Halloweensie Contest


It is so much fun to participate in Susanna Leonard Hill’s Halloweensie ContestBut so challenging to write a story in 100 words or less. Each entry must incorporate 3 terms: spooky, cackle and black cat. Susanna insisted I defend my title (haha – no arm-twisting was necessary!), and though I’ve been avoiding rhyming texts I could not resist – my apologies in advance to my well-metered friends!



Full moon ascends velvet sky
Flickering Jack bats an eye

Scarecrow snitch dons a straw hat
Spinal twitch of a black cat

Scritch scratch, ratatatat
Halloween comes to the farm

Restless cows moo sweet and low
Leafless boughs buckle and throw

Strident screech of the barn owl
Ruffles feathers of lesser fowl

Scritch scratch, ratatatat
Halloween comes to the farm

Cobwebs beguile sloping beams
Saddling horse’s pleasant dreams

Spooky sighs thicken the night
Cresting dawn spills early light

Scritch scratch, ratatatat
Halloween comes to the farm

Spirits rise to bid adieu
Dispel night with Cackle-dee-doo!

75 thoughts on “Halloweensie Contest

  1. “Well-metered friends” – CACKLE! I like the spooky mood you’ve created and your unique turns of phrase: “cobwebs beguile sloping beams” – very cool!

    Also – great minds: my entry has a scarecrow and the word “twitch” too. 🙂


  2. Er, excuse me?! You’re just as well metered (and mannered) as the next guy (or gal). I LOVE IT! You’ve pinpointed Halloween here on our farm. Great job.
    My fav:
    Cobwebs beguile sloping beams
    Saddling horse’s pleasant dreams
    You’re the one! 🙂


  3. I’m so glad you defended your title, Julie! LOVE your illustration, and the repetition of the “Scritch scratch, ratatatat/Halloween comes to the farm” chorus, and the fact that the rooster says Cackle-dee-doo! And your barn descriptions are lovely and transport me 🙂 Thanks so much for joining in the fun…again! 🙂


  4. Julie, this is a GREAT story. You’ve got some great language and imagery here and I love the refrain (not to mention the illustration). You should continue to work on this and develop it into a longer story – it’s a great start. Nicely done!


  5. This is an amazing piece of work you’ve created!!! This piece is so visual. Oh, and how wonderful is the sound of cackle doodle-dooo! I’m with everyone else on that wonderful repetitive line. Can’t you just hear the little ones repeating it? Again, wonderful job!


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