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Cooking Up Halloween Decorations

I am pleased to share my entry for Susanna Leonard Hill’s 9th annual writing contest. The full details and rules can be found here: Halloweensie Contest – the fine print

This is a wonderful way to connect with other picture book writers and there are some amazing prizes, too. The basic rules are that the story must be 100 words or less not including the title, no illustrations or illustration notes, and must include the words potion, cobweb, and trick. 

Here’s my story.

Cooking up Halloween Decorations (96 words)

While Mama slept, Casey and I decorated for Halloween. 

Melt sugar, water, and corn syrup into spun sugar. 

Drizzle spirals on parchment paper. Drape from the doorframe. 

Spooky, delicious cobwebs. 

“Don’t eat them yet!” Casey warned.

Black whip licorice and jumbo gumdrops create perfect spiders. 

“Stop eating the licorice, Randy. We need eight legs for each spider.”

Hang them from the cobwebs.

Potion time!

Warm the milk.

Add chocolate. 

Stir. 

Taste. 

More chocolate. 

Stir. 

Taste. 

More chocolate. 

“Ready?”

“Yes, drink up.”

Mama appeared in the doorway framed by spiders.

Trick-or-Treat?”

“Treat!” We all shout.

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If you want to make your own candy web, check this out. spun sugar spider web

Halloween done perfectly (Piermont part one)

Playing tourist yesterday in a quaint New York town on the Hudson River, I saw this inviting display outside of a store. I’m not a fan of scary decorations, artificial cobwebs (since I work hard to get rid of real ones), or anything with blood & gore. This embodies my idea of Halloween. 🎃 🧡🌼🎃🧡🌼

Draw a Monster for Homework

A Halloween poem in less than 100 words (as told by a reluctant artist)

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Draw a Monsterfor Homework

The assignment: Draw a monster for homework.

My best friend and neighbor Jess, smiles a smirk.

“How hard can that be?” She mutters.

“Do you even know me?” I stutter.

Pencils and markers lined up for the job

I make careful shapes, but end up in a blob

A shadow of gray that won’t go away

“What’s that?” I imagine Miss Riley’s voice say.

So what if the corners are tattered and torn,

It’s Halloween which means endless candy corn!

My blob monster drawing, messy shadow and all,

Hangs proudly with others, out in the hall!