THE RECIPE

Here's another submission for the 7th annual Halloweensie Writing Contest put on by children's author Susanna Leonard Hill. Some of the rules: 100 words or less, include "candy corn," "monster," and "shadow" in some form, have actual story arc, be for kids 12 and under, and be about Halloween. This is my idea of fun! Wish me luck! (Keep reading for the first submission, entitled THE LOCK.)

 

THE RECIPE

 

As Mom pulls out the recipe

for Creamy Sweet Corn Chowder,

Dad jumps up to volunteer

and grabs the garlic powder.

 

He crumples up the paper and he says,

“I’ve got this, dear.”

A pinch. A stir. A chop. A plop.

“You have nothing to fear.”

 

The mixture boils, gurgles, spits—

a pot of witches brew.

“Don’t worry, kids,” he says real nice.

“You’ll love my Halloween stew.”

 

Soon monster shadows pass our house.

“Dad! It’s Trick-or-treat!”

He ladles soupy candy corn, and says,

“But first: let’s eat!”

THE LOCK

This is my submission for the 7th annual Halloweensie Writing Contest put on by children's author Susanna Leonard Hill. Some of the rules: 100 words or less, include "candy corn," "monster," and "shadow" in some form, have actual story arc, be for kids 12 and under, and be about Halloween. This is my idea of fun! Wish me luck!

 

THE LOCK

 

Our first day here we heard about

the witch at the end of the lane

with candy corn teeth

and storms for eyes,

we heard…she was insane.

 

But we don’t buy that make-believe.

“They’re only trying to scare us.”

At least that’s what we tell ourselves

on Halloween

when they dare us.

 

“Go down the path. Go up the steps.

Knock on the monstrous door.

If she gives you candy,

we won’t bug you

anymore.”

 

We reach the cobweb-covered door.

Raise our fists to knock.

But then a shadow pulls us in.

The last thing we hear

is the lock.

LOVE IT ALL, FEROCIOUSLY.

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