Outside My Window-100 word story for Susanna Leonard Hill’s Halloweensie Contest!

Pretty tickled to share my story online with you tonight.  It’s my first ever writing contest!  I couldn’t think of a better way to kick off this writing career.  Throughout the year, Susanna’s name has been popping up in [Julie Hedlund’s] 12 x 12 group, and for good reason.  Susanna is a wonderful kidlit writer AND holds on-line writing classes for a VERY reasonable cost–and worth every penny and then some.  Yes, I have taken the class, it’s two snaps and a circle!!


So let’s get down to the nitty gritty.  The contest is to write a Halloween story, using the words “ghost”, “moon” and “spider”.  The catch?  Only 100 words (not including the title, phew!).  Challenging for the likes of me, no doubt.  Susanna mentioned last year there were over 150 entries and  judging by the news feed, there’s some pretty stiff competition too.  It’s all in good fun and if I’m gonna make this writing thing work, I can’t imagine a better place to start.  Here goes:

Outside My Window ~Yvette Elrod

“Hu-Hoo! Hu-Hoo!”

Ears awaken; Owl warns again, “It’s Hu-Halloween Eve!”

Wicked Wind whirls around moonlight bright outside my window.

Creeeeeeak! Trees groan as Wind winds them up; marionettes dancing on a moonlit stage.

Thump. Thump. Thump! Trash Can tumbles.

Wind snatches acrobatic plastic bags; hanging angry ghosts from trees who grumble.

Under Moonbeam’s spell, Dust Fairies float to my floor. Wait! What’s that shadow creeping?

Eight legs, spindle thin. Outside, Spider laughs. She’s teasing while sticky web weaving.

Without warning Bat swoops! Wings spread! Claws out for grabbing!


Outside my window, Spider was no more. Hu-hoo, Hu-heh, Hu-hee!


21 thoughts on “Outside My Window-100 word story for Susanna Leonard Hill’s Halloweensie Contest!

  1. CONGRATULATIONS on your first writing contest! Yvette…it’s so nice to meet you and that is fabulous you are participating. I love all of your wordplay and noise sounds. 🙂 Susanna’s Halloweensie Contests are super..best of luck!

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    • Hi WendYvette! That works nicely😊 This had been such fun, my family and I have been reading stories in the car, during puzzle time (in between R. L.Stein movies). Anything coming up for Christmas?


  2. Hi Yvette!
    Congrats on entering your first writing contest. Susanna Leonard Hill’s Valentiny Contest was my first, and I’ve been hooked ever since 🤓 I loved your entry. Great play on words and such vivid detail. It created quite the picture in my head. “Hu hoo, Hu hee”- she said!

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  3. I’m so glad you decided to make Halloweensie your first ever contest, Yvette! Great job! Love the mood and atmosphere you created. Nice language! And quite the twist ending – I can’t help feeling sorry for poor Spider 🙂 Thanks so much for joining in the Halloweensie fun! 🙂

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