Below is my story for Susanna Leonard Hill’s 7th HALLOWEENSIE contest. I tried my hand at rhyme using what I learned from a webinar by Renée LaTulippe. Here are the rules:

The Contest: 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 cornmonster, 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!)  Get it?  Halloweensie – because it’s not very long and it’s for little people .

TRICK NO TREAT (99 words)

by Traci Bold

Today was Halloween.

Shadow planned the perfect greeting.

She was mostly into tricking,

Not so much the treating.


This year would be different,

her friends gathered by her house.

She snuck out back to scare them

quiet as a mouse.


None of her friends saw her

when she hollered out, “A KID!”

She laughed and howled and hooted

as she watched what each friend did.


Bones barked,

Demon dove,

Frankenstein fainted.


Ghoul gasped,

Monster moaned,

Pixie repainted.


Troll tripped,

Vampire vanished,

Witch wailed…

“Wait a minute!”


The moon appeared.

Shadow was seen.

She shared candy corn,

No longer being mean.


Readers, please visit Susanna’s site to read more of the HALLOWEENSIE contest stories. Great stories for Halloween night with your kiddos!

The 7th Annual Halloweensie Contest aahhhrrrooooOOOOO!

Stay safe everyone!

#justkeepwriting #justkeepwriting





40 thoughts on “TRICK-NO-TREAT”

  1. Ha- Traci, love the rhyme and the great alliteration. Enjoyed this trick by Shadow. Original, too, as this is the first I’ve seen w/”Shadow” as the MC. Good luck.


  2. Traci,
    I like that Shadow ended on a positive note with her friends. I definitely would have jumped if someone yelled unbeknownst to me!! Good luck with the contest. It’s a fun, playful story.



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