A scary Halloweensie story

It’s that time of year for a teeny, tiny Halloween tale called Halloweensie.

Author Susanna Leonard Hill began this contest and dares us (well, maybe encourages is a better word) to write a 100-word Halloween story for children. In addition to the 100-word limit, this year’s entry must contain the words Black Cat, Spooky, and Cackle.


Here’s my effort:


A Scary Halloween

By Stacy S. Jensen

Oscar thought Halloween was extra spooky this year.

Zombies cackled.

Witches moaned.

Black cats barked.

His mom howled at the moon.

Fruits and vegetables filled his trick-or-treat pumpkin.

“I think there’s a problem!” he said.

Oscar ran home and searched the pantry.

One small candy bar remained. He ate it.

The room spun around.

His mom tapped him on the shoulder, “It’s time to trick-or-treat.”

Halloween returned to normal.

Zombies moaned.

Witches cackled.

Black cats meowed.

All was normal, except, Oscar saw a yellow banana in his pumpkin.

“Ahhhhhh!,” Oscar yelled. “Let’s go!”


Wow. I have chills thinking about potatoes and carrots in a Halloween Pumpkin!

Entries can be posted on your own blog or in the comments on Susanna’s Halloweensie story until 11:59 p.m. EDT Halloween night (Oct. 31). You’ll find links spooky, scary, and funny entries on Susanna’s blog.

And one more thing …


I also have a post this week over at the Pikes Peak Writers Blog Writing from the Peak.

“What’s Your Game Plan for Your November Challenge?”

I wrote about my preparation for Picture Book Idea Month. I’m almost finished with the task I outlined for myself before November. I also share my goal for PiBoIdMo this year.

I’m ready for Picture Book Idea Month to begin. Are you participating in any November challenges like NaNoWriMo or PiBoIdMo?

Have fun skipping around the Internet this week!


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82 thoughts on “A scary Halloweensie story

  1. Great story, Stacy! As I began to read it, my first thought was, “Oh no, Stacy has made a mistake!” Hahaha…I should have known…Stacy knows JUST what she is doing! Awesome ending.:)

    Yup, I am signed up for PiBoIdMo…cleared my workspace after reading Marcie Colleen’s Pre-PiBoIdMo post.:) I even told Susanne Gervay about it (she is doing the December Will Write for Cookies and had sent me her answers ahead of time AND a fantastic Banana Cake recipe). I’m excited because her book, I Am Jack, is being performed with a touring theater company…and it is coming to the US! And one of the cities is Manchester NH (in March) which is only 8 miles from us here! And I’m going to be interviewing the actor who plays Jack – what fun!

    • Now I’m laughing at “Stacy knows JUST what she is doing!” ha ha. Awesome about Susanne Gervay! Very cool you will see the performance AND interview the actor.

  2. We never went trick or treating as a child and we never heard of pumpkins, I don’t think they grow in Ireland. Maybe I should buy one this year, dress up and go join the fun! Your story make me want to be part of it!

  3. Grape twist, Stacy! Love it.

    And I”m so rushing over to read your Pikes Peak post. I usually love those also although I don’t always comment. Don’t think I”ll do PiBoIdMo this year as I am taking two classes of a different nature. And unless ideas pop in my head, which has happened before, I ain’t writing them down. So lets hope they pop into my head. 🙂

  4. This is going to sound terrible, but I wish we handed out produce on Halloween. I know, I’m such a kill joy. Well, there’s a reason trick-or-treating is for kids and not adults. Fun story. My children would be truly scared!

    • Thanks for stopping by Keila. Yes. My kiddo liked the candy he gathered in his “Easter Basket” last night. He refused to take one of his pumpkins!