Friday, October 26, 2018

Halloweensie 2018: The Were-Cauldron's Bite

Courtesy of my daughter

It's here, it's here, that spooky time of year! 

I love Susanna Hill's Halloweensie contest, and after a long year of playing mom and dad while my husband served overseas, and another move across the ocean, I'm so excited to have something to add. 

The rules for this year are: "Write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children (children here defined as 12 and under) (title not included in the 100 words), using the words shiver, cauldron, and howl."

And coming in at 100 words (and with the added fun of my daughter's artwork), here's my Halloween poem:

The Were-Cauldron’s Bite

A pinch of shiver, a dash of scream,
one werewolf’s howl, a blood-moon beam.

A hard stir left, a quick swirl right.
The witches mix up this year’s fright.

The cauldron shakes, and sprouts long fangs.
Its feet grow claws. Its rim grows bangs.

Two ears pop out atop its lid,
and listen for that one scared kid …

Who’s clutching candy—all alone—
trembling on his way back home.

It hears him now, that poor, doomed soul,
and lurches from its fiery hole.

The cauldron’s teeth snap through the air.
The candy’s gone! So kids, BE-WERE!



  1. I love the artwork Johnell and the story! What could be scarier than a cauldron with legs! Poor child who lost all his candy!!

    Good luck with the contest!

  2. Johnell, what a deliciously spooky rhyme! Good luck in the contest!

  3. Fabulously spooky artwork! And I ADORE that you rhymed fangs with bangs, hahaha. That's awesome

  4. Hi Johnell. That's a scary tale of Halloween. I'd hate to meet up with the cauldron.

  5. Love that opening line! Very original story and adorable artwork. Good luck!

  6. Scary, fun, and well done! I don't want to meet the cauldron either!

  7. Great rhyme! I really enjoyed this spooky story.

  8. I love this!How fun, a scary yet funny story for the little ones.I also love your illustrations.

  9. What a fun story, Johnell. I really liked the fangs and bangs. :-)

  10. This is a fun entry. Very active and engaging. I like the "blood-moon beam" and the twist at the end.

  11. Well now I'm scared of cauldrons, ha! Great job, and Happy Halloween!

  12. Great drawing to go with a great rhyming story. Good luck!

  13. Fabulous story! And I love the artwork that goes with it! Good luck!

  14. Wow! What a fun and well-written poem!! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Ooh so scary and fun to read! I loved your daughter's artwork too.

  16. Johnell, this is fantastic! Excellent rhyme and rhythm; wonderful beginning, middle and end. And your daughter's artwork is delightfully scary; love it!

  17. "A hard stir left, a quick swirl right" had me smiling!