Hi everyone, it’s that time of year when pumpkins lit smiling toothy grins, hot potions are stirring in black pots over smouldering fires and spiders are dancing across their webs scaring children passing by and ghostly sounds come from dark places best not to venture too close. Oooooooo! It’s that time of year when Susanna’s Halloweensie Contest is here again for Children’s writers.


Here is what you need to do to enter…

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 potion, cobweb, and trick.  Your story can be scary, funny, sweet, 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.  Also, you may use the words in any form – e.g. potions, cobwebbed, trickery, whathaveyou!  NO ILLUSTRATION NOTES PLEASE! (And yes, you may submit more than one entry if you’re so inclined! )

Post: your story on your blog between 12:00 AM EDT Monday October 28th and Thursday October 31st by 11:59 PM EDT and add your post-specific link on Susanna’s blog.

Here is mine at 100 words:



Samara Spider stirred her secret potion

ready for guests on this special night.

Taste testing she felt something was missing

and stepping over her lit pumpkins,

slid down her silky cobweb to shop.

Locating her special ingredient hurried back

to finish cooking and set the table just right.

As the guests filed in one by one and sat down,

Samara took the seat beside handsome Sultan Spider,

and popped the question.

“Is this a trick?” he cried with surprise.

“Why certainly not!” said Samara.

“A girl can ask to go trick or treating with whoever she likes!”

“Sure!” He smiled.


Don’t forget to pop over to Susanna’s blog and enjoy reading all the stories.


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.
This entry was posted in Literature. Bookmark the permalink.


  1. This is great, Diane! There’s a spider who knows what she wants ! 🕷🎃

  2. Nancy Riley says:

    Nice twist on “popping the question!” Good luck!

  3. Rachel Funez says:

    A feminist spider! How fun! Good luck with the contest.

  4. ptnozell says:

    A fun story & I love the ending! Good luck in the contest!

  5. willowwrites says:

    A Sadie Hawkins Halloween. Love it! Best of luck, Diane 🙂

  6. Kaylynn Johnsen says:

    Agreed, a girl with guts.

  7. Colleen Owen Murphy says:

    Very cute story. I am with the Sultan Spider; I would be suspicious!

    Good luck!

  8. I really loved your story, Diane. Clever and cute!

  9. David McMullin says:

    You gave this spider a great personality!

  10. Rachel Funez says:

    Love your feminist spider and I’m glad she got what she wanted! 😊 Good luck in the contest.

  11. Sadie’s Day for spiders! I like Samara’s initiative. Seems we both had spiders on the brain. Guess that’s Halloween for ya. Good luck!

  12. Jolene Ballard Gutiérrez says:

    Great job, Diane! I like Samara’s spunk and initiative. Lovely word choice and names as well. Good luck!

  13. Sue Heavenrich says:

    This is fun, Diane! I love the way she gets to her shopping trip. amazing how many of us feature spiders in our stories…..

  14. anneuro says:

    This ingenious modern fable features a cunning and crafty protagonist and is written with enough subtlety and mystery to keep us wondering whether Sultan Spider is Halloween date or dinner—or both! @AnneLipton

  15. Ohh I want to know what the secret ingredient is!! Great story!

  16. Kelly Conroy says:

    Ah, this is great! Girlpower! Good luck!

  17. Your story is fun from start to finish! I love that Samara Spider knows what she wants and goes for it! Fabulous!

  18. I can see why Samara asked Sultan Spider to go trick or treating. 🙂 Fun ending!

  19. liveyourbunniestlife says:

    Love your ending, what a clever story. Good luck!

  20. kmajor2013 says:

    Diane, I enjoyed your story. Good luck! I also wrote a story with a spider too.

  21. So clever…and what a surprise…I love that she popped the question! Well done, my friend!

  22. What a tricky spider! Well done!

  23. Love your plucky spider, Diane! Good luck!

  24. Kathy Halsey says:

    Aww, cute story and a strong female spider who gets her way. Hurray.

  25. Aww! I adore this sure spider.

  26. Ciara O'Neal says:

    Love the story but the picture at the end freaked me out! I’m pulling a Ms. Muffet.

  27. jeanjames926 says:

    What a sweet story! I love how Samara was brave, and strong. A Sadie spider indeed! Best of luck to you in the contest.

  28. Ha yes indeed. Thank you for your kind words, Jean.

  29. hermanator33 says:

    Clever and catchy. Good Luck.

  30. Love your story and the surprise ending.

Please leave a reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.