Zadie’s Halloween Surprise

I’m participating in Susanna Leonard Hill’s Halloweensie Story Contest. The task – tell a complete story in 100 words or less that uses the words shiver, howl, and cauldron in any form. Here goes!

Zadie’s Halloween Surprise (98 words)

“Not fair!” screamed Zadie Zombie. “Tonight is Halloween! I want to bellow like a banshee at Zeke and Zelda’s party! Not be stuck in bed with a cold!”

“Back to bed, my little hobgoblin,” insisted her Mom.


A howling, shivery wind whistled through the window sash.

The lights dimmed.

Zadie heard footsteps.


She cracked the door and…

…caught a glimpse of gooey gobs of gator guts in a witch’s cauldron.

“Surprise! We brought the party to you!” shouted Zeke and Zelda.

The friends gobbled and slurped and bellowed like banshees the rest of All Hallows’ Eve.

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19 Responses to Zadie’s Halloween Surprise

  1. celticsea says:

    What great friends! I love the ending to your story. Well done and good luck!

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  2. Janet Smart says:

    What fun! I’m glad she didn’t have to miss out on Halloween.

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  3. Nothing like some gooey gator guts to top of your Halloween. 🙂

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  4. ptnozell says:

    Such thoughtful friends to share the gator guts! Happy Halloween!

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  5. kelasalvia says:

    I love the scary anticipation in this story. So fun!

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  6. Nancy Riley says:

    Yep, gooey gator guts are the best! Good, gooey luck!

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  7. Kelly says:

    Awww, I’d hate to be sick on Halloween! I’m glad she has good friends. Cute story!


  8. M.A. Cortez says:

    Awww, cute and original. I can picture the characters. Nice work. Good luck.

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  9. Becky Scharnhorst says:

    I love the all the fun language in your story, Rose. Gooey gobs of gator guts is my favorite part. 🙂 And you did a great job of building tension. I was actually a little nervous! Well done!

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  10. Great they brought the party to her! Good friends.

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  11. Awe, Zeke and Zelda are terrific friends! Cute story. Good luck!

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  12. Zadie has great friends. Good luck!

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  13. lmconnors says:

    A sweet friend story for a spooky night! Love it. 🙂

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  14. The Haunted Wordsmith says:

    Nothing like great friends. Great story 🙂

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  15. Cute! It stinks being sick!

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  16. Nice! Gator guts is very creative, lol! Also the whole idea of the main character being a zombie. Great job and good luck!

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  17. Traci Bold says:

    Now those are great friends! Good story. 🙂

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  18. jeanjames926 says:

    Great friendship Halloween story!

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  19. Aw! What good friends, Rose! I’m glad Zadie didn’t have to miss out on all the Halloween fun! Thanks for joining in the Halloweensie high jinx!

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