October is full of fun – apple orchards, jumping in leaf piles, dressing up for HALLOWEEN! And all the writing contests contribute to the apple cider, cozy sweater, crisp air feel of the season. Below is my entry for the 10th annual Halloweensie contest, sponsored by the amazing Susanna Leonard Hill! Thank you, Susanna, for organizing! And a huge thank you to all of the talented authors and illustrators who generously donated prizes for this fun contest.
Her challenge is to write a story for ages 12 and under that is Halloween specific in 100 words or less. And that is not all! This tale must also contain the words, skeleton, creep, and mask. If you want to enter too, you can find all of the information here.
How’d I do? Let me know in the comments below!
Word count – 99
Costumes and Courage
by Heather Cash Morris
Skelly shivered until his bones creaked.
“How hard can it be?” Grim asked, “You just creep to the door, ring the bell, and hold out your bag.”
“What about ‘trick-or-treat’?” whimpered Skelly, “What about ‘please’ and ‘thank you’?”
“I’m right beside you, buddy. It’s Halloween – plenty of skeletons and ghosts. We’ll fit right in.”
Grim floated on ahead, while Skelly lingered, peering into his pillowcase. Empty. But he could almost taste that candy! Skelly sighed and pulled down his mask.
He joined Grim at the door.
“Trick or Treat!”
Lots of candy, two friends, and one relieved skeleton.