Posted by: Colleen Owen Murphy | October 8, 2018

The Halloween Treasure Hunt

“Ahoy mateys! Ye be ready to search for the booty?”

“Aye, aye Cap’n Pete!” yelled the other boys.

“Here be the treasure map me Seadog dad made.”

Pete followed the map and the boys followed Pete throughout their neighborhoods.

After what seemed like hours Pete said, “Blimey mates! Still no Jolly Roger in sight!”

Quincy looked over Pete’s shoulder. “Ye be holding the map upside down Cap’n!”

The boys howled with laughter.

“Er…,” said Pete, “just testing ye Scallywags.”

Redirected, they soon sighted the flag.

Relieved, Pete cried, “Shiver me timbers mateys! There be a candy-filled cauldron for us all!”




Note: This is an entry for Susanna Leonard Hill’s Halloweensie Contest, where writers are challenged to write a Halloween story, in one hundred words or less. Writers must use the following words – in any form – in their stories: shiver, cauldron and howl.

The Nina, The Pinta, and the Guidelines for the 8th Annual Halloweensie Contest!!!


  1. Hahahaha! Love the upside down problem. What a great story in so few words!

    Finally getting around to reading more of these from the contest, so much fun!

    • Thanks Kaitlyn! I am thinking it wasn’t Halloween-enough for the contest, but it was fun to write. Thank you for stopping in to read my entry!

      • Anytime! I’m following your blog now 😊 feel free to follow mine too:)

  2. What a fun pirate story and your pirate dialect is spot on. Really enjoyed this Colleen!

    • Thank you Traci! It was fun to write too, so I am glad you enjoyed it.

  3. I just love a good pirate Halloween story. So funny.

    • Thank you Jean!

  4. I love pirates for Halloween! Such a great costume & so many possibilities! Happy Halloweensie!

    • Thanks for stopping in to read both of my stories!

  5. Love this story! So creative to use shiver and howled in a story about pirates. I’m glad they found their treasure of candy.

    • Thank you Megan. The shiver me timbers came right away; the rest developed from there. And I could not leave a bunch of pirates without the candy treasure!

  6. What a cute story and a great way to use the word shiver. 🙂

    • Thank you! It was the first thing that came to me!

  7. Candy filled cauldron’s are the best. Good luck!

    • Thanks Gregory!

  8. Great pirate language and I can relate to upside down maps. Good luck!

    • Ha ha! Thanks MD!

  9. Love the pirate talk and upside down map line! Good luck and Happy Halloween!

    • Thanks little birdie! Lol.

      Happy Halloween to you as well!

  10. Fun combination of pirates and Halloween. Love the upside down map.

    • Thanks Maria. Honestly I still chuckle when I read that line – and I know it is coming.

  11. Nice job! I love pirate speak. Cute story. Good luck.

    • Thank you! It was fun to figure out how to use the pirate speak.

  12. Very cute story!

    • Thanks Kelly!

  13. Great story!

    • Thanks Carole!

  14. So cute. Love the kid humor pirate style.

    • Thank you for stopping by and for your comments Janet!

  15. Love anything piratey! Great use of the three words. Good luck!

    • Thank you Rose! I saw the word “shiver” and that is where my mind went. I guess having daughters who loved PIRATES OF CARIBBEAN helped.

      I appreciate your stopping in to read my story!

  16. I love it, Colleen. You made great use of your words. Love Seadog Dad and your pirate humor. Excellent job, my friend.

    • Thank you Robyn! It was fun to write, but a challenge – as you know – to tell a story in 100 words!!

  17. Sounds like the story of my life ;). Fun story.

    • Ha ha! Thanks for stopping by!

  18. Ha ha. Holding the map upside down – he should have removed his eye patch. Fun piratey Halloween story.

    • I like that idea! If only I had a few more words. Lol. Thanks for stopping by and reading my entry Janet.

  19. Pirates are one of our favorite Halloween costume choices in our household! Cute story, Colleen, I enjoyed how the map was upside down

    • Thanks Candice! I am glad you liked it.

  20. Now, that’s what I call a great Halloween treasure, Colleen! Good luck!

    • Thanks Nancy!

  21. Shiver me timbers! What playful piratey language you use. Good luck on the contest!

    • Thanks Kari!

  22. What a fun map misreading spin on a pirate Halloween, Colleen! I for one am grateful for google maps since I was never much good at getting things right way round :). Well done telling your story in exactly 100 words! Thanks for joining in the shivery fun!

    • Thank you Susanna and thanks for providing the challenge – and it is indeed a challenge to tell a tale with an arc (albeit slight) in one hundred words. I may try a rhyming one too. We shall see. I did enjoy reading yours. 🙂

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