Happy Halloweensie!

[UPDATE: THRILLED to share that this story was given an Honorable Mention for Great Read for Younger Readers!]

It’s one of my favorite times of year: Susanna Leonard Hill’s Halloweensie contest for children’s writers! I love these contests. They challenge my brain to think in new ways and almost always inspire multiple stories. Plus, this year, they are the best kind of happy distraction from… you know… everything else.

The challenge: write a halloween-themed children’s story in 100 words or less and include the words skeleton, mask, and creep.

Without further a-boo, here is my 2020 Halloweensie story:

PUMPKIN HUNT (100 words)
By Nicole Loos Miller

Hello, little Skeleton. What are you doing?

I’m going on a pumpkin hunt.

A pumpkin hunt?

A pumpkin hunt!
I’m going on a pumpkin hunt. I’m gonna pick a big one!
Tiptoe. Tiptoe.
Ooh, a white pumpkin!

Don’t worry, little Skeleton. It’s just a mask.

Oh, um, I knew that.
I’m going on a pumpkin hunt!
I’m gonna pick a big one!
Creep. Creep. Creep.
A green pumpkin?

Mask again, little Skelton.

Oh, whew! 
Back to the pumpkin hunt.
Skitter, skitter, step.
Oh! Nice mask.

Uh, little Skeleton… that’s not a mask! 


Published by Nicole Loos Miller

Mama, LCSW, member of SCBWI and 12x12. Sometimes I laugh at my own jokes and I never get enough sleep. Also, I think you are great.

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