Halloween Temptation

halloween 002I am NOT going to write a story for Susanna Leonard Hill’s Halloweensie Contest.

I’m terribly behind in all kinds of work.

Then again, a wee break to read a couple Halloween stories, one hundred words or less…

I laughed, I sighed, I imagined all sorts of frightfully fun pictures. But I am not going to write a story.

Reading stories, though, that’s a different matter. So many friends I recognized. A few more chuckles, noting the clever use of the words “broomstick” and “pumpkin” and “creak” and how I might use those same words in my story and GET THEE BEHIND ME, HALLOWEENSIE CONTEST.

Aw, pfffft. Self-control (and work) is highly overrated.



My story for  Susanna Leonard Hill’s Halloweensie Contest:


The Scariest Thing Ever


Penelope Witch’s stomach growled.

She hitched up her broomstick. “I’ve got a craving for a wicked treat!”

“Be careful,” said Mother. “Those horrible monsters! The howling and screeching, the wailing and whining!”

“I’ll be extra careful,” said Penelope.

Penelope parked and shuddered. An eerie light loomed ahead.

A door opened with a creak, and a shiver tingled down her spine.

She tiptoed past terrors, large and small, trembling in her boots.

At last, she reached out her hand—and shrieked!

“What’s got into her?” asked the grocery store clerk.

The baker pointed to a sign: Pumpkin Pie—Sold Out!










18 thoughts on “Halloween Temptation

  1. Haha — I knew your brain would take off running and that would be that, we’d have an awesome Halloween tale. Thanks for sharing. I couldn’t relate to the pumpkin pie, but that’s pretty much how I feel when someone finishes off the last piece of cheesecake. 🙂

  2. You are so funny, Cathy! I’m glad you gave into temptation and joined the fun! You’re right – work is overrated 🙂 Love your story! Love how Penelope “hitches up” her broomstick and “parks” it! Love that people are so frightening to a witch – but still she’s willing to brave them for her treat. And love that the scariest thing ever is NO PUMPKIN PIE!!! I’m with her on that score 🙂 Thanks so much for abandoning your responsibilities and joining the Halloweensie fun. Better pencil in a little time the week of December 8-12… another contest with some prizes you will NOT want to miss out on! 🙂

  3. Hey, I say this counts as work, too! It’s just so much fun it doesn’t feel like it. And now that you’ve got that cute story out of your system you can carry on. 🙂

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