The Shadow – A Halloweensie Story

Be afraid…be very afraid. Halloween is drawing near! That means October is almost over, which (to me) is the scary part. Where is the fall going? To get into the spirit of things for Halloween, I’m posting a teeny-tiny Halloween story. And if you like this one, you can gather a whole sackful by ringing the doorbells of the other writers who have posted their links on Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog for her Halloweensie contest. All the stories must be less than 100 words, and contain the words pumpkin, creak, and broomstick. These are the best kind of Halloween treats because you can enjoy as many as you want and you won’t gain an ounce!

(for the record, mine is 93 words)

The Shadow
By Carrie Finison

Once upon a pumpkin moon
a rocker creaked,
the wind sighed, Soon….
A Shadow stole across the lawn
and stopped upon the stair.

Ghosts and goblins roamed the streets.
They rang each bell
for tricks or treats.
As they approached they didn’t see
the Shadow waiting there.

Through the dark the children stepped,
not knowing where
the Shadow crept.
They stumbled over Shadow and
their screeches pierced the air.

Broomstick tail puffed wide with fright,
poor Shadow fled
into the night.
On Halloween a small black cat
should NOT sit on the stair!



74 thoughts on “The Shadow – A Halloweensie Story

  1. Penny Parker Klostermann says:

    Love it, Carrie! “Broomstick tail” is the BEST!

    (By the way, your link links to your Perfect Picture Book Friday – Water Can Be…post. Maybe Susanna could change that for you so that it will link right to your Halloweensie story.)

  2. Heather Kinser says:

    I’m reading through the Halloweensies…this is one of my two favorites so far. Satisfying rhyme and rhythm, and great story progression with a true surprise ending that makes perfect sense. A winner!

  3. Robyn Campbell says:

    Oh wow, Carrie. This is magnificent. I love your words which put these wonderful images in my head. WELL DONE! Love the fifth line. I’m trying that with a rhyming picture book.

  4. Susanna Leonard HillHill says:

    This is terrific, Carrie! I love the rhythm of your poetry, the wonderful spooky mood you create, and the fact that poor Shadow turns out to be a little cat 🙂 Nice ending! Thanks so much for joining in the Halloweensie high jinx! 🙂

  5. Cathy Ballou Mealey says:

    I love “the wind sighed, Soon…” So lovely!
    I was always tripping over my cat as he wound around and around my ankles. They never learn!
    Marvelous structure and language in your superb Halloweensie!

  6. Hey, Jim Hill! says:

    The wind frightened me! Wonderful poem. Hope Shadow made it home safely.

    “Broomstick tail puffed wide with fright” – that’s a great line.

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