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Halloweensie 2021

I won a prize in the fabulous Fall Writing Frenzy Contest earlier this month, so I decided to enter the amazing annual kid lit contest Halloweensie again this year. It’s hosted by author and blogger Susanna Hill. The rules are to write a 100-word Halloween story, using the words goodiesglow-in-the-dark, and goosebumps.

Thanks for stopping by! Here is my entry:

Title: Home for Halloween

Author: Melissa Miles

Word Count: 99

Sis and I decide to decorate our home for Halloween.

We cover the door with some Spanish Moss littering the curb. Spooky.

Someone’s discarded glow-in-the-dark stickers beautify our windows. Creepy.

Our woven plastic bag welcome mat is colorful. Cozy.

“There,” we say. “Not bad.”

We know the costumes we’ve created from clothes in our shared suitcase won’t give anyone goosebumps, but hopefully they’ll score us some goodies.

“I’m proud of you girls,” Mom says. “I promise it’s not forever.”

We set off hand-in-hand, leaving behind the parking lot’s glaring lights.

Hoping next year, our home won’t be the car.

*****UPDATE! I received an honorable mention for this story. Thanks to Susanna, and all the others who helped make this contest possible.

The Badge I received along with a gift card. Very nice surprise!

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9 Comments

  1. Aww, what positive thinking and creative solutions.

  2. Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for reading.

  3. It gave me goosebumps.

  4. What a heart-wrenching reveal at the end! I’m glad they’re making the best of it.

  5. Exactly! I love this take on it. The most valuable training I ever received as an educator was a workshop on childhood poverty. Every assignment (especially projects!) that came after that workshop were made with what I’d learned in mind.

  6. Wow! What an amazing message to weave into 100 words! I’m so impressed with how you kept the theme Halloweensie, but also touch on such an important topic! Well done!

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