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Halloween Drives Me Batty October 31, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Fiction, Humor, Word Play, Writing & Writers.

Winifred stared at the calendar, “It’s Halloween!”

Unimpressed, her black cat, Cackle, turned away and returned to slumber.

“I know witches are supposed to like Halloween.  But I don’t.  Halloween drives me batty.  I never want to hear  “trick-or-treat” again.”

Winifred grabbed her Spell Book and turned pages, “No . . . No . . . Not a chance . . . Hmm . . . Maybe . . . No . . . YES!”

Winifred chanted as she tossed ingredients into her cauldron:

Eye of Newt, Hair of Dog, Wing of Bat
Just for today . . . turn me into a Cat!


Winifred padded over to join Cackle for a cat nap, and purred, “Better catty, than batty.”

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Written for:  The 2nd Annual Halloweensie Contest (Susanna Leonard Hill)

Contest:  Write a 100-word Halloween story appropriate for children (title not included in the 100 words), using the words witch, bat, and “trick-or-treat”.   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 and is 100 words or less.  Then link it HERE.

* * * * *

Susanna just posted the 8 Finalists . . . and I’m in the running!  If you want to vote, click this link:  Vote for your Favorite!

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I’ve renamed the cat ~ from Ebony to Cackle ~ to tie in with the 2013 Contest.


1. suzicate - October 31, 2012

“better catty than batty”, love it!

nrhatch - October 31, 2012

Thanks, Suzi! I had great fun writing this story for the contest ~ trimming it to 100 words helped to tighten it.

If you want to play along, I’ve added the link and contest rules.

The Prize is FABULOUS . . . 5 (that’s FIVE!) brand new picture books personalized and signed by the authors!

PUZZLED BY PINK by Sarah Frances Hardy
THE MONSTER WHO LOST HIS MEAN by Tiffany Strelitz Haber THE THREE NINJA PIGS by Corey Rosen Schwartz,
FLAP! by Alison Hertz.

Great to keep for your own collection or to give to little ones in your life as holiday gifts.

2. Jas - October 31, 2012

I agree with suzicate 🙂 loved it.

nrhatch - October 31, 2012

Thanks, Jas. If you love Halloween, children’s stories, and/or entering writing contests . . . I’ve add the link above and described the prize in response to Comment #1.

3. Lisa Wields Words - October 31, 2012

I agree with suzicate and Jas. 😀

nrhatch - October 31, 2012

Lisa ~ This contest has your name all over it. What better way to spend Halloween than writing a story for little ghosts and ghouls. 😯

Lisa Wields Words - October 31, 2012

Ooh, I didn’t even notice it was a contest. I’m clearly not reading fully. If I can come up with something, I will definitely enter. I’m on a roll with writing my book at the moment, so want to focus on that first.

nrhatch - October 31, 2012

The best part . . . only 100 words required! And Susanna gave us 3 of them ~ witch, bat, and “trick or treat.” :mrgreen:

4. Andra Watkins - October 31, 2012

Excellent entry, Nancy. Happy Halloween.

nrhatch - October 31, 2012

Any chance that you’ll play along, Andra?

If you don’t want it to mess up the flow of your series, you can post your 100 words in the comment section of Susanna’s post.

Andra Watkins - October 31, 2012

I am writing so many words right now off the blog……..100 extra shouldn’t be too hard, should it? 🙂

nrhatch - October 31, 2012

Exactly! That’s the Halloween spirit! 😀

5. Tom (Aquatom1968) - October 31, 2012

I may have a go at this, Nancy, but just for fun, not to win! I have a challenge to write 50 100 word stories, and this fits nicely in with that!
Happy Halloween!

nrhatch - October 31, 2012

Superb! I felt the same. Winning is always nice . . . but playing the writing game is where the FUN lies for me.

6. jannatwrites - October 31, 2012

This was a cute story. I like the premise of a witch that doesn’t like Halloween. And the ‘better catty than batty’ – love it!!

Thanks for the heads up on this contest. I don’t really have time…but I don’t have any sense either, so I’m going to see if I can come up with something anyway 🙂

nrhatch - October 31, 2012

Yay! Just for today, we can all be “ghost writers.” 😀

7. Susanna Leonard Hill - October 31, 2012

Better catty than batty! Tons of fun Nancy! What an creative and entertaining entry. I’m so glad you joined in! I will see if I can add your link!

Susanna Leonard Hill - October 31, 2012

I hope I got in on the list… let me know if you don’t see it!

nrhatch - October 31, 2012

Thanks, Susanna! I’m looking forward to reading all the submissions.

What a great way to ensure we all have a Happy Halloween.

Paula Tohline Calhoun - October 31, 2012

When I just submitted my link, I didn’t see yours yet – hope it shows up – both yours and mine (mine being the most important of course, but I wouldn’t be so crass as to mention that!) I couldn’t find a place to make a comment, either – and she gets hundreds! More in one day than I get in a year, it looks like – maybe even more comments than YOU get! Zounds!

What or what shall we do if we are left out of this contest? Stage a protest? Boycott Blogspot altogether? (Sounds like a good idea anyway! What do they have against WordPress – other than the fact that WP is superior?)

nrhatch - October 31, 2012

PTC ~ You are there at #27. I’m there at #14. I checked both links and they are ACTIVE!

I did have to switch from IE to Firefox in order to leave a comment on her blog. Her comment thread doesn’t support Internet Explorer.

Paula Tohline Calhoun - October 31, 2012

Thanks! I just checked back and found both too! I hate IE (along with Blogspot!). I now use Chrome, and have very little problems with interconnecting with other browsers. I used Firefox for a while too before switching to Chrome, which so far I find is the best – which is funny, because Chrome is a Google property and so is Blogspot! Oh well, the minds and ways of Techies are mysteries I have no desire to plumb, to say nothing of my ability to do so! Cheers! – PTC

nrhatch - October 31, 2012

All this techno babble makes me dizzy
Now I’m in the mood for something fizzy
Maybe it’s time for a Happy Hour drink
Hmm . . . a ZOMBIE is just the thing, I think

8. sweetdaysundertheoaks - October 31, 2012

Excellent Nancy! And fun.. 🙂

nrhatch - October 31, 2012

Thanks, Pix! Care to play along? You could use your black cat and pumpkins to illustrate your post.

B~O~O!!! 😯

sweetdaysundertheoaks - October 31, 2012

ME do a writing contest? Now that’s funny!!

nrhatch - October 31, 2012

I know you don’t see it
But your fans and readers do
You’re a FAB photographer
And you have a way with words too!

sweetdaysundertheoaks - October 31, 2012

Awww geesh. Thanks Nancy.

9. Penny Klostermann - October 31, 2012

You mixed a perfect brew! Great entry!

nrhatch - October 31, 2012

Thanks, Penny! I’m looking forward to reading all the enticing and spook~tacular entries today. What a great way to spend Halloween . . . especially after surviving Sandy.

10. Paula Tohline Calhoun - October 31, 2012

Oh dear, NRH! You KNOW I believe I’ll never catch or match yours (it’s great!), but you also know that I can’t resist the challenge. Hope I’m not too late, but I will do my best to get it in on time. I haven’t been to the site yet, but I am, with this wish for you, heading over now – enough. . .

nrhatch - October 31, 2012

Thanks, PTC. You have until midnight . . . and maybe longer. Susanna is considering extending submission time due to Sandy blowing the lights out in so many places.

Can’t wait to see what you come up with.

11. julie rowan zoch - October 31, 2012

Fun story – love the ending!

nrhatch - October 31, 2012

Thanks, Julie. I am reading other entries and am just WOW’ed at the creativity and what can be done with 100 words.

julie rowan zoch - October 31, 2012

Me too!

12. Spellbound « JannaTWrites - October 31, 2012

[…] here’s the deal.  Halloween really isn’t my thing…but writing is   Nancy at Spirit Lights the Way told me about a writing contest and it looked like so much fun, I had to do it.  That’s the […]

nrhatch - October 31, 2012

Yay! Loved it, Janna. 😀

13. Catherine Johnson - October 31, 2012

What a neat entry! I’d love to turn myself into a cat and curl up and not go out on this cold night.

nrhatch - October 31, 2012

Cats have the right idea, don’t they?

“There’s always time for that . . . later. But first, a nap.”

14. Loni Edwards (@LoniEdwards) - October 31, 2012

Clever idea! I would so love to be a cat for a day 🙂 Nice entry!

15. Sarah’s First Halloween « Woman Wielding Words - October 31, 2012

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nrhatch - October 31, 2012

Yay! You captured the angst of a trick or treater’s 1st Halloween. 😯

16. Heather Newman (@HeatherNewman12) - October 31, 2012

Definitely better catty than batty! Excellent entry 🙂

nrhatch - October 31, 2012

Thanks, Heather. Susanna’s contest has made for a FUN Halloween ~ so many spook~tacular entries.

17. Laura Renauld - October 31, 2012

Don’t we all wish for an escape like that from time to time? Great entry!

nrhatch - October 31, 2012

Cats are Zen Masters . . . able to escape with a brief cat nap. 😀

18. Julie - October 31, 2012

Great story, and I especially liked your catchy last line!

nrhatch - October 31, 2012

Thanks, Julie. It was FUN watching the ending emerge as I trimmed words.

19. Carrie Finison - October 31, 2012

This is so clever! I really love the punchline at the end.

nrhatch - October 31, 2012

Thanks, Carrie! I have been so impressed with the entries to the contest. They are all great, but yours is the only one that made me laugh out loud (so far, anyway):

Meanwhile the bat was festooning his attic
With lawn signs – Republican and Democratic.

20. “Trick-or-Treat!” « - October 31, 2012

[…] you want to play along (I was enticed by “Nancy Hatch of “Spirit Lights the Way,” here are the rules:  Write a 100-word Halloween story appropriate for children (title not […]

nrhatch - October 31, 2012

Yay! PTC decided to play!
Whether trick or a treat . . . it’s sure to be sweet.

Paula Tohline Calhoun - October 31, 2012

Yup! For better or worse, it’s up! But it was fun! Thanks for the “heads up!”

nrhatch - October 31, 2012

You’re welcome! And see . . . sometimes LESS is MORE, or at least ENOUGH. 😆

Paula Tohline Calhoun - October 31, 2012

Well, I started out with a lot more words. I have a second verse which I had to toss, but it’s my favorite:

Can you guess what those three things each screeched three times outside my door?
Was it “Happy New Year!” screeched out louder than a dinosaur?
Yet “Happy”doesn’t scare me
“New” can be quite nice,
each “Year” has a birthday with a wonderful cake to slice!

And then I had several more verses with the screeches being different three-word things, finally ending up with “Trick-or-Treat!” SO, sometimes more can be more too. I think. I know that less can be less, but, wait, what was I trying ti say?

nrhatch - October 31, 2012

A few people included their drafts in their posts . . . so feel free to include your longer version too. Just know that I am impressed you entered a 100-word challenge . . . and on such short notice.

21. Carla - October 31, 2012

“Better catty than batty!” I love it!! Sometimes, I think I might just be both, lol!

nrhatch - October 31, 2012

Thanks, Carla! Your comment made me LOL . . . you’re definitely NOT alone.

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23. Perfecting Motherhood - October 31, 2012
nrhatch - October 31, 2012

Wonderful submission, Milka! Glad you played along . . .

Perfecting Motherhood - October 31, 2012

Thanks for letting me know about the contest! I always miss these things by not paying attention enough. I missed a great photo challenge recently so it’s not just about writing or kid stuff.

nrhatch - October 31, 2012

I’m glad I heard about it in time to participate . . . a nice change of pace from watching the weather.

24. Cathy Ballou Mealey - October 31, 2012

Tee hee – brings a whole new dimension to the phrase ‘crazy cat lady’! Thanks for the fun!

nrhatch - October 31, 2012

Thanks, Cathy. This contest has been a FUN way to enjoy Halloween . . . without scaring my socks off!

25. Barb - November 1, 2012

What a fun game. I love spooky tales.

nrhatch - November 1, 2012

You might still have time to play along, Barb. Susanna may be extending the submission deadline to Friday. If not, there are some stellar entries linked up at her blog.

26. Renee LaTulippe (@ReneeMLaTulippe) - November 1, 2012

Great punchline! She’s like a Grinch witch who hates Halloween – fun premise!

nrhatch - November 1, 2012

Winifred and the Grinch are third cousins, twice removed. 😉

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28. Barbara Backer-Gray - November 1, 2012

Ah, wouldn’t that be lovely, to turn into a cat for a while? Endless sleep, no worries…

nrhatch - November 1, 2012

Yes . . . cats rule. 😀

29. viviankirkfield - November 1, 2012

I love your entry, Nancy…and I really enjoyed all of the comments here…and your rhyming responses to many of them. But the best thing is that you encouraged all of your readers to take part…I’ve seen so many ‘new’ names in the entries for this contest…it’s fantastic!
I think it was a perfect contest to help people focus on something other than Mother Nature. 🙂

nrhatch - November 1, 2012

Thanks for letting me know about the contest so I could spread the word, Vivian.

I agree with you . . . the contest gave us a break from the devastation Sandy caused friends and family members.

30. Team Oyeniyi - November 2, 2012

Love it!

nrhatch - November 2, 2012

Thanks, Robyn. I love witches . . . and cats . . . and witches who turn themselves into cats to avoid having to answer the door and pass out candy. 😉

31. William D'Andrea - November 3, 2012

“Trick or treat?”


nrhatch - November 3, 2012

That’s perfect, William. Winifred and the Grinch are third cousins, twice removed . . . and they are big fans of Scrooge!

32. nrhatch - November 6, 2012

Susanna just posted the 8 Finalists . . . and I’m in the running! If you want to vote, visti Susanna’s post, Vote for your Favorite.


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35. laurimeyers - November 7, 2012

This one got my vote – strong finish with “better catty than batty”

nrhatch - November 7, 2012

Thanks, Lauri! I’m glad you enjoyed Winifred’s spell. 😀

36. SammyDee - November 7, 2012

I didn’t realise it was a contest! Am I too late?

nrhatch - November 7, 2012

No, there’s still time to vote. The polls are open until sometime tomorrow. Thanks, SammyDee.

SammyDee - November 7, 2012

Thank you for replying so quickly! I’ve placed my vote so fingers crossed 🙂

nrhatch - November 7, 2012

Thanks so much, SammyDee. Winifred appreciates your support. I do too! 😀

37. Paula Tohline Calhoun - November 17, 2012

Almost a month late, but CONGRATULATIONS, you Halloweensie you! 😆 :mrgreen:

nrhatch - November 17, 2012

Thanks, Paula! Your congratulations is only half as “late” as that . . . I haven’t even spent the gift certificate yet. :mrgreen:

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