Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Halloweensie entry for Susanna Hill's contest

That's right!  It's about that time!

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The Contest:  write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children (title not included in the 100 words), using the words pumpkin,broomstick, and creak.   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 (you can count candy corn as one word) 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 nearly 80 fantastic entries last year so I know you can do it!)  Also, you may use the words in any form - e.g. creak, creaky, creaks, creaking, creaked.

Post your story on your blog between 12:00 AM EDT Monday October 27th and Friday October 31st by 11:59 PM EDT and add your post-specific link to the list that will accompany my October 27th post.  There will be no Would You Read It that week, and no PPBF, so the post and the list of links will stay up all week for everyone to enjoy.  If you don't have a blog and would like to enter, you can simply copy and paste your entry in the comments section of that post once it's up. (Or, if you have difficulty with the comments, which unfortunately sometimes happens, you may email your entry to me and I'll post it for you!)

Here's my contribution, something that might be a bit off the beaten path.

A Messy Halloween

“My word!” Mommy said, hands on hips.
Pumpkin seeds bounced along the kitchen floor to the up and down rhythm of mommy's wand in my fist. Grandma moved her walker doing a two-step. Mimi, our black cat, jumped on the window sill and meowed. The jack-o-lantern looked on with his crooked grin.
Mommy snapped her fingers. Her broomstick flew into her grasp. The floor creaked as she danced, bobbing her head to the pots and pans’ beat.
“A messy Halloween is the best Halloween when my little witch comes into her powers,” she sang.
And we danced the Halloween away.


  1. Aw, a coming-of-age Halloween story. Sweet.

    Well done!

    1. Thank you. I was originally thinking of going with something a little more Halloween traditional, but this is what came to mind, so, hey, just went with it :-)

  2. She came into her powers ... that's awesome! Great theme.

  3. Awh; I could see me dancing away Halloween to this music ;)

  4. This is a whole new world for you, Angela :) Stepping out of your comfort zone in the world of YA and romance and into the world of little kids :) I love your happy, dancing family of witches - very homey :)

    1. Thanks so much. You're right. It was and is very different, but a different that I wouldn't mind embracing more often.


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