Sarah’s First Halloween

Little Sarah shook with fear,
she knew not what to do.
She clung to Daddy with trembling hands
as a ghost floated up and said “Boo!”

She had seen a bright green witch,
monsters and a vampire bat!
Why would her parents take her outside
and not protect her from that?

They dragged her toward a spooky house
with a cauldron that smelled like feet
they rang the bell, she closed her eyes,
Someone yelled “Trick or Treat!”

The pumpkin-shaped basket she carried
filled with strange weight
she looked inside to be surprised
by more candy than she ever ate.



This post is my entry in the (2nd Annual!) HALLOWEENSIE CONTEST!!!!! that was recommended to me by Nancy when I read her entry. The rules are simple: 

“The Contest:  write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children (title not included in the 100 words), using the words witchbat, and “trick-or-treat.   Your story can be scary, funny or anything in between, poetry or prose, but it will only count for the contest if it includes those 3 words and is 100 words (you can go under, but not over!)  Get it?  Halloweensie – because it’s not very long and it’s for little people :)”

Be sure to post it today (by 11:59 pm EST) and link it back to Susannah Leonard Hill’s blog. Have some spooky fun!



40 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Heather Newman (@HeatherNewman12)
    Oct 31, 2012 @ 13:04:59

    Halloween is scary for wee ones! Great entry and good luck.


  2. thelifeofjamie
    Oct 31, 2012 @ 13:53:08

    Very cute…our first Halloween was very similar.


  3. CMSmith
    Oct 31, 2012 @ 13:56:27

    Ooops. I missed the deadline. Here in my own little corner, I completely forgot today was Halloween. No trick-or-treating for us tonight.

    Good luck on the contest.


  4. nrhatch
    Oct 31, 2012 @ 14:07:02

    Yay! You tossed your witch’s hat into the cauldron! Love it! 😀


  5. julie rowan zoch
    Oct 31, 2012 @ 14:07:55

    A very first Halloween indeed! My son would want to head home even if the pumpkin wasn’t full – just heavy enough for little hands!


    • Lisa Wields Words
      Oct 31, 2012 @ 14:10:05

      Those were the days, when you could trick them into thinking one or two houses was a good haul. Looks like a dark, chilly night for Trick-or-Treating, but now Sarah will want to go for miles and miles and pounds of candy.


      • julie rowan zoch
        Oct 31, 2012 @ 14:18:51

        We are lucky this year in northern Colorado – I think it’s about 75 out right now (noon), and even with the evening drop it should be pleasant! We’ve had blizzard conditions before, so I feel for you!


        • Lisa Wields Words
          Oct 31, 2012 @ 14:21:22

          LOL. We lived in Durango, CO and had several snowy Halloweens. Fun, fun, fun! Actually, this year is better than last because Halloween got postponed because of the freak October storm. Since our area wasn’t too damaged by Sandy, we’re lucky. I feel bad for those truly suffering from the storm.


  6. Cathy Ballou Mealey
    Oct 31, 2012 @ 16:11:07

    This was my favorite line: a cauldron that smelled like feet Too funny!


  7. Penny Klostermann
    Oct 31, 2012 @ 16:47:59

    Excellent! I’m glad she got lots of loot!


  8. Piglet in Portugal
    Oct 31, 2012 @ 18:32:17

    Great entry Lisa!


  9. Catherine Johnson
    Oct 31, 2012 @ 19:02:16

    What a cute rhyming story!


  10. Carrie Finison
    Oct 31, 2012 @ 19:29:35

    This is such a good perspective and reminder that for really young kids, Halloween is actually kind of scary.

    I laughed at the ‘more candy than she ever ate” line — I think my daughter is hauling home more candy than she *weighs.*


  11. Susanna Leonard Hill
    Oct 31, 2012 @ 20:35:40

    What a wonderful entry, Lisa! I love that you wrote the story from the POV of a little one who hasn’t got Halloween all figured out yet, and that it ends in such a sweet surprise. I’m so glad to “meet” you through this contest – I think I owe Nancy a big thanks as she has introduced me to several new writers today! Thanks for joining in the Halloweensie fun 🙂


  12. jannatwrites
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 03:57:45

    Halloween can be scary for young ones, but it sure doesn’t take them long to figure out how to work the cuteness for extra candy 🙂


  13. Renee LaTulippe (@ReneeMLaTulippe)
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 04:39:35

    Sweet story and, as Susanna said, so wonderful to be told through the POV of the child. Sometimes we forget to kneel down and look at things through their eyes! Those goblins must be terrifying!


  14. viviankirkfield
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 23:48:09

    I agree, Lisa. Sometimes we forget how terrifying all this Halloween stuff really is! And little ones don’t yet have the understanding of what is real and what is not. 🙂
    I loved your story…It’s wonderful to see so many more joining the fun!


  15. Katie
    Nov 02, 2012 @ 10:53:44

    Very sweet! Oddly, my 6 year old is a lot more afraid of the scariness of Halloween than my 2 year old is. Go figure.


  16. laurimeyers
    Nov 07, 2012 @ 13:19:01

    You captured the emotion of trick or treating well!


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