Spider’s Halloween Hunt

Here is my entry for Susan Leonard Hill’6th Annual Halloweensie Story Contest.  Scroll down to see contest details below.

Spider’s Halloween Hunt

By Kristen Olsen


In the light of the moon

hovered a small spider

watching trick or treaters

from her hot air balloon.


She spun white sticky webs

from gateposts to doorposts

to trap tasty treats like

sour bats and ghost heads.


“I always catch the most,”

small spider liked to sing

as she floated above

sipping cider with toast.


Along came a monsoon.

Cold wind halloweensied.

The balloon lost control

and crashed near a lagoon.


With candy apple eyes

a toad croaked to spider

“It’s my birthday today,

thank you for my surprise.”


The Contest:  write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children (title not included in the 100 words), using the words spiderghost, and moon.   Your story can be scary, funny or anything in between, poetry or prose, but it will only count for the contest if it includes those 3 words and is 100 words (you can go under, but not over!)  Get it?  Halloweensie – because it’s not very long and it’s for little people🙂  (And yes, I know 100 words is short but that’s part of the fun and the challenge!  We got nearly 150 fantastic entries last year so I know you can do it!)  Also, you may use the words in any form – e.g. moon, moons, mooned, spidery, ghostly, whathaveyou🙂  No illustration notes please!


11 thoughts on “Spider’s Halloween Hunt

  1. Nice language and images, Kristen! Love your use of halloweensied! And the toad’s candy apple eyes! I’m a little worried about how things might have turned out for spider though… 🙂 Thanks so much for joining in the Halloweensie fun!


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