Don’t cry! It’s time for Susanna Hill’s 5th Annual Halloweensie Contest!
That’s right—the contest runs from today till Friday…so there is still plenty of time to participate. Here are some of the rules from Susanna’s post.
The Contest: write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children (title not included in the 100 words), using the words costume, dark, and haunt. 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 over 130 fantastic entries last year so I know you can do it!) Also, you may use the words in any form – e.g. haunt, haunts, haunted, darkness, darkening, costumed, whathaveyou 🙂 No illustration notes please!
For more details, please click here: http://susannahill.blogspot.com/2015/10/its-about-that-time.html
I love this contest—all of my previous entries have been rhyming, so I thought I would change it up a bit this year. I hope you enjoy my story. And when you finish reading it, please hop over to Susanna’s website where you will find many more Halloween tales.
Halloween Fever (99 words)
Philpot blew his nose. His eyes watered. His throat tickled. His skin flushed red with fever.
“Oh no!” he moaned. “Whoever heard of a red ghost?”
Never had Philpot missed going a-haunting on Halloween. Opening Wanda Witchner’s spell-book, he flipped to the ‘C’s’. Exploding CAKES. Flying CATS. Disappearing COLDS.
“Hocus Pocus Mucus Phlegm!”
Blink. No more watering.
Swallow. No more tickle.
Sniff. No more dripping snot. But his skin still glowed red.
“If magic won’t do the trick, I can use my imagination!”
And grabbing a white sheet as his costume, Philpot floated out into the dark night.
I hope you enjoy my little Halloween tale…for many more incredible stories, please visit Susanna’s Halloweensie Contest page: http://susannahill.blogspot.com/2015/10/the-5th-annual-halloweensie-writing.html
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