Assumptions Are Scary!

Boo! Here’s my entry for Susanna Hill’s 8th annual Halloweensie contest for children’s writers. The rules: Write a 100-word Halloween story, incorporating the words shiver, cauldron, and howl.


Assumptions Are Scary!

Beth hated to hear all the howling next door.

Those poor kidnapped animals, scared to the core.

When the witch drove away and returned with big bags,

the howling began. That nasty old hag!

She clearly was casting a Halloween spell

on shivering creatures, oh how they yelled!

Beth peeked in the window that Halloween night,

but rather than finding a cauldron of fright,

she saw a young woman surrounded by pups,

pouring big bags of food, which they gobbled right up.

“Thank goodness I went to the shelter that night.”

Then the dogs answered back, with howls of delight.


  • Maria Marshall October 29, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    This is fun & very true. Too easy to jump to assumptions. Best of Luck!

  • Gregory E. Bray October 29, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    Very cute story. Good luck!

  • corine timmer November 1, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    I enjoyed your story. I like the message too. I am so glad Beth peeked in that window for things were not what she had imagined. Well done. A true story in 100 words. Good luck!

  • Jean James November 5, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    Glad those pups got some treats. Sweet story.

    • admin November 8, 2018 at 5:53 pm

      Thanks so much, Jean!

  • Susanna Leonard Hill November 8, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    Oh, I’m so glad she was being kind to the animals and not the other way around, Elisa! Great twist and good use of misdirection! Thanks for joining in the Halloweensie fun!

    • admin November 8, 2018 at 5:53 pm

      Thanks so much, Susanna! This was such a fun contest. Thanks for the opportunity!


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