One of the most important things a writer can do is…WRITE!
Perhaps you set aside a large chunk of time every day to write. Or maybe, because of family and other obligations, you snatch precious minutes whenever you can.
Jane Yolen advises writers to BIC…Butt in Chair.
And one way that encourages writers to do that is to enter contests and writing challenges. One of my dear friends and favorite picture book authors, Susanna Leonard Hill, is holding her 7th Annual Halloweensie Contest.
If you are interested in joining in the fun, there is still time to do so. And even if you aren’t able to participate, you’ll have so much fun reading all of the entries.
The rules are simple: Write a 100 word Halloween story for children using the words monster, candy-corn, and shadow. For more details, go to Susanna’s website by clicking the link above.
I decided to take a trip around the world via the internet to see how Halloween is celebrated in other countries. Interestingly enough, it began in Ireland and has spread, in various forms, to many parts of the world. In some places it is celebrated on different days and in others, it is a more religious holiday to honor the dead. But costumes and candy seems to be present in most of the celebrations.
Here is my entry. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Maybe I need to do a picture book about HALLOWEEN AROUND THE WORLD.
THE HALLOWEEN CONNECTION (100 words)
It’s time to search for Halloween
Around the globe and in-between.
Jack-o-lantern in the shadow
Glowing eyes and burning smile.
Trick or treat,” a monster shouts.
Chinese children say Teng Chieh.
Lanterns glow to light the way.
Special foods are offered up.
Spirits come on Halloween Day.
In Mexico, kids decorate
With posies bright and candy-corn
And shout “Queremos Halloween.”
They trick or treat from dusk till dawn.
Disguised, Greek children come to call.
“Do you know who I am?” they ask.
A guessing game begins until
The treats are served and they unmask.
Hurray for Halloween!
Photo courtesy: https://www.google.com/search?q=halloween+around+the+world&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjqk-qr3ZTXAhVHSyYKHR3MBJ8Q_AUIDCgD&biw=1094&bih=408#imgrc=ZK8axJblvt5XUM:
And hurray for Susanna Leonard Hill and her wonderful contests!
Beautifully done and one of my favourite Halloween stories I’ve read. Factual as well as being fun it’s a winner.
Very nice! I love the Greek guessing game. How fun!
I am intrigued with your story to want to learn more about Halloween in other countries. You gave us a taste to make us want more. Excellent, Vivian!
Halloween across the world. Wonderful, Vivian!
Cute story! You did a lot with 100 words!
Great story Vivian!You could do a whole series! Many know about Christmas around the world but this isn’t something I’ve heard of before. My friend Wade Bradford wrote Around the World in a Bathtub, why not Around the World on Halloween? You’re such a bright light got in the kid lit community. Thank you for lighting it up for so many of us!
Vivian, what an impressive story. I love your idea of writing about Halloween around the world. Good luck!
Great job, Vivian! Sounds like a nonfiction picture book in the making to me! Nicely done! Thanks for joining in the Halloweensie fun! 🙂