Halloweensie: Snip, Snap, Crack

Halloweensie pic

It’s time for Susanna Leonard Hill’s annual Halloweensie contest!

Rules:  write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children (title not included in the 100 words), using the words pumpkinbroomstick, and creak in any form.  

Here’s my entry:




In a deep dark corner, an old lady sits.

She cackles, and snarls, and frantically knits.


Click clack go her needles.

Snip snap go her bones,

As she rocks and she creaks

and her kitty cat moans.


She conjures up spiders, and pumpkins, and ghosts

All spun from her yarn –

“I’m so wicked!” she boasts.


Don’t dare approach her,

She’s all trick and no treat.

What are you doing??

Come hither, my sweet.


Get away from that broomstick! Skedaddle! Shoo!

You’re tiptoeing closer??






Please visit Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog, because there will be tons of fun and scary weensie short stories for Halloween. Or play along and add your own!


67 thoughts on “Halloweensie: Snip, Snap, Crack

  1. Love the imagery, especially the 2nd stanza. I would not want to go near that witch. Great rhythm.

  2. This is excellent, Nancy – so creepy! I love the rhythm and the language you use. I certainly wouldn’t come any closer!!

  3. A wonderful little tale about a wicked witch who knits. Interesting twist on what witches do. I like the action words in the tale. They are strong. I can see children enjoying reading this out load or even enacting it.

  4. Wonderful ! I could picture an evil old lady witch there. And get scared. I’m so glad to see a second person pov working great. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Oh that’s very good Nancy. Nice rhythm and melody and onomatopoeia and visuals. This would be great in a magazine with a single illo of the lady knitting.

  6. Ack! My original comment didn’t post! Trying again…
    Oh, Nancy! Well done! Love the rhythm of the story and oh my goodness that is one creepy old lady! You wouldn’t catch me venturing too close! 🙂 Thanks for a deliciously shivery entry! So glad you joined in the Halloweensie fun! 🙂

  7. Oh, well done, Nancy! Love the rhythm of the story, and oh my goodness that old lady is creepy! You wouldn’t catch me going too close! 🙂 Thanks for a deliciously shivery story 🙂 So glad you joined the Halloweensie fun!

  8. Love this one! It has a strong character, story progression, suspense, rhymes that work, evocative language, and involves the reader. My favorite part is her “I’m so wicked” line. …and also the click-clack and snip-snap of the needles and bones. I can really see her!

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