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!
For those of you having trouble commenting, I apologize for the fact that my site is apparently very temperamental! I can suggest the following: if you’re trying to post comments from a phone or tablet, try a computer – sometimes it works better than way. Chrome seems to work better with this site than some of the other browsers, although one dedicated individual, determined to be able to comment, has reported that she finally managed with Microsoft Edge. Thank you for trying – it’s so important for all of you to get to hear from each other!
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!!!”
ENTRY POSTED FOR STEPHANIE
BOO THE GHOST GETS BEATEN
by Stephanie Jackson
“Trick or treat” echoed in the streets.
“Boo!” growled Woo the cat, creeping closer.
“Who?” Boo swayed in the wind.
Woo batted the ghost.
Boo’s insides rattled.
Could she scare him away?
“Want to get beaten? Hang out with me!”
The cat glared.
His eyes flared. “You’re full of it,” said Woo.
He slithered down the tree.
“Maybe,” said Boo.
Creepers, insect heroes
and witches approached.
A blinded Dracula with dripping fangs
swung a long stick.
The wind whistled.
The stick swung.
Boo burst open.
Candy spilled everywhere.
It was bootiful!
“Drat!” said the cat. “I wanted that!”
A pinata Halloween?? Fun!
Nice alliteration! “Woo watched. The wind whistled.”
A candy-filled ghostly pinata. What fun!
Fun perspective from a ghostly piñata’s POV!
Love this! So much fun. Great ending line too. Nicely done, Stephanie.
Adorable and a lot of fun!
ENTRY POSTED FOR DAVID
By David Cobb
“My Halloween costume is the most eerie-sistible,” declared Vampire.
“I think that’s some very witch-ful thinking,” teased Wizard.
“He’s right,” nodded Jack O’Lantern, “I’m the one who looks gourd-geous!”
“You’re all hisss-terical!” said Snake, “This slithery outfit is mamba one.”
Zombie groaned. Anyone with half a brain would find him the scariest.
“Well, I think you all look fa-boo-lous!” interrupted Ghost.
“Agreed!” added Mummy, trying to wrap things up. “And it’s about time we went trick-or-treating.”
Werewolf smiled. “Yes, let’s go eat, drink and be hairy!”
“Finally!” cheered Skeleton, “I can’t spend a minute longer in this living room.”
So clever! I thought the first pun was great…and then there was more wonderful punnieness on every line. Solid, coherent plot, too. And an ending that makes perfect (and surprising) sense. This story hits all the right notes!
Love all the puns!
Fun puns, David!! Good luck.
Love the puns!!
All the puns are terrific – and then it’s a challenge to bring it all together with an ending that makes it all work. And you pull that off! A living room…ha! (I really liked the zombie and mummy lines, by the way.)
@Susannaleonardhill I made the deadline, but accidently posted my submission in the wrong place! Arghhh!!
Some EXCELLENT wordplay throughout! My personal favorite: “Anyone with half a brain would find him the scariest.” Of course!
Haha, great reveal at the end. Of COURSE, it’s mice in a corn MAZE! Clever! I LOVE your line: “Crinkled cornstalks quiver as chilly breezes sigh.” Gorgeous!
Poor Dusty! I remember having to wear many a musty costume! Good thing I wasn’t allergic! I like your use of refrain!
Ha ha ha! I am not sure who wins the prize for the punniest comment. Well done.
Simply PUNderful, David!
Hahaha! Love all the puns. And the ending is eerie-sistbly fab boolous! Good luck!
Cute, clever, and a lot of fun! Love the word play! Nice!
Really fun word play and outs throughout. Good luck!
by Jessica Milo
Send ‘em chills—
head to toe.
bare your fangs.
Crawl and creep.
Slow and steady.
Not a peep.
Go on now—
slink on by.
Give a scare!
A shrieking cry!
Ghosts and witches,
In their gowns.
You see that?
Down the street?
More are coming!
Let’s trick—a treat!
Sneak past, hurry!
Watch ‘em scurry!
Great story Jessica!
Thank you, Deborah!! 🙂
So much fun to read, Jessica! Love the spooky rhyme!
Thanks so much, Steena!! 🙂
Great action-packed Halloween imagery! Nice!
Spooky energy! A fun read, Jessica!
Thanks, Brigid!! 🙂
This is great. Love it. Fun to read aloud. Let’s trick—a treat!
Thanks so much, Corine!!
I had to go back and reread it – all those snakey things along the way! Fun!
I LOVE your opening line! “Slither hither, hiss hello!” SOLID! Draws me right in!
Sounds like these snakes had quite the memorable Halloween, as did all the treaters they encountered!
They definitely did!!! Haha!
Super! Love the word choices and quick pacing.
Thanks so much, Sarah!!
Cute rhyme and story. Good job!
by Jessica Milo
Samira dreamed of being young again…
…of flying on her broomstick once more, searching for scared children.
Centuries had passed since she had such a tasty treat.
She did remember one potion that could bring youth—
Taking a chance, she brewed the potion and took a sip, making her insides slither.
Was the Grim Reaper at her door with death on his breath?
Suddenly, Samira’s bones cracked and contorted until….
Her wrinkly skin was smooth as leather boots.
Her gray hair, now shiny black.
When she opened the door…
Her dreams had come true.
Wait – are the scared children her treat?? Yikes! It’s like a Disney villain come to beautiful life!
Yes haha! The children are her treats. Definitely Disney villain vibes!!
This is AMAZING! Creepy, but amazing! MASTERFUL story-telling! You built some great tension into the “Knock Knock Knock.” Love it!
Thank you so much!!
I really like your use of ‘slither’ in this one, Jessica! Creates great imagery.
Well that is great for Samira, very brave of her to try considering the possible consequences. But what happens to the trick-or-treaters?
Samira’s desire is so great, she’ll do anything!!
As for what happens to the trick-or-treaters, that’s up to your imagination!! Does she eat them? Do they run away and escape? It’s open-ended and up to your interpretation 🙂
I say they live!
Creepy fun! I’m picturing Mother Gothel from Rapunzel.
Oooh yes!! Definitely Mother Gothel vibes for sure!! I love that!
Wow! Creepy, scary . . . I like it! But I hope the kids get a clue before . . . Well done!
Great spooky Halloween story! Love the tension with the knock, knock, knock!
Sabrina Squirrel Does Not Scare Easily
By Liz Gill
Sabrina was once a most nervous young squirrel
At a whisper of danger her whiskers would curl
One night she decided to challenge her fear
When a delicious Halloween pumpkin was near
Candlelight glowed in the hollowed out form
Keeping the flesh of the pumpkin meat warm
A shape slithered past at the edge of the light
The thought of a snake gave Sabrina a fright!
She stayed strong and focused on getting her treat
And she soon had her cheeks full of sweet pumpkin meat
Feeling much braver than she used to be
Sabrina will no longer scare easily
Sabrina’s so cute! I love the image of her with cheeks full of pumpkin meat!
So cute! 🙂
I love the cuteness of this Halloween story!
Well done, Sabrina.
You showed great character development in very few words. Well done! A charming ode to perseverance and the beauty of Autumn!
Hooray for Sabrina the Squirrel!! Way to stay focused on your food.
Cute! I love squirrel stories.
Very cute! I can definitely see this expanded into a picture book with wonderful illustrations. Nicely done!
This is adorable! It’s wonderful to see Sabrina challenge her fear and stick with it to the end! Nice!
Snake’s Stealthy Solution
By Kira Barrett
Snake felt confident. After a few unsuccessful Halloweens, he had finally figured out how to go trick-or-treating.
First Attempt: Coil into the shape of a spring; grip bag in mouth.
Outcome: Bounced off a porch step. Got stuck in a jack-o’-lantern.
Second Attempt: Slither through town; pull wagon with tail.
Outcome: Wheel mishap. Smushed tail and cracked fang.
Now, under the Halloween moon, Snake wove and twisted the perfect solution.
Then, he waited patiently.
“Honey, ready to scare some neighbors?”
Five little fingers gripped Snake’s scales.
“If I can’t carry a bag,” he hissed, “I’ll be the bag.”
Yipes! Creepy. Great images.
I love the fantastic visuals of Snake’s “unsuccessful Halloweens!” They are very animated! Wile E-esque, even. Brava!
A perfect plan! Third time lucky.
Fun visuals in this piece. I like the account of the failed attempts, but the idea of the snake being a candy bag handle sounds a bit scary. However, it worked for the snake!
Haha! I’d love to see the end when the child discovers that their treat bag is a snake! Good job!
Adorable and fun Halloween story! I love the way snake refuses to give up and finds a way to go trick-or-treating!
What Did You See?
by Kathleen Mazurowski
Children ready to Trick or Treat.
It’s an autumn walk down
Ginger leaves crunch under feet.
Crisp apple bites
add something sweet.
Ruby maples stretch and bend
like licorice whips shared
with a friend.
Chocolate bark snaps off a tree
…Thunk… on the ground
but doesn’t scare me.
Brewing cider fills the air.
Sights and sounds on Slithering Street
It’s a change of seasons,
a tasty treat.
This is the feast of the senses, Kathy! Fun! Good luck!
Love Slithering Street!
This just fills me with the joy of Autumn! Delicious sights, smells, sounds. Simply BEAUTIFUL!
You make me want to take a walk down Slithering Street with your use of details. Brewing cider is one of my favorite scents!
Great way to bring us into the world of Slithering Street. Well done.
Beautiful autumn imagery! I love it!
Father Knows Best
by Janice Kay
“Stay away from Malum’s mansion,” Father warned, “especially tonight!”
Obedience wasn’t Rebell’s strength.
With loving foresight, Father filled an elaborate cage with mice.
Malum cackled behind the door.
“A walking snake; how convenient. He’ll be treated to MY trick tonight.”
Malum appeared offering a plate of warm cookies. He didn’t look scary.
Rebell’s costume felt tighter.
His horror grew as each limb disappeared.
Malum’s magnificent malevolence manifested.
Rebell’s last human thought – Father’s warning.
His forked tongued tasted the air as he slithered home.
With aching heart, Father’s premonition realized, he opened the cage door.
Rebell, Rebell, Rebell…sigh. I hope you like shedding periodically. And rodents for every meal. No more cookies.
Good job, Janice!
Father knows best! I think Rebell learned his lesson the hard way. Great story, Janice!
Scary with a message! Great.
Yikes! Guess he should have ve been a better listener! 🙂
I LOVE your line: “Rebell’s last human thought…” The tragic truth of consequences.
I love your title. And Rebell sounds a lot like my nearly-three year old grandson. I just hope he and Rebell don’t come to the same end. So sad!
Thank you so much for sharing that. This story is perhaps too dark for small children, OR perhaps not!!!
Yikes! Hope there is an antidote for Rebell. Scary!
Great spooky Halloween story! I love the title!
ENTRY POSTED FOR AMY
The Costume – Amy Duchene
Skelly’s bony frame slumped as he entered school, backpack slithering behind, scaring up dust. He hated Halloween, that morbid day when the flesh-covered kids dressed up to celebrate with candy.
But as a skeleton, where would he stash a treat? He didn’t have pockets let alone a stomach.
He watched them parade in… a footballer, a dragon… One girl’s costume was a skull painted on her face. She looked just like him.
“Can I borrow that hoodie?” he asked a classmate. He put it on.
“Perfect. I look just like a live kid. And it even has pockets!”
Lol. This made me giggle! Great job Amy!
Love the flesh-covered kids! Very clever.
Lol! Great twist! 🙂
“Flesh-covered kids” – hilarious!
“Flesh-covered kids” is FANTASTIC world-building! I like your use of “scaring up dust” in a Halloween story! Well done!
I am so glad Skelly figured a way to make it work!
Cute, clever, and I love the ending! Nice!
Cute! Great solution for Skelly.
ENTRY POSTED FOR LAURA
Trick or Treat
By: Laura Seely-Pollack
Word Count: 70
A ghost came to my door; I gave him a caramel.
A witch came to my door; I gave her some licorice.
A monster came to my door; I gave her a chocolate.
All evening there were scary, slithery, shadowy creatures knock, knock, knocking at my door.
Soon all the treats were gone.
It wasn’t until I crawled into my bed, late that night, that I realized… it wasn’t Halloween.
Oh no!! What will you do when they come back – hungry for candy? Enjoyed the whimsy of your story!
This made me laugh!
Didn’t expect that ending!!! Great! 🙂
Oooh, great ending!
HAHAHA! What a PHENOMENAL ending! Such a simple hilarious story!
10/10 for the twist, Laura. Love it!
Ha ha ha! And were you able to sleep? My goodness, what a realization.
This made me laugh! It sounds like something I would do! Cute story!
Hahaha! Good thing they had treat on hand!
ENTRY POSTED FOR DIANA
Many Happy Resquirms ( 96 words)
Spiraliza the spider was celebrating her 8th birthday with a special treat. She was having all her leggy hairs coloured luminous gluminous ghoulish gloupy green. So she sat in front of the mirror at the salon but she was so excited that she couldn’t wait to scare people and she scuttled off before all the shampoo was rinsed away. So her legs were all slithery. She slipped and she slithered and slithered and slipped all the way to her birthday cake. And all the guests were so scared they sang Happy Birthday to Glou by mistake.
Love her name!
My story was about a spider too! 🙂
I like the image of luminous spider legs slipping.
I LOVE the idea of a spider’s 8th birthday deserving a special treat! I like your inverted repetition of slipped/slithered, slithered/slipped!
You had me at ‘resquirms’ – so funny. Well done.
With a last name of Webb you have to write a story about spiders!! Well done.
This is great! I love the idea of a spider celebrating her birthday by getting her leggy hairs colored. Cute!
Love the image of a gluminous spider! Very cute!
ENTRY POSTED FOR MARY-CATHERINE
THEODORE TURKEY’S HALLOWEEN HUNT
By Mary Catherine Amadu (@mc_amadu)
Theodore was feeling foul.
It was Halloween.
He needed a disguise,
or soon Farmer would dress him.
Theodore tried a scary mummy costume.
“Sweet!” Cat purred.
That ruffled Theodore’s feathers.
His stint as skeleton was short-lived.
Sheepdog spotted him. “Treat?”
Skeleton was out. No bones about it.
His slithery snake outfit wasn’t better.
“I could eat you up,” Owl hooted.
“How do I avoid being dinner?”
“Cross the road!” suggested Hen.
Theodore chewed it over.
“No. That’s a chicken move.”
But when Farmer came,
and dressed him as Poultrygeist,
he’d crossed to the other side, regardless.
Didn’t expect that ending!!! Great! 🙂
What a fun ending! Well done.
Glad you liked it!
Fa-boo-lous word play! Excellent! 😂🧡🎃
I can tell I’m in good company in being a word play fan 😉 Thanks. Glad you enojoyed.
I definitely suspect fowl play here! Great puns, and a sad/funny (but inevitable, perhaps) ending for Theodore. Well done! I like how it manages to be a Thanksgiving and Halloween story all at once.
Thank you! It was fun to explore the holiday mashup. I’m glad you enjoyed.
Impeccable wordplay that will crack anyone up! And an answer to the age-old question “Why did the chicken cross the road?” Very CLEVER!
Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed.
Oh no! Poor Theodore. I really enjoyed your word play.
Adorable and a fun read! Love the word play and the ending!
Wickedly funny! Love the puns. Poor Theodore!
GHOST FINDS HIS GROOVE
By Cindy Greene
‘Twas the dance competition
at Halloween Fest,
Alone, poor Ghost moaned, “Rats,
I’ll never be best.
I can’t mash like a monster,
my moonwalk is bad.
I can’t slither or shuffle,
I’m scared I’ll be bad!”
But laughing and smiling,
folks danced to and fro,
Ghost thought “That looks fun,
I could give it a go.”
Ghost glimmered with glee,
as he sailed ‘cross the floor.
And when Witch won, Ghost cheered,
then said, “Let’s dance some more!
“We all move uniquely –
it’s totally neat.
For me dancing with friends
is a Halloween treat.”
I’m glad ghost found found his groove. Dancing with friends is a treat.
This is like a Halloween version of Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae! One of my favorites, well done! 🧡
Haha! I liked “Mash like a Monster,” but I LOVED “My moonwalk is Bad!” I’m glad Ghost learned to appreciate what dancing is all about!
Hooray for Ghost simply enjoying the dancing and the friends.
This is so sweet! I love the message and the way ghost finds his groove!
Thanks so much!
Very cute and I love the message at the end!
Weird Halloween Treats
By Una Belle Townsend
Halloween treats are weird and scary. Neighbors give me prunes, pickles, and turnips. Yuk!
This year I visited a new neighbor. “Come upstairs,” she said.
The stairs collapsed at the top and became a warm, chocolaty waterfall. I tasted it, but the lady let out a hideous scream. I tried to leave, but there were no stairs. I slithered down the waterfall. Dripping in chocolate, I landed on a white, spongy cushion surrounded by a brown cracker. I was now part of a giant s’mores bar! I ran home. Next year, I’ll just stay home and make my own s’mores.
Who knew s’mores could be nightmare fuel?!
How awful! If my neighbours passed out prunes, pickles and turnips for Halloween, I think I would have to move! I’m glad your narrator found a less drastic solution to their problem.
Thank goodness for the escape! And this MC needs to get some new neighbors.
Yikes! That is scary!!
The Jabberwocks of Halloween
by Jenny Bowman
Twas’ dark and dim on hallowe’en
among the maize-lined rows
where children cloaked as jabberwocks
were lost among the throes.
Beware the scarey-crow who guards the fields,
with eyes that glow and claws that catch.
Beware the caws that cry from crows
who peck at eyes and flesh.
For in the haunted maze
they’ll wander, lost for days
They trick the scarey-crow with treats
and jack-o-lantern jest
and dressed as jabberwocks run free
to slither through the night unseen
among the spookily dressed.
Ooh, this is spooky, creepy fun! Love the structure!
So spooky & fun! Great imagery & rhymes.
Very spooky! Loved it Jenny!
An EXCELLENT nod to Lewis Carroll! I LOVE your closing stanza!
I do hope all of the jabberwocks were able to trick the scarey-crow and make it out alive.
This is so fun. You definitely set a mood, and the pacing and overall sound of the piece was awesome. Also, I had to memorize “Jabbberwocky” to audition for a play in middle school, and this totally brought me back. Well done!
Love the spooky Halloween imagery! Nice!
Really fun, Jenny! Love “scarey-crow”; great use of language! And yes, love the jabberwock references! Wonderful! Best of luck!
Wonderful job! The original Jabberwocky would be proud.
Sooner and Sooner Every Year!
By Stephanie Henson 2022
Silver slithers and settles down my Halloween costume,
Shimmering and shining under the moonlight.
Emerald green with cascading triangles made out of felt.
Cut with care and creativity.
Ornaments delicately placed throughout, dangle with delight.
Popcorn garland strung along and circled all around,
Tinsel and a tinfoil star complete the untimely ensemble.
An unusual sight on this spooky night.
A sneak peek at where Santa puts the presents.
Comes sooner and sooner every year!
A Christmas Tree that Trick or Treats!
Is there anything scarier?
A December staple taunting us in October?
Ask my parents!
Too soon! 😂🧡
A wonderful statement on the true horrors that threaten us all! Very fun!
Well that would be something different to see out on the street. I don’t think it is such a bad idea.
It sure does come sooner and sooner every year. I think, at my age, biennial would suit me, but I wouldn’t want to spoil the younger ones’ fun.
Adorable! A Christmas tree that trick or treats! I love it!
Thank you so much!
I like how you describe creating the costume like trimming the tree. But . . . Christmas decorations come too soon! Nice job!
A Slimy Halloween: Halloweenie Competition
By Erin Buhr
Word Count: 100
In the crisp twilight,
a rumbling tummy wakes Spencer the snail.
Coast is clear.
Mucus secrets as he sliiiiiiithers
and sliiiiiides forward.
THUMP THUMP THUMP the ground vibrates.
A bunny, princess, and ninja run past. Trick or treat!
Trick? He is scared
but sliiiiiiides forward.
THUMP THUMP THUMP.
A bat, skeleton, and zebra trot past.
Trick or Treat!
Treat? Spencer brightens.
What is this odd parade?
His slimy trail climbs up, up, up.
It’s hard, orange,
Reaching the top he stumbles,
then down down down he tumbles.
Ah! A treat.
There’s a new point of view! Clever!
A BEAUTIFUL final paragraph! Particularly the repetition of down echoing the thumps and ups from earlier. Well done!
I am happy Spencer the snail was rewarded with a treat, even though he seemed to simply slither into Halloween.
What did Spencer find? At first I was picturing a big candy corn, but then I thought a pumpkin. I can imagine this story as a picture book, and the last page would illustrate the answer. 🙂
Cute, clever, and a fun read! I love the ending!
Very cute! Glad that Spencer got his treat! Sweet!
by Anne Weaver
grab your gear,
Candy Night is almost here.
Sun is set,
route is mapped,
we won’t leave one house untapped.
Trick or treat,
check the haul.
Chocolate! Gummies! Eat them all.
taffy slithers down my throat.
We need more!
I know somewhere we can score.
down the road,
now we’ve hit the motherlode.
“Just take one?”
I think not.
Ditch the sign and grab the lot!
Lights come on,
time to run!
If my mom finds out, I’m DONE.
Just a scare,
so we think?…
Doorbell footage has us linked.
Ha! Technology strikes again! Candy Night ~ a delight!
Love the rhythm and rhyme!
Lol! Great story telling! 😂🧡
Haha, busted!!! Great story!
Hahaha! I love this modern tale of the downfall of those who overindulge on Halloween!
Well darn, the spaces between stanzas didn’t translate when I pasted my entry. Hopefully it’s still legible enough! 🙂
Good job with your rhyming story, although I do hope these trick-or-treaters learn a lesson! Happy to know there was a video of their escapades.
Doorbell footage! I’m dead. xxx LOL
Adorable and hilarious! I love it!
So much fun with the rhyme, rhythm, and tasty treats. That sneaky footage in the end. Good luck!
Haha! Great ending! Fun, bouncy rhyme. Nice job!
Growing Candy Apples
By Hannah Roy LaGrone
Luna, an apprentice witch,
practiced in her yard—
charming sprouts to grow from seeds
and waiting (that was hard!)…
to conjure up enchanting trees!
The wait seemed without end;
weeks, months, YEARS passed by before
the heavy boughs would bend…
bearing juicy apple treats
she would have gladly shared.
But should it really take this long?
She’d started to get scared…
that maybe fruit would NEVER come,
But finally, they grew!
On a moonlit Halloween,
she stirred a candy brew…
whose costumes slithered past.
The sweet fruits of her labor (yum!)
had all paid off, at last.
(Also posting to my blog at TheWorldAsOurClassroom.wordpress.com)
A candy apple tree? Now that would be a treat!
I LOVE your title! What a magical tale of Mother Nature’s bounty and Luna’s giving heart!
Aww thanks so much!! I wasn’t sure i was going to get this one together in time. So I’m really glad I did and that you enjoyed it!
Well done Hannah! Great job with your rhythm and rhyme. And what lucky trick-or-treaters.
Thank you Colleen! I really appreciate that! 🍎
Beautiful, magical, and sweet! Love the title!
Aww thank you! ✨
Clever concept, growing candy apples. Good luck!
Thank you Ashley!
Sweet story! Love the idea of growing a candy apple tree.
Thank you Nancy!!
Sister’s First Halloween Night
by Linda Hofke
A (Spooky) Halloween Night
Moonlight shadows slither across the sidewalk. Creepy things are all around— spiderwebs, scarecrows, skeletons, Jack-o-lanterns flickering gruesome grins.
It’s a spooky Halloween night.
Sis grabs my hand and holds on tight.
We pass witches, white sheet ghosts and even Frankenstein. Sis starts to whine a little.
I tell her “It’s just Halloween night.
They’re not real. It will be alright.”
First house. Ring the bell. Grandma opens the door. “Well, well. What have we here? A cow and a bee!” She gives me and sis treats.
It’s a spooky Halloween night.
But sister’s smile now shines bright.
This is sweet and not just in a trick or treat sweet way! 🧡
Thank you, Ingrid.
Oops. I changed the title and didn’t realize it posted both.
It should be A (Spooky) Halloween Night.
This reminds me of those early days trick-or-treating where we would only go to relatives! So sweet! I love your description of “jack-o-lanterns flickering gruesome grins!”
What a good big sibling. I love the images you have created in this story. Such heart.
Aw, this is like my granddaughters! The 2yo this year was overwhelmed, but the 4yo was beside her, trying to help her be brave and get candy.
I love this! Sweet and adorable! Nice!
This is always the best, going to grandparents’ house on Halloween. Good luck!
Nice, but what awaits at Grandpa’s house. Bwahaha!
Calling All Campers to the Camp Spooky Halloween Campfire
By: Jamie Rodarte
Word Count: 99
Camp Spooky doesn’t scare me.
Not one ghoulie ghost story bit.
The camp counselor costumes aren’t even creepy.
Whatever, I’m just here for the s’mores and treats.
Some kids say real ghosts visit the campfire.
I say pass four chocolate rectangles my way.
Blow, blow, blow!
I love when my marshmallow slithers off the skewer.
Let the gooey times rock n’ roll, Camp Spooky!
Really, a flashlight under the chin, people?
A haunted cabin!
My skin has bumps.
Do you hear that?
My spine has shivers.
Can we sleep with the cabin lights on?
This is far too scary.
Simply charming! 🎃
TY, Ingrid! Best of luck with your entry!
You’re so kind. Though I wasn’t able to enter this year, I didn’t want to miss out on reading! Such talent!
Love the transition from too cool for school to totally spooked! Also, s’mores! Bravo!
Humbled real quick…LOL! What campfire is complete without s’mores, am I right?!
I enjoyed the nostalgic atmosphere you created at Camp Spooky! Excellent work!
I’m “thrilled” you can smell the campfire smoke from your screen! Thank you for the kind comments!
Ha ha ha. It is all fun and games until it gets dark.
HA, right! I’m not built for the Camp Spooky campfire ghost stories either, only the s’mores!
Now that was a sudden change of heart. 😂 I think I’d go for the s’mores too.
Halloween camping … something different, fun, and a bit scary!
I love the camp atmosphere and the spooky cabin! S’mores and treats! Who could ask for more? Nice!
I like the change in the character throughout the story and your use of slither. A spooky camp is clever! Good luck!
Love the emotional progression! Fun!
Fun! I love the character arc and delightful creepiness.
A PUMPKIN NAMED RATTLESNAKE PETE
Beware! Here comes Rattlesnake Pete.
This pumpkin will trick but not treat.
Rolling hither and thither,
He’ll hiss “BOO!” then slither
to scare all the kids on the street.
A pumpkin that yells BOO would be quite a surprise scare!
Very efficient use of word count! Tight rhyme! Love it.
A bouncing, spooky limerick with an unforgettable main character! Rattlesnake Pete, what a great name!
Fun limerick-type entry.
Great spooky Halloween limerick! Nice!
Haha! Short and scary!
One tiny pumpkin sat on the vine.
“Grow, Pumpkin, grow,” chanted Witch.
When scary bugs slithered close, Ghost shouted “Boo!”
“Grow, Pumpkin, grow,” chanted Ghost.
Mummy watered during four months of sunshine.
“Grow, Pumpkin, grow,” chanted Mummy.
Cool weather came; Pumpkin stopped growing.
“Pumpkin’s perfect!” said Witch, Ghost, and Mummy.
“Let’s bring him to the contest at the Trick-or-Treat Fair!”
Carved pumpkins… Warty pumpkins… Tasty pumpkins…
But no pumpkin beat Pumpkin.
Witch, Ghost, and Mummy beamed with pumpkin pride
Their precious Pumpkin won grand prize —
WORLD’S HEAVIEST PUMPKIN
FUN FACT: The Guinness World Record for heaviest pumpkin is 2,702 pounds.
It takes a spooky crew working together to grow the perfect pumpkin! Fun!
Teamwork makes the dream work! And that’s a fun Halloween fact. 🎃
I LOVE this simple tale of teamwork! What a delightful cast of Halloween gardeners! And that closing fact really IS fun! It would excite any child! I could easily see this being illustrated and published!
Well congratulations to Witch, Ghost and Mummy for their teamwork in growing a mammoth pumpkin.
I loved this! When I was young our neighbors grew pumpkins along our fence. I thought it was magical and have thought so ever since! Wonderful story! Glad you included the fun fact!
So fun seeing these characters come together to grow a pumpkin. What a nice surprise at the end and the nonfiction fact. Good luck!
Nice! Just the right growing conditions with that spooky team.
What a fun cast of spooky farmers!
By Katie Walsh
To the tune of ‘The Addams Family’
Gardenia was a sweet ghost
Much cheerier than most
She really didn’t belong
She sang a different song.
Tweedle Dee Dee
Tweedle Dee Doo
Tweedle Dee Dee
Tweedle Dee Doo
Tweedle Dee BOO!
She heard about a contest
Much scarier than the rest
She practiced, and she fine-tuned
Under the harvest moon.
Tweedle Dee Dee
Tweedle Dee Doo
Tweedle Dee Dee
Tweedle Dee Doo
Tweedle Dee BOO!
Her song made guests all quiver
The judge began to slither.
A treat so sweet its frightful
She wins for most delightful!
Tweedle Dee Dee
Tweedle Dee BOO!
She sounds like a delightful ghost, and tuneful too! 🧡
I love her name – it really supports the idea that she’s sweet. And a Halloween poem to the song from the Addams Family is perfect!
Gardenia is a PERFECT name for a sweet, friendly ghost! (I enjoy it MUCH better than, say, Casper) And what a fun idea to set a tune to the Addams Family for a Halloween contest! Children would LOVE to wait and say the “Tweedle Dee BOO!”
Good for Gardenia, singing her own song and winning the judge’s praise.
So happy she sang her own song! Fun to sing along!
Your Boo song is so fun to sing. Most delightful a sweet ghost. Good luck!
Cute. Love her name. Nice!
ENTRY POSTED FOR AMANDA
I AM ALWAYS A CAT
By: Amanda Littlefield
I want to be a cat this year.
I am always a cat.
Dad says, “How about a snake?”
If I were a snake, I could slither down the street but…
I am always a cat.
Mom says, “What about a cupcake?”
Cupcakes are my favorite treat, but…
I am always a cat.
“You could be a pirate,” says Grandma.
My pirate hat looks great, but…
I am always a cat.
“You should be a ghost,” says Grandpa.
I could say, “boo!” and scare my brother! But…
I want to be a cat this year.
I am always a cat.
Purrfect! Everybody want to be a cat! (Aristocat movie). Good luck!
I know kids like this, so cute!
Unique and fun!
I like the the main character’s consideration of each costume! I could easily see each one being an illustrated thought.
This sounds like a MC who is set in their ways! Hooray for cats!
I love cats! Fun and adorable!
You captured the voice of a child. My youngest was Spider-Man again this year. I love your character’s determination to be what they want to be. Good luck!
They could be a snake, cupcake, pirate cat! Hahaha! Nice job!
ENTRY POSTED FOR KATHY
By: Kathy Hill Crable
“I won’t be scared!”
Said the snake who came to the door,
“of ghosts, goblins or children galore.”
“That bunch of green grapes, the princess in pink,
worries me as much
as that skunk who doesn’t stink.”
“I’ll hiss! Slither!
Hide my fear!
That’s sure to send that astronaut off into the stratosphere.”
Snake gathered his courage,
arched up his back,
and opened the door – just a crack.
Monsters, firefighters, even an aluminum foil knight,
Smiled and yelled,
“Trick or Treat! It’s Halloween night!”
Such a fun point of view. Well done!
I love the Snake comparing the scariness of these costumes to a “skunk who doesn’t stink!” Hilarious!
Was he scared? I do like the idea of the snake being scared when so often it is the humans who are afraid of the snakes.
I’m sure scaredy snake will become brave and have a frightfully wonderful night. Well done!
Love the point of view! Adorable and fun!
The story as some fun visual. Aluminum foil knight is great! Nice different perspective from the snake. Good luck!
Not so scaredy after all. Nicely done!
ENTRY POSTED FOR CYNTHIA
CLASSROOM COSTUME CONUNDRUM 100 Words
by Cynthia Reeg
Wendy couldn’t wait for the date.
The very best-iest day of the year–
Tons of sweets to eat!
Trick-or-treating down every street.
the Crockerton Elementary Costume Contest.
Wendy wanted to win
choose an outfit.
Should she be high-flying Super Girl?
Or a snow-white unicorn?
Or a glittery, slithery giant python?
She made an adorable witch.
And a high-scoring soccer player.
But those seemed too bland.
She needed haunting pizazz—
What-oh-what should she be?
Wendy wowed as…
her favorite teacher!
Love the twist on this! 🧡
I loved the phrase “She needed haunting pizazz–monster-size brains, spirited bravery…” Great expression followed by great Halloween wordplay! And a PERFECT costume for any student! Loved it!
I bet Ms. Marzoni was quite flattered. Great costume choice.
What teacher wouldn’t choose a child dressed up as her? Super fan!
Sweet and adorable! I love the ending!
What a great alliterative title and the sweet twist in the end. Good luck!
Very cute. Love her costume!
What a surprise for the teacher . . . and what a great surprise ending:-)
ENTRY POSTED FOR LES
A Beckoning Spell
By Les Degnan
It’s All Hallow’s Eve!
Where is my broom?
I’ll scare little children.
I’ll zip and I’ll zoom.
By the full moon,
I’ll grab children’s treats,
And turn all their candy,
To smelly, old beets!
I’m tricky and ugly.
Unfriendly and green.
It must be here somewhere!
Now I’m feeling mean!
What are those words,
I must evoke?
Come to me broom!
This spell is no joke.
Shake and shimmer,
Slither and creak,
Bring back to me,
That which I seek!
There you are broom!
And just in time.
The witching begins,
At midnight’s chime.
Witchy fun! Especially enjoyed that candy would be turned into beets!
Uh oh! Better watch out for this witch!
I love her expression “by the full moon!” And few things can be more evil than turning candy to beets…. A fun main character!
Fun rhythm and rhyme from a mischievous witch’s perspective.
Cute and fun to read! Loved her threat of turning candy into beets!
Who doesn’t love a Halloween story about a witch and her trusty broom. What a great visual about the treats turning into beets. Good luck!
Nice! Love the rhyme.
ENTRY POSTED FOR TARSIA
By Tarsia Rhyne
“Time for bed,” Mom says on un-Halloween Eve nights!
Already? I’m not tired! I fuss and I fight.
Tonight is different. I slither into bed,
With visions of candy corn, dancing in my head.
Ghosts will be crawling and goblins creeping.
Witches and monsters will all be trick or treating!
And me? I’ll be… Guess if you dare!
With Blood and fangs, you’re in for a real scare!
Spooky! Scary! Fun! I can’t wait!
“Get up honey, time for school. Don’t be late!”
What? It’s morning? Did I even dream?
It’s the day I’ve been waiting for! Happy Halloween!
What a delightful twist! Good luck, Tarsia!
Ah yes! The age old anticipation, nicely done!
I LOVE your line “with visions of candy corn, dancing in my head!” Such a FUN Halloween take on the Christmas classic! Great job!
Happy hunting little one!
This is adorable! I love all of the great Halloween imagery!
This was fun to read. All those creepy characters and of course it’s a pesky dream. Good luck!
Nice! You captured a child’s excitement for Halloween and the fact that they really can’t keep track time.
ENTRY POSTED FOR LUCRETIA
Which Witch Will Win?
by Lucretia Schafroth
Drusilla worried. The witch HAD to win this Halloween’s “Frightful Food-fest” contest.
First prize: all-you-can-eat chocolate treats!
Suddenly, her scheming cousin swooped down.
“Whatcha makin’ for `Food-fest, Dru?” Elektra demanded.
“Thinking you’ll lose to me—again?!” Elektra cackled.
Drusilla cringed at Elektra’s “prediction.”
“Gotta conjure scary recipes. Later, Ele-gator!”
Spicy spider spaghetti? Bat bone bouillabaisse?
To guarantee a win, her entry needed a special, sabotage-proof ingredient.
First, the judges tried Elektra’s Slithering Snake Stew.
“Hmmm,” they murmured.
When the judges tasted Drusilla’s caldron, they gasped, “Dreadfully … delicious!”
“The winner is —”
Her “Excellent Elixir” worked!
“Bat bone bouillabaisse” 🤣
Love the battle ing cousins- especially their names and recipes!
I really like Elektra’s pushy, talkative nature! Great characterization!
Hooray for Drusilla and her Excellent Elixir!
Cute and fun to read! I love the spicy spider spaghetti and Bat bone bouillabaisse!
Such a great alliterative title. I’m glad she won in the end. Good luck!
Glad she found the winning ingredient. Nice job!
CJ Penko/ cjpenko.com / 100 words
THE SPIDER WEB HOUSE
From her web on the roof, Spider watched the family lug out the Halloween decorations.
The boy wanted to win “SCARIEST HOUSE.”
But apparently, the lights went on the roof…
So, Spider slithered to the door.
But the wreath hung on the door.
Maybe the porch??
Come on! The bushes?!?
Decorating was done, and Spider was webless. Then… the storm came.
All night it blew.
The boy watched his decorations fall.
Spider grinned. Then started working.
All night she wove.
The townspeople were terrified to find the house encased in spider webs.
It’s place indeed! I’d love to see the final illustration !
thank you for reading!
An excellent job showing Spider get bumped from web to web as the family decorated! A satisfying solution! Such a kind spider!
thanks so much!
I would be terrified to wake up in a house encased in spider webs! Creatively creepy story. 🙂
LOVE that you found it creepy – i was really trying for that. Thanks for reading! 🙂
Way to help the boy out spider! I would love to see the illustrations for this.
honestly… me too, lol. Thanks for reading!
That’s a great ending. I was picturing the spider hanging the decorations again, but instead she wrapped the whole house – even more fun!
Thanks so much! I’m so glad it was a surprise 🙂
I love the way spider never gives up! A perfect Halloween story with a great ending!
So glad you liked it – thanks for reading!
Love it! Great pacing and a spooky satisfying ending.
Thanks so much, Sarah! Really appreciate it. 🙂
The humor is done so well from longer sentences to short phrases. You took two characters, their stories and brought them together to get what they wanted. You know I was always about that last line. Such a great Halloween story, CJ. Good luck!
Love that the spider came ro the rescue! Nicely done.
ENTRY POSTED FOR JILL
The Monster of Barlow’s Bakery
by Jill Burns 97 words
Mom stopped at Barlow’s Bakery.
“I don’t want to trick or treat here.”
“Why not?” she asked.
“I’m scared. Mr. Barlow turns into a monster on Halloween night.”
“Everyone. His one eyeball glows and slugs slither out of his scarred face.
“Do you know he’s a hero?”
“Long ago he rescued a family from a flaming car. He lost one eye and scorched his flesh.”
We stepped inside.
Mr. Barlow greeted us. “Happy Halloween!”
With misty eyes, I gave him a hug.
“Cider and doughnuts?” he asked.
“My favorite,” I said.
Mom smiled and winked.
Awww, you tugged on my heart with this one! 🧡
Thank you so much, Ingrid!
That title is FANTASTIC – alludes to the terrible stories being told! This is a GREAT story to teach kids about others who may seem different!
Thank you for your kind words, Royal!
Nice story with mom setting the record straight. I am glad Mr. Barlow is being appreciated.
Thank you so much, Colleen!
Love the change in the main character here.
Love the change of heart! and great details (scorched, slugs slither, etc.)
Oh, wow. What a sweet story about not judging and learning about others. This one truly pulls at the heart. Great job. Good luck!
So sweet to learn the real story. Well done!
What an important take away. Love the change of heart in the main character. Such a great title, too.
Such a great Halloween message emphasizing the importance of looking behind masks and beyond the surface for what’s really important
ENTRY POSTED FOR KATIE
A CANDY BREAK FOR MONGOOSE AND SNAKE
by Katie Schwartz
Python slithered from his den
Trick-or-treating time again!
“A juicy mongoose is a treat.
I’m huntin’ one that’s chubby, sweet!
“There’s a goose! Oh, that’s not right!”
Goose spotted snake, flew out of sight.
Mongoose woke…All Hallow’s Night.
A little squirmy worm – no way!
Mongoose ate him anyway.
Python slithered toward a rat
Blehhh! Too hairy – that was that.
A den of snakes…just one unlucky…
Mongoose bit…and spit. “Eeey-yucky!”
Look! Parade – in town, with treats!
Nothing scary…yummy sweets…
“Hello Mongoose.” “Hi Big Snakey!”
Neither was the least bit shaky!
Catching candy…sharing too.
“Seeya!” “Next year!” “Toodle-ooo!”
That’s a fun, tense lead up to a happy holiday ending!
Thank you! Had to write 2 this year, as writing something for Halloweensie is a treat bag of fun!
I’m glad you did as I wasn’t able to enter this year! Good for you!
What an unexpected Halloween friendship story! Your rhyming couplets are spot on and build the tension that snake will be the treat…then a twist and we see that Mongoose and Snakey are best buds…at least for that night. Great job, Katie!
So fun, Katie! I love your word choices on this one, especially on the last line. Well done!
“There’s a goose! Oh, that’s not right! Goose spotted snake, flew out of sight.” This is a FANTASTIC line! Kids would love the confusion. I could easily see this illustrated.
Love the dual perspectives here, and I am glad both survived, as well as enjoyed the night. I like the “chubby, sweet” line.
This is adorable! A fun Halloween friendship story! Nice!
This is so much fun! Love the unusual characters, snappy pacing, and sweet ending.
Love the Truce for the night and how these two characters came together in the end. Good luck!
Adorable! This needs to become a picture book with all the fun illustrations.
KID COBRA’S HALLOWEEN
Denise Seidman WC=100
On Halloween, Kid Cobra wanted to go trick-or-treating. He slithered into a clown costume.
The red clown nose ….
Snakes have no noses.
The crown of the king’s costume was too big and it …
Kid Cobra shimmied into a monster costume and was spooktacular!
A Zombie answered.
“S-s-s-sick or s-s-s-sweet!” Kid Cobra hissed by the door.
The Zombie’s eye twitched and…
Scared, Kid Cobra raised his hood and let out a groaning moan, “Argh!” ‘
“Thought you wanted something sick!” The Zombie grunted. “Here’s some treats!”
Kid Cobra darted away with the goodies.
No one messes with Kid Cobra! Thanks for reading, Ingrid!
Haha, “Sick or Sweet!” Such a fun take on Trick or Treat!
Kid Cobra – great name! And fun story.
I love the sick or sweet! Cute and fun to read!
Creepy fun! I love “s-s-s-sick or s-s-s-sweet!”
How funny! That is definitely a sick move. Clever! Good luck!
Hahaha! Love the Zombie’s response!
Costume Not Required
By JC Kelly
“Mama, can I wear a costume this year?”
“Can I be a bird? That would be easy,
I already have wings?”
“How about a black cat who slithers through the night?
I already have pointy ears.”
“What about a scary vampire?
I already have a pair of fangs.”
I was getting desperate…
“How about Batman?”
Mama actually snorted.
“Why would you want to be anyone else?” asked Mama.
“Halloween is the night when we get treated like celebrities.
Everyone screams and shrieks when they spot us bats gliding in the night sky!”
I love a good riddle story!
I enjoyed reading this. Fun! Love the interaction between mama and child. Mama actually snorting made me laugh.
I LOVE the idea of a bat dressing up like Batman! I also LOVE that the little bat only suggested it as a last resort! Cute!
I like that little bat still wants to dress up as something else but Mama reminds him, he is very cool as is on Halloween.
Silly little bat! Mama knows what is best. But I like his imagination (and yours).
Cute, clever, and a lot of fun! Nice!
Cute! This is perfect for little ones.
The suspense of finding out what that they are bats. A fun idea to be themselves for Halloween. Good luck!
Very fun, especially Batman? Hahaha
By Karen Pickrell
Lucinda Blackletter wanted treats for Halloween.
She put on her pointy black hat and started baking.
and popped out the wobbly treats.
She sampled the confections. One morsel slid down her throat. Gulp.
Then Lucinda packaged up the treats and left a note for her neighbor:
You’ve been Boo’d!
She rang the doorbell and hid.
Arial and Helvetica came to the door, gobbled up the goodies, and left something for Lucinda Blackletter, too.
After all, they knew it was her by her handwriting.
Thank you, Samantha!
I love the the scary witches are just like everyone else underneath their warts and pointy hats.
Haha. So true. Thanks for commenting, Ingrid.
Lucinda Blackletter is a PERFECT name for a witch! A sweet story of selfless giving!
Thank you, Royal! It was fun naming my characters based on different fonts.
Your use of font names for the witches’ names made me giggle!
I’m so glad you liked it, Brenda.
Love Lucinda’s name, but perhaps she should type the notes next time. Good job playing on a current Halloween trend.
Good idea, Colleen! Thank you!
Cute and clever!
Thank you, Jill!
What charming neighbours. 🙂
Thank you, Norah!
This made me smile! My favorite font is Georgia. 🙂 I wonder if she lives in the same neighborhood. Love the concept of booing neighbors too. This is a sweet, satisfying Halloween story. Nicely done.
Haha. I love the idea of Georgia living in the same neighborhood. Thank you, Sarah!
What a sweet surprise they recognized the handwriting. Good luck!
Thank you, Ashley! I’m glad you liked the ending.
Great names! Great ending! Nicely done.
Thank you, Nancy! I’m glad you liked it.
Hahaha – Love the font names and your last line:-)
Thank you, Patricia!
Candi Corn- 100 words
By Liz Kehrli
They paused at the spooky house, in their matching candy corn costumes.
“I’m sure those scary stories aren’t true, Tina,” said Candi, holding out her hand. “Want some?”
“No,” answered Tina. “And you should stop eating those candy corns! You’ll turn into one!”
“I wish!” Candi said, laughing.
They knocked on the massive door.
A witch appeared.
“Trick or treat!”
“How ‘bout a trick?”
“Sh-sure,” mumbled Candi.
Suddenly, Candi slithered inside her costume, which throbbed, then tightened around her.
She gasped for air as the material melted into her skin.
“Be careful what you wish for,” the witch snickered.
What a fun story! A good lesson for all of us because sometimes wishes come true and they’re not what we expect. No poor Candi is really candy!
Yikes! This would have terrified younger me- well done! 🎃
Creepy…I love the use of the word “snickered” too!
The opening sentence is SO visual! I love it!
Oh child. Never tell a witch you want a trick!
A great spooky Halloween Story! Love the message!
Creepy fun! Perfect title too.
How spooky! My 4yo would enjoy this. Clever title! Good luck!
Oh no, poor Candi! I hope there is a reversal spell somewhere!
Glass Lizard Halloween
by Maria Marshall
Leg-o-less slithered to the clearing.
This year, he HAD to be a Witches’ companion.
But Victor chose Viper.
Bertha donned Boa.
Kyle teamed with Blue Krait.
“Eww,” Lucinda screeched, “NO legless lizards.”
One by one, snakes wrapped brooms, hats, shoulders, and wands;
excited to scare the ghouls and goblins and sneak Frankie’s’ treats.
Leaving Leg-o-less curled up alone.
Lance rode up on a cordless broom.
“I can’t fly, yet. But I’m scary,” he cackled.
“I’m not a snake,’ said Leg-o-less, “but I can slither & be scary.”
They zoomed up the path together snagging treats and scattering shrieks.
Cordless broom cracked me up! 😂
I’m glad Lance and Leg-o-less found friendship on Halloween. A sweet ending.
Leg-o-less! Haha, what a funny idea of how to use that name! I like the POV of your story!
This one gave me the shivers, with all the creepy crawly. Good job! Great for Halloween.
And I hope they bested all the other duos!
Lego-less is a perfect name! The cordless broom is hilarious! I love the happy ending! Cute!
How sweet they found their match in the end. This is fun to say: snagging treats and scattering shrieks. Good luck!
Cute! That ending line is clever and satisfying.
A dynamic duo! Love the name Leg-o-less! Nice job!
Scaredy Cat and the Haunted Hunt
By Samantha Cora Christian Haas
While trick-or-treaters knocked on doors and filled their bags with sweets, Alley waited for her turn to eat.
But Alley preferred something savory. And fresh.
She hid under a quilt of leaves until the neighborhood was quiet and the glow of jack-o’-lanterns faded. That’s when little critters would come out to nibble on warm pumpkin flesh.
Hunting on Halloween night was easy — as long as Alley was sneaky.
When Alley reached inside the carved mouth, she snatched a furry mouse. But as she pulled out the tasty morsel, a snake slithered over her paw and gave the cat a scare!
Eek! Fun and creepy at the same time!
Alley is a PERFECT name for a cat! “Something savoury. And fresh.” So funny!
So many scary situations in the quiet of a Halloween night. I do hope Alley was still able to enjoy a savory treat.
I’m hoping to expand on this version of the story to find out that answer. 🙂 Thanks for reading!
Great title! I love the atmosphere you created! Nice!
What a shocking surprise in the end. Poor cat. Good luck!
Poor Alley getting tricked by the snake. Cute story.
Alley is the purrfect name for a cat. Love the description “under a quilt of leaves”.
Graduation Night – 70 words
by Naz Alibhai
Between the tombs at midnight, junior ghosties silently slither past as they head to Scare School one last time. It’s graduation night. They prepare for their final fright with giddy ghoulish delight. It is time. They shimmy, shiver, and shake…then blast their best BOOOOOOOS onto unsuspecting trick-or-treaters. But was it enough to earn their Big Boo Badge? Scaredy screams and scattered candy quickly follow. It’s a win! Happy graduation ghosties!
Yay for the ghosties! I love the alliteration in Big Boo Badge!
I love your opening phrase “between the tombs at midnight!” I like the idea of ghosts having to graduate “Scare School!” Such a fun concept!
What a perfect time for ghostie graduation! And congratulations to all.
I love the idea of a Scare School complete with a Big Boo Badge! Adorable!
The visuals for this would be fun. A different take on graduation. Good luck!
Thanks Ashley! I can picture it too…
Cute! Love the line “Scaredy screams and scattered candy quickly follow.”
Fun story. Nice twist that it’s graduation night for the ghosting. Nicely done.
By Sarah Hawklyn
From the porch, Lindy watched costumed monsters slither by.
“Where is Papa? He promised we’d trick-or-treat.”
“Still at the Counsel Meeting,” Barnaby meowed.
Lindy snapped her fingers to light her Jack-o-lantern, only smoke and sparkles.
“Drats!” Nothing was going right. She stamped her foot…right on Barnaby’s tail.
Barnaby jumped into the path of a witchling walking by.
“You scared me!” she exclaimed.
“Sorry. I’m Lindy.”
“Would you like to go Trick-or-treating?”
“I’ll get my broom.”
As they walked away Lindy snapped her fingers.
“Bring me a treat,” Barnaby called, bathed in the light of Lindy’s glowing Jack-o-lantern.
I can picture the smoke and sparkles! How fun!
I love how Lindy attempts to light her Jack-o-lantern by snapping her fingers! Such a fun magical world!
I am glad Lindy was able to find someone with whom they could go trick-or-treating. But don’t forget about Barnaby’s treat!
Full of fun, friendship, and magic! A great combination!
That’s a lovely way to make friends.
I’m glad she found a friend to go trick-or-treating in the end. Very kid-friendly. Good luck!
Sweet. Nice ending image.
Cute! I’m glad she found a friend to go trick or treating with. And Barnaby is such a great name for her cat.
Sam Wasn’t Afraid – 100 wds
by T. May LeGrys
Sam wasn’t afraid.
Slithering zombies, howling ghosts!
They didn’t scare Sam.
On Halloween morning, Sam woke with a fright.
A thundering boom, flashes of white.
Spooky the cat, sprang from the bed
Sam became startled, he screamed, and he fled.
The storm dimmed the lights, Sam tripped in the dark,
His stumble scared Fido, who started to bark.
The bark scared Sam’s mom. She let out a shout
Mom’s shout surprised Sam. He went running out.
A massive black bear blocking the door!
Sam slid to a stop but slipped, hit the floor.
“A Trick or Treat for dad, Sam?”
Oh, Sam. He may not be afraid, but he seems to be easily frightened! I like the domino-effect scares!
Poor Sam!! But fun romp.
Poor Sam! A fun action-packed story! Cute!
What a night of events after the other. Poor Sam! Good luck!
Fun! Great ending line.
Fun story and the series of calamities!
Junior ghosties- that’s a spooktacular concept!
Black Cats Get a Bad Rap – 99 words
by Colleen Dougherty
Black cats get a bad rap.
Are we witches in disguise?
If you were to cross our path, would we curse you with bad luck?
Does our blacker-than-inky black fur scare you?
We are like other felines.
Enjoying a cuddle against a shoulder.
Scratches behind the ear.
A satisfied soul singing a soft “purr.”
Still, on Halloween night, when clouds shroud the moon and a black cat slithers alongside you…you might want to run.
Unless you have a tuna treat for us.
We may or may not accept it.
We are cats, after all.
A unique entry. I’m glad someone’s rooting for black cats. I like the voice. It’s confident and collected (cat-like). Great ending.
Haha! I missed the deadline being in Arizona but I didn’t realize it until after I posted so I thought I’d just leave it:) Thanks for your comments, Corine!
I love black cats! I’m on your side, black cats are delightful! 🙂 Thanks for sharing your kitty-tastic entry!
Cute! And very on brand for a cat. 😉
I love the condescending tone that suits cats everywhere! I particularly liked: “Silly child!”
Ha ha ha. Although I do love cats of all kinds, I am a bit wary about a black cat walking in front of me.
Black cats are the best! You wrote the perfect ending! Nice!
Ha! Love the last line! Great voice. Good luck!
Very cool story, with the hint of mystery at the end.
ENTRY POSTED FOR ANNETTE
Dad’s First Trick or Treat
We’re going on a trick or treat spree.
“Don’t be scared, Dad. You’re safe with me.”
Wait! What’s that lurking in the dark?
Are there goblins in the park?
“No, I’m not scared, Dad. Just alert.”
Is this a claw mark on my shirt?
What’s that slithering up the tree?
“Dad, you should stay close to me.”
Did a shadow just cross the moon?
Was it a witch riding a broom?
It might have been a ghost instead!
“Let’s run and hide under the bed!”
What? No ghost? No witch? Nothing slithery?
“Like I said, Dad. You’re safe with me!”
I like the very generous way the child watches out for the dad. Very kind and loving! 🙂 The title is great, too; it really sets up the story.
I love the line: “Dad you should stay close to me” – for Dad’s sake, obviously! Such a cute story!
This is sweet. I love how the kid is looking out for Dad.
Very cute story. And I love that the kid tells their dad they are safe with them.
Sweet and adorable! I love the way the child watches over Dad!
I always enjoy a role reversal story. So sweet! Good luck!
So cute with the kid protecting Dad. Nicely done.
This is sweet!
I like the visual of snakes slithering into a costume shop – presumably with other animal clientele. I also like the idea of a snake considering dressing up as a giraffe-with a very LONG neck! I’m glad Sandy was able to find the perfect costume!
#1, I just love this Dad, as he reminds me of my Dad. Someone the child trusts, AND such a fun gentle spirit to allow his little one to be “leading the way” on Halloween. Just love this heartfelt concept and the rhyme.
ENTRY POSTED FOR SHARON
(received on time)
SKELETONS NEED TEDDY BEARS TOO
By Sharon Jackson
(Word Count 93)
On Halloween night, at the creepy gravesite,
the skeletons start to appear.
But one little skeleton has in his arms,
a soft, little, brown teddy bear.
“When I’m stuck underground, the worms slither by.
It’s a treat when they ask me to play.
But it’s boring down there, so I have my brown bear,
and the fun that we have lasts all day.”
After hours of scaring they stop at the store,
to pick out a bear of their own.
Then back underground, until next Halloween,
but this time they won’t be alone.
I like the idea of a little skeleton needing a teddy bear! Cute concept!
I just love this, has all the feels.
Aww! EVERYONE needs a teddy bear. I like your imaginative story.
Sweet and adorable! A perfect feel-good Halloween story!
So sweet! Even skeletons love teddy bears. Good luck!
Very cute. I love the sweet ending! I can see some cute illustrations.
This is so unique and fun!
ENTRY POSTED FOR JULIANNA
(entered on time but misposted under someone else’s)
Sam and Dusty Trick or Treat
by Julianna Helt
Sam and Dusty are ready for trick or treat! Sam’s dressed as a sneaky snake, green and yellow with a long tall, and a hat with fangs and a hissing tongue.
Dusty wears an old musty cowboy costume. Achoo! Dusty is allergic to dust.
The pair set off.
Slither. Sneeze. Treats, please!
Sam sees his little sister. She’s a Princess with a tiara. Time for a trick! Princesses don’t like snakes!
Slither. Sneeze. Treats, please!
Sam sneaks. Sam slithers. Just when he’s about to scare the princess-Achoo!
Slither. Sneeze. Treats-no tricks, please!
I remember many a Halloween having to wear a musty costume! Good thing I wasn’t allergic! Poor Dusty, so aptly named. I like your use of refrain!
Cute! I like the refrain and the images of the kids in their costumes.
Ha ha ha. Sneezes will give you away every time.
Poor Dusty. I can relate! I love the “Slither. Sneeze. Treats, please!” Cute story
I do hope Sam and Dusty get some treats. What a fun story.
That is a lot of fun to say: Slither. Sneeze. Treats, please! Kids would love coming up on that each time. Good luck!
Love the repeating slither sneeze treats please. Very cute!
Too cute! Love the fun refrain.
ENTRY POSTED FOR BRENDA
(entry received on time and misposted under someone else’s)
LOST by Brenda Covert
Pumpkins leer. Owls hoot. Cats’ eyes glow.
Hobsie sniffs the air. “Isn’t this fun?”
“It’s a scary night to be lost!” Reerie says.
Crinkled cornstalks quiver as chilly breezes sigh.
Hobsie shivers. “Time to go!”
Reerie blinks. “Let’s run!”
Hearts racing, the friends dash one way, then another. Crunchy sounds follow.
Shadows slither after them. Dogs howl in the distance.
As moonlight reveals the way, mice scurry across crisp leaves.
Hobsie’s eyes gleam.
Reerie nudges him. “There’s no time for a treat! Hurry!”
At the exit, Hobsie and Reerie saunter out, long black tails entwined.
Best Halloween maze ever!
Thank you for correcting my mistake and posting my story in the right place, Susanna. You rock!
You’re welcome, Brenda! It gets a little confusing when there are so many comments 😊
I LOVE the concept of mice in a corn MAZE for Halloween! “Crinkled cornstalks quiver as chilly breezes sigh” – such a BEAUTIFUL line!
Thank you! I was hoping my clues would lead you to determine that they are black cats. The mice scurrying through the leaves would have been their treats. (I love corn mazes!)
That does not sound like a maze onto which I would like to venture, but well done Reerie and Hobsie for making it through!
I’ve been to 2 nighttime mazes, and I can declare with certainty that I prefer daytime b/c it’s easier–though still hard–to find my way out!
I have been to none, and I do not wish to change that!
This is adorable! Love the idea of cats going through a maze!
Nice suspense built up with your descriptive words. I didn’t guess it was a maze. So fun! Good luck!
Fun story. Love the entwined black tails at the end. Love your word choices. Nicely done.
Thank you, Nancy!
I dislike corn mazes myself, but I enjoyed your story, Brenda! Very sweet ending image.
I’m allergic to corn, but I love corn mazes as long as it’s not dark out!
What a fun surprise ending! Love the line, “Crinkled cornstalks quiver as chilly breezes sigh.”
I love the line, “Crinkled cornstalks quiver.” Not the usual alliteration, but it’s so great!
Thank you so much!