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Happy Halloween! (in 100 words or less)

UPDATE:  I won Honorable Mention!

Halloweensie 2018 HM e-badge

I’m participating in the Halloweensie picture book writing contest. Part of the fun is to post my story here and share the link with contest host,  Susanna Leonard Hill.

This departure from my normal blog content is timely since after this post I will be bringing a new focus to my posts. I’ll still be crossing the curriculum, but via a new lens I call Triple Dips. The nod to ice cream is legit. It’s also just the cherry on top.

Until I share the full scoop on Triple Dips, enjoy seasonal tricks and treats with…

The 8th Annual Halloweensie Contest

Write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children (children here defined as 12 and under) (title not included in the 100 words), using the words shiver, cauldron, and howl.  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 235 fantastic entries last year, so I know you can do it!)  Also, you may use the words in any form – e.g. shivery, cauldrons, howling, whathaveyou 🙂  NO ILLUSTRATION NOTES PLEASE! [Note: Orange font info is directly from Susanna’s blog.]

Here’s my contest entry:


To trick for treats, I gotta be tough.
But maybe I’m just not spooky enough!

Me teeth are too rotten to be Pumpkin Head.
Me ruddy complexion won’t pass for Undead.

I can’t fly me peg leg like some witch’s broom.
I can’t wrap in gauze like I came from a tomb.

Stirring a cauldron would melt this old hook.
And don’t warlocks cast spells by reading a book?

No werewolf-y howls from me salt-battered lips.
No floaty ghost flights from me sword-heavy hips.

How will I be scary? Not just a sham?
Well, shiver-me-timbers, I’ll be what I am.


24 thoughts on “Happy Halloween! (in 100 words or less)”

  1. Seems to be a trend to have pirates this Halloween. I do enjoy his final revelation – “I’ll be what I am.” Awesome compare/contrast with typical denziens. Best of Luck!


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