Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Third Annual Halloweensie Contest

Susanna Leonard Hill holds these fun contests every once in a while and I couldn't resist entering again (see below for my entry into her holiday contest last year) for her third annual Halloweensie contest.

Here are the rules:

"Write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children (title not included in the 100 words), using the words spookyblack cat, and cackle.   Your story can be scary, funny or anything in between, poetry or prose, but it will only count for the contest if it includes those 3 words (you can count black cat as one word) and is 100 words (you can go under, but not over!)"

Here's my entry. Enjoy!

One Ghostly Halloween (99 words)

Halloween was Billy’s favorite holiday. “I’m gonna scare someone good!”

But Billy was a ghost in the spookiest ghost town west of Texas. And ghosts don’t scare easy. She tested costumes:

A black cat,

“Ain’t you adorable,” said Sheriff.

A witch with a mean cackle,

“Ooooh…spooky,” said the cowboys guffawing.

A tarantula, a headless cowboy, a were-coyote. But nope, nada, not even a whimper.


Billy frowned. A ghost who couldn’t scare wasn’t worth a penny – especially on Halloween.

She thought and thought until...

“AIYEEE! Float for your lives!” cried the town-ghosts.

“Trick or treat!” said Billy, the ghost hunter.



42 comments:

  1. This is fun! What a creative idea, a ghost in a ghost town. Clever ending. Great job, Margaret!

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    1. Thanks Cheryl! I'm glad you liked the ending -- that was the part I had the hardest time with!

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  2. So cute! Love the Texas flair! (I'm from Texas :-) Really nice entry, Margaret!

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    1. Thanks Penny! I partly grew up in Texas!

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  3. This is adorable! Great ending too, Margaret! :0)

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    1. Thanks Donna. Glad you liked the ending. :-)

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  4. I enjoyed the Texan slant, too!

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  5. A ghost hunter in a ghost town. Nice one.

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  6. Great job, Margaret! LOVED the ending! :) I was trying to guess what it would be, but I didn't figure it out. And the whole story had a wonderful kid-friendly feel to it because what kid hasn't been in that predicament? I'm so glad you got your entry done - it's tons of fun!!! :)

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    1. Thanks Susanna and thanks for holding these contests. They are so fun. I love reading what everyone comes up with! :-)

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  7. Haha...a ghost hunter is the perfect custume!

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  8. Ha ha HAAAAA! GREAT twist at the end.

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  9. Bwaahaaa, love how Billy's problem was solved. What's more necessary than a ghost hunter? There's certainly nothing scarier!! Well done!

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  10. What a super twist ending, Margaret...and I loved the whole piece...especially the old West/cowboy feel to it. Great entry.:)

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    1. Thanks Vivian! So glad you enjoyed it.

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  11. Nice twist. I was thinking a chupacabra might pop out!

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    1. LOL. That probably would've scared the ghosts too.

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  12. Killer ending! And I love the idea of a were-coyote.

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    1. Thanks Mike! I did too -- Halloween costumes with a Western/cowboy twist are fun.

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  13. I agree abouthe coyote. I almost had one in my entry, but I was not as creative - were-coyote! Love it!

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  14. Oh, yeah - Billy got them in the end! I can't decide if I want to picture the guys from the tv show Ghost Hunters with their electronic gadgets or Egon with a proton gun :)

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    1. I originally thought of the ghostbusters (complete with the music), but didn't think kids these days would get it...so ghost hunters had to do.

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  15. Love it...yes a Ghost Hunter is scary... :)

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  16. Genius ending and what a twist on a ghost story. Excellent job you've done here. :-)

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  17. Great fun! But come on, couldn't you have added one more little word? So close to 100... sigh.

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  18. What a GREAT idea for a setting - a ghost in a ghost town. You should really expand this into a longer story, Margaret. It's an excellent premise.
    -Carrie

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  19. I agree with the comment above that this needs to be expanded into a longer story. It must have been hard cutting out words. Though I love the idea of a ghost town and cowboys.

    I also did a story about costumes. I Hope you visit my post. :)

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  20. I think the were-coyote needs its own story! Great job setting up a character with a problem and a solution in such a story piece.

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  21. A clever twist with the "Texas flair". . .good one, Margaret!

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