Time to enter Susanna Hill’s annual Halloweensie Contest! The rules:
- Must be for kids age 12 and under.
- Must contain a version of the words: creepy, skeleton, mask.
- Must be related to Halloween.
- Must be 100 words or fewer, not including title.
- No illustration notes allowed.
In the spirit of 2020, here’s my 99-word story, including a recording for your listening pleasure. My son and husband both said it’s hard to figure out what’s going on, LOL. I believe this is the classic case of a writer entertaining only themselves with their story. It makes perfect sense to me. You be the judge! I accept all verdicts. Cheers!
by Jilanne Hoffmann
brings a creepy trick or treater to my door,
clinking, clanking, clinking.
I don a doctor’s mask and repeat:
“Six feet, six feet.”
it’s knocking, knocking, knocking.
“Hold on!” I say,
gloved hands grabbing the candy bowl.
This telltale trickster,
now beating, beating, beating!
“Patience!” I exclaim,
throwing wide the heavy door.
A rattling rack of bones,
a skeleton with gaping jaws,
drops a note, and clatters off.
The note reads:
Escaped from doctor’s office
and those patients
poking at my bones.
In search of quiet home.
“Wait!” I cry—
Stay safe out there!