No Perfect Picture Book Friday post for me this week. It’s time again for Susanna Hill’s Halloweensie contest! Hundreds of writers join in the fun each year.
Rules: 1) Entries must be 100 words or less, not including title; 2) Must contain some form of the words: goodies, glow-in-the-dark, and goosebumps; 3) must not contain illustration notes; and 4) must be kid-friendly for those up to age 12.
This year, my Halloweensie clocks in at 97 words and is written in rhyme. Yes, I played around with enjambment, and may have broken a rule or two, but gee willickers, I hope you find it a sweet diversion, anyway. Cheers!
Swamp Beast Bewitched by Sweets
by Jilanne Hoffmann
Every year I ring your bell,
knowing that your witch’s spell
will take its toll.
Tempting goodies fill your bowl.
Chocolate bloodshot eyeballs roll.
Candy corn are yellowed teeth!
Cherry roll-ups underneath
curl tight as tongues.
What’s that? There’s more?
Take a peek behind the door?
Ghastly goosebumps spread like fire
down my spine. I trip a wire.
Tingling sparks! A blazing arc!
Now I’m glowing in the dark!
Good-bye beast from black lagoon.
I’m a spell-shocked Mentos moon!
Every trick you play each time
is worth the treats—
just don’t turn me into slime.
For more Halloweensie stories, check out Susanna’s blog.