creature on the lid?”

  6. Jenny Larson Morales says:

    Plan Bee
    Jenny Morales
    Word Count: 100

    Everywhere Spider went,
    people screeched,
    “UGHHHHH!” or

    Halloween was Spider’s chance for a change.

    “I’ll be a ladybug. Everyone loves ladybugs!”

    She found the perfect red leaf,
    painted five black spots,
    and set out to collect gobs of goodies.

    She beamed upon hearing . . .

    But when a breeze carried her costume
    toward the glow-in-the-dark moon,
    Spider sighed, knowing it was time for Plan Bee.

    Against a splintering bench, Spider and Bee displayed their sign:
    “Care for a scare? It’s what we do best. Goosebumps guaranteed! Stick tips in the web!
    Forever frightening, The Creepy Creatures Club.”

  7. Laura Clement says:

    “BOO!”K Spooky Halloween
    By Laura N. Clement
    (100 words)

    Boo Waillouder III hated Halloween.
    Ghost costumes were unimaginative- glow-in-the-dark paisley, animal prints,
    or sheets with holes.

    Boo’d never be caught dead in one of those, even for yummy gooey goodies.
    He’d rather hide in his favorite book.

    “Sorry it’s checked out,” said the Librarian.
    Crushed, Boo browsed, anger bubbling until, a surprising discovery!

    ‘Humans and Other Scary Creatures!’

    OOOOO! Thought Boo. Having a most spooktacular,
    bubbled-up goosebumps all over scary idea!

    He’d just need a few things…

    “And 1st prize…,” said the Librarian.

    “Howdy,” said Boo.

    “…for Most Imaginative Costume…”

    “Eeekkk! A… Human!”

    “…goes to…”

    “…Boo Waillouder III!”

  8. Jennifer says:

    THE WITCH’S MISTAKE by Jennifer Kaap (94 words)

    OH, GOODY, my first victim! Goosebumps prickle my warty body.
    At last I will turn these horrid children into delightfully frightful black cats!!
    It was an easy potion: dog tears, firefly butts, swamp mud, and a fingernail of salt. Looks just like king-sized chocolate bars!
    Yes, they all come running now. Greedy goblins!
    I stifle a cackle and wait…
    But instead of feline screeches and yowls, I hear…
    “Woah! Check us out! We glow-in-the-dark! Best. Halloween. EVERRRRRR!!!”
    OH, BOO! I can’t believe I mixed up the sugar and salt again. Worst. Halloween. Ever.

  9. Molly Ippolito says:

    ITSY B. SPIDER (99 words)
    By: Molly Ippolito

    Itsy B. Spider climbed up the water spout. Out came the moon and, soon, Halloween night would be about.

    Itsy hated being bitsy…
    He wanted to be BIG, BAD, and BONE-CHILLING!

    If only I had strong legs like the tarantula,
    Or glow-in-the-dark eyes like the huntsman,
    Or razor-sharp fangs like the widow.
    Maybe then I’d bring about goosebumps.

    Suddenly, it began raining and Itsy slid onto the pavement. Two trick-or-treaters approached–bags of goodies in their grasp.
    “Look! A cute, little spider!”
    “Let me help…so you don’t get squashed!”

    Grateful for being bitsy, Itsy climbed the water spout again.

  10. rbkrackeler says:

    Too Many Goodies
    Rachel Krackeler
    100 Words

    One hundred witches flew through Halloween night. One had a headache; couldn’t fly right.
    “Too many goodies,” her witchy mom said. “No!” said the witchy girl, holding her head.

    Along with her headache, her belly felt ick. Her arms had goosebumps. She swayed on her stick.
    “Let me help, let me help,” said another little witch. “I’ll light your way with my glow-in-the-dark stick.

    “Thank you,” said witchy mom, “but that’s not why she’s swaying. Too many goodies is what I’ve been saying.”
    “Wrong!” said witchy girl, swaying on her stick. She popped another goodie, and then…

    She got sick!

  11. rozanark says:

    By Rozana Rajkumari
    96 words

    My sister’s so unghoul.
    She never shares anything with me.

    Gl’oreal sent her Boo-berry lip gloss (that I’ve been dying to try).
    But she only shares with her BooTube channel subscribers.

    While reviewing the gloss on Halloween, she swipes then—shrieks!
    I get goosebumps. Her lips disappear!

    The video goes viral and she wails in her crypt.
    Mummy says no Howl-oween without her.

    So, I brew a cure from grandmummy’s book.
    She swipes my goop then—smiles.

    Her bootiful lips glow-in-the-dark. Perfect for trick-or-tricking.
    Even better, she now shares bags of goodies with me.

    My sister’s so ghoul!

    Blog –

  12. Jen MacGregor 🇨🇦 (@jen_macgregor) says:

    By Jen MacGregor
    98 words

    ‘Tis Halloween evening, and up at the pole
    ol’ Santa sneaks into his sleigh, with one goal.

    “I know it’s not Christmas but I need a snack!
    I’ll gather some goodies and—WHOOSH—I’ll be back.”

    “Now, Dasher! Now, Dancer! Now, Prancer and—YIKES!
    I didn’t expect to see skulls stuck on spikes!”

    “Monsterly mayhem and ghouls on the streets?
    Galloping goosebumps! Now where are the treats?”

    But glow-in-the-dark decorations galore
    shock Rudolph so much that he’s shook to his core.

    “My poor little reindeer have had such a fright.
    We’re outta this town—good riddance, good night!”

  13. Leslie Degnan says:

    By Les Degnan
    96 words

    “Follow the crow through the deep, dark wood,
    Past eyes that glow-in-the-dark.”

    “Witches cackle their Halloween spell,
    Through trees, gnarly and stark.”

    “I want to go home! This is creepy.”
    “Goosebumps give me a chill.”

    “I’d rather be bobbing for apples.”
    “Hayrides are my Halloween thrill.”

    “Shhhh!” says my brother. “Don’t wake him.”
    “The green, ghoulish, wart-covered imp!”

    “Who?” I croak, clutching my goodies.
    “Who-who!” answers owl. I go limp.

    “Look!” shouts my brother. “We made it!”
    “To the center with pumpkins alight!”

    I circle the edge of the corn maze.
    On my scariest Halloween Night!

  14. sebagoprincess says:

    Dorothy Kohrherr Word Count: 99
    224 Federal Point Blvd
    Lawrenceville, NJ. 08648

    Winnie Trick-or-Treats

    Dorothy K. Kohrherr

    Winnie, the witch, went Halloween trick-or-treating. She wore her glow-in-dark hat

    and carried a goodie bag. She hoped the neighbors would fill her bag with eyes of a newt

    and frog toes, not candy. Candy was dangerous. Just like water, it had the power to harm


    Being a kid, Winnie ate the collected candy. Immediately, she was covered with

    goosebumps and YIKES! turned into a “normal” girl. She knew she had to break the candy’s

    spell. So, Winnie wiggled her nose, chanted wackadoodle, wackadoodle, and waved her magic

    wand, to once again, become the neighborhood’s favorite little witch.

  15. Meredith Flory (@meredithflory) says:

    Camping Surprise
    By: Meredith Flory (Twitter: @meredithflory)
    Word Count: 100

    October camping promised spooky frights and cozy nights.

    Annie and Leah listened to fireside ghost stories with goosebumps.

    “It was you!” Leah’s Dad shouted, causing silly shrieks.

    Everyone finished their toasted goodies and yawned as the embers died.

    “No sleeping yet,” said Annie’s big sister, “the show hasn’t started.”

    “The show?” Annie asked.

    “Lay down and let your eyes adjust, you’ll see.”

    The girls settled in as the purple sky filled with glow-in-the-dark points: the haze of the Milky Way, shining planets, A SHOOTING STAR!

    “Leah, did you make a wish?”
    “I already got it Annie.”

    They had goosebumps again.

  16. Mary Ann Featherston (@maryannfeathers) says:

    Halloween Hunt
    By Mary Ann Featherston
    95 words

    “Purr! Purr! Purr!” said Maxine, excited for the Halloween party.
    Goosebumps popped out along her black, tail.
    She put a snazzy, red cowgirl hat on her head.
    She tied a red bandana around her neck.
    Where were her cowgirl boots?
    Maxine couldn’t be a cowgirl without boots!
    Her glow-in-the-dark eyes scanned the closet.
    She rummaged through the toy box.
    Maxine peeped under the bed.
    No boots!
    Where did she last wear them?
    She creeped to her desk and looked beneath.
    Her boots! Goody!
    Maxine slipped them on her paws and scampered off to the party.

  17. Susanna Leonard Hill says:


    The Glow-in-the-Dark Bowl

    The glow-in-the-dark bowl sat on the counter.

    Hungry, on Halloween night, Kitty stalked to the kitchen.

    He stretched up to reach the goodies, but no luck.

    He hopped on a chair and walked across the stove.

    The pots clanged frightening him with goosebumps.

    His yellow fur stood straight up.

    Slipping, Kitty knocked the glow-in-the-dark bowl to the floor.

    The goodies scattered.

    The kitchen door opened.

    “Eek!” said the girl. “Bad Kitty!”

    The girl picked up Kitty and went to bed.

    In the morning the glow-in-the-dark bowl sat on the counter.

  18. Susanna Leonard Hill says:


    Carmen Castillo Gilbert, PhD


    (word count: 96)

    Trick-or-treating is tonight,
    Follow me, I have a light.

    Goodies, ghouls, and so much more.
    Come on, friends, let’s go explore.

    All together in the house.
    Walk this way. Oh, no! A mouse!

    Goosebumps up and down our spines.
    Please, please, please just stay in line.

    Duck down quick, a witch’s broom,
    Up ahead, it’s doom and gloom.

    Scary ghosts glow-in-the dark!
    Will they touch us? Leave a mark?

    Grab some candy from our hosts.
    It’s the best from coast to coast.

    Out the door, our tour is done.
    Now it’s time to run, run, run!

  19. ColourBeam® says:

    Once Upon a Halloween
    100 words (exactly!!)
    A Devilish tale of a princess warewolf and her delicious prince.

    A prince riding past an abandoned cabin in the Forrest, peered through the window.

    In the moonlight, he made out the shadowy figure of a maiden chained to the floor.

    Grabbing an axe he broke in and searched hopelessly for the key. The maiden tried to make him leave.

    As the moonlight illuminated the floor, he grabbed the key and rushed to unlock her.

    As he did so, goosebumps grew down his neck. Glow-in-the-dark eyes glared and two white fangs, glistened in the light.

    Goody said the wolf licking his lips…

    Unfortunately, this fairytale did not have a happy ending.

  20. susaninez0905 says:

    A Witchy Potion
    By: Susan Summers
    WC: 95

    Great green gobs of granulated gerbil toes,
    goodies ground with chocolate goo,
    and a pile of monkey poo.
    Stir and swirl –
    into a glowing witchy brew,
    just for Halloween.

    Last year’s potion wasn’t gloppy, didn’t stick.
    Needed lots more oomph and ick –
    so that kids would leave right quick!
    This one here –
    has the stuff to do the trick.
    Bring on Halloween!

    Add some goosebumps from a little scaredy-cat,
    with a toasted toady tail,
    scoop a bunch into the pail.
    Grab my broom –
    up into the air, I sail.
    Happy Halloween!

  21. susaninez0905 says:

    A Giant Surprise
    By: Susan Summers
    WC: 99

    “You stole my goodies!” Glen grimaced. “I want my candy back!”

    He jammed a gob of gum into his mouth.
    Slurps and pops grew as he chewed.

    The giant sniffed, “Gooseberry gum!”
    Glen grabbed the gum and threw it, “ha, right up his nose!”
    He raced for his candy.
    “I’ve done it!”

    Glen was gleeful, running away with his goodies, until — the giant sneezed.
    Goosebumps rose on his skin, “oh no…”
    Gallons of snot rained down.

    “It glows-in-the-dark! ” Glen gasped.
    “What an awesome Halloween surprise!”
    Glen laughed, “you can keep the candy – I don’t want to eat it now!”

  22. kskeesling says:

    Hollow- Eeek!
    By Karen Keesling
    WC: 97

    Down a deep dark street, decorations and 1 pumpkin despair as … THEY come!

    5 Terrified tarantulas tremble to their toes.
    5 Courageous kids creep, clearing out cobwebs.
    4 Whimpering witches cackle in fear.
    4 Crafty costumes curse cauldrons with no goodies.
    3 Startled skeletons grow ghastly goosebumps on their bones.
    3 Twisted toilet paper rolls turn skeletons into mummies.
    2 Glow-in-the-dark ghosts silently scream.
    2 Flickering flashlights frighten phantoms to flee.
    1 Petrified pumpkin pouts.
    What’s that? Oh no…

    It watches in horror as:
    1 Cheery child carves into 1 petrified pumpkin.
    Its insides turn to mush.

  23. Nadia A. says:

    Once Upon a Halloween
    By Nadia Ali

    Once upon a Halloween,
    Hansel and Gretel did trick and treat.
    Searching for beloved candy,
    until they heard a familiar voice.
    The cackle of the Witch from the Gingerbread House.
    Gretel got goosebumps and dropped all her goodies,
    which alerted the Witch,
    “Oh, it’s you my pretty,”
    Hansel clicked full glare on his glow-in-the-dark costume.
    And though the Witch shielded her eyes, the neon light proved too much.
    And down, down into a shimmering puddle she melted on the street.
    Splish, splash, splosh.
    Children gathered and cheered, “do it again!”
    Once upon a Halloween.

  24. Laura Jensen Bower says:

    Halloween Battle: (Vampire) Squid vs. (Goblin) Shark
    By Laura Bower
    99 words

    The vampire squid vs. the great goblin shark –
    a Halloween battle deep down in the dark.
    The first round is goodies. Squid hands out his fudge.
    “It’s sea-salted goodness,” but YOU be the judge.
    The shark shares his taffy (the salt water kind).
    A sea creature hit! Squid is falling behind.
    Up next? Decorations. Shark scares with winged bats.
    But Squid causes goosebumps with ghoulish black cats.
    It’s time for Round Three. The shark’s dog costume barks.
    But Squid’s scary skeleton glows-in-the-dark.
    The Halloween champion? It’s a close call.
    They both win first place at the Sea-a-ween ball.

  25. Claire A. B. Freeland says:

    Happy, Happy Halloween
    by Claire Freeland
    WC 100

    Spooky ghosts and scary witches,
    Frankenstein with icky stitches.
    I get scared and shrink with fright
    At the Jack-o-lantern’s light.

    Spooky, spooky Halloween

    Creepy spiders and weird black bats,
    Haunted houses, screechy cats.
    Goosebumps rise from head to toe.
    Do you mind if I don’t go?

    Creepy, creepy Halloween

    Itchy costumes and eerie faces,
    Glow-in-the-dark, freaky places.
    It seems that I just wasn’t meant
    For this trick or treat event.

    Scary, scary Halloween

    Crackling fires and cozy dens,
    Yummy goodies with my friends.
    Silly games and fun-filled play.
    That’s how I like this holiday.

    Happy, happy Halloween

  26. Susanna Leonard Hill says:


    MR. O’LEARY’S HOUSE (97 words)
    by Nina Nolan

    Mr. O’Leary’s house is always creepy. But on Halloween, it’s downright scary.

    Mangled monsters on the steps. Glow-in-the-dark skeletons at the door. Haunted music spilling onto the street. Dying to be heard.

    I tell myself he’s just an old guy having fun. What can go wrong?

    But when Mr. O’Leary drops my favorite candy in my goody bag…

    his hand passes right through mine.

    I get goosebumps.

    All over.

    Then I think, if the only thing ghosts do is give us our favorite candy…

    then they aren’t actually scary.

    And somehow, the rest of it isn’t either.

  27. Susanna Leonard Hill says:


    Phantom Festival
    Lynn Moore
    WC 100

    It was a dark and stormy Halloween as geese dressed up for the Phantom Festival.

    Jack-o-lanterns glowed-in-the-dark lighting the passageway through Spooky Hollow Swamp.

    Everyone feared the haunted swamp.

    Except Gary Gander. “Honk-a-honk!” He laughed at ghostly tales.

    The wind whistled a ghoulish oooooooo! The Jack-o-lanterns fizzled and sputtered out.

    An eerie darkness descended.

    “We’ll miss the festival goodies!” cried the geese.

    “Goose to the rescue!” Gary splashed beak-first into the swamp.

    Gary Gander the goose bumps his head on a boulder.


    As Gary Gander fades, Jack-o-lanterns flickered on again.

    His ghost winks ironically, “I didn’t see that coming.”

  28. cinzialverde says:

    The Surprise Halloween Friend
    By Cindy Greene
    Word Count: 98

    It was Halloween night, Chase was crossing the park,
    In the trees he saw something that glowed-in-the-dark.
    Chase was quaking, with goosebumps; he grabbed a big stick,
    When a ghost yelled, “Don’t hit me – this isn’t a trick!
    I am not a piñata – no goodies inside,
    But I’ve got a good heart, so don’t run and don’t hide.
    I am lonely and wonder, Could you be my friend?
    I know that’s direct – hope that didn’t offend.”
    Of course Chase said “YES!” as the ghost was so sweet.
    And together they went for their first “trick or treat.”

  29. amyflynnnd says:

    By Amy Flynn
    WC = 100

    The note read:

    When smiles glow-in-the-darkest of nights
    Swing by my house for the scariest fright.

    Sure, I thought, it IS Halloween.

    I trick-or-treated until my goodie bag dragged, stopping when the jack-o-lantern smirks shined.

    I walked the winding driveway,
    climbed the rickety steps,
    and Bang, BANGED the knocker.

    The door CREEEEKKED open revealing a beast of a man.

    “SCARIEST FRIGHT?” he boomed.

    I nodded, trembling.

    Reaching behind the door he pulled out . . .

    A goose.

    A goose?

    He thump, thumped its body against me.

    “I gave you goosebumps, ha ha ha.”

    The note was right. Lame jokes are truly frightful.

  30. Deborah Foster says:

    Ninja Goose and the Halloween Hi-Yah! by Deborah Foster
    95 words

    Ninja Goose was having a ball at Fairy Tale Acres’ Halloween Bash.

    After the pumpkin carving contest, playing corn hole, and finding the Hobgoblin in the haystack, her bag overflowed with goodies.

    Only the Haunted Corn Maze remained.

    “Are you chicken?” a pointy-eared sheep asked.

    “Never,” replied Ninja Goose.




    Dead End – turn around.

    But then, through the stalks, came a pair of red glow-in-the-dark eyes.

    Ninja Goose shivered with goosey goosebumps.

    “Wh-Wh-Who’s there?”

    “Give me your candy!”

    “Sheep? Is that you?”


    ” HONK! HI-YAH!”


    “No one steals goodies from Ninja Goose!”

    If you have time to check out the story on my blog you can find it here:
    I had a newfound friend create a cute illustration to go with the story – Thank you Anna!

  31. ptnozell says:


    (100 words)
    by Patricia Nozell

    Candy Floss. Taffy. Jaw Breakers. Halloween goodies galore!

    Goosebumps erupted like molars as Terry Tooth Fairy pictured heaps of teeth tucked under pillows. “NOOOO!!!”

    Terry’s Thanksgiving CANCELLED!

    She hired help! But…

    Sugar Plum Fairy – rehearsing.
    Elves – testing toys.
    Delivery services – booked for Cyber Monday.

    She could…
    Divert sweet Halloween treats. But…

    What if, like gummy worms, some slip-slid through piled-up ports?

    Perhaps a virus-caused cancellation. Unless…
    The Result? Mere mask mandates.

    “Doomed,” Terry fumed.

    Glow-in-the-dark toothbrushes on dental-floss garlands lured Trick-or-Treaters. Terry tossed bubblegum-flavored toothpaste towards costumed marauders, as visions of drumsticks danced through her head.

    “Tricky treat!”

    Blog post:

  32. authordebradaugherty says:

    by Debra Daugherty
    100 Words

    Lacie squirmed to fit into her skeletal glow-in-the-dark costume. She turned off her bedroom lights and stared at her reflection in the mirror.

    “I’m so scary, I gave myself goosebumps. I’m sure to bag lots of goodies when I go trick-or-treating.”

    At the window she heard a knock. When she spied a neon green creature peeking in, she fainted.

    “I didn’t mean to scare her,” the alien told his mother.

    “It’s okay, son. We couldn’t eat that human anyway. She’s nothing but bones.”

    “Look! A witch and a dinosaur are headed this way! Let’s snack on them!”


  33. Colleen Dougherty says:

    Escaping Planet Taradiddle
    By: Colleen Dougherty 100 words

    “Psst! Human!”

    “Cool costume! Love the neon green unitard. The texture up your arms looks like goosebumps!”

    “That’s my skin!”

    “Your skin? Who are you?”

    “I am Goody from Planet Taradiddle. I have to hide! People from my planet are looking for me. We work day and night on my planet! I won’t go back!”

    “Come trick-or-treating with me. You’ll blend right in.”


    “Every Halloween we wear costumes, knock on doors, and get candy! It’s a blast!”

    “Really? I love your planet!”

    “Umm…we better tie my jacket around your waist.”

    “Okay, but why?”

    “Your butt glows-in-the-dark.”

    “Yours doesn’t?”

  34. nataliecohn0258 says:

    First Halloween Treat
    by Natalie Cohn
    word count: 99

    Curious, Ester, the alley cat, prowls the streets on his first Halloween.

    He didn’t know what to expect.

    At every corner haunting creatures stir, causing goosebumps to prickle up Ester’s skin.

    Watch out!

    A glow-in-the-dark skeleton, a ghost, and a mummy loom.

    He springs in the air dodging buckets full of goodies.

    Ester wonders what’s so special about Halloween?

    Then he sees two beady eyes and sniffs the air.
    With a pounce and a slurp, he enjoys his Halloween snack.

    Later, Ester curls up to sleep.
    Dreaming of what other meaty treats he could find next Halloween.

  35. Reed Hilton-Eddy says:

    My Last Trick-or-Treat
    by: Reed Hilton-Eddy, 100 words

    It was the biggest house, once showy now spooky and scary with oodles of stairs that led to

    darkness; but this was my last Halloween.

    Leaves crunched and the wind cried.

    Alone except for goodies bumping in my bag.

    Ahead, a glow-in-the-dark hand on a curtain at the window. A ghost? A ghoul? Goosebumps form.

    Shadows surround me.

    At the top a door – large and looming.

    Knock, Knock.


    A hand materializes from the darkness behind the door.


    I look in my bag.

    I am filled with horror.

    Looking back at me, one small box of … RAISINS!

    Blog post:

  36. Lauri Meyers says:

    Glowing Ghost (99 words)
    By Lauri C. Meyers

    Jayden grabbed his ghostly sheet
    And texted:
    Time to trick-or-treat!

    Friends said:
    Let’s wait…
    Meet at eight!
    His GOOSEBUMPS pricked. It’s dark that late.

    An idea struck, bring glowsticks to share!
    He wrapped the bracelets everywhere.

    He stepped outside; still too dim.
    A bright solution came to him.

    Headlamp on, ten flashlights to haul,
    Blinking lights, and a disco ball!

    “But my friends might know I’m full of fright…
    Wait! This costume hides my lights!”

    “GOODIE time!” he called. “Let’s go!”
    Oh no. They know.

    “I forgot my light.”
    “Me too.”
    “Me three.”
    “Don’t be scared…You’ve got me!”

  37. Paul Roncone says:

    hALLYween SPELL
    by Paul Roncone
    100 words

    The witch’s house.
    Noah can tell.
    Ignoring his goosebumps, he rings the bell.
    She opens the door,
    But goodies aren’t what he’s looking for.
    “I need your help.”
    Come in. Come in.
    “I need a spell―change me within.”
    I know something just for you.
    Her cauldron fills with boiling brew.
    Red candy apples,
    Orange pumpkin grime
    Yellow dried corn,
    Green swampy slime
    Blue ogre goo,
    Purple unicorn hair . . .
    Rainbows erupt everywhere!
    Noah glows-in-the-dark.
    The witch explains:
    Spells can’t help.
    Use your heart and brains.
    Monsters are mean;
    trolls are untrue.
    Love whom you love
    and always be you!

  38. mlyablonaolcom says:

    Halloween Love
    by Marla Yablon
    83 words

    Pumpkins on porches and bags full of goodies
    Sweaters and jackets and skeleton hoodies
    Glow-in-the-dark eyes and hair that is green
    These are the reasons I love Halloween.

    Goosebumps from horror movies that are so scary
    Black cats and spiders with legs that are hairy
    Screams out of darkness from creatures unseen
    These are the reasons I love Halloween.

    When the leaves fall
    When the frost bites
    Bees stay in the hive.
    Halloween whispers the
    End of warm nights,
    And that’s when I feel alive!

  39. Lori Himmel says:


    By Lori Himmel
    100 words

    Cockroach bumped his glow-in-the dark carapace on a log.



    “No light! Can’t mimic Click Beetle! I’ll be eaten for sure. And on Halloween!”

    “Bioluminescence burn out?” asked Firefly.

    “No glow? Not safe!” said Railroad Worm, emitting colorful lights.

    “Copycat,” grumbled Click Beetle.

    Cockroach skittered to the entomologist.

    “Golly, goosebumps! Bad case indeed.”

    “OH, dread! Will I ever light up the night again, Doc? What’s the cure?”

    “Take two bacteria-filled gummies to restore your glow.”

    “Goodie gumdrops!”



    Cockroach glowed as yellow as the full moon.

    “Finally safe from predators! Let’s trick-or-treat, Click Beetle!”


    • Lori Himmel says:

      By Lori Himmel
      100 words

      Cockroach bumped his glow-in-the dark carapace on a log.
      OOCH! OUCH!

      “No light! Can’t mimic Click Beetle! I’ll be eaten for sure. And on Halloween!”
      “Bioluminescence burnout?” asked Firefly.
      “No glow? Not safe!” said Railroad Worm, emitting colorful lights.
      “Copycat,” grumbled Click Beetle.

      Cockroach skittered to the entomologist.
      “Golly, goosebumps! Bad case indeed.”

      “OH, dread! Will I ever light up the night again, Doc? What’s the cure?”
      “Take two bacteria-filled gummies to restore your glow.”
      “Goodie gumdrops!”

      Cockroach glowed as yellow as the full moon.
      “Finally safe from predators! Let’s trick-or-treat, Click Beetle!”

    • Patricia Finnegan says:

      Loved it when “cockroach skittered to the entomologist” and all of the other buggy biology treats you sprinkled throughout your story:-)

  40. Sara Dean says:

    Scaredy-Cat-Pat and the Haunted House
    By Sara Dean
    (100 words)

    Lights glowed-in-the-dark. A werewolf howled. Patty, or “Scaredy-Cat-Pat” as the other kids called her, got goosebumps and turned around to leave. Two boys were behind her, pushing toward the door of the haunted house. They pushed Patty with them, right inside!

    She froze. Then she heard something. A girl was crying! “Are you okay?” Patty asked.

    “I’m scared,” the girl said.

    Patty took a deep breath. “Let’s do this together,” she said, and led the way, getting scared only twice, to the goodies waiting at the exit.

    “You’re so brave!” the girl said.

    Patty smiled. No more “Scaredy-Cat-Pat” for her!

  41. loricevans says:

    Let the Real Halloween Begin!
    by Lori Evans
    (word count 100)

    I sag into my old porch swing,
    the end of a long trick-or-treat.
    The springs speak: skreak, squeak.
    Mists cling.
    Little ghouls giggle and homeward sneak.
    What is that thing?

    A ghostly outline glows in the dark,
    flitting about, furtive, hiding,
    past the neighbors’, through my gate, sliding.
    Eyes empty, stark.
    A wail ascends, groaning, subsiding.
    Gaze resting long upon its mark.

    I grimly grip my goodie bowl, goosebumps rising on my skin.
    “A-a-all I’ve got left is gummi bugs.”
    The figure shrugs
    and reaches in.
    With ghastly hand it grabs a bag,
    Then glides off with a gleeful grin.

    If you’d like to check out my story on Medium with art by my daughter:

  42. Blanca Manzanilla says:

    Ixchel’s Belizean Halloween
    Word count: 100
    By Blanca Manzanilla

    “Glow-in-the-dark skeletons and chocolate goodies I wish,” says Ixchel as she rereads an old copy of Goosebumps.

    For Ixchel, Halloween is different. Pa and his friends dress up using banana leaves and animal face masks.
    There is no electricity, but they carry music and dance at every house in her village.
    In return, they get all kinds of local food and dessert treats.

    Ixchel always guesses who her Pa is, after all, she’s the one who taught him how to dance.

    At midnight, it’s time for the TATA DUENDE folklore – a short old man with backward feet and no thumbs.

  43. Kate Benessa says:

    EMY IS ALWAYS RIGHT — Katharyn R. Benessa
    (100 words)

    “Daddy, Why are you putting tape on my costume? I don’t like it.”

    “You can’t really see the tape, Emy, but at night it glows in the dark to keep you safe.”

    “Glows? Like a ghost? Now I’m a glow-in-the-dark ghostly mermaid?…hmmm…I like it! I’m ready for goodie-ness.”

    “Not goodie-ness, Emy. You’re confusing goodness with goodies.”

    “No, I’m not. I’m ready, for goodie-ness sake.”

    “Okay! Get your jacket so you don’t get cold.”

    “So I don’t get ghostbumps, right, Daddy?”

    “Goosebumps, Emy.”

    “No, Daddy, it’s Halloween. They’re ghostbumps.”

    “I can’t argue with you, Emy.”

    “Because I’m always right.”

  44. Susanna Leonard Hill says:


    by Ann Grilli
    Word count: 99

    Emma the lightning bug flew to the park.
    She sat all alone and glowed in the dark.
    Her wings became frosty and brittle and weak.
    Where were her friends? A tear hit her cheek.

    A spider beside her asked for a light.
    “It’s dark and it’s cold on this Halloween night.
    Might I invite you to come home with me?
    I have yummy goodies. I’ll make you hot tea.”

    Emma got goosebumps. The offer seemed sweet.
    But spiders are tricky. I might be the treat!
    “Thank you, but no. I must move along.
    I realized just now I got the date wrong.”

  45. murrelld says:

    Jack’s Pumpkin Plan
    By Diana Murrell
    Word Count: 100

    Jack planned to carve a gruesome pumpkin: wide smile, guts spilling through its teeth.

    “Tomorrow,” mom said, leaving the pumpkin on the porch.

    Jack worried. Critters skittered through the darkness looking for goodies. Squirrels love pumpkins! So, Jack built a glow-in-the-dark fortress. He watched until his mom insisted he go to bed.

    “It’ll be fine,” she said.

    It wasn’t. In the morning Jack found his pumpkin; its round head smashed, pumpkin brains dripping down the steps.

    “Oh no!”

    Then, Jack felt goosebumps rising.

    “Can we leave it, mom? Please?”

    Trick-or-treaters collecting goodies, spied the pumpkin carnage.


    “Perfect!” Jack smiled.

  46. Ivanka Dimitrova (@Ivanka_D81) says:

    Lights in the Dark
    By Ivanka Dimitrova
    Word count: 100

    The horses were restless on Halloween night.
    Glow-in-the-dark lights were blocking my sight.

    Something was moving and made my dog bark.
    What were those blinking two lights in the dark?

    When mom called for dinner, I wanted to eat
    But turning my back now was no easy feat.

    No goodies could tempt me to sit down and dine
    With goosebumpies crawling all over my spine.

    I followed the lights to an old cardboard box…
    What’s this I found?!
    A cute baby fox!

    That was just silly but gave me a fright.
    A fox, in a box, on a Halloween night.

  47. Jennifer Cherry says:

    Fraidy Cat No More
    By Jennifer Cherry
    Word Count: 100

    A massive spider is sitting next to the house. Goosebumps crawl up my arms.

    “The best goodies are inside,” I whisper, forcing myself up the sidewalk and towards the door.

    I climb rickety steps. Glow-in-the-dark snakes stare down at me from overhead. I hear my brothers laughing behind me, mocking me.

    I ring the doorbell. Spooky music plays. The door creaks open.

    Suddenly a mummy jumps out from behind the bushes.

    “AHHHH!” my brothers scream and run.

    Then the mummy winks a blue eye at me and hands me a full-size candy bar.

    “Who’s the fraidy cat now?” I yell.

  48. Tiffany Hanson (@Tiffany_Hanson7) says:

    Galactic Trick-or-Treat
    By Tiffany Hanson
    99 words

    A flash in the sky interrupted my quest for goodies on Halloween. Goosebumps crept up my arms. Was it a ghost? A goblin?

    I decided to walk around back to investigate, grateful that I had on a mask to hide my face.

    I gaped. A glow-in-the-dark flying saucer was in my backyard!

    The door hissed and sprang open. I froze. Then three green aliens with large eyes emerged. They had sacks in their hands. Were they going to kidnap me and take me to space?

    “Trick-or-treat!” the aliens said, holding out bags for candy. I smiled. Best. Halloween. Ever.

  49. sheilaschmotz says:

    by Sheila R. Schmotzer
    70 words

    I love bubbles,
    So shiny and round.
    They glow-in-the-dark and don’t make a sound.

    Look at this big bubble.

    Oh, goody. He wants to be friends.
    We play chase. He always wins.

    Down he drifts… a clear little clump.
    He tickles my nose. I get a goosebump.

    Yes, he’s the bubble that I love most.
    Where has he gone?
    My best friend bubble is now a ghost.

  50. Ghostie Gorback (@GennieGorback) says:

    By Gennie Gorback
    98 Words

    “Remember the plan, Zuzu?” Fara’s skin goosebumped with excitement.


    “We ring the doorbell, but instead of trick-or-treaters expecting goodies, Dad’ll be startled by this creepy pretend rat! Then we’ll say, ‘Tricked you!’”

    The rat’s glow-in-the-dark eyes followed Zuzu’s every move.

    “It looks r-r-r-real. Why’s it in a cage?”

    “So it looks more ferocious! Come on!”

    The rat gnashed its razor-blade teeth.

    Zuzu was having second thoughts.



    The rat snarled.

    Dad opened the door and gasped.

    Fara fell down laughing.

    Suddenly, the cage door flew open and the rat zoomed toward their father.

    “Tricked yo- Dad?”

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