Shiver Me Timbers – a Halloweensie Tale

It’s that time of year when I break from my usual routine of picture book reviews and perfect pairings and *gasp* treat you to a snippet of my own creativity (or maybe it’s a trick, to lure you to my blog). Without further ado, except a hearty thank you to Susanna Hill, our awesome contest host, and a quick recounting of rules, may I present





The Contest: write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children (children here defined as 12 and under) (title not included in the 100 words), using the words shiver, cauldron, and howl.  Your story can be scary, funny, sweet, 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 now, my humble entry, at a mere 99 words:

Shiver Me Timbers


Howling winds rattled the windows. “Shiver me timbers!” cried Pirate Ann. “How can we trick-or-treat in this frightful weather?”

“Merlin, cast a spell!”

“Alakazam! Stormy weather please SCRAM!”

Thunder rumbled!

“Spider-Man, weave a cloud-catching web!”

Lightning flashed!

“Cat-Woman, Super-Girl, Batman: Help, please!”

Crash! Bang! Boom!

“Glinda, conjure a potion!”

Glinda stirred a steaming cauldron and chanted, “There’s no place like home.”

“Ahoy, mateys!” commanded Pirate Ann. “Abandon plans! No porch planks tonight! This crew can

~Dive for apple treasures;

~Carve pumpkins with cutlasses;

~Trick foolhardy souls who dare enter;

~Plunder sweet treats;

~Swig witch’s brew; and

~Celebrate Halloween…





39 responses to “Shiver Me Timbers – a Halloweensie Tale

  1. What a fun pirate, super hero, Halloweensie adventure, Patricia.

  2. Hi, Patricia. I enjoyed how you incorporated all the fun Halloween costumes–and that they didn’t let bad weather spoil their fun. Good luck in the contest!

  3. Sometimes even potions don’t work. So if all else fails, move the celebration inside. Good story, Patricia.

  4. Cute story. Great costume choices too. Good luck!

  5. Love how you channeled super-heroes and The Wizard of Oz! Fun story – good luck!

  6. Fun, Patricia. Love pirates paired with Halloween. Good luck. friend.

  7. Super heroes to the rescue and someplace inside. Love the imagery at the end! Good Luck!

  8. Love the mashup of Halloween and superheroes (with a dash of a female pirate)! Such fun.

  9. Fun costumed characters!

  10. Some times the weather wins, but it was sure fun watching them all try to stop it. Great story, Patricia!

  11. Great story! I’m right there with that cast of characters, staying inside and having fun. Good luck in the contest!

  12. Love the shiver/pirate connection!

  13. Now that’s quite a fun cacophony!

  14. The Haunted Wordsmith

    Very cute! Love pirate stories 🙂

  15. I want to go to this party! Happy Halloweensie!

  16. Great back up plan, Patricia! It’s important to be flexible! I’m glad the crew found a way to have fun in spite of the weather! Thanks for joining in the the Halloweensie high jinx!

  17. I think Pirate Ann must be a well-planned mama! Nice job, Patricia!

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