Halloweensie Contest

Susanna Leonard Hill is hosting her 8th Halloweensie Contest. Last year she got 235 entries. Wowza! To enter, write a kid’s Halloween story using no more than 100 words including cauldron, shiver, and howl. Visit her site for complete rules if you want to play along, but hurry.

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A Beasty Brew

“Beauty blood.” Grissella Ravenclaw squinted at the potion’s blurred label, shrugged her crooked shoulders, and poured. The cauldron burbled with a green, stinky goo. She wrinkled her warty nose and swallowed the goop down anyway. She’d be the queen of the Goblin’s Halloween ball.

Her stomach gurgled.

She shivered and burped.

Then her nose bulged into a toothsome snout, and her ears perked up. Gray fur covered her skin, ending in a fluffy tail… and itchy FLEAS! Her paws on the shelf, she read the label with wolf-sharp eyes. “Noooo,” she howled. “I wanted beauty blood. Not beasty blood! Aahhroooo…”

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Happy Halloween!

87 thoughts on “Halloweensie Contest

  1. inesephoto says:

    She wanted to be the Queen of the Goblin’s Ball, right? …Then, it was the right recipe I guess 😉

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  2. This seems like a legitimate mistake that could happen in real life. So important to read instructions. Happy belated Halloween!

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  3. She’ll feel better once a goblin rubs her belly.

    And, oh, BTW, I love this!

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    • Ha ha ha. See, Mike, I needed more words to give the story that happy ending! 100 words was a killer, but I love doing these little challenges and couldn’t resist sneaking it in. I’m just tickled that you enjoyed it. Hope you had an awesome Halloween!

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  4. Haha! This is great! Gives new meaning to the warning to read the label 🙂 Happy Halloween, Diana!

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  5. Ocean Bream says:

    Hahaha this is really good, I chuckled to myself reading it! She must have forgotten to wear her witchy spectacles!

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  6. Anonymous says:

    She’s got to be a smart cookie to be your muse! Your like buttons not working for me today. I think it’s my phone. Have e a lovely day … your faithful elf Holly.

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  7. 😀 Always read the directions!

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  8. Jina Bazzar says:

    ha. beauty, beast and fleas.

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  9. Khaya Ronkainen says:

    Oh, shweet! This a lovely and brilliant take on Halloween. I must confess I’m not a fan of, but your story is great fun. Love the brevity, too. You are a winner, already. 😀

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    • Thanks, Khaya. Not a fan of Halloween? I loved dressing up as a kid and now enjoy seeing the little ones in their costumes. The candy – that’s another story, all that damaging sugar. But I’m glad you enjoyed the little story. It was hard squeezing it into 100 words! Thanks for the visit, my friend. 🙂

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  10. rijanjks says:

    Lol! One word can make all the difference for sure. Very well-done! It’s hard to tell a complete story in 100 words.

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  11. reocochran says:

    I liked this short story and the poor witch needed glasses. Hopefully as a wolf, she will have sharp eyes and a handsome wolf mate, Diana. There’s my happy ending to your story! 🐺💕

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  12. Well done Diana. Your entry is great fun. Happy Halloween. 🌼

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  13. balroop2013 says:

    Fabulous story Diana and that too within 100 words! Happy Halloween.

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  14. Erik says:

    I’ve missed your keen wit and storytelling! Wonderful entry!

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    • Hi Erik!! So great to see you here. I couldn’t resist participating in this little challenge. Writing for kids allows for some silliness and squeezing my prose into 100 words is good practice. Thanks for stopping by, my friend. ❤

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  15. You. Nailed. It. Great story. I love this kind of writing practice, kudos 🙂

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  16. Dawn D says:

    As usual, I love your stories! Maybe I’ll go see if I can do something within 100 words… That’s going to be difficult for me!

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  17. dgkaye says:

    Ha! Well done Diana, and so much fun! ❤

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  18. equinoxio21 says:

    Very good. The minute distance between Beauty and the Beast… 🙂

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  19. Boo-tiful… 🤦‍♀️

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  20. What–wait? Wolves are beautiful! I love that you included all the favorite Halloween kids words!

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    • Yes, of course wolves are beautiful, and this one has a fluffy tail too. Ha ha. But it wasn’t exactly what Gissella had in mind. I was going to try to add “farts” to the story, but the word limited killed me. Glad you enjoyed it, Jacqui.

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  21. I so admire you folks who can compose a legitimate story – and make it humorous – in just 100 words. I’m the type that prefers to insert several more tasty words in any sentence that requires less than five. This is
    why writing is not my chosen art form 🙂 Poor old Grissella, a foil in a fable in the need to read instructions carefully before imbibing……….

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    • Thanks for reading my little story, Pauline. Trust me, I could have easily used twice as many words. It was hard to squeeze and squeeze them down to 100. It’s good practice though. I’m glad you enjoyed it. ❤

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  22. Sarah says:

    Hahaha! This was wonderful, Diana! Totally love this 100 word Halloween story! It’s brilliant! Happy Halloween! 😄🎃❤

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  23. Wonderful ! Beauty and beastie, perfection.

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  24. A lovely Halloween story, Diana.

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  25. Lol, enjoyed this, Diana!

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  26. Annika Perry says:

    Diana, just wonderful!! 😀 This has me chuckling away and one story to be a hit with children! Love the twist … precision with words is just so important! Kudos to Susanna for hosting the contest and reading all those entries! Good luck to everyone.

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  27. Wonderful Halloween story Diana. May all your spells be loving and beautiful. 🙂

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  28. What a cute story! Nicely done, Diana. Boo!

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  29. Love it, Diana! Happy Halloweensie. 🦊

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  30. Great story. Great fun. Will have to try.

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  31. Mae Clair says:

    Very cute and so nicely done! 🙂

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