itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka… HALLOWEENSIE!

Folks, the internet is a super cool place. Thanks to this lovely little blog of mine, I recently crossed paths with an amazing gal (and fellow picture-booking fool), Shaelyn Berg. Shae is the fabulous face behind the blog Writing PBs & Joy. In the few short weeks following our initial meeting on the interwebs, we’ve become killa critiquing buddies and general cheerleaders of one another’s whacky authorial ambitions.

Shae and I recently challenged one another to participate in Susanna Hill’s 5th Annual Halloweensie Writing Contest. Ok, if I’m being honest, she was already doing it and I just decided to jump on the proverbial bandwagon. After-all, as I mentioned earlier this month, I’m borderline obsessed with anything related to the month of October… inclusive of Halloweensie contests and the like. That is, until I saw the details. Cozy up with some spiked cider for this one, because the rules here are a real doozy (dare I say, spooky?):

  • write a kid-friendly Halloween story and post online between 10/26-10/30
  • use 100 words or less. for those non-writing types, just know that this is FRIGHTENINGLY short (mwa ha ha, see what I did there?)
  • include these three words, or variants thereof: haunt, costume, dark

Challenge. Accepted. Spiked cider in hand (not really), I decided to knock this bad boy out on my flight to Palm Springs last weekend for some wedding festivities. Btw: congrats again Joel and Alexis! You guys are simply the best.

A photo of this beautiful wedding venue is worth the quasi-unrelated interruption. Am I right?
A photo of this beautiful wedding venue is worth the tangential interruption. Am I right?

For those that are curious, here’s what my Palm-Springs-bound fingers ended up typing for Halloweensie:

Ocean Potion by Samantha Cronin

Gales hauntingly howl.
Waves whip salty shells.
Beach beckons for calm.
‘Tis time for a spell!

First find a costume.
Suggest one with fins!
Next gather the goods —
a few odds and ends:

One jagged shark tooth,
the tongue of an eel,
spike from a stingray,
some squid ink (congealed),

Splash of saltwater,
dark sand from the floor,
jellyfish juices,
and crab claws galore.

Then last on the list:
squeeze of sun lotion.
Give one final whisk…
Voila! Ocean Potion!

Three sips to the sky…
Two drops to the tide…
One wish to the wind…
The sea storm subsides.

What’s next, you say? Next week Susanna and her book buds will narrow down the entries to three finalists and then open it up to reader voting (I think). Winner will be announced on 11/5. But, hey, it’s not all about winning… right? It’s about the-tricks-and-the-treats, the cider, and all the other cozy Fall vibes that this contest promotes. All. da. vibes.

Here's to hoping Levi likes my story as much as Harriet's Halloween Candy.  A tall order, indeed.
Here’s to hoping Levi likes my story as much as Harriet’s Halloween Candy.  A tall order, indeed.

Do yourself a favor and head on over to Susanna’s blog to check out the other entries!

Ocean Potion 4eva,

Girl Sam



36 comments on “itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka… HALLOWEENSIE!”
  1. Joe Cannella says:

    jellyfish juices! Love this, Sam. Perfectly spooooooky, I could see myself reading this to Carolina with some spooky artwork. ᐧ


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    1. Thanks J-man! Nothin’ like some saltwater sorcery if you ask me.


  2. Gabi Snyder says:

    Fun entry, Sam! I love all the ocean-related imagery. Happy Halloween!

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    1. Thank you, Gabi! It was a fun one to write!


  3. shaelynberg says:

    Get it girl! I’m so happy you decided to participate in this teeny, tiny, spooktackle. And your post has me craving some spiked cider. Thanks for the shout out! Critique buddies 4 life!


  4. rsonenshine says:

    I love this, Sam, especially the brilliant last verse! Bravo to you on this fabulous entry!


    1. Aw, thanks so much for the kind words! Appreciate you reading my ode to marine magic 🙂 Happy October!


  5. jeanjames says:

    This was quite the salty tale; Halloween oceanside…love it!


    1. Thanks so much! Can’t let the coast get through a spooky Halloween season without some trickery of its own 🙂 Happy Fall!


  6. clarbojahn says:

    Great potion stuff to sip and throw. Love the imagery. And idea. Wonderful halloween story.

    I would save it and read it to her when she is older. Or make a video of her listening to you read it right now. I would love to see it. I love baby videos. However I do’t know how to make one so don’t look at me. 🙂 ha ha.

    Happy Halloween, Ladysamantha. 🙂


    1. Thank you so much! Who doesn’t love a good potion, right? Happy Halloween to you too!

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  7. You’ve created a wonderful wave-crashing mood here! Begs to be read a loud on a stormy eve!


    1. Thanks for reading and thanks for the kind words! Hope you have a ghoulishly glorious Halloween!


  8. ptnozell says:

    Wonderful ocean imagery, Sam, and I, too, especially love the last stanza with its calm after the storm.


    1. Aww, thanks Patricia! Hope you’re having a wonderfully spooky Fall.


  9. JEN Garrett says:

    I really loved the alliteration of this poem.


    1. Thank you, Jen! I really appreciate you taking a read 🙂 Happy Fall!


  10. Very lovely spooky poem and I love the concept of ocean potion!


    1. Yummy… me too! Thanks, lady!


  11. So creative – to bring the beach into Halloween. Good job, and good luck 🙂


    1. Thanks, Christie! The coast has to get a cackle too – right?

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  12. Lovely poem and makes me want a warmer day. I’ll enjoy the sun for now. Happy Halloween.


    1. Ha… so true! The weather is definitely starting to cool down around here. Bring on the footed pajamas!


  13. Joanna says:

    Love the marine take on this holiday!


    1. Thanks so much! Happy Halloween, lady!


  14. Cathy Ballou Mealey says:

    Ooo – there are some witches in Salem (the town above me) who would love this potion! Great job!


    1. Eeeee, spooky! Fun fact: I’m from a town called Winston-Salem (in North Carolina). People often mistake it for the *real* witchy Salem! Happy Halloween!

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  15. Laurie says:

    Your Potion packs some Punch!!! (mwa ha ha…………..!!!) Love it!! Boo to you!!!!


    1. Mwa ha ha… You so clever! Thanks MIL!


  16. What an original take on Halloween, with all the ocean imagery! Quite the potion! Thanks so much for joining in the Halloweensie fun, Samantha!


    1. Thanks so much, lady! Happy halloscream!


  17. Wow, wow,wow…this is super fun, Samantha…your language was incredible…each verse was packed with great images. I loved it!!!


    1. Awww thanks sister! Hope you had a glorious Halloween yesterday!


  18. What a wonderful entry! I could feel the ocean as I read your thoughtfully crafted piece.


  19. A fun potion…and makes me wish for the ocean in October!


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