There’s an online Halloweensie Contest on Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog. The rules of the contest are to write a 100-word or less Halloween story appropriate for weensie readers, using the words spooky, black cat, and cackle. Here’s what I came up with:
Witch and Ghost
Witch and Ghost walk hand in hand.
They pass Black Cat, sleek and grand.
A tree branch rattles. Cold winds blow.
But Witch and Ghost have far to go.
Their shoes clip clop on long, dark roads.
Their backs are bent with heavy loads.
Witch climbs the steps. She pulls the gate.
Ghost slips through. They can’t be late.
They hear a cackle! A spooky shriek!
A dark door opens with a creak.
Witch grips her broomstick. In Ghost glides.
What frightful sights await inside?
–Buffy Silverman, 2013, all rights reserved
Not wanting to leave you with a cliff-hanger, here’s the Halloween party I picture as a final illustration:
Well, maybe that’s the wrong kind of party for the weensie set. (But in my defense, when you do a google image search for Halloween parties, most seem to be aimed at an adult audience. When did Halloween become a grown-up affair I ask in my most curmudgeonly voice?) This one might be more appropriate:
Are you suffering from a Halloween hangover? Waltz on over to Teacher Dance where Linda Baie is hosting Poetry Friday and treat yourself to a healthy dose of poetry.