Halloweensie contest: Spider scare


Happy Halloween everyone!

This year for the very first time I am joining in a Halloweensie contest set up by children’s author Susanna Leonard Hill.

A Halloweensie is a not-very-long (100 words or less) story for children.

I’ve been getting plenty of practice writing short stories in response to the flash fiction challenges set by Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch; and, as my stories often feature children, I thought I’d give Susanna’s challenge a go.

Rules of the contest are:

Write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children (title not included in the 100 words, children here defined as 12 and under), using the words spiderghost, and moon.   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 and is 100 words (you can go under, but not over!)

Stories must be submitted before Monday October 31st by 11:59 PM EDT.

There are some very generous prizes for contest winners.

For more information, check out Susanna’s post.

I am submitting mine a little earlier in case some of you don’t know about the contest and would like to join in. There’s still time. There’s also plenty of great Halloweensies to read on Susanna’s post if you have time for some fun reading!

Here’s mine:

Spider scare

No moon was out,

So ghosts were about,

Looking for people to scare.

Little Ghost was unsure,

He’d not joined in before,

Anxious, hesitating to dare.

“You’ll be all right.

Simply give them a fright.

It’s easy, just give it a try.”

Dad sounded brave,

With advice that he gave:

Nothing would scare him for sure.

“I’ll give it a go.”

Little Ghost followed slow,

As Dad floated up to the door,

Then let out a scream

As, down from a beam,

A spider descended nearby.

Little Ghost laughed

At his Dad taking fright:

A spider like that wouldn’t bite!


Thank you for reading. And thanks to children’s author Vivian Kirkfield, who blogs at Picture Books Help Kids Soar, for introducing me to Susanna and her fun contest.

If you are looking for a fun game to play on Halloween, check out the Trick or Treat board game.

Thank you

I appreciate your feedback. Please share your thoughts.



47 thoughts on “Halloweensie contest: Spider scare

    1. Norah Post author

      In a story, anything’s possible. Thanks for checking out my post from Janice’s link. I’m not sure how I got there, but I noticed you and your Ouija board story there too. Perhaps I followed you over. 🙂

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            1. Norah Post author

              Yes, I have read your Ouija board post. I thought you may have also written about your current Halloween celebration. That’s okay. I still have others of your posts waiting patiently to be read. 🙂

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  1. Susanna Leonard Hill

    Very cute story, Norah! Love Little Boo following in Dad’s footsteps, learning the ropes of being spooky, only to have Dad spooked himself! Great twist! Good job with your rhyme/meter too! Thanks so much for joining in the Halloweensie fun!

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  2. Annecdotist

    I did see this at the weekend but didn’t have time to comment. I love your rhyming story and glad you found another flash fiction prompt as we seem to be missing Charli’s this week and we’re at risk of suffering withdrawal symptoms.

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    1. Norah Post author

      Thank you for reading, Anne. I am missing Charli while she is settling in to her new home. It actually worked well for me to not have her prompt this week though. I don’t like to post more than twice a week, but do like to post twice a week. This competition fitted my schedule perfectly.


    1. Norah Post author

      Thank you for your support, Steven. It was fun having a go. There are many great entries. I don’t expect to even be shortlisted, but that wasn’t my purpose for joining in anyway. I was happy to have a challenge for a more familiar and, as your say, comfortable for me, audience for a change. It was just as much a challenge as those set by Charli though. 🙂


    1. Norah Post author

      Thank you, Vivian. I’m pleased you enjoyed the story. Thank you for letting me know about Susanna’s contest. It was fun having a go. I look forward to reading all the stories.



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