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!!!”
A winged snake – a good surprise!
ENTRY POSTED FOR DAWN
Dawn Renee Young
KNOCK-KNOCK … Who’s there?
Slither-slither, Mr. Snake,
Rattle-Rattle, Goodness’ Sake!
Me oh my, what a scare!
Please don’t bite me if you dare.
DING-DONG … Who’s there?
Spider-Spider big and black.
What’s inside your orange sack?
Bet a yummy-yummy treat.
Here you go. Stay off the street.
TAP-TAP … Who’s there?
Ladybug all red and white.
Polka-dots a pretty sight.
“Trick or Treat Treat or Trick.”
Lollipop, fun to lick.
Porch lights off and my bowl’s empty.
Who’s my favorite of the twenty?
Princess, Ghost, Witch, or Bee?
All of them filled me with GLEE!
Now that is someone who truly enjoyed Halloween from the giving side of the door. I enjoyed your varied intros to the stanzas.
Dawn, this is so fun. I love the different trick-or-treaters.
Space Rangers and Skeletons
by Cynthia Mackey
Skies are getting dark.
We meet beside the park.
Trick or treaters dress
to playfully impress.
They gather on the lawn,
reflective costumes on.
The skeletons scare,
grinning owl eyes glare.
Space rangers zoom.
Witches go by broom.
Black cats creep.
Zombies never sleep.
Candy bags fill.
Trick or treaters’ thrill.
Chocolate bars delight,
on Hallowe’en night!
I like your couplet “Space rangers zoom. Witches go by broom.” A funny comparison – only on Halloween!
So cute! I love the variations on KNOCK-KNOCK and the repeated words like yummy-yummy. You’ve perfectly captured the fun of being a treater on Halloween! Wonderful, Dawn!
The various ways the trick-or-treaters make their presence known is fun – and I like that the narrator doesn’t choose a favorite but is just happy to have seen them all. A warm, inclusive Halloween!
I LOVE the picture book potential of this piece! The different door sounds with the predictable refrain, teaching different colors and animals/costumes. Well done!
That sounds like a fun way to greet the Trick-or-treaters. I know many turn off their lights when their supply has been depleted.
This is so cute! Love the bouncy rhythm and rhyme. Nicely done!
ENTRY POSTED FOR KRISTA
A HALLOWEEN FOR WILLARD
By Krista Harrington
When pumpkins lined porches, Willard knew Halloween was coming.
“I can’t wait to join it the fun,” he said, slithering to the store.
He tried on a pirate costume. Too baggy.
Next, a scarecrow. Too scratchy.
Vampire? Too easy.
“This zombie mask is sssure to ssscare,” Willard smiled, and wriggled out the shop.
But after a few blocks the mask got too hot.
It smelled rancid.
Breathing was impossible!
“HISSSS-HISSS-HISSSSS!” he coughed, shaking it off.
Onlookers dropped their bags of treats, running away in a flurry. “Snake!!!”
This was going to be the tassstiest Halloween yet.
So he didn’t need a costume after all!
Haha. Very cute.
I love that the zombie mask wasn’t scary – but the snake was!
I love your descriptions of what was wrong with each costume! It reminded me of days as a child ruling out costumes for the very same reasons! Well done!
Funny! Hilarious that the zombie mask smelled rancid! The illustrations for this would be so fun watching a snake trying on all the different costumes.
ENTRY POSTED FOR AMANDA
On Halloween Night
By Amanda Flinn
Word Count: 88
On Halloween night
Try as I might
I simply have nothing to wear.
A ghost that says, “BOO!”
Clearly won’t do
This ratty old sheet has a tear.
A wicked old witch
With a wig that would itch
My cackle is not worth a treat.
A slithery snake
Would be easy to make
But I’d rather walk on two feet.
A werewolf could scare
And howl in the air
But I wanna be something pretty.
On Halloween night
This fits just right!
I’m a princess doing the griddy.
I had to look up griddy to see what your princess was doing. Pretty funny image! I do like the progression of her rejected choices.
Nice job Amanda! It was fun to read all the ‘no’ costumes to get the one that was JUST RIGHT!
I had to look up griddy, too, but the contrast between a princess and a football dance makes for a great image!
I agree with why the snake costume was ruled out, having to slither everywhere would be difficult. But boy, I would give extra treats to a trick-or-treater with that kind of commitment! I’m glad the narrator found just the right costume!
Fun story and fun rhyme. Glad they found a costume that was just right!
ENTRY POSTED FOR CURTIS
Early Worm’s Halloween Birthday Wish
By Curtis King
Savoring an apple was Early Worm’s Halloween birthday wish on Dr. Adday’s haunted farm.
Dr. Adday creeps the apples away with his flock of scary crows.
Early plots escape.
In a gummy worm costume, Early slinks past the roosting crows.
Early Worm catches the bird by surprise, jumping onto its back.
The crow soars.
Early falls off in mid-air, filling Early with fear.
He lands among gummies and treats in a bowl at a Monster Party.
Early emerges, spooking an apple out of an apple bobbing contestant’s mouth.
Early slithers with a toothless grin towards the trembling apple.
So Early (cute name) ended up getting his birthday wish. Well done!
I love that Early can spook an apple away from a human – and the notion of a gummy worm costume for a real worm is petty funny!
Early is a very resourceful character! I like your last sentence – “toothless grin” (perfect for a worm) and “trembling apple” (adding a sense of personification)!
Pretty funny story. Love that Early the worm catches the bird and scares an apple away from a contestant.
ENTRY POSTED FOR BARBARA
Sweetie the Parrot by Barbara DiMarco
“Trick or treat!” squawked Sweetie.
“Not THIS year, me pet.” said the Cap’n.
“NO HALLOWEEN for that scurvy crew!”
“Awwww!” shouted the crew.
“START SWABBIN’! Any scallywag caught eatin’ pumpkin pie will walk the plank!”
The ship creaked in the darkness of Hallows’ Eve.
“CA-CAW!” was the signal for a slithery friend to be ready…
The moon cast a parrot’s shadow hauling booty.
The Cap’n woke with a scare!
“Where’s me patch? Who took me peg-leg?”
The Loch Ness received a salty Halloween treat.
“Hurray!” shouted the crew.
“Trick or treat!” squawked Sweetie.
This is a wonderfully original idea – pirates celebrating Halloween.
The ending really made me laugh, especially the crew’s carefree response to Cap’n’s demise.
I love the Captain being described as a “salty halloween treat!” I’m glad the crew gets to celebrate Hallow’s Eve with pumpkin pie after all!
Ay Mateys! But alas, poor captain! Fun story.
Dare I say that Nessie got some Cap’n Crunch? Bahaha! Fun story!
THE ANNUAL PUMPKIN CARVING CONTEST
by Laura Straut
Carving pumpkins is really fun,
But I find it such a pity…
In all these years I’ve never won.
My pumpkins are just too pretty!
Things that slither, sneak, snarl, and shriek always take the prize.
But this year when the judges peek, they’ll be in for a surprise.
On the side for all to see,
I carve two words: “OPEN ME.”
A judge lifts the pumpkin lid.
She has quite a scare!
No one knew the pumpkin hid
Two pet rats in there!
The rats enjoy their pumpkin treat.
The judge goes screaming down the street.
Wicked! That certainly caught the judges’ attention.
Thank you 🙂
I love the words “Open Me!” Very reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland! I imagine it was written using “too pretty” calligraphy.
Thank you. Yes I was wishing I could use a swirly, flowery font! Kids these days are pretty snarky hahaha 🤣
What a fun entry. It made me laugh. I hope the pumpkin won, once the judge settled down. 😂
Oh my goodness! And did you win? That judge is never coming back again!
That certainly was a trick on the judges. Clever story.
ENTRY POSTED FOR JEAN
By Jean Martin
Little witch dreaded Halloween.
She didn’t like being wicked.
And she really didn’t like preparing brews with creatures that slither.
She sat in the corner stewing.
She thought and she thought.
She would dress up, too!
A pink dress, a tiara, rose petal slippers and a sparkling cape.
Bedazzled by her own genius, Little Witch set out to trick or treat.
It wasn’t any fun.
Not like flying!
She ripped off her bling, grabbed her broom and zoomed off into the dark night.
No wicked cackle,
No creepy brew,
Just wind in her hair
And a soft polite,
I’m glad little witch found her true self in the end. Just wind in her hair and a soft polite BOO. I enjoyed your story.
Little witches are the best! Nice job. Good luck!
Yes – stay true to yourself!
I LOVE your verb choices of “stewing” (after talking bout not wanting to prepare brews) and “bedazzled!” (after deciding on dressing up in a sparkling cape, etc) Excellent choices!
The best of both worlds. Way to go little witch!
Love this sweet story about finding what works for you. Nicely done!
ENTRY POSTED FOR TIFFANY
Pete the Smallest Pumpkin
By Tiffany Hanson 100 Words
Pete was the smallest pumpkin in the patch. He was left alone and lonely when the other pumpkins were picked for Halloween.
On Halloween the house held a party. The kids arrived then Pete heard a scream. A thief ran out the backdoor carrying the bags of candy. He sprinted toward the pumpkin patch.
Pete wasn’t scared. The thief didn’t see him so Pete slithered his vines. Thud! The thief tripped. The treats went flying. The kids recovered their candy.
Pete was a hero and none of his new friends cared that he was the smallest pumpkin in the patch
Pete may be small but he’s smart.
Sometimes the smallest ones make the biggest heros!
Small but mighty! Cute story.
A candy thief! How wicked! I enjoyed the lively action and clever Pete saving the day!
The smallest AND the bravest! Way to roll Pete.
Small, but mighty! Way to go Pete. Fun story!
ENTRY POSTED FOR TIFFANY
Candy Corn’s Revenge
By Tiffany Hanson 96 Words
Candy corn wanted to be the king of Halloween. But the other treats were chosen first. It sat on the child’s desk. Uneaten. Unloved. If it couldn’t be a treat, it would be a trickster.
Candy corn waited as the other treats disappeared. It waited until the child slept. Then it slithered across the floor and arranged itself into a word.
Candy corn’s message was spelled out on the ground when the child awoke.
The scared child ran from the room. Candy corn crept back into its bag. Maybe Halloween wasn’t so bad after all.
I love the Halloween logic, “if it couldn’t be a treat, it would be a trickster!” Well done!
Very creative candy corn! I actually might have found that kind of cool!
Fun story! I hope that candy corn finds some love next year!
Good for Pumpkin’s strands! Good luck!
ENTRY POSTED FOR ANGELA
A Martian’s Halloween (94 words)
By Angela Calabrese
A tiny spaceship landed with a rumble and a roar
So Timothy, a Martian boy decided to explore
Zombies, witches, scary creatures slithered down the street
Traveling from door to door, they shouted “TRICK OR TREAT!”
Suddenly, poor Timothy felt frightened and alone
“This Earthly kind of holiday just isn’t in my zone!”
An alien, dressed up in green, peculiarly appeared
“You’re looking lost. I’ll get you home,” she gladly volunteered.
She found his spaceship just in time. He knew she saved the day.
Then she reached inside her sack. “Have a Milky Way.”
An interesting twist!
This is a really cute idea with a great last line.
I like that the little girl, dressed up in green, was kind and neighbourly to poor, frightened Timothy. What a great parting gift to give a fellow inhabitant of the Milky Way galaxy!
Such a fun story. Great rhyming…I like the way the day was saved by a Milky Way!
Aww! Very cute story, and I love the ending.
Very cute! Fun story and rhyme. Love the last line! Good job!
By Patricia MacMillan
On Halloween night,
I hear such a fright.
There’s loud, scary slurps.
Worse yet are the burps.
It targets my treats.
My haul from the streets.
It slithers and slinks.
I’m certain it stinks.
My sis rolls her eyes.
“You’re crazy,” she cries.
But I will not sleep.
I’m in this too deep.
I load up the bait.
It fills the whole plate.
A sweet candy feast
should draw out this beast.
Near dawn, it appears
and gone are my fears.
The reason is this:
The monster’s my sis!
I really like the perky cadence to your story and the fun ending. Gotta be on the lookout for those sisters!
LOL! I have a sister like this…and a brother!
Sisters never can be trusted! Love this one.
I love the line “my haul from the streets!” haha, so funny!
It’s a not-so-surprising surprise ending. Siblings. They dare!
Very well told mystery Patricia!
Haha! I thought it was going to be Mom or Dad! Very fun.
Igor’s First Halloween
By Danna Zeiger
Word Count: 100
“Sorry… w-what’s Halloween?” Igor stammered.
Everyone quickly filled Igor in on his first American holiday ever.
Scary costumes! Trick-or-treating! Candy!
So different from Russian holidays.
After school, Igor wondered… what was the scariest thing ever?
“Definitely laundry!” moaned Mama as she stared at the overflowing basket of clothes.
“Ugh, bills,” sighed Papa at a teetering paper stack.
Igor shook his head. No dirty underwear or adult paperwork for his costume.
He got to work.
Cardboard. Markers. Ruler.
The next day, between slithering snakes, wailing ghouls, and howling zombies…
Igor waddled into school…
As his worst nightmare:
A life-size pop quiz!
Thanks so much!! 🙂
Haha. I did not expect the ending (well done!) and agree entirely with Igor!
Haha, who isn’t scared of a popquiz? 🙂 Thanks so much!!
I love Igor’s costume! I especially like that it appears to reflect the “real” fears of his Mama and Papa, rather than the traditional costumes of his classmates! I’m sure they would have to agree with him, though! Well done!
Thank you so much!! (I can relate to Mama and Papa, myself :-)) Thank you very much! 🙂
Ha ha ha! And way to be considerate of your parents, Igor. I do have to say, that is the first time I have seen a costume of a pop quiz.
LOL that’s true, I can’t say I ever saw this costume myself! 🙂 Thanks so much!
Love it! Very fun. Nicely done.
Thank you so much!! 🙂
YOU CAN’T SCARE ME
By Danna Zeiger
Word Count: 100 Words
Halloween’s always the same.
“Booooooh!” screeches a white ghoul.
“MWUHAHAHA!” A creepy doll springs from a toy box.
“Hsssssss!” A snake’s skeleton slithers.
“You can’t scare me!” I holler.
Pumpkin buckets in hand, we ring the bell.
“Trick or treat!”
The door creaks open.
Smoke pours from the doorway.
A furry hand with razor sharp nails slips through the crack.
“You can’t scare –“
“Aaaaaaaah!” I shriek.
Candy explodes in the air like a colony of spooked bats.
We run, screaming like banshees.
My heart races.
My fists squeeze.
My breath shakes.
Best. Halloween. Ever.
Nothing Beats a good scare on Halloween!
Right??? It’s then or never!
Who doesn’t love a good scare? This was great!
Thanks so much!! 🙂 Feels good!
This is very clever and I love the pause for the ending line.
Thank you so so much!! 🙂
I like the festive simile of “screaming like banshees!”
Haha, thank you so much! 🙂
Ha ha! I don’t live for the scare, but I know some folks do. I am glad to know the MC was not disappointed!
I hear you! I think anticipating a feeling and being rewarded always feels nice… even if it’s not a scare (which is completely understandable!!)
I love , Candy explodes in the air like a colony of spooked bats. Very fun. Good luck!
Thanks so much, Nancy! 🙂
Pumpkin, Skeleton, Wolverine (98 words)
By Brenna Jeanneret
Welcome to the Halloween Rock, Paper, Scissors Costume Battle!
PUMPKIN, SKELETON, WOLVERINE, SHOOT!
Skeleton scares Pumpkin for the win!
PUMPKIN, SKELETON, WOLVERINE, SHOOT!
Wolverine’s sharp, too sharp! Now Pumpkin is a Jack-O-Lantern.
What’s this? Where is Pumpkin rolling away too?
“I never win. My costume is too cute to be scary.”
Rock and Paper are brainstorming new costumes!
Paper says––beach ball.
Here comes Rock, with snake paint!
SNAKE, SKELETON, WOLVERINE, SHOOT!
Snake slithers toward Wolverine and…Wolverine is afraid of snakes!
What a treat. See ya next year!
So fun! Now I want to start playing this version …
Great new twist on a old favorite game. I can see kids playing this.
So. Much. Fun!
Such a creative concept!
I love the idea of a Halloween-themed game of Rock Paper Scissors! I also LOVE the parting remark “What a treat!” haha, very nice!
Fun Halloween take on an old favorite!
A fun, new twist on an old game. Nicely done!
By Ashley Sutphen Delaney
“Remember, only five pieces of candy tonight!,” was the last thing Groop heard as he raced out the door.
He had only trick-or-treated one street when he realized he had eaten his candy quota.
He wanted more. His mother would never know…
Groop’s tongue slithered out of his mouth and grew to the length of a witch’s broom. His mouth was so full that he couldn’t speak or eat!
Groop moped home, dragging his tongue behind.
Scared, he opened the door. His mother took one look and said, “oh, my poor little monster, dishonesty and greed always have consequences”.
Uh-oh for Groop! Reminded me of Pinocchio.
Cute! I love the image of Groop’s tongue dragging behind him.
Poor Groop! I’m glad too much candy only gives ME a tummy ache! I love the comparison of his enlarged tongue to a witch’s broom! Well done!
Ahh! Not sure I would have been as empathetic as his mom, but great job coming up with noticeable consequences for Groop’s not listening.
Here’s hoping the Groop will be fine by morning. Poor little monster. Cute!
Hahaha – I loved your Pinocchio-ish story:-)
Little Sister Saves The Night (98 words)
by Laurie Kaiser
“Don’t worry,” Jack said as they entered the haunted house on Halloween. “It’s not too scary.” At 10, Jack knew goblins weren’t real. Jessica wasn’t so sure.
A skeleton popped out, followed by a moaning mummy hanging down.
“Ahhh,” Jessica cried. When a cackling witch brushed Jessica’s hair, she jumped. “Let’s go! Treats are outside.”
Jack’s pale face glistened with sweat. “What’s wrong? Too scary?” Jessica teased. Then she saw a snake slithering up Jack’s leg. “Shake it off!” she yelled. As the snake flew through the air, Jessica grabbed Jack’s hand and they raced toward the exit.
Yikes! That’s a scary house. I’m glad nobody got hurt (including the snake). I hope Jessica and Jack enjoyed a treat in the end.
As if a mummy weren’t scary enough, it had to be hanging down from the ceiling! A spooky detail! I’m glad Jessica was able to keep her wits about her!
Little sister does save the night. It’s important to know the difference between scary fun and scary. Well done.
Oh my goodness!! Thank goodness for Jessica! I would have been terrified.
Pretty spooky! Snakes haunting the house. Glad Jessica saved the day
THE SWEETEST TREAT
by Christina Shawn
It’s Halloween! Come one and all!
Slither, scurry, climb and crawl –
gather round the bright full moon.
Children will be coming soon.
As they swarm the darkened streets,
calling out their “Trick or Treats!”
we’ll lurk nearby, our eyes aglow,
making sure our tails don’t show.
Once they’re candy-full and sleepy –
numbed to all that’s scary, creepy –
leap out from our hiding place
and lick the children – just a taste.
The sweetest tasting child will be
the one we eat on Halloween!
Eek! Scary fun!
Wow, great tension. I really wanted to read on and find out what happened! (creepy!)
Oh what an amazing compliment! Thank you!
Hahaha, WOW, this is so creepy! Very well done! A perfect title that takes on a whole new meaning!
Thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!
Oh no!! It pays to be a little sour in this neighborhood!
Haha! That’s for sure!
Yikes! What a scary ending. Guess it pays to be a Sour Patch kid in that neighborhood!
ENTRY POSTED FOR SASHA
ALL HALLOWS’ EVE by Sasha Sirisena-Green (100 words)
The sun has set.
The moon is bright.
Welcome to Halloween Night.
Corn stalks, hanging door to door.
Ravens, screeching “Nevermore”.
Vampires, zombies, come alive.
Ghouls, slithering up the drive.
Tricks. Scares. When denied treats.
Beware! Pay tithe to the spirits of the street.
Wary dogs bark. Forlorn winds howl.
Slinky black cats, hiss and prowl.
Silvery ghosts dance away.
In rapture till the first light of day.
Spirits come alive this magical eve.
This promised night, this reprieve.
On All Hallows’ Eve, keep lit candles at your window, my dear.
Lest you tempt the spirits, you’ve nothing to fear.
Lots of great visuals!
Nice work, great spooky language. It really captures the mood.
I can picture it — great job establishing the setting and mood!
I LOVE the line “Beware! Pay tithe to the spirits of the street.” An excellent spooky atmosphere throughout!
You definitely have me wanting light a candle near my window. Great use of details.
Love all the Halloweensie things!
Great mood setting!
Rich in spooky Halloween imagery!
Word Count: 91
Title: Pumpkin Cat’s Turn
By Bru Benson
In the front yard,
a sheen of frost they wear.
Black cat creeping
ready to scare.
Slither in the grass,
hear same sounds
Wet dewy paws meet.
pounce finds a treat.
Empty wrappers crinkle
Nothing inside again.
Meow said hungry cat
sees a pirate boy with
candy, full and fat.
bag held tight
Can’t wait to go.
“Who took the candy for tonight?”
Guilty look, pirate face
Mom’s message loud
Feed the cat before you go
Catnip treats hit Black Cat’s ear.
I’m glad the cat got a treat in the end.
I love the poetic phrase “a sheen of frost they wear!” Very illustrative of autumn’s air!
Thank you. The other parts needed more work.
Ha ha ha. I like the added information at the end. Poor kitty.
Fun story. Glad the cat got a treat!
Cute Halloween story!
Thank you, needs more work, though.
ENTRY POSTED FOR RYANN
By Ryann Jones
Sully the slug dreamed of having arms for Halloween.
He was sick of knocking on doors with his eyeballs,
lugging his treat bag on his back,
and being unable to scare a soul.
So he used slime and stuck on some licorice.
He tried leaves.
He added pencils.
Just write . . .
actually, scratch that.
The pencils were pointless.
All these extra “arms” were dragging him down.
Catching his reflection in a puddle, he slithered to a stop.
These arms may not work for knocking on doors
or carrying candy, thought Sully,
but I sure look Franken-scary!
Who wouldn’t love a Franken-slug? Love the pile of pencil puns in the middle too.
Ha! What a clever idea. A Franken-slug!
Creative and fun!
Wow! Sully’s dillema is SO ANIMATED in that opening paragraph! I LOVE it! Great wordplay in the second!
Great opening line/ set up. Never thought of trick or treating from a slug’s perspective. Yep, quite problematic and you spelled it out perfectly. Great job!
Great title and humorous story! Kids would love this. Good luck!
This is Franken-FUN from first to final line! So clever, Ryann!
Ha ha ha. Great punny language regarding the pencils. And fun perspective from the slug’s POV.
Love the costume Sully came up with by chance. Fun story. Nicely done!
This is so cute! What a fun ending line, too.
Cute, clever, and a lot of fun! Great Halloween story!
ENTRY POSTED FOR NINA
The Costume (93 words)
by Nina Nolan
Dragging myself down the aisle of Halloween costumes,
Just. So. Wrong.
What do I want to be for Halloween?
Someone who isn’t always shy.
Am I really going to only scare myself this Halloween?
I slither back down the aisle.
This one’s not so bad.
I could maybe manage that one.
Oh! This is the costume for me.
Fluffing out my peacock feathers…
and shaking them
down to my sparkly webbed feet
feels like a treat.
The candy will just be a bonus.
Oh – the fun of picking a costume. Nice job!
Ooh, I love this deep dive into picking out a costume! Well done.
“Someone who isn’t always shy.” This line was some good character work. I’m glad to see that the narrator found an outfit that made them feel comfortable and confident!
A peacock sounds perfect, and what a treat to wear.
It is no easy task to pick out a costume, for sure. Nice choice!
Love all the thought process that went in to picking a costume. Nice!
Fun! Love the chosen costume.
I loved this idea that the shy child found a costume that would fill him with confidence – Such a positive thought . . . and possibly a first step in the direction of gaining more confidence and self-assurance.
Adorable! I love the thought process of picking a costume that instills confidence!
The Best Halloween Ever
by Dianne Borowski
It was windy. Then it began to rain. Lightning danced across the sky. Thunder rumbled.
“I’m scared, Mike.”
Mike is my big brother. He and his fiends took me trick or treating this year.
“There’s a porch light!” said Mike. “Let’s go and get out of the rain.”
A lady with white hair said, “come in.”
“You’re Joe’s grandmother, ” said Mike.
“Yes, and this is my dog Sparky and my snake Slither.”
“Wow! A snake in an aquarium. Can I hold him?” I asked.
I did and what a treat! This was the best Halloween ever!
Petting a snake on Halloween!? Scary! How brave of Mike, though Slither probably got quite a fright.
Love your comment…..very poetic! I also dabble in poetry. Thanks!
“Lightning danced across the sky.” I love this descriptive sentence!
Thanks! I love stormy weather. I have lived on the shores of Lake Erie my entire life!
I have witnessed some wicked storms.
Nothing like the reassurance from a friendly face to help make it a great Halloween.
Thanks! You’re so right. Friendly folks make everything better.
Indeed they do. ❤
Sweet, although I don’t think petting a snake would make for the best Halloween for me! Lol! Good job!
I really think it’s more of a guy thing. I wouldn’t get too close to a snake myself.
Adorable and sweet! Love the spooky storm. Perfect for Halloween!
Thanks! I had fun writing it!
ENTRY POSTED FOR GERALDINE
By Geraldine V. Oades-Sese
Chewy, Gooey, Slimy, Crunch,
Halloween is here to munch,
Candy corn, sweet delights,
Green apple treats and mini bites,
By zombies, ghouls, and moaning mummies,
Goblins, werewolves, with grumbling tummies.
Can you hear them scream and boo-
Sounds that make your heart thump, too?
As they slither, wriggle, creep,
Up the stairs to where you sleep,
Moving shadows, creaky floors,
Howling winds, squeaky doors,
Dare to scare; you won’t win,
My flashlight’s ready; let’s begin,
I’m not scared, but YOU should be,
I am brave! I won’t flee!
Creeping closer, I may scream!
Wait! Wait! Wake! It’s just a dream!
This is really cute. I love the fun words that evoke all the Halloween feels.
Your opening line of “chewy gooey slimy crunch” goes from pleasurable candy consumption to creepy Halloween devouring in no time flat. Well done!
Ha ha! Thank goodness it is just a dream. You had ME scared!
Fun rhyme and word choices. You had me scared with all the creatures creeping up the stairs. Glad it was a dream! Good job!
I love the building tension! Great spooky imagery!
ENTRY POSTED FOR KRISSY
Trista’s Treat or Trick?
By Krissy Massey
Trista stood still on the sidewalk. Shadows slithered and chased moonlight as skeletons rose from the earth. Something sat between two angry pumpkins on the porch step.
“Are you scared?” asked a pirate.
“No,” lied Trista.
“Hurry! Bowl is full of big candy bars!”
Monsters, princesses, and superheroes paraded down. And back.
Trista stood alone, watching the yard. Then gripping her bag, she ran to the porch.
“All gone!” gulped Trista.
She emptied her bag, waved her wand, and chanted “Trick or treat?” three times. Then Trista snatched a big candy bar and skipped away down the sidewalk.
I like the image of slithering shadows chasing the moonlight. Trista seems a sad character. She got her candy in the end, though, but what else did she get? I’m not sure I understand the trick or treat here. I’m a little confused. Happy Halloween(sie).
Some excellent imagery in the first paragraph. I like that Trista was able to bravely push past her fear!
Good for you Trista!!
So, did Trista use magic to make big bars out of what was in her bag? Good for her if she did!
Great spooky Halloween imagery!
The Scariest Costume of All
Abby N. Wooldridge
This year I’m getting the scariest costume of all!
IF I’m not too late.
Waiting ‘til the last minute to shop?
Now, THAT’S scary!
What if they run out?
I creep down the decoration aisles
dodging dancing spiders,
fleeing flying bats,
watching wicked witches…
One more row to go…
almost to the costumes…
around the corner…
What is THAT?
out of its season…
into this one…
A CHRISTMAS TREE?!?!
Hey Santa! TRICK or treat?
I guess I’ll be an elf this year.
Christmas trees creeping into Halloween. That’s scary!
Great tension building! I felt the angst! Good luck!
Ha! I love the idea of trick-or-treating with Santa! Fun story, Abby!
Some nice alliteration work heading down those decoration aisles!
I think that is the perfect costume!
Haha! Christmas comes creeping in earlier every year. Nice job!
Love this, Abby!
Adorable and a lot of fun!
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Such a fun and a bit spooky contest!
Halloween is the BEST, but…
By Andi Chitty
It’s here! It’s here! Tonight’s the night!
Yummy treats, scary decorations, and hot cider.
Halloween is the BEST!
I’ve been waiting all year for- *splurgle*
Umm. . . why does my tummy feel weird?
Is it nerves? No.
Am I scared? No way.
Is it the noodles I had for lunch?
Why does it feel like they’re slithering in my stomach?
Burbling and gurgling.
Tossing and turning.
Are you KIDDING ME???
Yucky throw-up, achy bones, and fever chills!?
Being sick on Halloween is the WORST!
great ending! Being sick on Halloween is the worst! 🙂
Oh no! Being sick on Halloween IS the worst. Fun story, Andi!
I like the emphatic “No way” when the narrator asks themselves if they are scared!
Oh dear. I agree. Being sick on Halloween would be the worst. After Halloween might be understandable though. 😉😂
It is indeed the worst!! I hope somebody saved some candy for the MC!
Oh darn! What kind of trick to get sick on Halloween! That’s a nightmare! Nicely done.
Cute creative story! Being sick on Halloween is the worst!
IT’S A TRICKY AFTERLIFE
Thank you Susanna for organizing this! A fun contest, to welcome Halloween! Or the holidays, or snow days, etc!
IT’S A TRICKY AFTERLIFE
The apparitions in Happy Afterlife Acres disliked anything scary.
On Sept. 30, M. T. Headdead announced, “No rising for 30 days”.
Dawn broke…October 31st….the spirits happily floated up from their tombs – …Halloween…oops…EEEEEEEEEEEEK!
Invading, blinding tendrils were everywhere! Seeping…creeping…ever closer…
Advancing over dusty pebbles…dead flowers…decaying headstones……SK-SK-SK-SCCAAAAAAAAAARRY!
The Grim Reaper came at night, but this was different. Seemingly harmless, but able to curdle blood…tingle spines…scald skulls…(luckily they didn’t have any).
No treat, this was pure trickery.
“Escape apparitions – vaporize!”
But the slitheringness captured them midair. They were sweating!
Then clouds rolled in…finally they were able to escape the sun!
Perfect title for your story! 🙂
Love the title. Happy Afterlife Acres. That made me laugh.
Thank goodness for clouds! I love the personification of the slitheringness and your unique use of the word slither. The visual description leading up to it really builds tension. So spooky! Beautiful writing, Katie!
Another fun story, Katie! Great descriptives throughout. My favorite line- “Advancing over dusty pebbles…dead flowers…decaying headstones……SK-SK-SK-SCCAAAAAAAAAARRY!”
I love the memo-feel to M.T. Headdead’s announcement. Clever name, too!
I kept wondering what was causing all the mayhem! Great ending.
Wow, you had me guessing for a while. Good job!
I love the idea of Happy Afterlife Acres! Great Halloween imagery!
ENTRY POSTED FOR CASSY
By Cassy Clarcq
Witches, pumpkins, goblins roam.
“Trick or treat!”
munched a while.
Costumes, cauldrons, candy matters.
Quest for treats –
time to hurry!
Creep behind a crooked post.
Live only in
On webbed moonlight
Wants fun this Halloween night.
Weave and wind;
Glad Spider had a Happy Halloween! 🙂
I enjoyed your story. Such a lovely (and effective) way to bring to life spider’s feelings. Love the ending. Spider spun positivity and inclusion. Good luck!
I like your use of the term “Treaters!” I’ve never heard it used before, but it makes a lot of sense, especially as Treats are much more common than Tricks. And it’s all the kids really want anyway. “Candy matters.”
Great use of form to weave your spider’s tale. Great use of details and emotion, as well as a very sweet ending.
Love the ending!
Love the way you wove your story, just like Spider wove her message. Nicely done.
Full of emotion! I love the happy ending!
ENTRY POSTED FOR IMELDA
By Imelda Taylor
“What scary thing shall I dress up as?” Slimon wondered as he got ready to go Trick or Treating.
“A creepy caterpillar?
“A scaly snake?
“A monstrous millipede?
“I know, I’ll go as a rotten rat’s tail.”
Slimon slithered along the street to collect some sweets.
Candy corn from the cockroach,
a toffee from the toad,
a gummy worm from the grasshopper.
“Terrific tricks for a toothless worm but where’s the treat?”
He reached the end of the street. No more houses left but a spooky communal garden.
“A putrid pumpkin! Finally, a treat fit for a worm.”
I love the name “Slimon! 🙂 Good job!
I love the “tricks”!
Ha! Slimon is the perfect name and these tricks are hilarious. Well done!
“A rotten rat’s tail,” now that’s a costume! Some great alliteration as Slimon collects his “tricks!”
Well Happy Halloween to you Slimon. Sounds like it was quite the success!
Just the right amount of gross for Halloween. Love his name, Slimon. Good job!
This is so cute! I love the rotten rat’s tail and the name Slimon!
The Zombie Flop (sung to the tune of the Monster Mash)
By Liz Kehrli- 100 words
I was cutting through the graveyard on Halloween night,
when I saw before my eyes, such a scary sight.
There were zombies everywhere- what was I to do?
So, I jumped up on a tomb- yes, I joined their crew
and did the flop! Oh yeah, it was the Zombie flop.
I did the flop! More than a spooky bop.
I did the flop! Not just your average plop.
I did the flop! A slither, a groove, then a freakish flop!
Next thing that I knew the zombies gathered round-
they handed me a treat- it was the zombie crown!
Love the energy in this! So much fun!
Love it! Now I will have this ear worm for the rest of the day! haha
This was FANTASTIC! I wanted it to keep going! I particularly love “I did the flop! Not just your average plop.” Brilliant!
What a fun play on the Monster Mash. You had me gleefully singing along. Well done.
Very clever! Love it!
Cute and a lot of fun. You had me singing along!
By Lindsey LeBlanc
Word Count: 98
When Melanie Monster went into town, she got some very strange reactions.
“It’s not Halloween yet!” called the postman.
“Yes, I know,” Melanie said patiently.
“No monsters allowed!” teased the librarian.
Well, that’s rude, Melanie thought.
Then, finally, it was Halloween!
Melanie couldn’t wait to trick-or-treat.
This year she’d chosen her scariest costume yet.
She slithered into her skin-tight suit, pulled on her mask, and headed for the first house.
The lady who answered the door seemed confused.
“Where’s your costume?” she asked. “What are you supposed to be?”
“I’m a human, of course! Happy Halloween!”
I love the twist!
I like the idea of a monster dressing up as a human for Halloween! Well done!
Good for Melanie Monster – a human is a perfect disguise.
Ha ha! Melanie is going to have a lot of questions to answer.
Very cute. I wonder what Melanie does the rest of the year? Nicely done.
Cute and clever! I love the ending!
I’m singing. The zombie flop seems fun. Grabbing the bull by the horns certainly worked out well!
SWITCH WITCH SWAP
By Julie Fruitticher Schroeder
On Halloween, Slither and Flash dressed as scary monsters,
and dashed through town trick-or-treating,
gathering gobs and gobs of goodies.
“Hey Flash,” said Slither, “tonight the Switch Witch comes,
collecting bags of candy that kids leave her,
and she switches them for super-duper toys.
She’ll have bunches of candy, and if we catch her, we can have it ALL!”
That night they laid their sticky trap and hid in the closet with a crab net.
The following morning when their mom went to wake them,
all she found was a pile of candy wrappers
and two fat toads.
Fun story, Julie! Love the MC names, Slither and Flash!
Whoops! I don’t think that Slither and Flash were expecting that! LOL
A fun, unexpected ending! Poor greedy Slither and Flash!
Oh no!! I think the idea of a Switch Witch is a fun one, but not so much for Slither, Flash, or their mom.
Oh no, lol! Switched to toads. Fun story!
Adorable and a lot of fun! I love the surprise ending!
ENTRY POSTED FOR NANCY
Halloween. Costumed children laughed and shrieked throughout the Snake House. The noise kept Selma awake, and fingers tapping on her window annoyed her. Hoping to escape, she eyed the grate over the air vent in her pen. With mighty effort, she squeezed through to freedom.
Selma slithered and slid through the slippery duct, finally reaching the lobby end. Just as she poked her head through the grate, a group of children in the lobby yelled, “Trick Or Treat,” saw Selma, and screamed. This scared Selma! She slithered at record speed back to the safety of her window.
I love the sentence describing Selma’s journey through the ductwork! Very visual! I LOVE seeing the story from her POV.
Poor Selma. Poor children. But I am relieved Selma made it back to her pen safe and sound. As for the children, who knows?
Poor Selma! Hoping she was able to get some peace and quiet.
Cute story! I love seeing it from Selma’s point of view!
ENTRY POSTED FOR GREGORY
A Halloween Adventure
By Gregory E. Bray
The path to the treats was a scary obstacle course. My Indiana Jones costume was perfect for my sweet quest.
I slithered through the poisonous spikes of spider fangs.
I dove through the slimy rings of ghostly goo.
The toadstools of stench were the only thing between me and my reward. Candy!
The first three were easy. One more and sweet victory was mine.
I bounced off of it, somersaulted through the air, and landed at the bowl of candy.
A crowd burst into applause and someone yelled, “Next time try the stairs!”
“Where’s the adventure in that?” I replied.
That was fun little adventure! Good luck!
The perfect attitude to have when going trick-or-treating as Indiana Jones!
Great last line, and well done for this adventurous youth.
Haha! Very fun. This would make a cool graphic picture book!
Funny story, Greg!You might say his adventure was “A trip and/or treat” thing. Good luck in the contest!
Full of action and packed with fun!
ENTRY POSTED FOR TRISTA
Enter If You Dare
by Trista Herring Baughman
Silent shadows slithered
On the sidewalk, ‘neath the trees
Limbs like writhing serpents
Swayed in rhythm with the breeze.
The dimly-lit front porch light
Beckoned wayward trick-or-treaters
Dressed as witches, ghosts, hobgoblins,
Ketchup bottles, knights, and skeeters.
A sign out by the mailbox
Said, “Enter if you dare!”
I hesitated slightly
My friends all teased, “You’re scared!”
The door creaked open slowly;
we all let out an “Aaahhh!!”
A vampire handed out our candy
Before shouting, “Bleh bleh bleh!”
We ran down squeaky doorsteps,
Nearly tripping on a cat.
I glanced over my shoulder;
He had turned into
Some excellent word choices here, and spooky images!
I love the line “the dimly-lit front porch light beckoned wayward trick-or-treaters!”
Oh no! Run children, run!
Love it! Just enough scare and fun rhyme.
Great spooky atmosphere! Nice!
ENTRY POSTED FOR NADIA
Snake’s Sweet Treats
By Nadia Ali
The door cracked and a snake slithered in.
“There’s too many creeps on the outside tonight,” snake rattled.
And, with a glide and a slide, sweets caught his eye.
He curled and swirled his body around the treats.
Eating and licking sugary sweets. Snake had a feast.
When suddenly, out of nowhere a vampire appeared.
Eyes locked. Vampire screamed. Snake hissed and shot out the crack.
“Mom a snake ate my treats!” Vampire sobbed.
“Are you sure it wasn’t your brother he is dressed as a snake?”
Haha! Nice twist at the end!
Ha! Siblings!! They can be soooo snakey—I mean sneaky! Fun story! Good luck!
“With a glide and a slide” – a good description of the movement of a snake.
I bet it was the brother! Very funny story.
Ha ha. Fun ending, but you had me going for a while.
Fun story. Great internal rhyme. Fun twist at the end.
Adorable and a lot of fun! Love the ending!
by Keatley Eastman
A candy cane? A toilet brush? A hot dog in a bun?
Sebastian sighed, “These costumes wouldn’t frighten anyone.”
He grumbled at the prospect of a boring trick or treat.
Just once he’d like to terrify the neighbors on his street.
A frantic exploration of the attic was a bust.
His scariest discoveries were spider webs and dust.
His friends arrived that night to find him slouching in despair.
“I’ll never spook a single soul, I’ve got nothing to wear!”
With sympathetic smiles they told him, “Give yourself a break!
Just slither out the door undressed. Sebastian, you’re a snake!”
Ha!! Unexpected ending fun! Good luck!
aw Sebastian! so cute. I love how the costume ideas at the beginning totally make sense for a snake!
“I’ll never spook a single soul” – some good alliteration!
Ha ha ha. Oh Sebastian. A toilet brush? Now that would be a costume to see, especially if it was being worn by a snake. Fun read!
aw! love it
Haha! Now all the costume ideas make sense! Very cute!
This is adorable! I love the surprise ending! Nice!
Tricked by the Treats
By Elizabeth Muster
Every crinkle of the sack scared Sid the Gummy Worm. Each doorbell brought him closer to doom. Those three dreaded words sent shivers down his sticky skin. “Trick or treat?”
That was it! “We must take matters into our own wrappers,” Sid hissed at the other candies. “Who decides if we are tricks or treats? WE DO!”
The Starbursts exploded into a sticky disaster. The Reese’s broke into pieces.
As the child’s chubby fingers reached through the darkness, Sid slithered between them. She shrieked, dropping the bag to the ground. “How did a snake get in there?”
So much fun! I love the ending! Nice job. 😀
I like the idea of a Gummy Worm hissing when it talks!
You are going to make me think twice about putting my hands into a candy bowl! Fun take from the candies’ perspectives.
Haha! Sid strikes terror in the candy bowl. Love it!
Adorable and fun!
Hahaha! Starburst exploding, Reese’s breaking into pieces – So clever and funny:-)
By Thelia Hutchinson
Under a glowing moon, a dark figure slithers.
It’s Halloween, and everyone’s out trick or treating.
With a perfect plan, the slithering figure awaits its prey.
Smacking his lips, anticipating the arrival of a bountiful of treats.
He’s looking to scare, but he’s also scared.
This is his first ambush, but everyone is having fun.
He wants to have fun too.
He jumps out and yells “give me all your treats!” to a group kids.
“Cool costume” they chided.
He smiled as they offered him some treats and invited him along for some Halloween fun.
His first ambush didn’t work, but he got some treats from his friends. Better luck next time. Being really scary takes practice. 🙂👻
I love your use of single word sentences to build tension. “Watching. Lurking.”
What a great group of kids. So glad our lurking MC ended up having fun.
Glad there was a happy ending and some Halloween fun!
Love the mystery and the tension! Great happy ending!
Forgot the word ‘scare’ on my previous post.
My Dreadfully Dangerous Walk
By Susan Twiggs
Play practice runs late.
sorting sweet treats inside.
I careen down the slithery street,
my heels tapping the icy pavers.
Another sound echoes.
CLICK CLACK, click clack.
It’s in your mind, I insist.
Stop scaring yourself.
I push down the rising bile of fear.
CLICK CLACK, click clack.
I stop and the trailing steps stop—
until they don’t.
I am being followed.
Shivering from sweat,
I quicken my pace.
The streetlamp flickers,
then sputters out.
Can I make it home
or will I disappear into a blind alley?
My key clicks.
Home at last,
This is a great scary little story!
This would make a great ‘to be continued’ story!!! Nice job.
I love the ominous “click clack click clack!” Great job building tension!
Oh my goodness. I guarantee I would not be sleeping well after such a scare.
Ohhh, scary! Good job!
Slither, Treat, Scare:
A Halloween Story
By Lynn Greenway
The trees were bare and the ground littered with leaves. Siegfried slithered toward the witch’s house, hungry for treats. Maybe this year she’d pass out mice or toads! His forked tongue darted out, just thinking about it. Then he spotted the witch lugging her cauldron. Perfect, he’d wait here. His tongue tasted the air. Was the witch shorter than usual? His eyesight wasn’t good. She seemed shorter. And younger. She must be new. Siegfried reared up and hissed, so she wouldn’t pass him by, but it scared her. She dropped her cauldron and ran. Siegfried peered inside and found… candy?!
Atmospheric and spooky fun. Poor Siegfried!
I love this play on the snake’s poor eyesight! Poor Siegfried, better luck next year!
Not quite the treats that Siefgried was wanting. A surprise ending is always fun.
Uh oh Siegfried (great name, by the way) wrong witch!
Very cute! Love the point of view of the snake. Nice job!
Adorable and fun! Poor Siegfried!
I’m Not That Scared
By: Allison Gray
I’m not that scared of Halloween,
I’d like to see a wolverine.
If I did, I’d be impressed,
but that’s it, impressed at best.
Maybe I’d race him up the street,
and ring my doorbell – trick or treat!
My mom would faint at the door,
my dad would fall to the floor.
As a full moon lights the night,
we’d make neighbors run in fright.
All the candy would be ours,
gummy bears and chocolate bars…
A smiling snake slithers by,
Green-black clouds invade the sky.
Umm maybe this is a sign,
staying home would be just fine.
Oh, the power of our own minds. Anything for candy, right, or not?
My mom would faint at the door,
my dad would fall to the floor.
That made me laugh.
I really like this Halloween ode to one child’s wish for a wolverine pal! I LOVE the line, “If I did, I’d be impressed, but that’s it, impressed at best!” Well done!
Ha ha. So much for an adventurous night out. I think the MC’s own imagination got the best of him/her.
A fun romp through the mind of a child for Halloween. Who wouldn’t like to run around with a wolverine?? Maybe not. Lol!
I love the child’s imagination! Great Halloween story!
The Halloween Prize (Mary Rudzinski)
Goblins and ghouls,
Witches and bats
Watch your path
For a spooky black cat!
On Halloween night
The trouble brews.
To win the prize
You must follow the clues!
Lights up ahead
And then a scream
Monsters run past
In a steady stream
Over the ground
The owl swoops down
What’s that sound?
Down the street
A doorbell rings
“Trick or treat,”
Count Dracula sings.
Time to be brave
And cause a scare
Knock on the door-
If you dare.
You won the prize
Lots of candy
…But now a bathroom would come in handy.
I love the festive feeling of your sentence “On Halloween night, the trouble brews!”
So maybe the prize should have been savored over a longer period of time?
Love, Time to be brave and cause a scare. Knock on the door if you dare. Nicely done.
I love all the Halloween imagery! Adorable and fun!
ENTRY POSTED FOR JUDY
PORTIA PUMPKIN PROCLAIMS
By Judy Caldwell Hughes
Peighton planted Portia Pumpkin Seed.
Portia sipped sprinkles,
Stretched her stem,
And curly-cued her tendrils.
Portia’s blossom greeted and treated bees and bugs to sweetness.
Like a green balloon Portia plumped-up.
She dreamed of merry fun,
But nibbling-neighbor nightmares and pumpkin smashers scared her.
She cloaked herself in summery yellow to soak-up spunk.
Portia grew a stronger shell.
When frost nipped, Portia robed herself in courageous orange.
She rippled her ribs.
She modeled majestic moxie.
Presto! Peighton plucked Portia,
Then placed Portia on a front porch post.
Proudly Portia proclaims, “Happy Halloween!”
POV unique and fun to read. Good luck!
Love this version, Judy!
I LOVE how you showcased the life of a pumpkin! Very well done!
Great alliteration, as well as accounting for the evolution of a pumpkin.
Very cool! Love the point of view and the lovely way you described the growth of a pumpkin. Nicely done!
I love growing pumpkins! So fun to hear it from the pumpkin’s point of view! Nice!
ENTRY POSTED FOR STEPHANIE
POOKIE THE POMERANIAN’S HALLOWEEN WISH
by Stephanie Jackson
Pookie looked in the mirror.
She was fluffy,
She looked like a puffy ‘lil marshmallow.
Guests were arriving:
A chihuahua taco.
A dachshund wiener.
A shih tzu icecream sundae.
Why are we all food?
Pookie looked longingly at the treat table.
The doorbell. Also, an idea.
She dipped a paw in black frosting…
Pookie had been working on her slow-slither.
“Frost me!” barked Pookie.
Soon, Pookie was black and white.
She was a new dog.
“That’s spooky, Pookie!”
The puffiest snake ever! Pookie must have recently eaten a meal, or maybe the frosting just weighed down all of her fur. Clever dog!
Funniest moment ever: “Why are we all food? Pookie looked longingly at the treat table.” Oh dogs!
Yes humans, we dogs have opinions too!!
Glad Pookie came up with a solution. Clever pup.
Adorable Halloween story! Spooky Pookie!