Tricky Treat

Regular readers know that I rarely post my own writing on this blog, reserving it, instead, to showcase the work of others via weekly picture book reviews. But when the lovely and talented Susanna Hill hosts a writing challenge, and when that challenge involves a holiday (as her challenges generally do), I make an exception. Without further ado, may I present…

The 11th Annual Halloweensie Writing Contest!!!

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~ for children’s writers ~

THE CONTEST: write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children (children here defined as 12 and under) (title not included in word count) using the words glow-in-the-darkgoosebumps, and goodies.

To find out more about this challenge, to read some fabulous entries, and, perchance, to post your own Halloweensie story, visit Susanna Hill’s blog. No tricks! Just treats! Happy Halloweensie!


(100 words)

Candy Floss. Taffy. Jaw Breakers. Halloween goodies galore!

Goosebumps erupted like molars as Terry Tooth Fairy pictured heaps of teeth tucked under pillows. “NOOOO!!!”

Terry’s Thanksgiving CANCELLED!


She hired help! But…

Sugar Plum Fairy – rehearsing.

Elves – testing toys.

Delivery services – booked for Cyber Monday.

            She could…

Divert sweet Halloween treats. But…

What if, like gummy worms, some slip-slid through piled-up ports?

            Perhaps a virus-caused cancellation. Unless…

The Result? Mere mask mandates.

“Doomed,” Terry fumed.


Glow-in-the-dark toothbrushes on dental-floss garlands lured Trick-or-Treaters. Terry tossed bubblegum-flavored toothpaste towards costumed marauders, as visions of drumsticks danced through her head.

“Tricky treat!”

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