TREAT OR TRICK? – A #Poem for Halloween

28 Oct
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Okay, I’ve finally entered one of best-selling children’s book author, Susanna Leonard Hill’s fantastic, super-competitive children’s writing events. It’s her Third Annual Halloweensie Contest!

Entries can be funny, scary or anything in between, poetry or prose, but they must have 100 words or less, and contain the words: spooky, black cat and cackle.

If you have a moment between now and October 31st (when they are all due), do yourself a favor and read the entries on Susanna’s site. It’s always worth the effort. Better yet, you still have a few days to enter if you wish.

Voting on top choices takes place on November 4th.

Now, be afraid. Be very afraid…

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TREAT OR TRICK?

Headstone Hill's a spooky place.
Wanda Witch lives there.
It's said she steals small children.
Little ones beware!

Dared to go on Halloween,
Rip approached her house.
He tiptoed past the black cat.
Quiet as a mouse.

Wanda pulled the creaky door,
Stretching a sly smile.
"My, a sweet young child is here!"
EWWW, they're all so vile!

Shaking, Rip held out his bag,
Waiting for some stuff.
Wanda gave a sugared snake.
"This was not so tough!

I don't need to be afraid.
You gave me a sweet."
Then she yanked Rip in, cackling,
"BEAST, come get your treat!"

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70 Responses to “TREAT OR TRICK? – A #Poem for Halloween”

  1. cherylsec October 28, 2013 at 2:32 pm #

    This is excellent! So fun and what a great twist. Great job, Donna! I love it!

    • Donna L. Sadd October 28, 2013 at 2:49 pm #

      Thanks so much for popping in to read it, Cheryl! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. :0)

  2. candyannlittle October 28, 2013 at 2:47 pm #

    Loved it!!

  3. shacklefordlb October 28, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

    Delightfully frightful 🙂

    • Donna L. Sadd October 28, 2013 at 3:21 pm #

      Thanks, Lesley! It’s great to hear from you, and Happy Halloween! :0)

  4. Janie Reinart October 28, 2013 at 3:09 pm #

    Yeah! Gives me the shivers! LOL So fun! Great job Donna!

    • Donna L. Sadd October 28, 2013 at 3:22 pm #

      Thanks much, fellow Scribbler! ;0)

  5. nrhatch October 28, 2013 at 3:19 pm #

    CHOMP! Excellent twist.

  6. laurimeyers October 28, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

    Oh no! R.I.P. little rip. I hope he got to eat his sugared snake first 🙂 Very scary!

    • Donna L. Sadd October 28, 2013 at 5:52 pm #

      Hee, hee, hee, nope Beast got Rip’s goody sack too. Thanks for popping in, Lauri! ;0)

  7. Stacy S. Jensen October 28, 2013 at 5:43 pm #

    Ahhh. I’m running away! Very scary.

    • Donna L. Sadd October 28, 2013 at 5:57 pm #

      Thanks, Stacy. Sleep with the lights on! :0)

  8. Aria Glazki October 28, 2013 at 7:08 pm #

    This is awesome! And hilarious – or maybe that’s just me?

    • Donna L. Sadd October 29, 2013 at 6:52 am #

      Thanks, Aria! My mind went down a goofy path with this one. ;0)

  9. Susanna Leonard Hill October 28, 2013 at 7:40 pm #

    Oh my! I am afraid! Very afraid! Excellent spooky entry, Donna! I’m hoping Beast is only going to play with Rip 🙂 Thanks so much for joining in the fun!

    • Donna L. Sadd October 29, 2013 at 6:53 am #

      Thanks for holding this fun event, Susanna! :0)

  10. deborahholtwilliams October 28, 2013 at 9:40 pm #

    Just when I thought he was safe…wow! Great story, and I love the name Rip (as in Rest In Peace).

    • Donna L. Sadd October 29, 2013 at 6:46 am #

      Thanks, Deb! I named him Stu at first and then a light bulb went off=Rip. Just a little something extra. Bwahahaha! :0)

  11. Cathy C. Hall October 28, 2013 at 9:42 pm #

    Ruh-roh. I don’t know about the kids, but I’ll be up all night! 🙂

    • Donna L. Sadd October 29, 2013 at 6:47 am #

      Thanks for popping in, and keep the lights on, Cathy. ;0)

  12. Heather Annie Dent October 28, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

    I knew going up to that house was a bad idea! When will people learn not to approach spooky houses?

  13. viviankirkfield October 29, 2013 at 12:44 am #

    No one will be resting peacefully, with Beast on the loose. 🙂 Great story, Donna!

    • Donna L. Sadd October 29, 2013 at 6:49 am #

      Don’t worry; Wanda keeps Beast in the basement. Thanks for popping in, Vivian! :0)

  14. jannatwrites October 29, 2013 at 2:37 am #

    Uh, I think I’d skip that house trick or treating! Being the treat is not nearly as fun as getting a treat 🙂

    • Donna L. Sadd October 29, 2013 at 6:50 am #

      That’s the thing about dares; they’re usually things you never want to do. Thanks for taking the time to read it, Janna. :0)

  15. Penny Parker Klostermann October 29, 2013 at 9:31 am #

    EEEEEEEKKKKKK! She must be related to the witch in Hansel and Gretel! Great story to get us in the spirit!

    • Donna L. Sadd October 29, 2013 at 10:37 am #

      Sisters? Thanks for popping in, Penny! :0)

  16. Grannymar October 29, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    What a twist in the tale, I might stay indoors for the next week….. just in case! 😉

    • Donna L. Sadd October 29, 2013 at 10:39 am #

      I’m feeling a little guilty now, but I just couldn’t resist it at the time! Thanks for visiting, Grannymar! :0)

    • Grannymar October 29, 2013 at 11:04 am #

      No, it was perfect!

    • Donna L. Sadd October 29, 2013 at 11:13 am #

      :0)

  17. Beth Stilborn October 29, 2013 at 11:52 am #

    Shivering in my shoes… clever (scary) twist!

  18. Buffy Silverman October 29, 2013 at 3:07 pm #

    Poor RIP! I’m shaking in my boots for him.

  19. clarbojahn October 29, 2013 at 4:13 pm #

    What a good entry! Love the twist. And rhyme. Everyone is doing such a good job. 🙂

  20. Joanna October 29, 2013 at 4:17 pm #

    R.I.P Rip! haha

    • Donna L. Sadd October 29, 2013 at 4:37 pm #

      :0) Thanks for popping in, Joanna!

  21. Margaret Greanias October 29, 2013 at 6:02 pm #

    SCARY! But I loved it especially the ending!

    • Donna L. Sadd October 30, 2013 at 10:55 am #

      Thanks so much for popping in, Margaret! :0)

  22. Stacy Couch October 29, 2013 at 8:37 pm #

    A properly scary Halloweensie story, Donna! Love his name: RIP.

    • Donna L. Sadd October 30, 2013 at 10:56 am #

      Thanks, Stacy! At first I had him as Stu, then said, “This needs a little zip, I’ll name him Rip!”

  23. Pamela Courtney October 29, 2013 at 11:31 pm #

    Yikes! Poor Rip! This was such a fun read! So glad I stopped by.

    • Donna L. Sadd October 30, 2013 at 10:57 am #

      I’m glad you stopped by too, Pamela. Thank you! :0)

  24. njmprod October 30, 2013 at 12:59 am #

    Approaching carefully then finding out he is just a ‘sweetie’ in disguise.

    • Donna L. Sadd October 30, 2013 at 10:59 am #

      Moral of the story…don’t take the dare! Thanks for taking the time to read it, njmprod! :0)

  25. julie rowan zoch October 30, 2013 at 3:30 am #

    Love the surprise!

  26. Catherine Constance October 30, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

    Spooky, loved it… 🙂

  27. Michelle Heidenrich Barnes October 30, 2013 at 12:40 pm #

    Oh no! Scary stuff! This is definitely one to be shared around a campfire while toasting marshmallows.

    • Donna L. Sadd October 30, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

      Thanks for the great compliment, Michelle! :0)

  28. Laura Shovan October 30, 2013 at 4:43 pm #

    Great twist at the end, Donna! Poor Rip. Oh — I just got the name… R.I.P! Clever.

    • Donna L. Sadd October 30, 2013 at 5:08 pm #

      Hee, hee, thought I’d try to sneak in a funny! Thanks for popping in, Laura! :0)

  29. Pam Brunskill (@PamBrunskill) October 30, 2013 at 7:21 pm #

    Ahh! Scary! My story also has a Wanda Witch in it, but she’s not nearly as evil!

    • Donna L. Sadd October 31, 2013 at 7:18 am #

      Yep, my Wanda is certainly a baddie. Thanks for popping over, Pam; I’m off to read yours now! :0)

  30. Andrea October 30, 2013 at 7:42 pm #

    Spooky!

    • Donna L. Sadd October 31, 2013 at 7:18 am #

      Thanks for popping over to read it, Andrea! :0)

  31. Carrie Finison October 30, 2013 at 11:30 pm #

    Fantastic twist ending. I love it!!

  32. Renee LaTulippe October 31, 2013 at 5:56 pm #

    Super creepy – just the way I like them!

    • Donna L. Sadd October 31, 2013 at 6:47 pm #

      Thanks for taking a minute to pop in, Renee. I’ve got to sleep with the lights on after reading yours and seeing your video! :0)

  33. Jarm Del Boccio November 1, 2013 at 2:35 pm #

    I always admire folks who can write in rhyme. . .how fun!

    • Donna L. Sadd November 1, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

      I’ve got a lot to learn, but I appreciate your kind comment, Jarm! :0)

  34. Keila November 1, 2013 at 7:48 pm #

    Yikes! Poor Rip…he’s R.I.P. Good luck!

    • Donna L. Sadd November 1, 2013 at 8:43 pm #

      Yep, poor Rip is a goner. ;0) Thanks for popping in, Keila!

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