Posted by: Colleen Owen Murphy | October 28, 2018



Princess-costumed Samantha stopped as she saw her runaway beagle Max enter Mrs. Ghoul’s house. Samantha shivered – not from the cold, but the fear of Mrs. Ghoul. They said she was a witch! But Samantha had no choice; she must rescue Max.

As she crept up the steps, the door opened. Samantha heard Max howling. His cries came from inside a deep cauldron sitting near the doorway.

“She’s cooking Max!” Samantha screamed.

“No dear,” said Mrs. Ghoul. “He jumped in when he smelled the candy.”

“Candy? But they said you were a…”

“Witch?” cackled Mrs. Ghoul. “Do witches handout candy?”



Note: This is yet another 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.

Please visit this site to see all of the imaginative entries submitted – or to enter one of your own!


  1. You’ve kept all of us guessing, Colleen…and that is the mark of a great story…well done!

    • Thank you so much for stopping by Vivian, and thanks for the kind remarks! ❤

  2. Oh, boy! I’m not at all sure I trust Mrs. Ghoul! Nice job, Colleen! Thanks for another great entry!

    • Thanks Susanna! And thank you for all the work you are investing in this contest! SOOOOO many entries!

  3. Good twist at the end. Good luck.

    • Thank you! And thanks for stopping by!

  4. Good for him. Max knew she wasn’t a witch!

    • Or, he was really persuaded by the candy!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Hope Max didn’t eat too much candy! A fun Halloweensie story!

    • If he is anything like my brother’s beagle, he did! Thanks for stopping by!

  6. I like witches that hand out candy. Good luck!

    • Ha ha, but is she a witch?

  7. Fun story. Hmm, a ghoul with a cauldron – sounds sneaky. Good Luck.

    • Thanks Maria! She is Mrs. Ghoul – just a last name, or not?

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