Hi Everyone. Posting of finalists is delayed. I’m not exactly sure when they’ll be up, but it will be as soon as possible. Likely another week.
Eye of newt and dragon fang! It’s time for . . .
The 12th Annual Halloweensie Writing Contest!!!
~ for children’s writers ~
THE CONTEST: write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children (children here defined as 12 and under) (title not included in word count) using the words slither, treat, and scare.
- 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.
- You may use the words in any form i.e. slithery (yes, it’s a word, we looked it up 😊), treated, scary, etc, 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!
POST: your story in the comment section of the Official Contest Post (that’s this one!)( between Right NOW this very second! and 11:59PM Eastern Monday October 31st (So you have 3 full days to post – today, tomorrow, and Monday.)
- 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 of the Official Contest Post so that people can come visit your blog, but all entries must be posted in the comment section of THIS Post between right now and Monday October 31st at 11:59PM Eastern.
- 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! [susanna[at]susannahill[dot]com Please place your entry in the body of the email including your title, byline (that means who the story is by – you! – so for example, By Jane Doe) and word count at the top – NO ATTACHMENTS! and please do not submit any entries before the official opening of the contest at 12:01 AM Saturday October 29th. They will not be accepted.
- 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 😊
THE JUDGING: over the following days, 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 Saturday November 5th (though if the judging takes longer than expected it might be a little later – we will do our best! But fair warning I have two school visits that week and a long drive Friday.) The winners will be announced Tuesday 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!
⭐️ Rhyme & Meter Self Study Course – Renee LaTulippe Renée M. LaTulippe is the author of The Crab Ballet (Cameron Kids/Abrams, 2022) and Limelight: Theater Poems to Perform (Charlesbridge, 2024) and has poems published in many anthologies including No World Too Big, Night Wishes, School People, National Geographic’s The Poetry of US, One Minute Till Bedtime, Poems Are Teachers, ThankU: Poems of Gratitude, and A World Full of Poems.
⭐️ Picture Book Manuscript Critique (Rhyming or Non-rhyming, Fiction or Nonfiction) with written feedback AND a 30-minute Zoom Chat with children’s author Vivian Kirkfield, author of PIPPA’S PASSOVER PLATE (Holiday House, 2019), SWEET DREAMS, SARAH (Creston Books, 2019), FOUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN (Pomegranate, 2019), MAKING THEIR VOICES HEARD: THE INSPIRING FRIENDSHIP OF ELLA FITZGERALD AND MARILYN MONROE (Little Bee Books, 2020), FROM HERE TO THERE: INVENTIONS THAT CHANGED THE WAY THE WORLD MOVES (Clarion Books, 2021), and SHOW ME HOW! BUILD YOUR CHILD’S SELF-ESTEEM THROUGH READING, CRAFTING AND COOKING (MoneyPenny Press Ltd, 2010)
⭐️ 30 Minute Zoom Ask Me Anything with Rosie Pova author of IF I WEREN’T WITH YOU (Spork, April 2017), SARAH’S SONG (Spork, September 2017), SUNDAY RAIN (Lantana Publishing, March 2021), THE SCHOOL OF FAILURE: A STORY ABOUT SUCCESS (Yehoo Press, May 2022), and for Middle Grade readers, HAILEY QUEEN PRANKING MAKES PERFECT: THE ALIEN ENCOUNTER (Spork, April 2017) Rosie does a lot of school visits and presentations, should that happen to be of interest for your Ask Me Anything.
⭐️ Picture Book Manuscript Critique (rhyming preferred) with Andrea Denish, author of EVERYONE LOVES A PARADE (Astra Young Readers, March 2020), and THE WAY WE SAY HELLO forthcoming from Starry Forest Books February 7, 2023
⭐️ Picture Book Critique (non-rhyming) with Becky Scharnhorst, author of MY SCHOOL STINKS! (Flamingo Books, July 2021) and THIS FIELD TRIP STINKS! (Flamingo Books, August 2022)
⭐️ Connecting With School Librarians! Fabulous Opportunity for published or soon to be published authors! Winner’s Choice of either a Zoom or phone chat about how to connect with school librarians and get their ear or an Ask Me Anything Zoom or phone chat about K-8th grade author visits from a librarian’s POV from Kathy Halsey. Kathy Halsey is Storyteller Academy’s Community Manager and Ambassador. She enjoys writing picture books, humor, and nonfiction. Kathy’s active in SCBWI and blogs with other kid lit writers on the GROG. She serves on the Choose to Read Ohio Advisory Council and speaks at educational and literary conferences. Kathy’s a former K-12 school librarian and children’s bookseller. She writes monthly author studies for the Reading for Research Month along with Keila Dawson.
⭐️ 30 Minute Ask Me Anything Zoom Chat (anything relating to writing/publishing) with Penny Parker Klostermann, talented author of THERE WAS AN OLD DRAGON WHO SWALLOWED A KNIGHT (Random House 2015) and A COOKED-UP FAIRY TALE (Random House 2017) as well as the forthcoming SPIDER LADY: Nan Songer and Her Arachnid WWII Army (Astra/Calkins Creek 2025) and another as yet unannounced 😊
⭐️ Picture Book Manuscript Critique (Rhyming) PLUS Zoom Chat from developmental editor Lou Piccolo! Lou studied English Literature, creative writing and teaching at university in South Africa. After working as an EFL teacher in France for twenty years, she studied proofreading and editing before becoming a developmental editor of children’s and young adult’s literature for independent authors. She is a graduate of Renee LaTulippe’s Lyrical Language Lab – Punching Up Prose With Poetry course and Making Picture Book Magic, the in-house writer for Editions Entrefilet’s language-learning magazine ‘Go English Kids’ for children of 8-12 in France, and a traditionally published author of MG and YA fiction with Burlington Books.
⭐️ Picture Book Manuscript Critique PLUS Zoom Chat with Ellen Leventhal! Ellen is the author of DON’T EAT THE BLUEBONNETS (Spork, 2017), LOLA CAN’T LEAP (Spork, 2018), HAYFEST: A HOLIDAY QUEST (ABCs Press, 2010), and A FLOOD OF KINDNESS (WorthyKids, 2021)
⭐️ Picture Book Manuscript Critique (rhyming or non-rhyming) with Kelly Conroy whose poems have been published in 5 anthologies (10.10, wee words for wee ones, October 2021; BETTER THAN STARBUCKS, January 2022; THINGS WE EAT, Pomelo Books, March 2022; THINGS WE FEEL, Pomelo Books, July 2022; WHAT IS A FRIEND, Pomelo Books, October 2022) and also the author of a rhyming board book due out in 2025.
⭐️ 30 Minute Picture Book Zoom Critique Session with Lynne Marie
Lynne Marie is the accomplished author of Hedgehog Goes to Kindergarten – art by Anne Kennedy (Scholastic 2011), Hedgehog’s 100th Day of School – art by Lorna Hussey (Scholastic 2017), The Star of the Christmas Play — art by Lorna Hussey (Beaming Books 2018), Moldilocks and the 3 Scares — art by David Rodriguez Lorenzo (Sterling 2019 and Scholastic 2019), Let’s Eat! Mealtime Around the World — art by Parwinder Singh (Beaming Books 2019) and The Three Little Pigs And The Rocket Project — art by Wendy Fedan (Mac and Cheese Press 2022) and American Pie — art by Dea Lenihan (Dancing Flamingo Press, April 12, 2022)
⭐️ Picture Book Manuscript Critique (Rhyming or Non-rhyming, Fiction or Nonfiction) with a recording of first read-through by children’s author and poet Sarah Meade, contributor to HOP TO IT: POEMS TO GET YOU MOVING (Pomelo Books, 2020!)
⭐️ 20 Minute Zoom Ask Me Anything with Darshana Khiani, author of HOW TO WEAR A SARI (Versify, June 2021), I’M AN AMERICAN (Viking Books for Young Readers, May 2023), and THE BOYS OF KOH PANYEE (coming Fall 2023)
⭐️ Rate Your Story Speed Pass from Lynne Marie
And maybe I’ll have some extra picture books to add in here and there to sweeten the pie. . . 😊
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, recommending their books for school and library purchases, and supporting them in any other way you can dream up! 😊
Happy Writing! Happy Reading! And Happy Halloween!
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Now, let the Halloweensie begin!
The 239 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! 🎃 😊
- Apparition Preparation For A Scary Halloween – Royal Baysinger
- Attack Of The Zornaks – Royal Baysinger
- Down In the Halloween Cave – Royal Baysinger
- Sisters – Sara Kruger
- Halloween Nightmare – Helen Lai
- The Follower – Marla Yablon
- A Frightfully Fun Time – Susan E. Schipper
- The Halloween Dream Team – Jenna Elyse Johnson
- Skeleton Sam Settles The Score – Jennifer Cowan
- Slug Slime – Vashti Verbowski
- Ghost Recipes – Julia Pierre Hammond
- Rainforest Halloween – Heather Kinser
- On Snail-O-Ween – Heather Kinser
- The Frightful Fugitive – Anne Lipton
- Little Witchy – Elizabeth Myer zu Heringdorf
- Get Your Glow On – Corine Timmer
- Sally The Slug Has A Sweet Tooth – Eleanor Ann Peterson
- In The Middle Of A Snack – Bridget Magee
- Coming Around – Emily Durant
- Piper’s Pickle – Colleen Murphy
- Safe From Scares – Sarah Meade
- Claudia Maude Clickerticker’s Costume Shop – Sarah Meade
- What Do Witches Eat? – Kelly Clasen
- Ghouldilocks And The Three Shares – Claire Blumenfeld
- Closer – Reed Hilton-Eddy
- SSSSSScary – Jen Subra
- A Shady Halloween – Jennifer Lowe
- Help! – Elizabeth James
- Arabella’s Halloween Treat – Colleen Fogarty
- Trick Or Treat? – Corine Timmer
- The Coolest Halloween Costume – Carmen Castillo Gilbert
- Green Goulash Stew – Claudine Pullen
- The House With The Good Candy – Vanessa Konoval
- The House Creatures’ Halloween – Lauri Meyers
- When Good Luck Struck – Molly Ippolito
- The Haunted House Halloween Challenge – Marty Bellis
- Demon On The Line – Laura Polasek
- The Spooky Halloween Parade – Janet Krauthamer
- Mrs. Cleary’s Cats – Susan Eyerman
- A Halloween Twist – Cheryl Simon
- Wilhelmina The Witch – Ashlee MacCallum
- Halloween Hater – Blaire Moore
- The Halloween Bake-Off – Rose Cappelli
- Trick-Or-Treat, Shoes To Eat – Ashley Sierra
- Tricks Before Treats – Danielle S. Hammelef
- Happy Halloween – Stephanie R. Mena
- A Batty Halloween – Melissa Chupp
- Who Whispers In The Dark? – Erika Romero
- Interview With The Vampire – Helen Lai
- Slug Life – Kim Wagner Nolan
- Sapling’s Halloween – Lori Sheroan
- Nothing Scared Alicia Bones – Christine Evans
- The Mask – Su Ko
- DON’T FLUSH YOUR GOLDFISH DOWN THE TOILET OR HE WILL COME BACK TO GET YOU ON HALLOWEEN NIGHT – Sue Ko
- Going As Myself – Marianna Sacra
- Halloween Snack – Debra Daugherty
- Halloween-ing – Lori Himmel
- Something Wriggling This Way Comes – Amy Chini
- Edgar Allen Crow – Kathleen Jacobs
- Queen Slug’s Halloween – Kelsey E. Gross
- Pull Of The Moon – Darla Christie
- There’s One In Every Class – Linda Staszak
- Snollooween – Katie McEnaney
- A (little) STEM Halloween – Jilanne Hoffman
- Trick For Treat – Linda Starszak
- Mattie, The Scaredy Tabby Cat – Janet Parkinson Bryce
- Nothing Scares Me – Karen Condit
- ‘Twas Halloween Night – Sharon Coffey
- A Hotdog Halloween Hullabaloo – Sharon Coffey
- Their Trick, My Treat – Carol Van Gorp
- Interview With The Vampire – Helen Lai
- Halloween Night Light – Daniella Kaufman
- Do Goblins Gobble? – Sally Yorke-Viney
- Witchy-licious Stew – Charlotte Dixon
- The Ghouliest Ghouls – Marta Cutler
- The Scariest Bear – Marta Cutler
- Halloween Is Different This Year – S.S. Lee
- The Rattlesloth – Russell Wolff
- The Eyes Have It – Marta Cutler
- A Scare Affair – Lori C. Evans
- Halloween Haul – Stephanie Maksymiw
- Halloween Is Magic – Kristen Littlefield
- Command Performance – Jamie Donahoe
- Zombie In The House – Isabel Rodriguez
- A Wise Disguise – Jill Purtee
- Truck-Or-Treat – Mia Geiger
- The Halloween Dare – Marty Findley
- Witch’s Brew – Marty Findley
- A Halloween Tail – Katie Lee Reinert
- Creepy People – Sharon McCarthy
- Happy Halloween – Elaine D’Alessandro
- Scared Sssssilly – Julie Lerczak
- A Spooky House – Gail Hartman
- A Halloween Smile – Tonnye Fletcher
- A Scary Dare – Mona Pease
- Stop Your Bellyaching Soup, A Jump Rope Song – Debbie Meneses
- A Spell Of Transformation – Meagan T. Gentry
- First Flight – Paul Kurtz
- I Scare You, You Scare Me – Paul Kurtz
- Spiders vs. Snakes – Linda Schueler
- Pot Of The Witch – Reed Ambrose
- Snake In The Grass – Judy Sobanski
- Beware Or Be Scared – Norah Colvin
- Bat’s First Halloween – no author listed
- Children Of The Bog – Melissa Miles
- In Through My Window – Eric Sondergeld
- A Squishy Scare – Stephanie Henson
- The Last House – Janet Smart
- Jack-O-Lantern – Darcee A. Freier
- Beak-A-Boo! – Jill Lambert
- Jackie Saves Halloween – Brittany Richman
- The Treat – S. E. Cottrill
- Little Vampire’s First Halloween – Sharon Dalgleish
- Franny Fruit Bat’s Friendly Halloween – Amy LaMae Brewer
- Chicken’s First Halloween – Emma Hay
- Moldy Mayhem – Sue Lancaster
- Sea Monster – Patricia Nozell
- A Halloween Lullaby – Brigid Finucane
- Tricky Treats – Lisa Lowe Stauffer
- KA-RUNCH! – Donna Kurtz
- Scary-Fairy – Donna Kurtz
- Halloween Hop – Carole Gerber
- Halloween Treat – Krista Legge
- Sara’s Hairy Halloween – Jesse Anna Bornemann
- Scary Goat Scam – Elenore Byrne
- Goulentine – Michelle S. Kennedy
- My Teacher Is A Creature – Mary Ann Cortez
- The Haunted House – Karen Morgan
- Trick or Treat: A Forest Halloween – Sarah Marhevsky
- Shadows Come Crawling – Marlee Fuller-Morris
- Slithering Snake – Deborah Hunt
- Jack-oh-no! – Pollu Mendoza
- Jack’s Lament – Steve Jankousky
- Sense The Way – Sarah Hetu
- Slither and Hiss: Trick or Treat? – Cathrene Youngquist
- Pumpkin Jack – Jennifer Weingardt
- The Peanut Butter Cup Song – Hannah Roy LaGrone
- Gregory’s First Halloween – Morgan Lau
- Scary Treats – Ken Major
- Super Scary Sausages – Chris James
- Midnight Snack – Deborah Foster
- How To Trick-or-Treat If You’re A Snake – Abigail Mumford
- Scarecrows Of Halloween – Helen Ishmurzin
- Sneaky Snake – Jan Suhr
- Who’s There? – Dawn Renee Young
- Space Rangers And Skeletons – Cynthia Mackey
- A Halloween For Willard – Krista Harrington
- On Halloween Night – Amanda Flinn
- Early Worm’s Halloween Birthday Wish – Curtis King
- Sweetie The Parrot – Barbara DiMarco
- The Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest – Laura Straut
- Boo – Jean Martin
- Pete The Smallest Pumpkin – Tiffany Hanson
- Candy Corn’s Revenge – Tiffany Hanson
- A Martian’s Halloween – Angela Calabrese
- Candy Monster – Patricia MacMillan
- Igor’s First Halloween – Danna Zeiger
- You Can’t Scare Me – Danna Zeiger
- Pumpkin, Skeleton, Wolverine – Brenna Jeanneret
- Tricky Treats – Ashley Sutphen Delaney
- Little Sister Saves The Night – Laurie Kaiser
- The Sweetest Treat – Christina Shawn
- All Hallows’ Eve – Sasha Sirisena-Green
- Pumpkin Cat’s Turn – Bru Benson
- Frankenslug – Ryann Jones
- The Costume – Nina Nolan
- The Best Halloween Ever – Dianne Borowski
- Tricked – Geraldine V. Oades-Sese
- Trista’s Treat Or Trick? – Krissy Massey
- The Scariest Costume Of All – Abby N. Wooldridge
- Halloween is the BEST, but. . . – Andi Chitty
- It’s A Tricky Afterlife – Katie Schwartz
- Spider’s Halloween – Cassy Clarcq
- Slimon’s Halloween – Imelda Taylor
- The Zombie Flop – Liz Kehrli
- Melanie Monster – Lindsey LeBlanc
- Switch Witch Swap – Julie Fruitticher Schroeder
- S-S-Selma – Nancy Forbis-Stokes
- A Halloween Adventure – Gregory E. Bray
- Enter If You Dare – Trista Herring Baughman
- Snake’s Sweet Treats – Nadia Ali
- Costume Crisis – Keatley Eastman
- Tricked By The Treats – Elizabeth Muster
- Halloween Friend – Thelia Hutchinson
- My Dreadfully Dangerous Walk – Susan Twiggs
- Slither, Treat, Scare: A Halloween Story – Lynn Greenway
- I’m Not That Scared – Allison Gray
- The Halloween Prize – Mary Rudzinski
- Portia Pumpkin Proclaims – Judy Caldwell Hughes
- Pookie The Pomeranian’s Halloween Wish – Stephanie Jackson
- Boo The Ghost Gets Beaten – Stephanie Jackson
- Costume Drama – David Cobb
- Slither Spook – Jessica Milo
- Samira’s Potion – Jessica Milo
- Sabrina Squirrel Does Not Scare Easily – Liz Gill
- Snake’s Stealthy Solution – Kira Barrett
- What Did You See? – Kathleen Mazurowski
- Father Knows Best – Janice Kay
- The Costume – Amy Duchene
- Trick Or Treat – Laura Seely-Pollack
- Many Happy Resquirms – Diana Webb
- Theodore Turkey’s Halloween Hunt – Mary-Catherine Amadu
- Ghost Finds His Groove – Cindy Greene
- Weird Halloween Treats – Una Belle Townsend
- The Jabberwocks Of Halloween – Jenny Bowman
- Sooner And Sooner Every Year! – Stephanie Henson
- A Slimy Halloween: Halloweenie Competition – Erin Buhr
- Candy Night – Anne Weaver
- Growing Candy Apples – Hannah Roy LaGrone
- Sister’s First Halloween Night – Linda Hofke
- Calling All Campers to the Camp Spooky Halloween Campfire – Jamie Rodarte
- A Pumpkin Named Rattlesnake Pete – Pat Finnegan
- Pumpkin Pride – Pat Finnegan
- Gardenia Ghost – Katie Walsh
- I Am Always a Cat – Amanda Littlefield
- Scaredy Snake – Kathy Hill Crable
- Classroom Costume Conundrum – Cynthia Reeg
- A Beckoning Spell – Les Degnan
- Halloween Eve – Tarsia Rhyne
- Which Witch Will Win? – Lucretia Schafroth
- The Spider Web House – CJ Penko
- The Monster of Barlow’s Bakery – Jill Burns
- A Candy Break For Mongoose And Snake – Katie Schwartz
- Kid Cobra’s Halloween – Denise Seidman
- Costume Not Required – JC Kelly
- Lucinda Blackletter – Karen Pickrell
- Candi Corn – Liz Kehrli
- Glass Lizard Halloween – Maria Marshall
- Scaredy Cat And The Haunted Hunt – Samantha Cora Christian Haas
- Graduation Night – Naz Alibhai
- New Friends – Sarah Hawklyn
- Sam Wasn’t Afraid – T. May LeGrys
- Black Cats Get A Bad Rap – Colleen Dougherty
- Dad’s First Trick or Treat – Annette Bethers
- Skeletons Need Teddy Bears Too – Sharon Jackson
- Sam And Dusty Trick Or Treat – Julianna Helt
- Lost – Brenda Covert
- The Snakertons – Emily Holewczynski
2,677 thoughts on “The 12th Annual Halloweensie Writing Contest aahhhrrrooooOOOOO!!!”
APPARITION PREPARATION FOR A SCARY HALLOWEEN
By Royal Baysinger
Slither, slather! Krakens lather in the tub on Friday night.
Beasts of Scaring all preparing for a Halloween of fright.
Argle, bargle! Banshees gargle, voices primed to shriek and wail.
Vampires cleaning, werewolves preening, polishing each tooth and nail.
Jingle, jangle! Ghosts untangle chains from sheets; an awful din!
Dragons flapping, mummies wrapping, stretching out and tucking in.
Smacker, smucker! Mermaids pucker, one last look into their mirrors.
Robots booting, zombies scooting, time to join their ghoulish peers.
Pitter, patter! Children scatter, dropping bags of tasty treats.
Monsters munching, freely lunching in the now abandoned streets.
I love this action-packed and sound-filled tale. Nice use of language. Fun! Good luck!
Love the language and the monsterly descriptions!
Great descriptions and ghoulish actions! Nice job. Good luck!
What vivid and fantastical images you have created! Love your word play.
This is so much fun! I love all the strong word choices and engaging images.
Love the Halloween sounds and the fun internal rhymes! 🙂
You are an awesome rhymer! This is fun to read aloud.
Fun word choices! Love the ending image.
Very fun! Great rhyme and word choices. Definitely captures the Halloween spirit. Good luck!
This is a fun one to read, awesome rhyming!
This is so much fun! Love love the energy and the word sounds! Spookily good!
This is great! I love the image of all of these beasties getting ready in their unique ways.
Great rhyming, Royal! Fun to read aloud! 🙂
I love the language and festive feel! Good luck!
What fun to read aloud! This is amazing. Great wordplay and rhyme. Love it!
So fun reading this! It has a real musicality to it with all the alliteration and rhyme. Your vivid word choice makes this sing. Awesome!
I am always in awe of rhymers. Love all the wonderful word choices. And, three entries! Great job.
What a great rhythm and read-aloud! It’s really fun to picture all the ghouls getting ready for their night out. I was surprised and delighted by the language…and by the clever ending.
I love all the alliteration in this story! It has a great rhythm, especially when you read it out loud!
This is so cute! Love the word choices!
This is really wonderful. Love the creepy creatures and their actions (Krackens lather, etc.), and your rhyme flows so nicely. Well done.
Fantastic language! Such fun to say aloud!
What great pictures conjure with such fun sounds and all connecting to kids in the end. Makes me smile.
I love the two-word onomatopoetic setup for each couplet, and the internal rhyme is all a joy, too. What a great Halloween poem!
I love the wordplay, and the meter really drives a sense of things building to the big night. Lots of fun to read aloud!
What a fun vision of Halloween primping. I love the internal rhyme and the variety of methods you included. Well done!
This is a fun story with great sounds and descriptions. I like how the monsters are now lunching on the dropped treats.
Awesome word play and a great ending!
So creative and fun. You really bring it to life.
A delicious treat of a story jam-packed with hilarious action and clever wordplay. You did so much in so few words!
This is such fun, Royal. The use of rhyme and alliteration combined with a bouncy rhythm urges us to join in the fun. And silly me, I thought you were describing all the children preparing for the celebration. A great twist at the end sent me scampering with the children.
I love the sound words, the idea of the monster prepping, and the ending with the abandoned streets and the children scattering was perfection. Well done!
Great use of rhyme. Tricky little monsters.
Wonderful rhyme and word choice! Such a fun read a loud! I love this spooky story!
Love the images you created of the monsters preparing to scare the children, especially “Smacker, smucker! Mermaids pucker 🙂
ATTACK OF THE ZORNAKS
By Royal Baysinger
“Come! We’s conquer Earth!” With hearty battlecries, the Zornaks slithered from their spaceship, into the crisp autumn air.
“Scrawny hu-mans no match for Zornaks!” They approached the city in raucous glee, until—
A horde of hideous beasts had already invaded.
They had fearsome fangs, gruesome claws, magic wands, and glowing orbs! Some even appeared undead!
Gobsmacked, the Zornaks gawked as these scary overlords strutted from dwelling to dwelling with human slaves in tow, treating themselves to tasty tributes from their subjugated underlings.
“Retreat!” The Zornaks fled in fear!
They would find an easier planet to subdue…perhaps Mars.
Very cute alien impression of trick-or-treating. Great sense of humor. And congratulations on having been the first (and second) to enter this contest this year!
What would aliens think if they landed on Halloween? Such a fun idea!
So creative, quirky, and fun!
So Halloween saves the planet! Love the premise 🙂
Hahaha! Very cute. Glad Halloween saved us from the Zornaks!
Gobsmacked is one of my most favorite words!
Ha ha! Halloween to the rescue! Great story! 🙂
I love how mixed sci-fi with Halloween and Halloween saved the day!
Comically bad timing for an invasion, love it!
The Zornaks thought they had it made in the shade. Earth was theirs to conquer but . . . never underestimate an earthling trick-or-treater. LOL
Lucky for the humans, the Zonacks landed on Halloween night. Gobsmacked, the Zornaks gawked as these scary overlords strutted from dwelling to dwelling with human slaves in tow. Great imagery.
sweet, funny twist! And I love the idea of the Zornaks, hope you work them into a longer concept!
LOL. Great Halloween twist on an alien arrival story!
This is hilarious, Royal. I love it. Yes, if the aliens arrived at Halloween, they’d soon be sent packing by the sights they encounter. It made me laugh. It would make children laugh too. (I especially like the comment about ‘human slaves’.)
Hahaha – Our Halloween customs might even appear strange to some humans:-)
DOWN IN THE HALLOWEEN CAVE
By Royal Baysinger
Nobody trick-or-treated in Cornville. Instead, we’d go spelunking for scares, down in the “Halloween Cave.” Squeezing under rock-faces. Slithering between stalagmites.
But one year, buried beyond the howling wind, we discovered an ancient chamber.
A gnarled hag crouched, clawing innards from vacant-smiled jack-o-lanterns, and transplanting their ooey-gooey brains into waiting scarecrows…who came alive!
With piercing shrieks, they spotted us!
But slithering and squeezing, we scrambled home in time to light torches and gather pitchforks. Before their invasion.
Now, decades after the hag’s defeat, scarecrows are being legalized. But they’re not allowed near pumpkins…or down in the “Halloween Cave.”
Creepy! You had an abundance of Halloween imagination!
Creepy! Great imagery!
Yikes! Great, “Creepy” tale! 🙂
Your Halloween cave tale is very ‘deep’. A fun take on the genre. 😉
Love this setting – love “spelunking for scares”! Anyone who likes a scare and a scream will identify with this story….!
You packed a lot of story arc into 100 words, and left me hanging with the possibility of a sequel there at the end–yikes! Nicely done. Best of luck to you!
This is a real Twilight Zone Halloween Tale. Eeeeerie, creepy and oh so wonderful.
Thankfully they slithered and squeezed out in time. Nicely done!
Oooo…those transplanted pumpkin gut brains! What a concept! You should keep going on this, Royal! Perfectly creepy! Best of luck in the contest.
Your descriptions brought me into that cave. Yikes! Scary. I like the name Cornville too.
You put the scare in scarecrow, Royal!
Ooooh! This one is scary. A legalised scarecrow with the ooey-gooey brain of a vacant-smiling jack-o-lantern is not something I’d want to come across; not in the dark of night nor in the bright of day.
You have a great collection of stories, Royal, each one different from the other. Brilliant.
Creep, crawly images – Just right for children who like a little bit of a scare
by Sara Kruger
“Today’s the day!” Mom says.
I twirl like a tornado in my sparkly dress.
“Watch out, there, Glinda!” Dad cries.
He’s pouring batter as I crash into him.
A pancake snake hisses in the pan and slithers onto my plate.
But that doesn’t scare me.
Becoming a big sister does.
At the adoption agency, a bucket brims with treats.
Mom nods permission, so I grab a handful and nibble.
Finally the social worker nestles a bundle in dad’s arms.
My gift, ruby red booties, fit perfectly.
My fear fades. I whisper to my baby sister,
“There’s no place like home.”
I particularly like the punch in the middle of your story. It’s effective. Real life can be spooky.
Ooh, my heart just grew three sizes…this is so sweet! I love how the Wizard of Oz references are woven throughout. And a new sister on Halloween is the best treat of all.
Aww! Very sweet.
Such a sweet ending image. Love the Wizard of Oz references too.
Love the Wizard of Oz references!
As a Kansan, I just love this one! So sweet.
Nice nod the The Wizard of Oz!
Love the story and the ruby red booties! Very sweet. Good luck!
I love the visual of a pancake snake when “Glinda” bumps into her Dad! I thought the tornado was an odd choice for a simile for a spinning girl, until the Wizard of Oz references just kept coming. Perfect! Sweet closing line!
Sweet story. Love the nod the the Wizard of Oz, too!
Fantastic! Love the way you were able to reference the “Wizard of Oz”! (Especially Ruby red booties!) 🙂
The Wizard of Oz theme really elevates this – and makes the last line hit home even more!
Aww, I love the nod to The Wizard of Oz. The last tied the story up perfectly.
Wow, I love this. Well done! I was completely captivated.
Wonderful use of the extended Oz metaphors! So heartwarming.
I love this, Sara! What an unexpected take on Halloween.
Original and sweet. Good luck!
Aww! This is such a sweet story Sara!
This is brilliant and very moving.
I love the combo of The Wizard of Oz and the adoption, especially since I adopted children, one of whom *LOVED* Dorothy!
By Helen Lai
I went trick-or-treating, down all the best streets;
My bucket was brimming with sugary treats.
But later that night something gave me a scare;
My Halloween dream had become a nightmare!
My gummy worms slithered across the tiled floor,
My choccy frogs hippity-hopped out the door!
A bubblegum bubble just floated on past.
My candy collection was vanishing fast!
Then lollipops, jellybeans, marshmallow twists,
Danced out of the house, proving magic exists!
They escaped into darkness, like ninjas in masks…
Well, that’s what I’m saying, if anyone asks!
Great imagery and fun rhyme. Love the last line! Good luck!
Ha ha ha! Your tummy ache might say otherwise!
What a clever excuse to explain where Halloween candy goes! I love the visuals!
That’s your story and you’re sticking to it! Love it!
Love this depiction of what can happen to your Halloween candy!
Very fun! Love the ending.
A fun read! Loved the ending. 🙂
This would a hit with the kids and the ending sounds like a kid. Very entertaining to read. Good luck!
This is so funny and relatable. Yum!
Love it! I think I’ll use this explanation to explain how all the Halloween candy that we bought to give out disappeared before Halloween Night 🙂
Ha! Now THAT’S a dream!! Lots of delightful (and frightful!) illustration possibilities
How cute. I love the whole idea, especially the end. Toooo cute.
Love this! Your last line cracked me up!
I think that’s the best response if anyone asks. I won’t tell! 😉
The child has quite an imagination. Loved this.
Funny! This is wonderfully clever. I adore the punchline.
Haha! I love this one! I could see this as a board book!
This has it all. Even a surprise ending. So Funny, scary and cute! Way to go Helen.
I love this! Great rhyme and meter and such a fun concept.
I love this, Helen!
LOL! Ya got me!
Hahaha – I love this candy eater’s alibi:-)
by Marla Yablon
It’s Halloween, and something strange
is following me home.
I hear a clicking, ticking noise,
just like a metronome.
But now I hear another sound,
a wet and breathy belch,
a slither through the mud behind,
a soft and sucking squelch.
I need to walk more slowly, ‘cause
it isn’t moving fast.
I’m scared that it might stop before
I make it home at last.
I promised that I’d bring my pet
a toothsome, tasty treat.
On Halloween it’s fun to sit
And watch my monster eat.
Hmm. Just exactly what is that monster eating? Nothing that I would like for sure! I love the line “a soft and sucking squelch.”
Whatever made the mistake of following the owner home! Thanks for the love 🙂
Fun! Many great word choices here and a twist ending!
Oooh! Nice twist! I’m imagining all kinds of monsters and treats.
That’s the best part! The imagining 🙂
Ohh, creepy! I like it!
I love the unexpected twist of a pet monster! Toothsome! What a GREAT word!
Great twist at the end. Creepy images and sounds of something following the main character home! Yikes!
Great story! Love the ending! 🙂
Lots of great sounds here – and a terrific twist! The narrator’s not afraid of what’s following but wants to be sure it stays close. Love it!
This sent shivers up my spine! Good luck!
Nice twist at the end. Who wouldn’t want a monster as a pet?
Perfect meter and an uber-spooky atmosphere…and sweet ending. Love this!
LOVE IT. So clever Marla.
Nice twist at the end. I enjoyed reading this.
Such a wonderfully suspenseful story with a horrifingly hilarious twist!
That’s an interesting twist, to have to move slowly so an unseen ‘something strange’ can keep up and become a treat for your monster. 🙂
A Frightfully Fun Time
By Susan E. Schipper
Halloween’s the scariest day! Creepy things slither around.
Wizards, witches, ghosts fly through the sky. It’s terrifying!
Some people think I’M creepy, that’s silly! I’m Ocho, the arachnid.
This year‘s going to be different. I’m going to be brave! My eight legs trembled.
Something whispered, “Don’t worry, follow me!” Too frightened not to follow, I entered a spooktacular house!
Skeletons were smiling, Zombies were serving ice cream, candy corn was dropping from the ceiling like rain.
I turned to thank my new friend for bringing me. She whispered “Happy Halloween, have a Treat-tastic time!” With a whoosh, she disappeared!
Seschipper.wordpress.com (Check out the blog to meet “Ocho”!)
I like the idea of a spider being scared. We all get scared sometimes, right? What would we do without good friends in times of trouble. I can visualize the smiling skeletons and zombies serving ice cream. A not-so-scary Halloween. Treat-tastic! I’m glad spider took the plunge.
Thanks! So glad you enjoyed the “not-so-scary “Halloweensie tale! 🙂
There actually are things that are scarier than spiders, especially if you are a spider. I like the visual of the eight legs trembling. 🙂
Thank you, Colleen! Happy you enjoyed the story! 🙂
The rewards of taking a chance! Cute story 🙂
Thanks so much! 🙂
I’m glad that Ocho decided to be brave. Giid luck!
Thanks so much for reading and commenting! 🙂
Ocho is such a sweet name for a friendly spider! I love the idea of scary creatures being friendly with each other when they hang out together!
Thanks so much! It was fun spinning the tale of “Ocho”! 🙂
This is so cute. I love the name Ocho for a spider character! Well done.
Thanks so much! The name just suddenly popped into “being”! 🙂
Inventive and imaginative story with a sweet, not scary, spider at its heart. I want to keep reading!
Thanks so much!
I love spiders, and they are so helpful. A scaredy spider, good idea! Good luck.
Thank you for reading and commenting 🙂
THE HALLOWEEN DREAM TEAM
By Jenna Elyse Johnson
WC 100 words
Time to rule the Halloween Costume Contest.
Ghoulish ghosts gather,
and scary sea-dragons slither.
But not just anyone can pull off two costumes!
Rolling forward, my wheelchair-turned-carriage glitters in the light.
Adjust my tiara.
Now for the big finish…
my “horse,” Theo, pulls me away.
“Ruff!” He celebrates with a treat.
I’ll trade my tiara for a crown…
“The winner is…Theo!”
My heart sinks.
But Theo gives me a slobbery victory kiss, coaxing a smile.
I guess we can share the win…
After all, we are the Dream Team.
Well it certainly sounds like it was a joint effort!
Sweet ending! I love the three word parts.
Such a sweet surprise ending! 🙂
Sweet story. Love the idea of turning the wheelchair into a carriage. Good luck!
I love the visual of a dog-pulled-wheelchair Cinderella carriage! Good ol’ Theo!
Hooray for teamwork! Nice job! 🙂
So sweet 💕 .
Slobbery victory kiss — the best kind of victory kiss! 😀 Such a sweet story, Jenna!
Well done Jenna! I love the resilience of the MC and the cleverness of her costume! Nice job!!!!
Such a sweet story, Jenna! Love the “Aww” ending!
I want a “horse” named Theo!!!
Thank you!! The name Ocho just “popped into my head! 🙂
What a clever disguise! A wheelchair-turned-carriage glitters in the light. Kudos to Theo.
This turned out great! I am rooting for the Dream Team!
SKELETON SAM SETTLES THE SCORE
By Jennifer Cowan
His rickety bones rattled. His jutting jaw click clackity clacked. Creepily costumed creatures slinked and slithered through the streets, howling “Trick or Treat!”
They tormented Sam. They tapped on his tibia and rapped on ribs. They flicked at his femur and pinched his patella.
But this year was different. SAM would be the scary one.
As the costumed creatures prepared to pounce, Sam stood tall, inhaled, and bellowed “BOOO!!! BWAH!!! MWAH!!!” The costumed creatures gaped and gasped….trembling, terrified, and tearful.
As they raced into the velvet night,
Good for Skeleton Sam taking the upper hand, well skinless hand.
Lol I LOVE skinless hand! I should’ve used it!
I love the alliteration and that Sam won against the bullies. There’s also a bit of STEM, Tibia, ribs, femur, and patella. This reminds me of the skeleton dance for kids.
Great images and alliteration! Sam showed spunk! Good luck!
Thank! It was really fun to write!
I LOVE the alliteration! Especially in the clever title and in listing Sam’s bones! A great way to introduce kids to anatomy.
Ha! I can market it as STEM!
Great story. Nice use of alliteration! 🙂
Thank you and good luck to you!
What a fun way to learn about bones! Good luck!
Thank you! And good luck to you as well!
Love seeing a different POV on Halloween! Why shouldn’t skeletons get to have a little fun?
Love this story and all the alliteration!
Thanks Amanda! Good luck!
Love the alliteration! Nice job!!!
Thanks Michelle! And good luck!
Love all the alliteration!
Thank you! It was really fun to write!
Nice circular structure. I love “the velvety night”!
Thank you! And good luck!
So clever how Skeleton Sam turned the tables on his tormenters – I like how you developed this story.
by Vashti Verbowski
Slug slithered onto the street…
“See how the children flee from my paralyzing slime!”
“The trick-or-treaters aren’t scared of you,” giggled Moth.
“No,” gurgled Slug. “They’re TERRIFIED.”
Moth watched the dragons and demons devour their treats. “I think we should be more afraid of them.”
“Don’t be such a scaredy-bug,” said Slug with a shrug.
“Then why are they coming back?” whispered Moth.
Slug slurped in a smirk.
“Ooh, look! A slug!”
“I dare you to lick it.”
“AAAH! My tongue is numb!”
Moth fluttered down from the lamppost. “Slug, you were right!”
“Y-yes,” stuttered Slug. “They were t-t-terrified.”
One man’s treat is another man’s poison. I enjoyed your story.
Is that really a thing? Licking a slug? Yuck!! But fun story.
Creepy fun! Love “slurped in a smirk”.
Gross! Love it!
Eww! Slug slime! Gross, but fun!
I loved that Slug’s slime was paralytic after all! And that he himself may not have been as brave as he had let on.
Yucky Slug Slime…great story! 🙂
Ewwwww! Fun slimy story 🙂
Ooh! That doesn’t sound pleasant. A perfect Halloween scare.
I love Slug’s insouciance (“said Slug with a shrug”) and apparent indomitability, which dissipate in the face of your clever reversal at the end.
This is definitely STEM. Well done! Mucous helps slugs defend themselves by numbing the tongue or throat of predators. I love the ending, Slug was a tidbit nervous though. Great imagery.
by Julia Pierre Hammond
Little Chef Ghosty was perfecting a plate for Halloween when . . .
SPLAT, SMASH, SQUISH!
Pumpkin guts exploded, coating his finished dish.
Ghosty started to BOO.
“No, Not there!”
Ghosty shivered as his disaster accidentally slithered through the restaurant to the
cauldron of Critic Monsieur Mummy.
Mummy slurped. He coughed, gobbled and guzzled.
Then he hacked up a bone!
Spit out snake eyeball truffles!
“CHEF!” He yelled out, giving Ghost quite a scare.
“WHAT A TREAT!”
“Bravo Ghosty! C’est très magnifique!”
Chef Ghosty beamed. He wrote down every step.
Now we all can enjoy, “Pumpkin Cobweb Eyeball Crêpes.”
Fun! Love Chef Ghosty as the main character, the snappy pacing, and delightful word choices throughout.
Thank you Sarah!! I had so much fun imagining this scenario!
No thank you, Chef Ghosty!! But as long as the critic is happy, then all is well.
Haha I agree Colleen!! But I could see a human restaurant making cobwebs out of chocolate drizzle on a crêpe! That’s the only way I’d eat those!
Much more appetizing.
I can’t even imagine snake eyeball truffles! Very fun but glad I’m not the food critics! Good luck!
Haha! Nancy, I bet they are a delicacy in Chef Ghosty’s restaurant but I agree they sound stomach-churning!
There are so many excellent visuals here! I especially love that patrons appear to eat from cauldrons! This would be fun to see illustrated!
Thank you!! I would love to eat at a restaurant with cauldrons instead of bowls for Halloween!!
Fun story! Love your choice of “delicacies” on the menu! 🙂
Thank you! It was inspired by crepês with chocolate drizzled in the shape of a cobweb!
“C’est très magnifique!” indeed! 🙂
Thank you Bridget!! My husband speaks French so it was fun to write this story w/ his input!
Tell me the restaurant’s name so I don’t accidentally drop in. I like how you included French expressions. Très bien! Well done!
Sounds ghastly to me, but perfect for the Halloween crew. Just as it should be. 😂👻
by Heather Kinser
The weeds were thick. The branches, slick.
But Howard vowed to play a trick
by sneaking up behind Doreen
to frighten her on Halloween.
He’d slither near, unseen, unheard—
a streak of color, faintly blurred—
using stealthy camouflage,
then shock her with a “BOO!” barrage.
He scurried, on his tree-top chore,
high above the valley floor
and spied her on a banyan trunk.
A terrify-your-friend slam dunk!
What a treat! That very night
he gave Doreen a spooky fright.
Yes, Howard the chameleon scared sweet Doreen the gecko.
But after Howard hollered “BOO!!!”—he fainted, from the echo.
A double scare! I really enjoyed the images of Howard’s journey.
Love the rhyming duo of camouflage and barrage! 🙂
I love this story! So creative, quirky, and engaging!
Hahaha! Very cute. Great rhythm and rhyme. Love the twist at the end.
A “Boo Barrage!” Love that alliteration! And I like that the barrage was more than Howard himself could handle!
Howard had quite a journey! Great story! 🙂
Who ever would have thought of rhyming “camouflage”! Love this story
Love this, Heather!! So much fun and strong rhythmic lines!
So well done, Heather!
This is so cute! Loved it!
You have a great setting – no standard trick-or-treating night for you! – and it’s fun to have words that may be new for kids, like barrage and banyan tree. I also like that Howard scares himself with his echo. Ha!
Great ending! Loved this.
Oh my, Heather — genius rhyming! I love gecko/echo and trunk/slam dunk . . . not to mention the “BOO!” barrage. Wish you’d let me borrow some of your brain cells!
by Heather Kinser
On Snail-o-ween, the snails and slugs
all slither out to greet you.
They don’t intend to spooky-scare.
They only want to treat you—
to tasty leaves and tender sprouts,
a mollusk’s favorite meal.
So if you’re slightly frightened
by the slimy way they feel,
or by the tiny pointed hats
and vampire teeth they’re wearing,
remember gastropods are great
at grossing out…and sharing.
Step outside on Snail-o-ween!
We dare you! Take the trail
of silver slime that dead-ends
at a plot of crispy kale.
The gastropods are singing
their most slick-y-icky songs…
Join the snail-a-bration!
(Don’t forget your salad tongs.)
I enjoyed this snail-a-bration! The facts are seamlessly woven into the story. Nice word choice, too. And that S sound slithering through the story . . . Love it!
Nice work, Heather.
Snail-o-ween and snail-a-bration, two things that I would never want to be a part of, since “gastropods are great at grossing out…and sharing.” And the “trail,” ew!!
My older daughter LOVES snails. I have photos of her, when younger, with slimy little pals creeping up her arm. She was totally at the top of my mind as I wrote this!
Quite an interesting favorite!
Such a fun snail -a- bration!:)
So clever! This was a delight to read.
Love this little science lesson with a fantastic ending!
Fun concept, vivid images, and a humorous ending! Well done!
This is hilarious and charming. I was smiling the whole time I read it. Nicely done!
Fun, just don’t bring any salt with you to the snail-abration! Good luck!
I love the idea of gastropods singing “slick-y-icky” songs at all their celebrations!
Great word choices! Loved the humor! 🙂
I love your word play; snail-o-ween, snail-a-bration, slick-y-icky. Very fun story!
Hilarious and brilliant, Heather! So unexpected and—ah, tasty.
So much fun!!
Love it! This was a fun read!!!
Such a fun twist on Halloween! Loved the ending!
you had me at tiny hats!! I love the snail-a-bration 😀
It’s definitely a STEM story. The last sentence was adorable.
Snail-a-bration! This makes me smile. Fun to read aloud, too!
The Frightful Fugitive
by Anne Lipton
Beneath a full and pumpkin moon,
I flew to trick-or-treat,
when, from the corner of my eye,
I spied a heap of meat.
I shivered as it stared at me,
wide eyes without a face,
a creature with no place on Earth.
It came from outer space!
With body like a comet’s tail,
legs like a centipede’s,
it slithered through the unkempt field
to jump me from the weeds.
A skeleton creaked up just then,
gave me a bony hug.
“You’ve found my brain and spine!” he said
and took that scary slug.
An action-packed and suspense-filled Halloween tale. Fun! Great ending.
Great and frightening details!
Thanks a million, Colleen!
Love the ending! 🙂
Wow, what a Halloween! Great, creepy story!
Thank you, Nancy!
I love the creepy image of a spine crawling on centipede legs! Glad it all worked out for the skeleton!
Thank you, Royal!
Great ending! 🙂
So much fun and suspenseful! I really enjoyed reading this one.
Great creepy twist!
Thank you, Sarah!
Was it a fly that spotted a heap of meat? I can imagine the skeleton picking up his remaining body parts. Something like Frankenstein?
I prefer to leave the narrator’s identity up to the reader, and I love your imaginative interpretation! (And set-up for a sequel!) Thanks for taking the time to read so closely and comment so thoughtfully.
Elizabeth Meyer zu Heringdorf
In the creepy-crawly evening,
From the deepest part of night,
Comes a ghastly little witchy
That was hiding from the light.
Only once a year on Halloween
when eerie creatures can,
This scrappy little witchy
Has a screamy-scary plan.
First she springs out from the headstones
In the graveyard proud and dark
Then she howls and wails and shrieks at us
Throughout the empty park.
Then she slithers up behind us
And she grabs us by the feet
Holding out a tiny cauldron,
“Would you like to try my treat?”
I think I would probably have passed out before little witchy could ask me any questions! Scary!
Great creepy feel and rhyme. Nicely done!
Loved the words “from the deepest part of night.” An excellent job making the witch “creepy-crawly!”
Nice job! 🙂
Great job! I love the rhythm and cadence of your rhyme scheme.
This is very scary, Elizabeth. I can imagine children reading it in the dark, shining torches under their chins.
I don’t want her treat, thank you! This is a scary one.
Grabs us by the feet ohh my. Great writing
Get Your Glow On
By Corine Timmer
“Last year’s spooktacular cupcake party was a treat,” Anglerfish thought, “but that was before bottom trawling. Scary! . . . How about a Halloween lantern parade, to remember the dead?” So she buzzed her friends who loved the idea.
When the moon was mostly dark,
Anglerfish turned on the light dangling from her snout.
Octopus flashed his photophores.
Shrimp spewed a glowing blue ooze
And Worm shot sparks from her legs.
Ghost Shark lit up his eyes.
Together they slithered through the water attracting others to the procession. Before long, the deep sea looked like a star-spangled night sky.
I would love to see the final product, but not the individual components!! Great title.
Thanks for reading and commenting. The characters are all bioluminescent deep-sea fish.
You definitely did your research!
I love doing the research. Nature is inspiring and wondrous.
I wholeheartedly agree.
Wonderful STEM references! Great visuals 🙂
Love this ocean theme!
Thanks. I’m glad you enjoyed it.
I love the bioluminescent characters! What fun for an illustrator!
Thanks for reading and commenting.
Love the idea if remembering the dead on All Hallows Eve. You did a nice job of weaving in the biology of the marine animals. Good luck!
Thanks for reading and commenting.
I love how you brought awareness of both bio-diversity and the harsh reality of human-impact on our wondrous ocean! Great job!
Great STEM references! Awesome title! 🙂
Thanks for reading and commenting.
This is terrific, Corine! I love the title and all the deep sea references mixed in with a Halloweenie parade. Best of luck in the contest!
Thanks! Happy Halloweensie.
Wow! Love the nonfiction elements and the theme to care for the ocean. So sad but beautiful.
Thanks for reading and commenting.
You had me at your title! What a fun story!
Thanks for stopping by.
Beautiful concept and bioluminescence! I love “a star-spangled night sky.”
Awesome Corine. I was a scuba diver once and night diving was the best experience. Octopuses clenched to my face mask, squid glowed in the dark. Well done!
Wow, that sounds awesome.
It sounds gorgeous, Corine, all but the ‘bottom trawling’. 😂
Thanks for stopping by.
Great STEM info tied nicely into the Halloween theme. Good job.
Thanks for reading and commenting.
Thanks for reading and commenting.
Great idea of a Halloween lantern parade. Liked – when the moon was mostly dark.
Thanks for reading and commenting.
Sally the Slug has a Sweet Tooth
By Eleanor Ann Peterson
Sally slithered down the slippery, slimy slope looking for another special sweet stuck on the sidewalk.
“Sally!” said Spug. “What are you doing?”
She burped loudly and blew a balloon.
Spug savored the sweet. “It’ll ruin our teeth, but it’s divine!”
“We DON’T have teeth! We have a radula, “said Sally. “Let’s go trick or treating.”
“No! They’ll stomp and squash us,” said Spug.
“We’ll have to come up with a plan, then.”
On Halloween, a scary mound of sticky, slimy slugs slowly made its way through the neighborhood, snatching all the sweets with their gooey slime.
I like the image of snatching sweets with gooey slime. The burb made me laugh. Isn’t Halloweensie fun!?
Thanks Corine! It’s a bit of a tongue twister though.This afternoon I’ll try to read a few entries.They always blow my mind, authors are so creative. Good luck! I saw your entry and will comment.
Thanks for stopping by and commenting. It’s fun and educational to read as many entries as possible.
I agree. I’ll catch up soon.
Slugs? Ugh! But you made them fun and, as usual, I learned something from your writing!
Thanks, Jamie. You’re too kind. I enjoyed reading all the entries. Susanna and Co. will have their hands full soon.
I do hope it is not in our neighborhood! But hooray for slug teamwork!
Thanks Colleen. It finally rained in Northern Italy and slugs are everywhere.:)
Happy for the rain, not so much the slugs!! But what a cool place in which to reside!
What a super, slimy solution! 🙂
Well, I would stay away from a mound of slimy slugs on Halloween! Fun story and glad the slugs came up with a plan. Good luck!
Thank you , Nancy. 🙂
EXCELLENT alliteration in your opening sentence! I love that the slugs were able to find a creative solution! And “Spug” is a PERFECT name for a slug.
Thank you so much! 🙂
What a great tongue twister beginning, Eleanor! The ending reminded me of the old Blob movie and made me smile. And then you had a bit of slug fact in the middle. Bravo! Best of luck in the contest!
I remember the Blob movie, in fact that’s what I imagined while writing it. Thanks Jill, for reading my entry.
Eeeewww slimy sweet-snatching slugs. So clever to switch up the POV so they are seriously sweet themselves. Plus I learned about radulas!
Thanks for reading and commenting.
A Halloween STEM entry! Way to go! I love the “We DON’T have teeth” line. May the sticky slime be ever in your favor, Eleanor.
Thanks for reading.
Such sticky sneaks! Really fun idea.
I love alliteration and slugs. Your story has both. A winner! Good luck!
I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Thank you!
Your story delivers all the tricks and treats with STEM elements, wickedly wild wordplay, and vivid description. I love how Sally “blew a balloon.”
Thank you, Anne. I appreciate your comment. I like to doodle, and as I write, or may I say as I doodle, ideas pop into my mind.
I love all the alliteration in your story, Eleanor. It’s good for the slugs that their plan worked.
Thank you, Norah.
Even slugs love Halloween! So cute!
Thanks, Janet. I had fun writing it.
I love the name Spug and the gooey slime I can just see it. 🙂
Thank you, Claudine.
Love all the many ‘s’s in this story. Ssssssss! Great alliteration!
Thank you, Carmen.
In the Middle of a Snack
by Bridget Magee
In the middle of an apple,
with caramel wrapped round,
slithers a wiggly worm,
“Look at the treat I found!”
In the middle of a table,
a sticky apple sits.
Along comes ballerina,
her hunger hits.
In the middle of a party,
on October 31st,
these two Halloween guests
meet each other headfirst.
In the middle of a bite,
by the breadth of a hair,
wiggly worm and ballerina
have the same Halloween scare.
Ha ha ha! That is gross!! Great job setting up the ending.
HA! This made me chuckle!! That WOULD be quite a scare!!
Funny. I like the set up for the surprise
HA! Perfect kid-friendly humor! Well done!!!
Very funny! Love the two perspectives and that they both have the same scare! Good job!
Wow! “By the breadth of a hair”…That was a close one! I love the idea of the worm and ballerina sharing a Halloween scare! Very fun!
A fun twist!
Wiggly worm and a ballerina, love the mix! 🙂
Haha! So cute!
Great imagery! Is the ballerina a dancing bird by any chance? They like worms.
This is such a funny poem, Bridget. You really build up the climax that we know is coming. I can just imagine what happens after the scare. So funny!
By Emily Durant
A sheet with holes? I think not, Mom.
A ghost is overdone and tame.
I won’t scare anyone like that—
I have ideas that aren’t so lame.
I’ll trick-or-treat as Frankenstein,
A ninja with a sword and sheath,
I’ll slither in, a slimy snake,
A dragon with enormous teeth.
An alien from outer space,
A skeleton, a rabid bat!
A werewolf or a zombie shark,
A dinosaur, a mutant cat!
This is tough—I can’t decide
which frightful thing I love the most.
What’s that you say? Your first idea?
Oh, alright, I’ll be a ghost.
It is fun to imagine, but in the end, practicality wins.
Cute story! Love the rhyme and the child’s imagination. All the things you can be on Halloween! Good job!
I LOVED that towards the end, the ideas started becoming much more complex…zombie shark, mutant cat! It makes sense that Mom would win this one. Great job!
Great job! 🙂
Funny. Years ago, I did the same thing for my daughter—a sheet with holes. Good luck!
Ha Ha! Mother knows best.
by Colleen Murphy
Piper Peter’s fellow witch-lings
whenever faced with how to act,
she’d always opt for good.
But Piper picked a potion
to prepare for Halloween
to change herself completely
and become an evil queen:
a couple cups of pumpkin brains,
some collard greens and kale
a pinch of pollen, dash of salt,
and salamander’s tail.
She found her creature, fed him treats,
and then all else prepared.
She checked her last ingredient,
“He’s looking pretty scared…
“Although I know it could regrow,
I cannot do the deed.”
She watched him slither out the door.
“A tutu’s more my speed.”
I’m glad this empathic witch found her grounding before it overwhelmed her. A clever and fun way to show empathy and compassion in a Halloween setting. Love the pumkin brains (fibrous strands).
Thank you Corine. I wrote this shortly after watching the SCBWI webinar by Kristin Dwyer, Writing with Emotion. It helped me to frame the story.
Aww a cute salamander stopped her from turning evil 🙂
Cleverness all around! Love the title, story, and rhyme.
Thanks for your kind comments!
Such a fun story, Colleen. I love the nod to Peter Piper, but with a twist. Great name, great story, and love that Piper’s good nature stays true to the end. Great job and good luck!
Thank you Nancy!!
Great story – it is clever, sweet and fun, with great rhyming along the way. Good luck!
Thank you Helen.
I like that Piper was able to come to terms with herself! I LOVE the clever reversal of the household name “Peter Piper” to create a brand new character! Well done!
Thank you! It was fun to create.
What a clever, kid-friendly story. The suspense of whether she could do it. Loved the rhythm, pacing, and rhyme. Fun to read!
Thank you Ashley!
“pumpkin brains”! Brilliant! Love this ‘tail’, Colleen. (Apparently so does Piper. 😉
Thanks Bridget! I appreciate the comments (and the humor).
Great story Colleen and a fun one to read.
I love your rhyme! So much fun! And the ending made me laugh!
Awww, what a good witch! I love the potion recipe that Piper picked and the way she remained true to herself at the end. As always, perfectly poetic, Colleen! Best of luck in the contest.
What an adorable witch-ling. Such heart! And great rhyme and meter!
Thank you Sharon!
This is so cute! That ending is adorable.
I love the “cleverness” of your story! Well done! 🙂
What a fun story, Colleen. I’m pleased she opted to keep her good nature.
Piper Peter sets this up for some fun alliteration (Piper picked a potion to prepare…), something we know to look forward to because of the original rhyme. I love that part of the potion involves kale and collards. An evil-making potion indeed. 🙂 Glad the salamander got to live happily ever after!
hah good for Piper! I love this twist on a common witch trope.
I’m glad she kept to her personality and let the last ingredient in her special recipe go. I’m sure salamander would agree!
For sure! Thanks Karen.
What a wonderful retelling with an LOL ending!
Love the rhythm and alliteration throughout. The twists — both the reworking of the character name and the change of heart — are delightful!
Thank you Russell!
Thank goodness the salamander is safe. Stem intertwined in this story, I believe. My cats have often played with lizards that lost their tail as an escape route. Well done!
This is so cute. As a tutu kid myself, I loved Piper’s character. Did you ever read the Little Witch series? I used to love those books and she reminded me of it. Well done!
No. I have not read them, but I am glad you liked my story!
Cute story, Colleen!
Great story 🙂
What a wonderful rhyming story! Such a fun read aloud. I love the name, the potion recipe, and the happy ending.
Thank you Karen!
Cute story, Colleen! Good luck in the contest.
Piper is a sweetheart not to take that salamander tail, even though it would regrow. Loved the rhyme and heart embedded in your story
Thank you Patricia!
Safe From Scares
By Sarah Meade
Word Count: 100
Last Halloween was scary for Granny.
“Too many tricks,” she said.
This year I’ll keep her safe.
We wear twin witch costumes.
I hold Granny’s hand.
As we cross the street I spy . . .
A slithering snake!
My broom shields Granny’s eyes.
Then I hear . . .
A horrific howl!
I start to sing. “Trick-or-treat, trick-or-treat, candy corn is super-sweet!”
We walk on.
We pass the cemetery.
I get goosebumps.
I hug Granny so she doesn’t feel frightened.
Back home, we share sweets and sip cider.
“How was Halloween?” I ask.
“With you by my side,” Granny says, “a total treat.”
I love the heart of this child.
A sweet story. I like the strong grandchild-grandparent bond.
This is so sweet Sarah!!
Love the relationship between Granny and child.
Such a sweet story! Lovely intergenerational take. Good luck!
I love the beautiful emotions you brought into their relationship! I especially like when the main character got goosebumps and hugged Granny–“for Granny’s sake.” Cute and sweet!
So sweet! Nice job, Sarah! I always love reding your work!
So sweet to help her grandma have a safe Halloween. Love this thoughtful MC.
So heartfelt, Sarah! Love the alliteration and gentleness of this sweet story.
You’ve turned something scary into something very sweet here, Sarah. Fantastic work!
Sweet story Sarah, perfect for Halloween! Showing that even with the usual scarry Halloween antics, sometimes a totally endearing point of view slithers in. Good job!
Lovely story, love the goosebumps part and the last line. Clever.
Charming and adorable!
A sweet intergenerational story.
That’s a lovely story, Sarah. What a caring grandchild (and a brave granny).
How sweet! Love the last line.
Oh, I love this! I can imagine the sweet illustrations. Well done, Sarah.
Aww. I love this sweet Halloween story! The relationship between Granny and her grandchild is so endearing.
Claudia Maude Clickerticker’s Costume Shop
By Sarah Meade
Word Count: 100
In October, Claudia Maude Clickerticker’s costume shop hopped non-stop.
“I need a gown.”
“Easy-breezy!” Claudia winked.
On Halloween, Claudia was about to lock up when . . .
A girl sniffled. “I wanted to be something spectacular.”
Claudia smiled. “We’ll find something spectacular or my name isn’t Claudia Maude Clickerticker.”
She presented a dress. “Princess?”
“Too scary!” The girl sighed. “Maybe I’ll skip trick-or-treats.”
“Nonsense,” Claudia said.
She rummaged around . . .
till she found . . .
“A snake!” The girl gasped. “Scaly! Slithery! SPECTACULAR!”
“Thanks, Claudia Maude Clickerticker!” The girl waved.
Claudia winked. “Happy Halloween!”
I want to visit Claudia Maude Clickerticker’s Costume Shop, and share some cider with Claudia.
I like Claudia Maude. He shop sounds awesome.
That first line is pure magic!
Love BOTH your stories, Sarah. You never disappoint with entertaining Halloweensie stories 🙂 Well done!!
Another spectacular entry, Sarah! Very fun!
Wow! Such a fun character with a GREAT name! Claudia Maude Clickerticker! I ESPECIALLY loved the expressions “Witchy Wear” and “Dracula Digs!” So clever!
This was so fun to read–especially that first line! Best of luck to you!
You had me at the title! I LOVE the name Claudia Maude Clickerticker. She needs to be in a PB!!!
Love your MC’s name and the slithery solution!
I’m so glad Claudia found the little girl the perfect costume! Love Claudia’s name!
Love the title and the MC. You captured the eternal quest for the perfect costume perfectly! Best of luck in the contest, Sara!
Way to go Claudia Maude Clickerticker! Great read Sarah!
Another cute story Sarah! Her name got my attention, very catchy, and so I had to keep reading. Thanks for the trip to the costume shop!
Fabulous! I’d love to see the fashion sketches—I mean, illustrations!—for this à la mode treat.
What a great costume shop. Something for everyone.
If at first you don’t succeed, try try again. Persistence pays off!
WHAT DO WITCHES EAT?
By Kelly Clasen (100 words)
Two young werewolves tread softly over fallen leaves. They bristle with anticipation at what the forest conceals tonight. For the packmates simply must find out. … What do witches eat?
“I bet it’s toenail stew,” Boris whispers.
“Or worse—schoolchild soup,” Hugo responds.
At last, they spy the coven. The witches sing:
Enchantress of Heat,
bestow upon us
thine Halloween treat!”
Steam slithers toward the crescent moon. Then, crickety-crack—BOOM! The cauldron erupts with … caramel popcorn?
A witch beckons, “Come hither, scaredy-pups, for we shan’t hurt you!” They cackle, twirl.
Relieved, the werewolves join the midnight feast.
Ha ha! Cute story. Who doesn’t like caramel popcorn?
Carmel popcorn!!!! Yay! 🙂
I love the toenail stew & schoolchild soup! So clever Kelly!
Haha! Love that the treat is caramel corn and not kids! Good luck!
I LOVE this gorgeous, spooky setting you created! Your dialogue was all really fun! The whispering werewolves, the coven song and the witch using the word “shan’t.” It felt very witchy! Loved it!
Oooo, very spooky but with a sweet twist at the end! Best of luck to you!
Thank you all for reading and for the kind feedback!
Caramel popcorn is definitely tastier than schoolchild soup! Haha. Fun story.
I love the witch’s song, and thank goodness the werewolves were wrong.
So that’s what they eat. I always wondered.
GHOULDILOCKS AND THE THREE SHARES
by Claire Blumenfeld
Ghouldilocks rubbed her rumbling tummy.
“I must brew some gastropod stew,” she said. “A pot to share with three.”
Ghouldilocks deglazed seventeen slippery slugs.
She scared up sixty gnarly snails.
“Eerie, gruesome, slime and gore, please don’t splatter on the floor,” she chanted.
Tsup Tsup Tsup.“Just right!”
Ghouldilocks shared a skull-full with Ghouldimom. “This stew is still slithering,” she said. “Scrumptious!”
She shared a skull-full with Ghoulididad. “This stew is still oozing,” he said. “Exquisite!”
“I’m frighteningly full,” Ghouldilocks howled. “There’s one portion left.”
“Trick or Treat.”
Ghouldilocks flashed a devilish grin. “Sharing is …
How absolutely gruesome, Claire! Love all the alliteration. Best of luck!
Exactly what is the address for Ghouldilocks? I want to avoid trick-or-treating near her. Good job playing with the classic fairy tale.
I love this. Creative, fun, and ghastly. Bwa-ha-ha!
I love the alliteration, especially “I’m frighteningly full” ❤
Sharing is Scarng should be on a Halloween tee shirt! Oozily delicious! Good luck!
I LOVED Gholdilock’s magic chant! Best of all was that the things that would have been “wrong” with the soup is what made Ghouldimom and dad like it! A great reversal of the traditional Goldilocks story!
Fabulous story for foodies and non-foodies alike!
Haha! Thank you, Jamie.
Oh dear, scary and gruesome!
What a clever Halloween twist on a classic story – I loved the names: Ghouldilocks, Ghouldimom, and Ghoulididad:-)
Thank you, Patricia!
Pumpkins aglow, I spot the target.
The risk–is big.
The reward- gigantic.
Costume in place, I slide to the floor and slither.
Low, veiled in the shadows.
The hum from celebrants outside increases.
The target shifts.
I elude their gaze.
My heart pounds.
My toes thrust me forward.
Last chance to turn back.
Determined I proceed.
Hunched on my haunches I am prepared to pounce.
My mask felt moist.
The target soars from their seat.
Sent to time out?
Great set up and ending. I would be that target jumping out of her seat.
Wow! Love the suspense in this story!
Love the suspense. You created a great mood and a fun ending that kids will love! Good job!
Oh what a naughty child! I liked the parting lines!
The perfect jump-scare story. Well done! 🙂
I don’t like those sorts of scares either. I agree that time out was the appropriate response. 😉😂
My reply may seem strange, but I imagined a basketball tournament because of, Sent to time out, and I prepare to pounce. Maybe I’m wrong? I have a great imagination, perhaps.
Great build up of tension!!!
By Jen Subra
Word count: 92
I didn’t mean to SCARE her,
but I guess that’s what ghosts do.
As ghosts go, I’m not scary.
I simply whisssspered,
I mean, it’s Halloween night,
so, I SLITHERED up the walk.
I wriggled up the steps and
adjusted my ghost-sock.
My tongue flicked out and rang the bell.
I gave a fangy grin.
My scaly tail held out my bag–
“Let trick or TREAT begin!”
She dropped the bowl.
She fainted dead away.
Who knew a sock with two eyeholes
could scare someone this way?
That is quite the spooky costume!
Jen this is such fun. Love the ending.
Scary sock indeed! Good job and good luck!
I love the idea of a snake adjusting a ghost-sock! Excellent use of the sibilant “S” in the dialogue!
Successful snakey-imagery throughout. Nice set-up and follow through (e.g. “tongue flicked out and range the bell.”..”fangy grin,” etc.
Ha! So fun! S is for Snake!!! Very clever. Love the ghost sock!!!
Very cute!! Great job!
It must have been the scaly tail that scared her. Good luck!
This is so ffffffunny. I really enjoyed it. Jen. It’s good to have a laugh at sssssscary stuff.
Ha Ha! A sock with two eyeholes – love it.
A SHADY HALLOWEEN
by Jennifer Lowe
It was Halloween, and Sun was fuming.
“Moon has all the fun!” huffed Sun. “I can be spooky. Come play, ghosts, goblins, and ghouls!”
But all Sun got on this bone-chilling holiday…
was festive foliage and boisterous birdsong.
“Sun,” whispered Moon, spying the sulky star. “How about a daytime treat?”
Sun beamed as Moon’s shadow masked her rays, until…
all was dark!
Skeletons danced the monster-mash—
Black cats pranced on tip-toe—
Ghosts haunted the Halloween Bash—
Sun slithered out.
Spooky creatures everywhere agreed—
Sun’s scare eclipsed all other Halloweens!
I like your word play!
Thank you Colleen!
What a fun story! Love how Moon figured out how Sun could have Halloween fun too! Nice job. Good luck!
Thanks for reading Nancy!
Wow! This is AMAZING! Such a fun idea and INCREDIBLE wordplay throughout! And I love your beautiful imagery! I really enjoyed this!
Thank you so much Royal! I’m glad you enjoyed it!
What a bright idea 😉 having the sun share their position on Halloween. I love your last line!
Thank you so much!
I understood where you were going with this when Sun beamed as Moon’s shadow masked her rays until…
all was dark! Love it!
Thanks Eleanor! Wouldn’t a total solar eclipse on Halloween be so cool? Maybe some day! 🙂
It would be awesome, indeed.
by Elizabeth James
Dust bunnies under the bed? Cobwebs in the corner?
Don’t believe the stories you’ve been told…
Those aren’t innocent clumps of hair and lint underfoot…
They’re ghosts! BOO!
Each Halloween, those tufts and tangles we all love to ignore transform back into ghosts. Then, they slither along floorboards and creep over carpets, looking for souls to slurp. (Did you think ghosts actually float? Ha!)
But don’t be scared. This Halloween, you’re in for a treat! Help is just a phone call away. Let us sweep up the ghosts and ghouls for you!
Who you gonna call?
Ha ha ha! Ghost Dusters. Well played.
Hahaha! Well done! What a fun story.
Haha, I might use the first part of the story to trick my kids into cleaning up! What a fun ending, I didn’t see it coming!
Wow! This is FANTASTIC! You really sell it as an advertisement! Such a clever idea with a brilliant resolution!
Hilarious! Love it. I need someone to sweep up my soul slurping ghosts for sure!
Ghost dusters, Ha, ha, awesome ghostbusters, Cool!
Hahaha – I’ll never look at my dust bunnies in the same way again:-)
Arabella’s Halloween Treat WC 99
Arabella has waited all year.
Today is Halloween.
“I can switch to be a witch!”
She gathers her mother’s brew bottles, iron kettle, and cape. Cramming them into her bike basket, she pedals to the cornfield.
School can wait.
Arabella dons her cape. She mixes the dragon blood with bat wool.
“My BF Henry! You’re just in time!”
“Yes. But you promised a treat. This looks scary.”
She drops fireflies into the kettle. The slurry ignites.
Arabella licks her fingers.
“Arabella! Where are you?”
Her clothes lie puddled on the ground.
A slimy snake slithers out.
I hope Henry is not afraid of snakes!
I love the fireflies in the kettle – great imagery!
“Bat wool” is a very CLEVER and UNIQUE potion ingredient! Excellent creepy visual as Arabella licks her disgusting concoction!
Arabella’s witchcraft is very intriguing, and I want to read more about her!
Ooooh! She’s a very good witch!
Colleen, What a clever Piper’s Pickle story. I really like the rhythm and the rhyme. The ingredients for her potion sounds all healthy. It was the best ingredient, empathy, that kept her true to herself. Thank goodness she let the slithery snake escape. Nice work on this one!
Will she have a potion to be able to return?
Trick or Treat?
By Corine Timmer
Fangtooth and Dragonfish slithered
toward the Halloween ball.
“I want to be scary too,” Blobfish babbled.
Witch cackled. “I can make you FEARSOME!”
Witch chewed on a viperfish
eyeball, while muttering over hot
vental fluid. Then she added
red-algae seaweed, spookfish
fry, marine snow, and eel slime.
“Double, double toil and trouble;
spitting vent and caldron bubble.
Cool it with a ghost shark’s gaze,
then the charm is firm and good.
Abracadabra . . .
A GIANT devilfish appeared.
Witch trembled. “What big teeth you have!”
“The Better to eat you with,” Devilfish snapped,
“what a treat!”
Unique setting! ( though I think blob fish was creepy before ! )
😀He didn’t think so. He thinks he looks kind of sad and he wants to be fearsome. Thanks for stopping by. Happy Halloween (almost).
I love the visual of a character drinking underwater! The witch did TOO good a job making Blowfish fearsome! Ah, the hubris!
Thanks for stopping by. Yes, Witch did too good a job. Oops.
Happy Halloweensie 🎃
Hahahaha! Poor witch! Love a surprise ending!
Oh dear, Corine. I think the witch’s spell worked a little too well. 😂
Very clever! I can really imagine the setting. And I love the word Huzzah!
Quite the surprise ending, Corine.
Well that was not very nice!! Poor witch!
The Coolest Halloween Costume
by Carmen Castillo Gilbert
This Halloween my costume will be s-o-o-o-o cool.
I won’t be una princesa.
Or una pirata.
And especially not una bruja.
Slithery and scary is the way to go!
I’ll need green things.
Green crepe papel to wrap around my body.
Green cardboard spikes for mi cabeza and my back.
A green cuerda for a tail.
I’ll paint my face, mi cara, green and wear green socks on my feet, mis pies.
Ta-da! ¡Juana, la Super Iguana!
Trick or Treat!
“Eek, yikes!” everyone will shout.
Uh, oh …wait!
What if I get no treats?
And I only get bugs?
I had to read this a couple of times. I like the way you’ve woven the Spanish words as well as a craft element into the story. A super Iguana sounds awesome, but what if bugs are the only treat? A Halloween costume dilemma! I enjoyed reading this
I love the voice throughout this story!
Love the way you mixed the Spanish with the English, sort of like creating context clues!
I LOVE the simple integration of the Spanish words. Just the right amount for children learning Spanish! Or adults, for that matter! I ESPECIALLY like the use of the inverted exclamation point AND the name “Juana, la Super Iguana!” PERFECTO!
haha! bugs would be very disappointing.
Thanks so much for taking the time to comment! Happy Fall!
I loved this Carmen. Muy bien! There’s a good market for bilingual picture books. Me gusta mucho. Love it!
Muchas gracias, Eleanor Ann! Such nice compliments. Glad you enjoyed my bilingual stories. I love writing that way much more than I do in all English or all Spanish like I also do! Abrazos.
Un abrazo para ti tambien.
This is a fun poem. I hope you get lots of treats, and NO bugs.
Green Goulash Stew
By Claudine Pullen
Every Halloween, Mr Bones’ factory produces two buckets. One with treats and one with – slimy creatures – for the witches’ stew. On Halloween eve, one naughty ghoul swaps the bucket labels….
Blaise Scarletwound brooms through the air…..whoosh…
“Yummy, yummy – green goulash stew,” she cackles. She collects her bucket, but in a frenzy she doesn’t check it….
Into the cauldron it plops.
Boom! Splat! Pop! Exploding candy and chocolate everywhere. “Ohh noooo,” screeches Blaise. “My steeeeww is now a chocolatey gooo.” Booohooohoooo.
Expecting treats, get quite scared when their buckets,
Poor children! I sure hope that naughty ghoul gets his comeuppance!
Hehe thanks he sure will 🙂
I love the ending visual of children’s buckets slithering slowly away!
What a ghoulish mix up mess! I hope the children and the witches were able to get some more appropriate treats! Fun story.
Thank you Nancy
This is a great idea! Make it into a picture book.
Thank you so much I think I will 🙂
The House with The Good Candy
by Vanessa Konoval
Word Count: 100
“But which way is home?”
Dark path. Shivery air.
Stomachs grumble-growl, teeth chit-chat-chitter.
“Don’t be scared.” Hansel’s Brave Brother Voice breaks.
“I’m not,” I lie. “Just…hungry.”
Wandering, wearying, weathering, withering.
The few mouthfuls we had, long gone.
Round a corner –
Hearthlight flicker-flits in a single, small house.
Gingerbread shingles, candy-bar bricks, syrups and icings slip-slither-drip…
Treat or trick, I’m mesmerized.
My hungry feet step closer, closer…
Hansel’s hand finds my wrist.
“This neighborhood gives me the creeps.” He takes out the cell phone. “Let’s just call Mom for a ride.”
Definitely not worth the risk. Good call Hansel.
I like how you drew us in with the first-person viewpoint of Gretyl before turning the story on its head! Well done! I like showing kids as being responsible as well!
Smart Hansel! Love the alliteration, POV, and relying on Mom at the end. Nicely done!
I like this retelling of Hansel and Gretel. He grabs the cell phone… 🙂
The House Creatures’ Halloween (100 words)
When night falls, the house creatures wake. But things look spookier. Mouse snuffles for crumbs, but… “Squeak! A glowing ghost!”
She scampers into a hole.
Bat hovers over apples, but… “Eek! A fangy vampire!”
He dives into a hole.
Centipede hunts for a bite, but… “Yikes! A monstrous spider!”
It slithers into a hole.
Cat prowls for a late-night snack. Suddenly, he sniffs a whiff of sneaking, flying, creeping beasties near a skeleton.
The animals shake and jump!
“Yowl! The skeleton is alive!” The cat runs scared.
The house creatures crawl out and celebrate with a feast of Halloween treats.
A lot goes on at night in our houses! Halloween is the perfect setting for this story. It incorporates animal behavior in a fun and clever way. Love the ending.
Clever and fortunate development for those house creatures!!
I love your opening line! Reminiscent of “not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse!” It only makes sense that Halloween would be the polar opposite of Christmas! I like your choice in night creatures, especially the often-overlooked centipede!
Ohh, creepy! Glad the house creatures found their way out. Good luck!