It’s Halloweensie Time Again!

I missed Susanna Leonard Hill’s Halloweensie fest last year, so I’m glad to participate again this year. The prompt is to “write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children (children here defined as 12 and under) (title not included in the 100 words), using the words candy corn, monster, and shadow. (Candy corn will be counted as 1 word.) 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!)”

I’ve always wondered where candy corn comes from–and now I know the answer! Read on to find out the true story, as told by yours truly:

I have no photos of crows, but here’s a black dog waiting and watching.

Farmer McMonster’s Halloween Harvest

Farmer McMonster planted some seeds.
He watered and hoed, he yanked out the weeds.

Monster-sized crows assembled and waited.
When corn stalks grew skyward, they cackled, elated.

They clustered like storm clouds, a shadowy herd–
McMonster’s old scarecrow did not scare one bird.

They settled on corn ears and tore off each shuck.
Poking and pecking, their black beaks got stuck!

For Farmer McMonster had hoodwinked those crows,
and now he had candy corn growing in rows!

He shooed off the crows (they winged out of sight)
then gathered his crop for Halloween night.
–©Buffy Silverman

Be sure to stop over at Susanna’s blog and read some Halloweensie Treats!


40 thoughts on “It’s Halloweensie Time Again!

    1. Ha–glad you noticed hoodwinked. After I wrote a draft of this I read a blog post that referred readers to Tara Lazar’s list of cool words. And there was hoodwinked, which I quickly borrowed!

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