Halloweensie Writing Contest 2020

I love entering competitions like this, where there is the challenge of a prompt (sometimes an image – in this case words) and a limited word count. By limiting the endless possibilities (that feeling of a totally blank page) I find that they make it easier to get started and be inspired, and I find the challenge aspect really fun!

Anyway, here’s my entry for the 10th Annual Halloweensie Writing Contest, run by Susanna Hill (@SusannaLHill). It had to be no more than 100 words and contain the words skeleton, creep, and mask (or any version of those words, e.g. crept). It also had to read like a story (rather than a mood piece) and be for kids.

A big thank you to Susanna Hill for organising this fun competition! You can read more about it and read all the other fantastic entries here: https://susannahill.com/blog/

image: istock.com/MartaOrtiz

The Trick or Treat Cheat (100 words)

Skeleton, skeleton, where are you creeping?

I’m off trick or treating – I’ve done enough sleeping!

I’ve woken up hungry and coveting candy

(and eyeball-shaped sweets come in ever so handy!)

Skeleton, skeleton, why look so gloomy?

I’m worried the children will all see straight through me –

they’ll notice I’m real and they’ll run away screaming,

and soon put an end to my Halloween scheming!

Skeleton, skeleton, try these for size!

A mask and a cloak? That’s the perfect disguise…

…as long as you promise you won’t go and snitch –

so take off your mask…

                                 Whoa!

                                               ARE YOU A REAL WITCH?!

51 Comments

  1. That’s brilliant, Claire! Best of luck with it x

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    1. Thanks, Jenny! x

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  2. Very fun! Good luck!

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    1. Thanks, Jamie! Yours is great fun! (I’ve just left you a comment)

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  3. Colleen Owen Murphy

    I love it!

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    1. Thank you for reading and for your kind comment, Colleen!

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      1. Colleen Owen Murphy

        Good luck!

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  4. Love the refrain of ‘Skeleton, skeleton’. Good luck!

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    1. Thanks for reading and for your kind comment – I appreciate it!

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  5. So good! I really enjoyed it.

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    1. Thank you very much, Melissa!

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  6. So clever and I like the ending twist!

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    1. Thank you for your kind comment, Colleen!

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  7. This story is fantastic, Claire! I love the set apart lines as a refrain that propels us to the surprise ending. Best of luck in the contest!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment, Jill!

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  8. Fun! This is a delightful story and sounds great aloud.

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    1. Thank you, Sarah – I appreciate it!

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  9. Great story – love the refrains and the unexpected ending. Good luck!

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    1. Thanks, Laura – the best of luck with yours too!

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  10. Kristy Nuttall

    Ha! Well done! I love the line about the eye-ball shaped sweets! You weave such a fun to read, spooktacular narrative!

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    1. Thanks Kristy, I appreciate it!

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  11. Absolutely love this. Super structure, rhyme and story. Good luck.

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    1. Thanks for reading and for your kind comment, Roo!

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  12. Claire – I loved this so much! The rhythm and the word play and the concept. What a great read. My kids are going to love this! Well done!! Rosanna

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    1. Thanks for your lovely comment, Rosanna!

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  13. Fun format! I like the reveal at the end. Hope they go together & get lots of candy. Good luck.

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    1. Thanks for reading, Maria, and for your kind comment!

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  14. brittanypomales

    Love the back and forth in this. Great entry, good luck!

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    1. Thank you, Brittany, good luck with yours too!

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  15. I like the unusual rhyme scheme, with a funny twist. Good luck!

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    1. Thank you very much, Jilanne! I appreciate it!

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  16. So well done!!! Good luck!

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    1. Thank you for your kind comment, Monica!

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  17. Cute and quippy! 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Chel!

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  18. Nancy Riley

    Love it! Now to add some great music and turn it into a Halloween song!

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    1. Hee hee! Now there’s an idea…! Thanks for reading and commenting!

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  19. Really fun!
    Reminds me a bit of the Brown Bear Brown Bear rhythm, it flows so well.

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    1. Thanks for your kind comment, Katie!

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  20. Brilliant! This is so well written and the ending made me laugh out loud. Well done, Claire!

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    1. Thanks, Helen, I appreciate it!

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  21. Diantha Litwer

    Great story!

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    1. Thanks, Diantha!

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  22. M.A. Cortez

    Very cute and great kid appeal.

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    1. Thanks for reading and for your kind comment!

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  23. Mwahahaha! A devilishly delightful Halloween treat. I love how the sing-song refrain conjures up a children’s game, as well as your brilliant witch-switch ending. Bone-us points for using two of the three required words in the first line! @AnneLipton

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    1. Hee hee – ‘bone-us’ points! Great comment – thanks very much, Anne!

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  24. Awww! This is so cute! I can just see him sticking those candy eyes in. I love the cadence of it. It only needs music now. Good luck with the contest!

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    1. Thank you for leaving such a nice comment, Bonnie!

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    1. Thank you, Dana!

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