Halloweensie Contest

med_1221779230-1It’s that time of year again!!

Children’s author Susanna Leonard Hill is hosting her 5th annual Halloweensie writing contest.  This is my second crack at it.  I love everything about Halloween, but I especially love this writing contest.  There are always so many creative entries, so don’t just read mine, head over here to Susanna’s website to read all the fabulous entries!


The Contest: write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children (title not included in the 100 words), using the words costume, dark, and haunt. Your story can be scary, funny or anything in between, poetry or prose, but it will only count for the contest if it includes those 3 words and is 100 words (you can go under, but not over!) Get it? Halloweensie – because it’s not very long and it’s for little people 🙂 (And yes, I know 100 words is short but that’s part of the fun and the challenge! We got over 130 fantastic entries last year so I know you can do it!) Also, you may use the words in any form – e.g. haunt, haunts, haunted, darkness, darkening, costumed, whathaveyou 🙂

Vintage Halloween CoverSo here is my entry:(exactly 100 words)

The Haunting

Tonight when children go to bed,
I’ll be that thing that they all dread.
I’ll creep into their darkened room,
A spirit from the grave exhumed.

For this is Halloween tonight,
When even darkness shakes with fright,
But I’ll be laughing with delight
When frightened children bolt upright!

What’s that in the children’s room?
A gang of youngsters in costume!
They’re waiting for me in the dark,
A clown, a monster,
…is that a shark?

Now it’s me who shakes with fright!
The children laughing with delight,
I bolt back to my burial site,
I won’t be haunting them tonight!


“2014 Halloweensie Contest Finalists. A baker’s dozen – 13 for Halloween!”

happy and sad pumpkin

Though I’m a little sad I was not a part of  the final 13 in the Halloweensie Contest, I am so happy to present the 13 stories that made it into the finale!

If you’re reading this, click on the link, and head on over to Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog for a tasty treat of delightful Halloween tales, and cast your vote for the final winner.  They are all really great and deserve to be there!!

Until next year…Mwah ha ha ha…

Happy Halloweensie!


Halloween is my favorite holiday, so you can imagine my excitement when I discovered a little Halloween writing contest over at Susanna Leonard Hill’s website.  The Contest:  100 word Halloween story appropriate for children using the words: Creak, Broomstick, and Pumpkin.  Piece of candy right?

Hope my story is a delightful treat for you all, and not some terrible trick gone wrong.


Trick or Treat?

Clank, Clank, went the knocker

and C-r-e-a-k, went the floor,

“Ahhh!!” Screamed the children,

when she opened up the door.


Cackle, Cackle, went her voice,

and C-r-e-a-k, went the door,

“Ahhh!!” Screamed the children,

as her broomstick left the floor.


Clip, Clop, went her boot heels,

and C-r-e-a-k went the floor,

“Ahhh!!” Screamed the children,

as her broom began to soar.


Flicker, Flicker, went the light,

and C-r-e-a-k went the door,

“Ahh!!” Screamed the children ,

knocking pumpkins to the floor.


Pitter, Patter, went their feet,

and C-r-e-a-k, went the floor,

“Ahh!!” Screamed the children,

running, running, from the door!