Have I mentioned yet that Halloween is my favorite holiday? The weather’s sometimes cooler, you don’t have to clean cobwebs out of ceiling corners, and if you don’t feel like brushing your hair, a green wig is perfectly acceptable.
And the candy…peanut butter cups are a balanced breakfast, right?
I also love contests. So when I heard about children’s author Susanna Hill and her Halloweensie Contest, I couldn’t wait to write my entry.
The rules: Entry must have a 100 word count or less, and contain the words candy corn (counts as one word here), monster, and shadow. And be for little ghouls and goblins.
Here’s my entry at exactly one hundred words (that’s harder than it sounds, people!):
The Candy Corn Craft Monster
Bean’s best friend Jilly said he was a monster when it came to crafts. A complete mess. He’d get glitter up his nose. He’d glue his fingers together.
So Bean hid in the shadowiest corner.
Miss Ann found him. “Halloween’s tonight! Come make spooky art.”
“I’ll just make a mess.” Bean hung his head.
Miss Ann led him next to Jilly. “That’s okay. Messes mean you’re being creative and learning.”
Bean looked at the candy corn and had an idea. He got to work.
Jilly squealed, then giggled. “It’s Bean the Candy Corn Monster!”
He grinned as he gnashed his candy corn fangs.