I desperately needed a break from the revision of a story I've been working on so when I saw Susanna Leonard Hill's third annual Halloweensie writing contest invitation, I decided to throw my hat into the ring. The guidelines are simple: write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children, using the words spooky, black cat, and cackle. Here is my entry.
A bumbling witch named Miss Sadie
yearned to be wicked and mean.
When she tried to be spooky,
she came off quite kooky,
the clumsiest witch ever seen.
“Perhaps what I need to be scary
is something eerie and dark!”
So she found a black cat,
and a tall pointy hat,
and hid in a tree in the park.
“Trick or treaters, beware,” cackled Sadie,
“I’m here to give you a fright!”
Sadie laughed with such glee,
she fell out of the tree,
and “boo hoo-ed” on Halloween night.