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:
ONE SPECIAL NIGHT
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.
This is great, Diane! There’s a spider who knows what she wants ! 🕷🎃
Ha, thank you Julie.
Nice twist on “popping the question!” Good luck!
A feminist spider! How fun! Good luck with the contest.
A fun story & I love the ending! Good luck in the contest!
Ha, yes a little surprise ending. Thank you.
A Sadie Hawkins Halloween. Love it! Best of luck, Diane 🙂
Ha, Thank you. I hadn’t heard of Sadie Hawkins but I checked it out and I do now. 🙂
Agreed, a girl with guts.
Ha, Yep! Thanks.
Very cute story. I am with the Sultan Spider; I would be suspicious!
Ha,thank you Colleen.
I really loved your story, Diane. Clever and cute!
Thank you Pat.
You gave this spider a great personality!
Ha, thank you David.
Love your feminist spider and I’m glad she got what she wanted! 😊 Good luck in the contest.
Thank you Rachel. You too.
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!
Haha yeah although I don’t like spiders but it was the only thing that came to mind. Great minds and all that heh!
Great job, Diane! I like Samara’s spunk and initiative. Lovely word choice and names as well. Good luck!
Thank you Jolene. Glad you like it.
Love the ending!
Thank you Nicole.
This is fun, Diane! I love the way she gets to her shopping trip. amazing how many of us feature spiders in our stories…..
Thank you Sue. Yes I noticed there were a lot of spider stories this year. Great minds huh!
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
Ohh I want to know what the secret ingredient is!! Great story!
Ha, yeah so do I 😉 Glad you like the story.
Ah, this is great! Girlpower! Good luck!
Your story is fun from start to finish! I love that Samara Spider knows what she wants and goes for it! Fabulous!
Thank you Leslie glad you like the story.
I can see why Samara asked Sultan Spider to go trick or treating. 🙂 Fun ending!
Love your ending, what a clever story. Good luck!
Diane, I enjoyed your story. Good luck! I also wrote a story with a spider too.
So clever…and what a surprise…I love that she popped the question! Well done, my friend!
Thank you my dear friend.
What a tricky spider! Well done!
Love your plucky spider, Diane! Good luck!
Thank you Jilanne. I love her too.
Aww, cute story and a strong female spider who gets her way. Hurray.
Thank you Kathy. Glad you like it.
Aww! I adore this sure spider.
Love the story but the picture at the end freaked me out! I’m pulling a Ms. Muffet.
What a sweet story! I love how Samara was brave, and strong. A Sadie spider indeed! Best of luck to you in the contest.
Ha yes indeed. Thank you for your kind words, Jean.
Clever and catchy. Good Luck.
Love your story and the surprise ending.