Monday, October 7, 2019


The time has come to enter holiday writing contests. KIDLIT Fall Frenzy, Halloweensie, and in December, Rock Star Santa's Bookbag.

So today I am entering The Kidlit Fall Frenzy Writing Contest. 

A ton of thanks to Kaitlyn Leann Sanchez and Lydia Lukidis for planning this event! They've gathered a ton of wonderful prizes. You might enter yourself.

Here is my entry based on this photo prompt.

Mostly Ghostly

My friends threw double-dares, 
so I climbed the creaky stairs, 
of the haunted mansion high up on the hill. 

I slipped through the front door 
and was more scared than before, 
but determined, I kept tip-toeing until... 
I touched cobwebs and I freaked, 
plus the stench of this place reeked, 
and farther down the hall a dim light flickered. 

It cast shadows on the wall—
a hand that waved a beckoned call 
and a warbling voice above me snickered. 

“You cannot go much closer. 
I must halt you, Mr. Ghost, sir,
for you're shuffling through the hall of doom. 

And if you decide to stay here, 
I cannot ease your true fear 
for this house may become your earthly tomb.” 

Just then I heard the laughter 
coming from the highest rafter,
and that’s when I knew that I’d been had. 

My friends were up there gloating, 
and beside them, clearly floating,  
was my brother, my mother, and my dad. 

“Surprise!” shouted the ghosts 
as they raised marshmallow toasts 
in the dark room, now blazing gold and green. 

They showered me with presents 
and suddenly it made sense.
I forgot my birthday falls on Halloween.

word count 195


  1. Good thing the family and friends are there to remind her it is her birthday!! I imagine it is easy to forget when you are walking through what seems to be a haunted house!! You have done a nice job with your rhyme, rhythm and story. Good luck in the contest!

  2. Thank you, Colleen. I appreciate your comments. :)

  3. Delightful! Terrific as always. Good luck

  4. Thank you, David. It was fun to create something on the spur of the moment based on a photo prompt. :)

  5. Fun / Spooky! And thank you for letting us know about this fun event.

  6. Creative and funny. Love the rhyme scheme you used, too.

  7. Thank you, Kathy. Good luck to you too.:)

  8. Well done, had me at the surprise twist at the end...I was totally smiling...and your rhyme scheme had me turning the pages of an Edgar Allen Poe thriller. :)

  9. Thank you, Vivian. I'm so glad you liked it. I love to write slightly scary Halloween poems for kids. Who knows, maybe this one will find its way into a Halloween Poetry Collection. :)

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The time has come to enter holiday writing contests. KIDLIT Fall Frenzy , Halloweensie , and in December, Rock Star Santa's Bookbag . ...