Halloweensie-HG (Haunted and Ghostly) TV-Ex-Scream Makeover: Ghost Edition

It’s Halloweensie time!!!! If you haven’t participated in Hallooweensie, you don’t know what you’re missing. You can participate by posting a story or you can participate by reading the stories that are posted, Easy, huh?

Susanna Leonard Hill is the brain behind Halloweensie. And, don’t worry . . . her brain is not from some random jar like Frankenstein’s brain. Her brain is organized. Her brain thinks up easy rules. And her brain thinks up teeny, tiny 100-word stories for examples. Her brain encourages your brain to come up with your own story.

All you have to do is follow these simple rules I copied from Susanna’s website:

Write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children (title not included in the 100 words), using the words pumpkinbroomstick, and creak.   Your story can be poetry or prose, scary, funny or anything in between, 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 yes, I know 100 words is short but that’s part of the fun and the challenge!  We got nearly 80 fantastic entries last year so I know you can do it!)  Also, you may use the words in any form – e.g. creak, creaky, creaks, creaking, creaked.  No illustration notes please!

There are prizes, too! All the details are HERE on Susanna’s website. I will post her link again after my story so that you can head on over and read all the other fun Halloweensie stories.

My entry comes in at 98 words.

HG (Haunted and Ghostly) TV
Ex-Scream Makeover: Ghost Edition

Harvest moon, inky night.
Haunted house, shivering fright.

Owls perched on broomstick limbs
hooting dreary, daunting hymns.

Broken windows, shambled shutters
framing ghostly flits and flutters.

Groaning porch, creaking rocker.
Vvvv-elcome mat, tarnished knocker.

Moaning greeter at the door,
“Enter. View our ghost decor.”

Darkened bedrooms, shrouded beds.
Tombstone pillows, piled for heads.

Dingy closets, chains and clothes.
Empty shoes in mildewed rows.

Dripping faucet, rusty sink.
Grimy mirror, phantom wink.

Wilting, weedy flower bed.
Rotting pumpkins, weathered shed.

Morning light, nearly here.
Soon the moon will disappear.

Floating host, wailing “O-o-o-o-O-o-o-o-O-o-o-o!”
A spooky way to bid adieu.

Head on over to Susanna’s place. It’s only haunted during Halloweensie season and it’s not all that scary. Just click HERE.





69 thoughts on “Halloweensie-HG (Haunted and Ghostly) TV-Ex-Scream Makeover: Ghost Edition

  1. Penny, you have too many comments here…it took FOREVER to scroll down to leave mine…you’ll just have to get rid of some. 🙂 😉 🙂
    Woo-hoo! Awesome rhyme (of course…this is Penny’s work) and love love love the title and story…HGTV…too funny. 😉

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  2. Only you could come up with this amazing story. And that title? AWESOME! This is what i’m talking about. You know how to bring the funny. Ex Scream makeover is a Major hoot. So well done. So very well done. Glad I dropped by.

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  3. Ha, This is certainly AMAZING writing. You are the queen of rhythm and rhyme, Penny. I don’t get HGTV here or on internet. But I love the H & G magazines, and our equivalent show. (You could always take up Real Estate in your free time 😉 You know how to sell a house) lol. A winner for sure!

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  4. Ooooh I love your poem. It’s not just onomatopoeic, but touches (pardon the pun) on all the senses. I san see the illustrations that might go with it. Also, and this may seem an odd compliment but bear with me, in a way it reminds me a little of early Berenstain Bears like the Bears Alamanac (which was a huge influence on a young me).

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  5. WOW, Penny! What a fabulous spooky poem! And your use of language is just terrific! I was going to pick out a couple lines I especially liked, but there are so many I’d just end up copying and pasting your whole story! 🙂 I’m so glad you were unable to resist the temptation of Halloweensie! 🙂

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  6. Penny, I love, love, love this concept and your description is awesome! You paint a spooky picture, for sure. The title had me laughing out loud!

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    1. Thanks! I’m glad you and Cupcake dropped by. I had a line in there that Cupcake would’ve liked but my word count was too high. Here it is:
      Ghostly dog—tag reads “Fred”
      rolling over, playing dead.


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