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Fall Writing Frenzy 2022

Happy October!

Thanks for stopping by to read my entry! It's inspired by my most recent middle-grade manuscript's epistolary format. I hope you enjoy it!

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Here's the image I chose and my entry:

Image #11

(Photo by Daniele Colucci on Unsplash)

Sincerely, Halloween

By: Maryna Doughty

Word Count: 197

Dear Middle School Kids,

Hi. Remember me? Halloween? The holiday that gave you all that delicious chocolate every year? Don’t you know I'm a LIFE-LONG holiday? Some of you quit trick-or-treating the moment you hit middle school, acting like you’re too cool for me, like I don't exist. Well, I do! So, boo on you!

Free candy? Come on. What do I need to do to get you kids to like me again? Hand out presents? Really? Christmas gets all the glory. Well, you know what? Not anymore! It's MERRY Halloween now. You wanna decline free candy? Then fine, it’s YOUR job to deliver the treats. Yep! Get out those cookie cutters and start baking. Your neighbors are expecting a delivery. Get your caroling voices ready, folks, because we’re going door-to-door! Chestnuts roasting on an open grave, jack-o-lanterns nipping at your toes...


Now, quit ghosting me. I’m bending over backwards for you guys, so the least you could do is ring a few doorbells, okay?



P.S. Fine, I get it. Trick-or-treating requires too much walking. In the dark. Talking to strangers. A little spooky, I know. How about a costume party instead? Deal? Deal!



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