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Sammy Skeleton’s Sticky Situation

I wrote this little story for Susanna Leonard Hill’s tenth annual Halloweensie Writing Contest. It’s a fun and challenging task to write a Halloween story in only 100 words. To make it even more challenging, some form of these words has to be included in the story: Skeleton, creep and mask. I hope you enjoy it!

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Sammy Skeleton’s Sticky Situation

99 words

Halloween was Sammy Skeleton’s favorite!
But, before he’d gotten far…
“What creep threw gum on the sidewalk?”
His metatarsals were icky.
His cuboid bone was sticky.
“I’m a mess!”
Tears filled his Sugar Skull mask.
Before Sammy’s candy bucket was half-full, grass and leaves clung to his foot.
Gretchen Ghoul laughed.
Tommy Troll pointed with his club.
But, Wendy Witch said, “Let me brew some Go-away Goo.”
Clank. Clatter. His foot plunged into her cauldron.
Sizzle. Frizzle. Then…
“The gum’s gone!” Sammy shouted. “Thanks!”
“Let’s finish trick-or-treating,” said Wendy.
“Great,” agreed Sammy. “But, first I’ll get my shoes!”


Thanks for reading! And if you love the gorgeous mask in the picture as much as I do, purchase link is in the caption. 🙂


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  1. This is written in such a fun way! (and I love the unexpected way you incorporated the word ‘creep’!)

  2. Colleen Owen Murphy

    Way to make the rules of the contest the subject of the story. Good luck!

  3. This is so much fun! I love the sticky situation he gets into and your engaging storytelling. Definite kid appeal here too!

  4. I like how you added the science-y terms “cuboid” and “metatarsals.” Fun way to incorporate STEM into a Halloween story. 🙂

  5. Wonderful story! I don’t like it when creeps litter, either 🙂

  6. Deborah Foster

    Love how you used the word Creep! Great job!

  7. This is adorable! Love the characters and the helpful witch.

    • That’s one thing I love about this challenge–creating characters with a sense of personality in so few words! I wanted at least one of his fellow trick-or-treaters to be kind. 🙂

  8. Rebekah Hoeft

    Nice, Melissa! Great job creating little scenes you can see and hear so easily!

  9. Great job on this story, Melissa! I especially like the way Wendy helps Sammy out with her Go-Away Goo. Best of luck in the contest.

  10. Nancy Riley

    What a fun story. I was afraid the Go-away Goo would make his foot disappear! So glad it didn’t. Good luck!

  11. Awww. Potions for good, and good friends. How nice.

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