And then there's one of my all-time favorite October events...Susanna Leonard Hill's "Halloweensie" contest. This year's teeny tiny writing assignment was to produce a Halloween themed children's story no longer than 100 words, containing the words shiver, cauldron, and howl. I wrote two entries (one in poetry, one in prose)--for double the fun!
Costumes. Candy. Spooky scene.
Total darkness! Halloween.
Firelight? A pointy shadow?
Trick-or-treater peeks on tip-toe…
Witches! See them weary-toiling,
steaming cauldron bubble-boiling.
What’s inside? A fearsome brew!
Better run, for when they’re through--
POOF! They’ll put a spell on you.
Spooky spirits roaming, prowling.
Wild wolf pack hunger-howling.
Don’t just stand there stiff with fear.
Scoot-skedaddle out of here!
Run now, kid—and do it fast!
Witches’ spell is nearly cast…
“Wing of bat and specter’s shiver.
Wart of toad and chicken’s liver.
Kid, become a CANDY GIVER!”
Didn’t run? Well, fine and dandy.
Now the witches have your candy.
THE GRUESOME BREW-OFF
Halloween night! The time was right for the annual Gruesome Brew-Off.
Each hopeful witch made a horrible brew.
At last it was Eensie-Weensie’s turn.
With shivering fingers and knees knocking, Eensie-Weensie stood on tip-toe.
Plunk! She dunked onions into her cauldron.
Plink! She tipped toadstools into her cauldron.
Plop! She dropped dragon fruit into her cauldron (fresh from her garden).
Now what would happen?
Vile vapors rose.
A mushroom cloud puffed.
A fabulous fiery dragon flared up!
And Eensie-Weensie cried, “ENOUGH!”
The crowd howled…
and filled their bowls…
with dragon fruit-and-veggie dinner.
“Eensie-Weensie is our winner!”