"Everything in the world exists in order to end up as a book." - Stéphane Mallarmé
It's Time for Susanna Leonard Hill's 7th Annual Halloweensie Contest
2017 Prompt: Write a 100-word Halloween story appropriate for children 12 and under using the words candy corn, monster, and shadow.
Candy's Tiny Surprise
Candy Corn loved black cats and witchy cackles.
She loved monsters, mummies, ghosts, and ghouls.
Most of all, she loved spooky surprises.
Her parents promised her a big one this Halloween!
With a bag full of treats, Candy was ready for a trick.
Her eyes widened when she saw her dimly-lit house and heard…wailing?
Could it be a Halloween surprise party?
She slid through the shadows to the front door. CREAK!
Candy crept down the hall toward hushed voices.
She popped through the door and said, “Happy Halloween!”
“Shhhh!” her mom said.
“The baby’s sleeping. Surprise, you’re a big sister!”
I love participating in Susanna's writing contests, but wasn't sure I would have the opportunity this year. Like Candy, my daughter will become a big sister any day, and we are all wondering if baby will be a Halloween surprise!
UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who commented, and I apologize for not visiting your blogs to read your amazing stories. Though it wasn't a Halloween surprise, we were excited to welcome a new baby to our family on the very day I shared this story. Our surprise was the gender -- it's a boy! Thanks again for the wonderful support - the Kidlit writing community is incredible!
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