Updated: May 15
I adore Halloween. It's such a fun holiday and I love making a big deal of it for my kids. Though I should probably specify... I love all of the fun and wholesome parts of Halloween... pumpkin patches, carnivals, chili cookoffs, carving pumpkins, hay rides... I do NOT love the scary parts of Halloween. I'm pretty much a baby there. But give me all the candy, caramel apples, and chances to dress up any day.
So when I read about Susanna Leonard Hill's Halloweensie Writing Contest, I knew I needed to write a story. I ended up writing two and really did have so much fun... But let me tell you, writing a full story with a legitimate beginning, middle, and end in only 100 words? It. Is. Hard! But definitely a fun challenge. The requirements this year specifically: 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 potion, cobweb, and trick.
Now, without further ado, my stories.Happy Halloween, everyone! Be safe and. have fun tonight!
The Monster Bash
By Kailei Pew
The music was spooky.
The punchy potion, to die for.
And the decor? Creepy perfection.
This would be the greatest Halloween party ever!
But why wasn’t anyone here??
Where was everyone??
The music was falling flat.
The potions fizzing out.
The cobwebs drooping.
Wanda moped up the stairs, when something caught her eye.
“Oh no! The invitations!”
She flipped her wand—ZAP—and sent them away. ZOOM!
“Please oh please…”
“It’s party time!!”
With a flick of her wand...
The music revived.
The potions sizzled.
The decorations dazzled.
A true monster bash!
The Great Candy Caper
By Kailei Pew
Loot bags? Check!
Benny’s eyes narrowed.
He tiptoed past a witch brewing her potion and guarding her loot.
Benny braved sticky cobwebs to scale the wall. He tied the rope, and lowered himself down.
But as he hovered over the goods, some skeletons arrived.
The witch tossed treasure into each bag.
“What? Aaaaaaaaaaah! Oof.”
“What a cute little thief! Here you go!”
“You’re just giving me candy??!”
“Of course. It’s Halloween!”
“Come on.” said a skeleton. “Next house!”
Free candy? Check!
Best night ever!
Hi! I'm Kailei
I write picture books and am in the process of seeking representation. Shout out to my friends in the query trenches. It sure isn't for the faint hearted!
I believe in books. I believe in imaginative play. I believe in having fun, getting messy, and being silly with my kids. Thus FOR LITTLE READERS was born, where I share a book and activity each week. I hope you'll jump into the fun with your kids and be inspired by something I share here.
Why books? I believe that books open up a world of possibilities to young kids. In a book, anything is possible. Kids can find themselves in the pages and get completely lost in the story. The day we brought our first baby home from the hospital, we read her a bedtime story and never looked back. Now we can read for hours every day. I'll never tire of the wonder in her eyes with each new story.
Why imaginative play? Kids need to be silly. They need to go on adventures. They need to navigate their world in a fun, safe place. I could go on and on about the benefits of imaginative play, but I'll spare you. Just know this: it's SO important in a child's development.
I believe that when reading and imagination meet, magic happens. I hope to help you make that happen for your child.