Sunday, October 29, 2017

Parade of Horribles

By Janie Reinart


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The spooktacular Susanna Leonard Hill has done it again.

It's time for the 7th Annual Halloweensie Contest.  

1.Write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children (children here defined as 12 and under). The title is not included in the 100 words. You can go under, but not over the word count!

2.You must use the words candy corn, monster, and shadow. Candy corn will be counted as 1 word.

3.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.

4.You may use the words in any form – e.g. monsters, monstrous, shadowy, shadowed,    

5. NO ILLUSTRATION NOTES PLEASE! You may submit more than one entry.

6.Post your story on your blog between right now this very second and Tuesday October

31st by 11:59 PM EDT and add your post-specific link to this list. 

Thank you, Susanna for always inviting us to have some fun and for the treats for the winners! Here is my 94 word story for the contest. Thank you for stopping by. Happy Halloween.


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Parade of Horribles
by Janie Reinart
In wicked woods
creeping along,
a band of bones 
rattles and groans
marching
to the beat 
of a howl,
Awooooo.
The moon so ripe 
gleams
this night,
as banshees' shadows 
loom.
Everywhere
in singles 
and pairs
monstrous eyes 
glow.
Ahead…
a trail 
of candy-corn
guides ghouls
to gingerbread.
Hungry hobgoblins 
hustle 
to haunt 
the castle 
because 
it’s
Halloween.
Past the welcome sign,
the mint bark bridge,
Terribles 
taste…
a gumdrop throne,
toffee towers,
chocolate tapestries,
until
Witchy queen 
appears.
Licking her mouth 
she cackles and shouts,
Trick, my Treats! There’s no way out!”

25 comments:

  1. Love the lyrical language, voice, and that clever twist ending :) I'm having second thoughts about following that candy trail! Good Luck, Janie!

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    1. Thanks, Charlotte. No candy corn for me 🎃

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    1. Did you like the Welcome sign? 🎃 Thanks for reading.

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  3. You've really created a mood, there, Janie. Hauntingly eerie. I started one, but it needs work. So much talent here.

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  4. Ah-ooooooo! Love the language! Nice creepy piece you've got here, Janie! It would be great to read as kids enter a haunted house. They'd think twice about going in, LOL.

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  5. Yikes! I don’t like haunted houses. Thanks, Jilanne for stopping by.

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  6. This is wonderfully haunting, Janie! I love the mood you've created with your fantastic word choices. Well done!!

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    1. Thanks Jill :). Do you have a story?

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  7. What a mood?! That ending of yours is such a fun twist. So well done. All the best Janie

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    1. Watch out for the witchy queen! LOL

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  8. Janie, your entry sparkles and shines. I adore it and it is CREEPY. I like your use of typography, too. Good luck!

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    1. Thanks, Kathy. I'm heading over to read your final story.

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  9. Fun and spooky! Great job weaving in candy corn, monster, and shadow. Good luck!

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    1. Thank you, Manju. The candy corn got me to thinking about trails.

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  10. The witchy queen scares me. Good luck!

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  11. Scary witch! I love the candy land marks. Almost like a spooky "Candyland." Best of luck!

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  12. Lol. Funny idea for spooky "Candyland."

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  13. Didn't see that witch queen coming! Love the mood you've created.

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  14. Love this! So lyrical and eerie, and a great ending!

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  15. Wonderful atmospheric set-up, beautiful use of language, nice spooky story, Janie! And love the ending! Nicely done! Thanks for joining in the Halloweensie fun!

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