Fall Writing Frenzy-2022

Kaitylyn Sanchez and Lydia Lukidis continue to host this fabulous fall contest. The entries are pouring in and so inspiring! Thank you to the hosts, guest judge, Alyssa Reynoso-Morris, and generous prize donors. Here is my entry:

Fall- Credit: Daniele Colucci for Unsplash

Creepy Street (198 words)

By Jill Lambert
I accepted their dare.
It’s Halloween night.
Staring down Creepy Street
fills me with fright.

The rain-slickened cobblestones
glisten in gloom.
Twilight arrives
with a spirit of doom.

An eerie red lantern
sets each brick ablaze.
Electrical lines
weave a spidery maze.

Off in the distance
I hear a door creak.
A gravelly voice echoes,
“What do you seek?”

“I’m here trick-or-treating.”
“So, you’re all alone?”
I nod once, then shiver.
“Proceed on your own.”

I slink toward the light
and stand under its glow.
Whoa, I am floating!
Huge rats swarm below.

Up on the balcony 
grins an old hag.
“Here are your treats, dearie.
Come get your bag.”

She beckons and cackles,
“I like your disguise!”
I reach for the drawstring,
avoiding her eyes.

As soon as I snatch it
I drop like a stone,
then race down the road
to escape the old crone.

My double-dare friends
watch agape by the gate.
I rip the bag open.
My hair stands up straight.

Out bursts a spider
gigantic and hairy.
Its fangs drip with venom,
horrific and scary.

“You dare to enter
my turf for a treat?
You’d better run fast.
This is my Creepy Street!”


I am a picture book writer for children.

13 thoughts on “Fall Writing Frenzy-2022

  1. What a fun and creepy story! My favorite stanza was
    An eerie red lantern
    sets each brick ablaze.
    Electrical lines
    weave a spidery maze.


  2. Another great story from you, Jill. I’m always amazed with your creativeness and word choice. You tell an entertaining, engaging, and scary story in a few words. Good luck in the contest. I hope you’re doing well.

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    1. It is so nice of you to stop by to read and comment on my entry, Ashley. I really appreciate it! I looked for yours in the entries, but didn’t see one. I hope you’re doing well, especially after the hurricane.


      1. Thanks, Jill. I’ve decided to give contests a break. We were lucky to have minimal damage with loss of electricity for a few days, but everything is back now.


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