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Today’s story is under 100 words for Susanna Hill’s 6th Annual Halloweensie Contest that starts today and runs through Halloween night. The main rules are the story has to contain (in some form) these three words: ghost, moon and spider AND be 100 words or less.

In addition to these three words, I have incorporated both Learner’s Word of the Day and Word of the Day for today (Oct. 27, 2016) I also gave myself one hour to write it and edit it as per my usual Word of the Day guidelines.

delectation – noun

[dee-lek-tey-shuh n]

  1.   delight; enjoyment.

gourd – noun

  1.    any one of several types of fruits that have a hard shell and that are used for    decoration and not for eating
  2.  a gourd-shaped, small-necked bottle or flask.
  3.  a dried and excavated gourd shell used as a bottle, dipper, flask, etc.
  4.   Slang. out of one’s mind; crazy.



by Traci Bold

97 words

Moon cast light on the delectation below.

It saw animals, cowboys, ghosts, ghouls, knights, princesses, superheroes and witches running house to house for candy.

In the dark…

A huge sneaky spider spun its web fast which caught Moons’ attention.

The web grew large and wide enough to snare some tasty trick-or-treaters.

The spider was off its gourd! Moon was horrified.

It cast it’s light upon the spider for all to see.

The trick-or-treaters tricked the spider with their sticky candy, wrapping it in its own web.

They thanked Moon with a candy offering.

Which made Moon smile.



links to the contest:

And Now…The Moment You’ve All Been Waiting For…!

The 6th Annual Halloweensie Writing Contest – aahhhrrrooooOOOOO!!!


24 thoughts on “THE HALLOWEEN MOON”

  1. Wonderful! Your stories are getting better and better. This one could be a Picturebook MS. So aso a dummy or storyboard and see. I may follow your 1 hour guideline and give it a try myself. Having foot procedure so will have to see how it goes and 100 boxes coming from storage this pm and we are in our new condo yea! Sue

    Sent from my iPhone



    1. Thank you Sue! There is still time for you to enter this contest as well. Just go to the links at the bottom of my story and click on them to get details. It goes through Halloween night and some of the prizes are professional critiques! Poems and fiction allowed but you must use these three words in any form of them: ghost, moon and spider AND it cannot go over 100 words.

      Glad you are moved in to your new digs, not settled in yet but at least moved in! Keeping you in my thoughts for your foot procedure and getting settled in.

      Good advice too about dummying this out for a PB. Thanks!



  2. Fun story, Traci! Once again you take another angle to show your creativity! I like the Moon personified. Sometimes it does seem like it’s watching over us! Good Luck!


    1. Thank you Linda! I love challenges like this. I was going to write the story ahead of time but this time of year, I hoped both dictionary sites would have words that worked well for the season and I lucked out by waiting to do the story until yesterday when the words came out for those sites. 🙂


  3. Love that the moon has its eye on the whole situation and warns the trick-or-treaters! And how clever of you to work delectation and gourd into the story as well – loved the use of gourd 🙂 Nicely described, good story in 100 words – well done! 🙂 Thanks for joining in the Halloweensie fun!

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