3rd Halloweensie Contest!!/ Olivia the Pig or Rather Not?

The Contest:  Here it is, straight from the horse’s mouth. Susanna Leonard Hill that is. “Write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children (title not included in the 100 words), using the words spookyblack cat, and cackle.   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 (you can count black cat as one word) 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 :)”

That is how Susanna Leonard Hill starts off this contest. And I have a winner at 99 words. Here is my entry.

Olivia the Pig or Rather Not?

“Have You or Your Kids Ever Dressed Up Like Book Characters For Halloween?”  This question on the library window made Sara plead with her mom to let her dress up like Olivia.— Sara’s favorite character since, ever.  Mom made an Olivia Pig costume with striped pants and pointed hat. BUT, Sara doesn’t want to be a pig!

“I didn’t think Olivia was a Pig.”

Princess Leia from Star Wars?”

“That would be taken already”

Then Sara took the character of “One Witch” to try on.

“Can I have a Black Cat and Cackle?  I want to be spooky, too.”

The End

Oh, Ok. Don’t like the title. A no no? Make up one for me will you? And leave it in the comments? Thanks so much!

You probably already know that this means no PPBF this Friday, right? But look for other cuter short stories of Halloween at Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and enjoy. And I have a great one for the following Friday and also a good post for this coming Tuesday. To give you a hint it will include a giveaway and have to do with my stats. So vote for me on Susanna’s blog and come back to see me on Tuesday and the following Friday. After that I will be traveling to Texas to see my sister to do one talk on November 11th at the Rockwall Retired Teachers Association and two talks at the Rockwall Library on November 13th. I’m looking forward to those. On my return home I’ll be autographing books at the Carver Senior Center on November 15 and 16, If you’re nearby, come see me ok?

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About ClaraBowmanJahn

Journal writer. Author of "Annie's Special Day" And coauthor of Edmund Pickle Chin, A Donkey Rescue Story." Proud mother and grandmother of wonderful kids. Wife of brilliant husband. Servant of two cats. Member of Pennwriters and SCBWI.
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54 Responses to 3rd Halloweensie Contest!!/ Olivia the Pig or Rather Not?

  1. Busy lady! Glad you had time to join the Halloweensie contest! I’m chuckling about the little girl who didn’t know Olivia was a pig!

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  2. Storytime Costumes? Maybe not! Ah, well, worth a try! I like your theme!

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  3. Great idea, Clarike! Thanks for the link as well. :0)

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  4. nrhatch says:

    Haha ~ that’s funny. I wonder if she knows that Mickey the Mouse is a mouse? :mrgreen:

    Two quick fixes needed: (1) Sara or Sarah, but not both; (2) probably “striped pants” not stripped pants (unless Olivia is a stripper).

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  5. cherylsec says:

    What a fun story, Clarike! I like the character and the voice. I could see this expanded further into a picture book. Great job!

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  6. I know, Olivia the Stripper Pig!! Sorry, couldn’t resist. 🙂

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  7. Joanna says:

    Haha, love Pat’s title. Love your inclusion of titles.

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  8. colonialist says:

    ‘Olivia!’
    ‘Yes, and so do I, remember, Mom? So what?’ 🙂
    Full stop after ‘already’.
    ‘Sara Pigs Out’

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  9. Grannymar says:

    I am smiling at the stripper pig! I should not, after all I am the queen of typos!

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  10. Catherine Johnson says:

    Cute idea! Depicts picky kid decisions perfectly and how often they change their minds.

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  11. Another clever one, Clar. . . and with a twist!

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  12. So glad you were able to join in the contest, Clar! I love your little Sara who has a little trouble in the making-up-her-mind department! I know a lot of little people who fall in that category 🙂 I’m glad she finally found something that worked just right! 🙂

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  13. Of course she needs a Black Cat and she has to Cackle! Hee! Hee! Cute entry,Clar!

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  14. But Olivia is such a cute pig! 🙂 Cute!

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  15. jannatwrites says:

    Cute story, Clar! Getting kids to settle on Halloween costumes can be tricky sometimes.

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  16. What do you want to be for Halloween? A question that so many children find it hard to answer…and once they decide, they often change their minds – after mom buys or makes the costume. This story is so true!!! Great job, Clar.
    Have fun on your trip!

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    • clarbojahn says:

      Thanks, Vivian for both good words. I”m looking forward to flying and seeing my sister. I”m nervous about talking to retired teachers. I haven’t even started practicing my talk yet!!

      Sara’s mother is a saint in disguise. 🙂

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  17. Why Olivia doesn’t act like a pig … I can understand the confusion. ha ha . Fun story! Have fun with all your travels.

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    • clarbojahn says:

      Thanks, Stacy.

      I”m really looking forward to it. I haven’t seen my sister since June. although I talk to her weekly it isn’t the same. I can’t wait. 🙂

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  18. That’s funny… my son is just like that. Yesterday he changed his mind about his costume, which to him is following his daydreams and to me is another expensive trip to the Halloween store. Once he got mad at me 6 months later because I got him a puppy costume, which he loved, because I couldn’t figure out how to make a robin costume, his first choice. *sigh* I think the title should be Fickle Cackle!

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  19. laurimeyers says:

    Yes, yes, yes. I’ve been trying to think of a good costume to get this November (you know, when they are on clearance.) Mine are all “vintage” at this point, and not really in a good way. But I had not considered a book-inspired costume. Now, I just need to think…and read…

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  20. Nice mom for not getting pissed off about the unused homemade Olivia costume. I should be that patient!

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  21. I love it! It is NOT sterile. Look at everyone who loves it with me. I thought I had commented but I can’t find my comment. *sigh* Great job Clar. And if you see another comment of mine floating through cyber space just toss it. I love your voice pal. Excellent. {Hugs}

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  22. Character Mishap! 😀 Great story!

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  23. Hah! My kids have indecision about their costumes, too – usually but not this year thank goodness!

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  24. Laura Shovan says:

    Olivia is being a little bit pig-headed about her costume. (I know, another bad pig pun.) Choosing a good costume is a big responsibility for kids!

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