A No Treat Halloween Story

Hi, everyone! As promised in my last post, here is my entry to Susanna Hill’s 5th Annual Halloweensie Contest. I can’t begin to tell you how many starts and stops I made. Every time I finished introducing my main character and setting up his problem, I was pushing the 100-word limit–seriously pushing it! This was truly an enjoyable exercise in staying within a low word count. At times, I was frustrated. At other times, I devoured insane quantities of chocolate to keep my creative energy charged. And looking back at the experience I can honestly say I LOVED every minute of it.

The Contest:  write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children (title not included in the 100 words), using the words costumedark, and haunt.   Your story can be scary, funny or anything in between, poetry or prose, but it will only count for the contest if it includes those 3 words and is 100 words (you can go under, but not over!

by Leslie Leibhardt Goodman

by Leslie Leibhardt Goodman




















33 thoughts on “A No Treat Halloween Story

  1. Leslie…this is AWESOME! You picked a rhyming pattern that is so so so hard to do…kudos for a job well done. And you story is HILARIOUS…I love it! And is that your illustration? Oh my goodness…you are GOOD!


  2. OH WOW! Laugh and laugh. so funny! Poor little guy.

    Loved your story so creative and cute!
    Loved your illustration as well. Next year I’ll bring a hanky for my tears from laughing. 🙂


  3. Your struggles were not in vain, Leslie! What a fun story! Your poor little MC, outwitted at every turn by his/her well-meaning but inattentive/hard of hearing mom 🙂 Nicely done! Thanks so much for joining in the Halloweensie fun! (And see? Chocolate IS important to the writing process! :))


  4. Susanna! Thanks for popping over here.
    At first I thought that writing a 100-word story for your Halloweensie contest was going to be easy peasy (to quote my 4th grader) But as it turned out, I struggled to fit in as many elements of a story arc as possible into the small space. Rewrite! Rewrite! Edit! More chocolate! Rewrite! Who ate my dark chocolate? Get some more. Edit. Edit. Once I made myself a diagram of how many words I could allot to the introduction of my main character, his problem, and his struggles through to the denouement, I could do it. I’m hooked! And I’m off to write another. Happy Halloween, Susanna. And thank you for offering this annual contest.


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