My DWC #20 Contribution


Kyle was deathly afraid of spiders ever since he was small and one made a web in the corner of the window. He was unable to even be in the same room with one. His family shook their head, but they knew he would change. When he matured and moved away, he had to face his fear. A spider had taken up residence in the attic. He called his father to come help, but he only said ‘look in the mirror.’

“Oh, yeah,” he thought as he looked at his reflection in the mirror. “I’m a grown spider wasp now.”


The ants were busy having a fall festival in the leaf pile when Agatha, Leslie, and Winston so rudely interrupted and destroyed half the midway. The ants were not too angry though, for in their wake they dropped bits of candy apple, and cookies made with pumpkin spice. Their rides were gone, but they would take a free buffet in its place any day.



golden filtered rays
cool, crisp walks while holding hands
memory delight


Be Careful Where You Stop

“Jenkins Family Roadside Show and Extravaganza.” Meredith read the sign as they drove past. “Next Left.”

“Can we stop?”

“Yeah, dad, can we stop?”

“If it will get you two to shut up for the next hundred miles,” Jeff said as he started slowing down to make the turn.


Jack and A.J. were tired of being in the back seat of the old ’75 Buick Skylark. They wanted to get out and stretch their legs rather than fighting over who got which side of the hump. Most of the back seat was filled with their mother’s clothes and bags of snacks for the nine hundred mile drive to California.

Everyone piled out of the car and groaned as they stood up and stretched. Jeff didn’t like making stops, but he hated his kids’ complaints more.

“This place is a dump,” he said as he looked around.

The sign over the ticket booth was made of old knotty pine and the place smelled worse than a zoo.

“Let’s get back in the car,” he said. “There’s nothing here.”

“Honey,” Meredith said, looking at the kids, “we should at least let them run around the parking lot for a few minutes if they are closed. They’ve been cooped up in the backseat for the last three hours. We’re all going stir crazy.”

Jeff shrugged and started walking around.

“Well, well, well,” an old man said. “We have company, Ma!”

A.J. and Jack laughed as they watched this funny little man stroking a chicken walk around to the front of the ticket booth.

“You all want in, or just the youngins?”

“Jeff,” Meredith whispered.

“Four tickets,” Jeff said, walking between the crazy old coot and his boys.

Jeff started to pull out a credit card, but the man said, “Cash only, please.”

“Fine.” Jeff grumbled and pulled out a twenty.

“And there’s your tickets. You enjoy now.”

The stench emanating from the old man was enough to make Jeff’s nose pack its bags and head south for the winter.

Jack and A.J. ran ahead into the giant tent, but came out screaming moments later.

“What!” Meredith screamed as she tried to catch her children who were now heading for Route 5.

Jeff’s mouth dropped open, and his arms flapped like a crazy man as he tried to get her attention. “The…the…the…” he stammered.

“What’s your –”

Jeff looked at her and she looked at Jeff, then screamed, “RUN!”

Moments later they were running right behind their children down Route 5, back to the highway and civilization. No one thought about their car until a trucker saw the family running down the road and stopped to offer a ride to Clay City.

The mechanic at Jon’s garage laughed his head off. “I’ll send Frank down to get your car.”

“How…how…” Jeff stammered.

“How what?”

“How can you be so calm?” Meredith asked.

The mechanic laughed. “We get folks in here all summer long that get scared off by old Bess.”

“Old Bess?” A.J. and Jack asked together. “That thing has a name?”

“Well, sure, don’t you?”

“Yeah, but, I’m not…not–”

“Not a twenty-foot tall chicken?”





Too Much

They say everything has a spirit. Everything has a soul.

They say the balance between this world and the next is one of sacrifice, not of take.

They say when one takes too much, spirits will reset the balance.

Joshua had been told stories of this balancing act since he was a child.

He thought them fables. Words meant to scare.

He took too much.

He will learn how the balance is restored.

Game On (responses)

A Guy Called Bloke and K9 Doodlepip is back at it today with another round of Halloween-based Game On questions. Check out his original post and participate! These are great fun.

Daily Topic Subject – Even Creepier

Q1] What is the name of the Celtic harvest festival that many people believe Halloween is based on?


Q2] In what two countries was “guising”, the tradition of dressing up in costumes, and going door for food or coins for Halloween most popular?

Scotland (and Britain) and Ireland

Q3] In what country was the first written account of children using the phrase “trick or treat” on Halloween?


Q4] In what country did carving jack o’ lanterns originate?


PQ5] Whic film did Bette Middler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy star in together? Please provide a link of your favourite scene of that film.

Q6] Where in the world is Transylvania and what is it really famous for?

Central Romania (besides Dracula, they have the Carpathian mountains and amazing castles)

PQ7] Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia is the fear of what? Answer please with an image.

Image result for Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia

Q8] Okay, you are being chased by a werewolf – which of the following are going to prove useful?

A jolly big gnarled stick!

A 10 second headstart to escape with!

Some really yummy dog snacks!

A Gun with silver bullets in!

A costume of another werewolf?

Standing your ground and using reason! [You know negotiate a better deal!]

Hmm…a furry would say a costume of another werewolf, but I think I’d rather have a gun and silver bullets.

Q9] What the point be to a bell in a coffin?

It makes a pretty sound during the burial.

Calling for dinner!

The ancient rite into the next world!

If an ooopsy had occured you could ring for help!

They would attach a string that would go from the dead person’s wrist to the bell above ground so that if they buried them alive there was a chance they could be rescued. It was mostly used during times of illness and high death rates.

Q10] What does Dracula transform into?

A cricket Bat

A fluffy Hat

A Winged Bat

A hairy Mat

A Pussycat!

A scurrying rat!

A winged bat

Q11] What do Mummies smell of?

Roast chicken! [I mean everything smells of chicken, right?]

Wet shaggy dog!

Old feet and smelly socks!

The incense they were buried with!

Musty Newspapers!

The incense they were burried with. Although there are cases of mummies smelling like dirt and mold, depending on the state of preservation.

PQ12] Okay, using images to describe your answer – what is the sure-fire way to kill a zombie!

Image result for zombie head shot

Q13]  Thinking about it, what really brought Frankenstein to life?

His parents? Frankenstein was the name of the Doctor…not his creation.

Q14] What are the following?

Vampire Kiss

Death Eater Negroni

The Blackbeard

The Weeping Woman

Had to look this one up…apparently drinks (I don’t drink alcohol).

PQ15] In the Film Ghost what was the name of the Charlatan come good psychic!

Rita Miller

Q16] In the Wizard of Oz who is Glinda?

The Good Witch of the South

Q17] Who drinks Pumpkin Juice and provide your answer with a film clip.

Q18] Ghost Town 1981 – was sung by who?

The Specials

Q19] Do you believe in ghosts? If so why? And if not – why not?

Yep definitely. Had many encounters.

PQ20] Are you deleting any questions, if so which ones?


Q21] Who do you prefer Spooky or Casper? Answer please using an image only.