GHOUL STUFF — A Halloweensie Story

I’m posting next Monday’s post early, because today’s the first day of Susanna Hill’s wonderful Halloweensie Writing Contest and I couldn’t wait to join in the fun!

The rules, in brief, are (quoting from Susanna’s blog): Write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children (children here defined as 12 and under) (title not included in the 100 words), using the words candy corn, monster, and shadow. (Candy corn will be counted as 1 word.)  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! You may use the words in any form – e.g. monsters, monstrous, shadowy, shadowed, whathaveyou.

At the end of this post, I’ll give you the link to Susanna’s post where you can find all the stories (keep checking that link — stories can be posted until 11:59 p.m. EDT on October 31st. If you want to participate, there’s time!

Now, my story. 97 words, since Susanna says “candy corn” can be counted as one. I counted my hyphenated words as 3.


Halloween! Scare-and-screaming time!

My brother howled. “Monsters don’t DO Halloween! Monsters hide under beds. Monsters lurk in closets. Halloween is GHOUL STUFF!”

I didn’t care. This pink monster was going Halloweening.

Nobody was scared. Nobody screamed. Ghouls everywhere! No monsters. A ghoul shrieked. I shivered.

Oh no! A baby ghoul crying! Big ghouls taunted, “You couldn’t scare a kitten!”

I ran to her. “We’re scary! Just watch!”

We tiptoed to a house. Something leapt from the shadows. We screamed!

The something smiled. “How sweet you look! Have some candy corn.”

YUM! Candy corn’s ghoul AND monster stuff!


G is for Ghouls (and Ghosts and Goblins). It’s for Halloween Goodies (like candy corn, although I’d rather have little chocolate bars). It’s also for Get over to Susanna’s blog to read all the entries! Here’s the link!


  1. I’d be happy getting candy corn at every house. =) Good luck!

  2. Dear little pink monster. I love him. Well done, Beth.

  3. I like how the pink monster stood up for the baby ghoul when it was getting picked on even though there’s a division between monsters and ghouls

  4. Nice job in getting an entire story and dialogue in the Halloweensie, Beth. Love me a pink monster.

  5. Very enjoyable. Love your main character.

  6. Candy corn makes it all better…for some monsters and ghouls. Just leave some Mounds bars for me, and I’ll be happy. That’s one plucky pink monster you’ve got there. I really like her spunk! Good luck in the contest!

  7. Awww, a cute pink monster is a nice surprise! Darling story, best of luck to you!

  8. Go Pink Monster! Love the pluck and fun as she and baby ghoul get that candy corn 🙂 Good Luck, Beth!

  9. Yes, candy corn belongs to everyone. Although, like you, I love me some chocolate stuff more. Love this idea of what’s Ghoul stuff verses Monster stuff. Even with monsters and ghouls we can find a commonality that exists. What a fun read.

  10. Love the pink monster, Beth! Great job and I’m glad pink monster found a friend.

  11. Great way to stick together and get the candy corn!

  12. Lovely story Beth! All the best.

  13. Pink Monsters I like!

  14. Locking my doors and turning out the lights tonight. Candy corn will be on the porch….too scary little Pink but glad it worked out for you.
    cute story 🙂
    best of luck

  15. Pink Monster learned the value of trick or treating! Cute story! Her big brother monster missed out.

  16. Sounds like this ghoul had the right idea!

  17. Candy corn for pink monster and baby ghoul! That’s even better than being scary. 🙂

  18. Ghoul stuff, indeed! Halloween is for pink monsters, baby ghoul, and everyone else!

  19. Ah, candy corn! The great equalizer! Love the ghoul stuff and the little pink monster 🙂 Thanks for an entertaining entry, Beth, and for being part of the Halloweensie fun!

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