Saving Halloween – a Halloweensie Tale

What a week it’s been! And it’s all leading up to the most important day of the year for many of you dear readers…the day I post my Halloweensie entry.

While many of you have been busy choosing a pumpkin, carving it, and then decorating like there’s no tomorrow, I’ve been busy whittling a full story into a mere 100 words. Or should I say 99, as that’s the word count this go-round.

And what, you ask, is a Halloweensie? In the words of its intrepid creator, the talented Susanna Leonard Hill who conjured up the concept ten years ago (happy 10th anniversary!):

“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 skeleton, creep, and mask.  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….”

The best part about this Contest? Reading all of the amazing entries, which you can do here. So go ahead, satisfy your sweet tooth with no concern for calories or social distancing.

Without further ado, may I present my humble entry of 99 words (plus title) and wish you all a Happy Halloween!

Saving Halloween

Bones rattling, teeth chattering, Skeleton quivered, “Is it Halloween yet?”

“T minus thirteen hours,” howled Ghost.

“And we’re locked in this creepy closet,” cackled Witch.

“Cat! Slink outside! Report back!”

“Millions of masks, BUT

  • NO costumes;
  • NO candy;
  • NO pumpkins or pumpkin-spice anything!

Halloween is CANCELLED!”

“Cancelled,” Skeleton groaned.

“NOOOO,” Ghost moaned.

“Poor kids,” Witch intoned.


“Ghost! Float through, unlock, then let us out!”

“Witch! Concoct a spooky potion – get this holiday in motion!”

“Cat! Nab costumes! Candy! Pumpkins! Spice!”

“And I’ll scare up some kids with this Skeleton Dance!”

“Halloween Party’s starting…


22 responses to “Saving Halloween – a Halloweensie Tale

  1. I love this story! Good luck!

  2. Yes! We need someone to start this party! I told my son that I had the urge to just dress up put on mask over mask and just wander around the neighborhood, not stopping for candy. Just to feel like I was being “social.” Strange, yes?

  3. This is so timely and true, but also festive and fun. Love your word choices and spunky Halloween characters.

  4. Love your use of rhyme! If anyone can get Halloween going, it’s these ghouls!

  5. Fantastic Story Patricia! Hope you managed to have some Halloween fun! Best of luck!

  6. Aww, such a weird year. I’m glad Skeleton was able to bring some kids fun in a safe way:)

  7. Yay for a party! I’m glad Halloween wasn’t canceled. Cute story! 🙂

  8. Yay! Thanks for saving Halloween. 🎃

  9. Hah – millions of masks but no costumes. What a clever and timely story! 🙂

  10. I’m sure glad they got this party started! Good luck!

  11. You’ve created the perfect crew to Save Halloween…maybe they could help with the election! 🙂 Cute story!

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