Following is my entry for Susanna Leonard Hill’s Halloweensie Contest. The rules: write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children (title not included in the 100 words), using the words pumpkin, broomstick, and creak.
What Goes Bump In the Night?
Jumping from fright, Sarah peered fearfully around the corner to see about the ruckus. As she crept forward, the floor creaked. Sarah froze.
Tiptoeing onto the porch, Sarah nearly tripped over a broom. Where did that come from?
Stepping over the broomstick, Sarah peered into the darkness. She could just make out an eerie orange glow flickering near the bottom step. It was a pumpkin!
Leaping straight up, Sarah jerked around. The shutter over the window, flapping in the wind, slammed into the house.
Whew! Sarah sighed in relief. No scary broomstick-riding witch or haunted pumpkin.
Julie Rowan-Zoch says
But can she be sure? Haha! Nice one, Kelly!
Patricia Tilton says
Like your repitition of “Bump!” Adds to the suspense.
Susanna Leonard Hill says
Ooh! Poor Sarah! I can imagine her heart pounding as she wonders what on earth is making that scary noise, and her relief that it’s only a shutter… or is it?! 🙂 Thanks so much for joining in the Halloweensie fun, Kelly!
The BUMP chorus is great!
Carrie F says
Brave girl! Good for her for exploring the noise. I agree with Patricia, the repetition helps build the suspense.
Christie Allred says
Way to go! Good luck in the contest. 🙂
Penny Parker Klostermann says
Nice suspense! Those night bumps can really fool us!