S.O.S. (Save Our Souls) – Halloweensie Contest

Hello everyone! Time for my entry to Susanna Hill’s annual Halloweensie Contest. Rules: 100 words or fewer, must contain some form of the following three words: cauldron, shiver, howl. I consider my entry a motivational picture book in 86 words, LOL.


S.O.S. (Save Our Souls)


Scarecrows flip-flop through the meadow.

Goblins plunk a creaky tune.

Skellies shiver ’round the cauldron,

glowing fiercely like the moon.

All the ghouls have gathered

for this once a year retreat,

chanting incantations

to a howling werewolf beat.

Then they pull out pens and postcards,

settle down and take a seat.

Time to get right down to business—

No, NOT going Trick or Treat!

What brings these souls together,

casting spells and writing notes?

Spreading one important message:

Your country needs your votes!


OK, so maybe this is a motivational picture book for little civic-minded citizens….

44 thoughts on “S.O.S. (Save Our Souls) – Halloweensie Contest

    • Jilanne Hoffmann says:

      Tricked you, did I? Kind of like getting a chocolate-dipped brussels sprout? Not sure this fulfills Susanna’s requirement for targeting those ages 12 and under, but I thought I’d put it out there. Never too young for a civics lesson….

    • Jilanne Hoffmann says:

      Thanks, Maria! It was one of those that, thankfully, wrote itself, since I’m focusing on NaNoWriMo prep. I’m going to be scarce in the blogosphere come November. So I’m writing and scheduling my PPBF posts ahead of time. Cheers!

  1. Megan Walvoord (@mjwalvoord2) says:

    Very clever! I love the creative S.O.S title and how you incorporated your story in to reminding us of our right to vote.
    We vote here next week. Hoping to help teachers and schools get some more funding by getting people in there that will support education and not destroy it.

    • Jilanne Hoffmann says:

      Thanks, Megan! Fingers crossed for more funding for education! At my son’s school, they share textbooks. The books stay in the classroom and everyone uses them in each class. They don’t get to take them home. Math classes have a paperback workbook that was developed and mass-produced by the district to standardize what is being taught in each class. They do get to take those home and write in them. So very different from when I grew up. I hope you funding comes through!

  2. Traci Bold says:

    Wow! This is powerful and clever! Love the tie-in Jilanne. 🙂 And my whole family will be voting on November 6! We all go together, making it an event. Thank you for writing this!

  3. Rebekah Hoeft says:

    This makes me wonder why there aren’t more (any??!) Halloweensie-themed book on citizen responsibility?!

    Unexpected but perfectly timed.


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