Here’s my entry for Susanna Hill’s Halloweensie Contest!

The Contest: write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children (children here defined as 12 and under) (title not included in the 100 words), using the words shiver, cauldron, and howl.  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 (you can go under, but not over!)  Get it?  Halloweensie – because it’s not very long and it’s for little people 🙂  (And yes, I know 100 words is short, but that’s part of the fun and the challenge!  We got 235 fantastic entries last year, so I know you can do it!)  Also, you may use the words in any form – e.g. shivery, cauldrons, howling, whathaveyou 🙂  NO ILLUSTRATION NOTES PLEASE! (And yes, you may submit more than one entry if you’re so inclined 🙂 )


Even though she wasn’t supposed to make magic, Ivy the child-witch loved mixing potions.

And it WAS Hallowe’en night. Cobalt, her kitty, shivered nervously.

Ivy poured pickle juice into the cauldron. She followed the ‘shrinking spell’ with care.

Ivy sprinkled in mermaid salt, broiled newt, and braised bat wings.

Ivy stirred in three timber wolf howls, two invisible ghost ooooohs, and one spiderweb shimmer.

She dribbled a spoonful into Cobalt’s milk. She needed a guinea pig, but for now her kitty would do. Would Cobalt grow smaller?

Cobalt became…


“YIKES! Now I’ll have to call you Emerald,” blushed Ivy.


8 thoughts on “Short Story Contest: IVY’S PICKLE JUICE POTION

    1. Yes, maybe she’s thinking too quickly. If I was going to rewrite the ending I might change it slightly to “YIKES! Now I’ll have to call you… Emerald?”

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  1. All witches have to start somewhere and are bound to make a few mistakes along the way 🙂 Love this cute story and Ivy’s clever name-change solution. Also, love “mermaid salt” as an ingredient! Thanks for joining in the Halloweensie fun, Cynthia!


    1. Thank you for hosting the contest, Susanna! I’ve enjoyed reading the entries and your prompts were super fun for inspiration. You’re right…witches need to learn the magic and mistakes are all part of the process.


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