Updated: Feb 19, 2021
I couldn't resist entering Susanna Leonard Hill's Halloweensie contest this year. The three words she chose for writers to use in a 100-word Halloween story were "skeleton," "mask," and "creep." And I'd just written a Halloween story using two of those words!
The writing gods seemed to be sending me a message...and a perfect opportunity to practice revising and cutting word count. So how'd I do? I'll let you be the judge!
A Hollow Halloween
By Hollie Wolverton
’Tis Halloween night and next to the church,
Old skeletons exit their tombs with a lurch.
They creep through the graveyard and into the streets,
armed with a trick to get themselves treats.
Pretending they’re kids wearing costumes and masks,
they go door-to-door, holding out their big sacks.
When the candy’s collected, they scurry away,
dying to feast on their sugar buffet.
Gobbling up jawbreakers, chocolates and gummies,
they get mad when the treats fall right out of their tummies.
With no tongues in their heads and no sense of taste,
all that work getting candy was sadly...a waste!
Let me know what you think! Just sign up (it's easy - your email and a password is all there is to it!) and leave a comment. I promise not to spam you!
To learn more about the Halloweensie contest, click here: https://susannahill.com/2020/10/29/the-10th-annual-halloweensie-writing-contest-aahhhrrrooooooooo/
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed my story. Have a great Halloween!
UPDATE: Happy to report this story placed 5th in the contest!