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.)
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!”