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.





A Halloweensie Contest: Sneak-a-Sweet

It’s the Halloweensie Contest over at Susanna Leonard Hill’s Blog!

It’s scary!
It’s hairy!
You’d better be wary!

Because!!!! We could only use 100 words! And we had to use the word witch! And bat! And trick-or-treat! And it has to be for the littlest of goblins! See??? Scary! But, I conjured up a little something called Sneak-a-Treat. And to make sure you have the best Halloween ever…be sure to read the other scary entries HERE.

by Penny Klostermann

There was a little witch
who kept a little bat
high upon the top
of her little pointy hat.

Every Halloween
when she would trick-or-treat,
the little bat would swoop right down
and grab an extra sweet.

The bat knew this was sneaky,
impolite and , yes, uncouth—
But when your home’s a witch‘s hat
you MUST tend her sweet tooth!

The “Happy” Key

This summer Susanna Hill hosted Summer Short and Sweets. The object of Summer Short & Sweets was to keep us writing through the busyness of summer. As a wrap-up, Susanna is hosting the Summer Send-Off Writing Contest. There are prizes for those who provided an entry each of the 8 weeks of Summer Short & Sweets. For the contest, we have to write a children’s story of 250 words or less based on Heather Newman’s beautiful artwork below. Oh but, there are more guidelines:
Somebody somewhere in our story has to say, in dialogue, “Did/do you see that?” (we may substitute any of the other senses – “Did/do you hear/feel/taste/smell that?”) and somebody somewhere in our story says, “Goodbye!” (we are allowed to substitute “Farewell!”, “Au revoir!”, “Sayonara!”, “Ciao!”, or “So long!”)

illustration copyright 2012 by Heather Newman used by permission

My story is to the tune of “Three Little Fishes” and you’ll have more fun if you sing along 🙂
I’m betting this peppy and addicting tune will be with you the rest of the day 🙂

The “Happy” Key

Down in the forest by the twisted tree
Lived a fox and a raven with the witch, Noglee
Where they planned and they schemed—“No more happily”
As they kept close watch on the “happy” key.
Boop-bop, boop-bop, bippity boo
Boop-bop, boop-bop, bippity boo
Boop-bop, boop-bop, bippity boo
As they kept close watch on the “happy” key.

Now they stopped the knight with a river of fire.
Locked the princess and the maid in a castle spire.
Hired a trainer for the dragon from Page For Hire.
Yep, the chances of a rescue seemed quite dire.
Boop-bop, boop-bop, bippity boo
Boop-bop, boop-bop, bippity boo
Boop-bop, boop-bop, bippity boo
Yep, the chances of a rescue seemed quite dire.

“Did you see that?” croaked the witch, Noglee
As a horse flashed right by the twisted tree.
And the knight on his back nabbed the happy key.
Yelling, “Farewell witch! Hello happily!”
Boop-bop, boop-bop, bippity boo
Boop-bop, boop-bop, bippity boo
Boop-bop, boop-bop, bippity boo
Yelling, “Farewell witch! Hello happily!”

The knight set the maid and the princess free.
Made a pact with the dragon—signed a Peace Decree.
Hired the page as a guard for the “happy” key
and they all sang Boop-bop happily.
Boop-bop, boop-bop, bippity boo
Boop-bop, boop-bop, bippity boo
Boop-bop, boop-bop, bippity boo
And they all sang Boop-bop happily.