Susanna Leonard Hill’s Halloweensie contest is back!

In its sixth year, this contest combines the spooky fun of Halloween with the challenge of writing a short short – 100 words or less – kids’ story using the words spider, ghost, and moon (in any form).

After you read my 100-word entry below, be sure to head over to Susanna’s site to read all the other spooktacular stories:

And if you want to enter your own story, there’s still time. You have until midnight (EST) on Friday, October 31!


The Bookstore Cat’s Halloween


As Halloween bumps near

my feline heart thumps with fear.


The bookstore ghost haunts at night,

fills our bookish home with fright.


Ghosts glow green, but he’s “well read.”

His cat drops spiders on my head.



Each moonlit Halloween,

we depart the in-between.”


“An evil writer cast a spell

that brings us here to haunt and yell.”


My mistress faints in the nook,

but I prowl—for a book!


“This book of rhyme holds the key

to break the spell and set you free!”


“No more must we haunt and roam.

Now we fly to our new ghost home.”

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