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Friday, October 31, 2014

It has been a while. Well actually, it's been a few years since I've dusted off the shelves of this blog of mine. But I could not pass up the opportunity to participate in the best contest for writers of kidlit. The wonderful Susanna Hill is doing it again. Her world famous Halloweensie Contest is underway and this year I'm participating!! Yaay! Boy will she be surprised. She might just faint.

So on to the rules of the game:

The Contest:  write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children (title not included in the 100 words), using the words pumpkinbroomstick, and creak.   Your story can be poetry or prose, scary, funny or anything in between, 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 :) 

The challenge of writing a 100 word story for kiddies was quite frightening. Like vampire and ghost frightening. But I did come up with a rhyming story. Why rhyme? Well, it's weird. When I sit down to write, I always begin in rhyme. Does this make me a poet, a good rhymer? Cover your ears...NOOOOOOOOO, It does not! It's just the way I begin. I told you it was weird. So now, from the weird to the bizarre, my story...

 What a Ghost Likes Most

“Trick or Treat!” Is all I hear,
From my friends this time of year.
But for this particular ghost
Christmas is what I like most.                                                

Moans and cre-e-e-e-aks? I’ll pass on that.
 Lights out JackO’. Shoo, Black cat.
I booo, I moan, shaking my chains.
I PREfer stripped candycanes.                                                                      

Wartlene planned this Brew HaHa,                                       
Broomstick shouted__ “Fall Hurrah.”

Candycorn draped on the door.
Pumpkins filled with gifts galore
And then I saw him, Old St. Nick
What a treat. This did the trick!

 “Frien-n-n-nds!” I say lifting to toast.

Yes, for this particular ghost
Friendship is what I like most.