Halloween Dance Party Countdown – The Halloweensie Contest

Get ready!

Get set!


It’s time to have lots of fun with Susanna Leonard Hill’s Halloweensie Contest!

There is still plenty of time to enter – here are the rules from her website:

jeremy sitting with pumpkins 9_11“The 3rd Annual HALLOWEENSIE CONTEST!!!!!


The Contest:  write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children (title not included in the 100 words), using the words spooky, black cat, and cackle.   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 black cat 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 🙂

Post your story on your blog between now and Thursday October 31st by 11:59 PM EDT and add your post-specific link to the list below.  There will be no Would You Read It or Perfect Picture Books this week, so the post and the list of links will stay up all week for everyone to enjoy.  I hope everyone will visit everyone and you’ll all get your friends and relations to visit, read and enjoy too!  If you don’t have a blog and would like to enter, you can simply copy and paste your entry in the comments section below.  (If you have trouble, and alas, people sometimes do, just email your entry to susanna[at]susannahill[dot]com and I’ll post it in the comments for you!)”

It’s so much fun to read all of the creative entries – and the prizes are SPECTACULAR!!! Click here to enter and/or read the other entries.

Happy Halloween, everyone!

About viviankirkfield

Writer for children - Reader forever Mom of 3, educator, author of FOUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN: AN ANIMAL COUNTING BOOK (Pomegranate Press, 2019), PIPPA'S PASSOVER PLATE (Holiday House, 2019), FROM HERE TO THERE: INVENTIONS THAT CHANGED THE WAY WE MOVE (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019), SWEET DREAMS, SARAH (Creston Books, 2019), picture book junkie, lover of travel, hiking, fly-fishing, cooking, and playing Monopoly with my 9-year old grandson.

Posted on October 28, 2013, in 3rd Annual Halloweensie Contest, Counting books, Writing Picture Books and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 89 Comments.

  1. I absolutely LOVE this, Vivian!!!! What a great idea!


  2. This is delightful! I can see this as a wonderful picture book. Well done!


  3. LOVE your entry Vivian! Do we vote, or who picks the winner? Yours is just wonderful… so happy that you now get to enjoy these special holidays with your beautiful grandson. What a joy!


  4. This is splendid, Vivian! Love it!


  5. It’s great! I’m ready to go monster boogy on the floor.


  6. Stacy S. Jensen

    I giggled, laughed and read this one out loud Vivian! Wonderful.


  7. Wow, you included counting in your rhyme. I love it. Very creative Halloween entry.


  8. This is so much fun, Vivian! I love it! And I’m chuckling to myself because I had a go at writing a Halloween rhyming counting story for this and failed so abysmally that I had to give it up as a lost cause! You pulled it off spooktacularly! 🙂 Thanks so much for joining the Halloweensie Hoe Down 🙂


  9. Vivian, I can see little children asking for this to be read over and over. Excellent job! 🙂


    • Now THAT makes my evening, Robyn…what a lovely thing to say. It is actually my goal (I guess it is everyone’s goal) as I work towards getting my stories out there…to have a child say, “Please read it again!”. 🙂


  10. My daughter’s a dance teacher (her students are 3 to 7) and I’ll bet they’d love this story! (I know she would!) 🙂


  11. That is so much fun to read out loud! This would definitely make a great Halloween board book about counting and dancing with the right illustrations!


  12. This was a fun story. One of my kids’ favorite books as young children was a counting book with ladybugs, and later one with butterflies.


  13. Absolutely delightful, Vivian! You did such a great job. I just love it!


  14. This is great! And the verses create such wonderful mental images. I do hope this poem gets illustrated some day!


  15. That was fun. I was trying to do the actions as I read each line.

    Loved ‘Five waltzing witches that cackle and grin’.


  16. Love this Halloween hoedown (especially the line: Ten twisting draculas dressed to the nines!)


    • Welcome to my blog, Buffy! So lovely to meet new people via Susanna’s contests! When I wrote the line, I could just see those 10 draculas in their tuxedos and wing-tipped shoes with spats. 🙂 🙂 Glad you liked it!


  17. Wow! Vivian! What a great poem! Yeah I stop with all the exclamation marks already. But really, it is great. And in perfect rhyme too. 🙂


  18. Wow, awesome counting rhyme, Vivian!


  19. Nice! I like it! Did you read it to Jeremy? 🙂


  20. Pamela Courtney

    Oh my goodness, this was fun to read!! Okay, music, animation, and a video camera is needed!! Uh-oh Greg and Steve and The Learning Station. Vivian Kirkfield is serving up the Boogie. Halloween style.


  21. I love this! Very creative!


  22. Great take on a counting story, and lovely photo!


  23. It’s boogie night! I sure am gettin’ down with this poem– awesome job!


  24. Vivian, this is great! To the point of…this could turn into a picture book someday great. I love all the different dances and creatures, and the toe-tapping rhythm. Fabulous!


    • Yay! You are quite kind, Pam! I’m thrilled you feel that way…I plan to submit it to my critique groups for our November round.:) Thanks to Susanna…without the contest inspiration, this story would not have been born.:) 🙂


  25. Wow. I think you covered most of the dances. Adorable poem!


    • Thanks, Laura! I wished I could have put in even more…or different ones with fun-sounding names: hully-gully, watusi, peppermint twist…I think kids would love to hear and say those names…maybe the next revision.:)


  26. Vivian!! This is FANTASTIC! I think you could have a winner here…and maybe even a PB-in-progress.
    Great work!


  27. I love this, I would totally read this to my toddlers if I had any! Congratulations!


  28. Very clever counting rhyme, Vivian. And it’s always a good day when you can work “boogaloo” into a poem! This could be turned into a really fun action rhyme too. 🙂


  29. Happy Halloween, Vivian 🙂


  30. Sheri McCrimmon

    Fun, Fun, Fun story! Definitely a read again and again and again story.


  31. Love the rhyme. Definitely one to read over and over and over.


  32. Superb story in rhyme, Vivian. . .I had no idea there were that many ways to dance!


  33. Fun, Vivian, perfect for illustrations! Love all the dancing, and you get counting too!


  34. This was really fun to read! I could imagine lots of great illustrations with every line.


  35. this is great… submit it now


  36. Wonderful Vivian! I can see cute illustrations for this one. 🙂


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