Happy Fall Everyone! I came across this fun writing contest on author Susannah Hill’s website. See rules here. Basically, it asks for you to write a short Halloween story in 100 words or less. It took me exactly 100! You also have to include any variations of the words cauldron, shiver and howl in your story. My entry Surfside Halloween is posted here. Happy reading, and if you’re so inclined…writing! 🙂
On my first Florida Halloween, my mood was foul. When I heard the night’s plans, I let out a howl.
This night was for shivering, costumes and hayrides—not shorts or flip-flops, and definitely not high tides.
Halloween wasn’t about surf and sand—but trick-or-treating, with candy in hand.
This felt more like a trick than a treat; a cauldron of disappointment, despair and defeat.
When the full yellow moon revealed glowing eyes, I jumped back in fright, and yelped in surprise.
A tiny black kitten rocketed ’round the bend. I’d lost old traditions, but gained a new friend.
Friends can always make moves easier! Done Christmas on a beach, but never Halloween. That could be interesting. Fun story. Best of Luck.
Fun story with a different perspective. Good luck.
Aw, I’m glad the kitten saved the day for this lonely child. Cute story!
Gregory E Bray
I’d try surf or treating. =) Good luck!
I have no coordination or grace whatsoever, so surfing has never been in the cards for me! 🙂 Thanks for reading!
It’s so tough to be in a new home for holidays! I’m glad a new cat friend helped. Happy Halloweensie!
We moved around quite a bit when I was a kid, so I think it always finds a way into my writing. 🙂
I live in Cali, so no white Christmas here, but Halloween nights can be breezy and cool! I love this line: “This felt more like a trick than a treat; a cauldron of disappointment, despair and defeat.”
Susanna Leonard Hill
Nothing like a new friend to make losing the familiar a little easier! And I have to agree, being a northeasterner, that Halloween in Florida would feel pretty strange! Thanks for a well-written entry, Melissa, and for joining in the Halloweensie fun!