It’s the 7th Annual Halloweensie Contest over at Susanna Hills Blog and lots of wonderful prizes to be won. But best of all great stories to read and writerly friends aplenty. It’s like a bonfire explosion going on!

The rules should you wish to join in are…  (quoted from Susanna’s Blog)   write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children ( defined as 12 and under) (title not included in the 100 words), using the words candy corn, monster, and shadow. (Candy corn will be counted as 1 word.)  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. ( I know 100 words is short, but that’s part of the fun and the challenge!  Also, you may use the words in any form – e.g. monsters, monstrous, shadowy, shadowed, whathaveyou 🙂  NO ILLUSTRATION NOTES PLEASE! (And yes, you may submit more than one entry if you’re so inclined 🙂 )

Here is my entry at 99 words…



“There is goes again. Did you hear it?” said Mia to her little brother Jake.

He nodded furiously.

They tip toed down the hall.

“It’s coming from the kitchen,” whispered Mia.

As she peeked around the corner there suddenly lurked a huge shadow of a monster.

A scream escaped Mia’s trembling lips.

A blanket dropped to the floor beside the candle-lit pumpkin face.

“Papa, Papa!” yelled Jake. He ran into the kitchen and Papa’s arms.

“What are you doing Papa?” asked Mia gasping.

“Making Halloween Candy-corn for you children.” laughed Papa.

“Yum!” Mia and Jake cheered.


Now if you are interested in entering just post your entry on your blog and link it back to Susanna’s blog.  You have until 31st October.  Good Luck!  Pop over to Susanna’s blog anyway and check out all the neat spooky stories. Great reading for a cool night in front of the fire while munching on Candy-corn.  😉


About Diane Tulloch

Known also as the Patientdreamer I am a writer who loves to dream, and is passionate about writing stories for the young so that they may join me in the wonders of adventure in countries and cultures afar, and in special moments to remember.
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  1. David McMullin says:

    I like it. Well written! Good luck.

  2. Papa popping candy corn, love it! Good luck in the contest!

  3. Papa’s scary shadow! That was very cute! Good luck!

  4. Phew! Glad it all worked out for the kids. Hope they enjoyed their treat.

  5. Very cute! What a wonderful, loving Papa monster! 🙂

  6. chardixon47 says:

    Clever! Fun and just right for Halloween! Good luck, Diane 🙂

  7. Very cute. What a great Papa!

  8. I’d love to try home made candy corn. =) Good luck!

  9. Sherri Jones Rivers says:

    A new twist on the Halloween theme.

  10. Christine says:

    Cute! Glad it was daddy and not a monster.

  11. willowwrites says:

    Ya had me going there…nice job!
    best of luck

  12. Good, Thanks Willow.

  13. kathalsey says:

    I like a sweet story like this mixed into the scarier ones AND the fact that Dad’s the cook. Good luck.

  14. alissa says:

    Great heart-warmer!

  15. Delfina Salimbene says:

    Mmm… all of Papa’s popping has me craving some kettle corn! Good stuff. 🙂

  16. Haha! I think only Papas could pop candy corn! Cute!

  17. Ha, ha! Nice ending with a nice dad.

  18. Nice job building tension, Diane, and so clever to use popcorn! I love how everyone’s mind goes a different direction! Thanks so much for joining in the Halloweensie fun!

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