7th Annual Halloweensie Contest – THE CANDY CORN CAPER

The amazing Susanna Leonard Hill has, once again, organized the Halloweensie Contest for Children’s Writers. The challenge: write a Halloween story for children no longer than 100 words! The words candy corn, monster, and shadow must be included in the story (candy corn will count as 1 word). This was not an easy feat. Here is my entry. Click here to read all of the other amazing stories!


The Candy Corn Caper

By Jenna Grodzicki


CRASH! Evan popped out of bed. His eyes went to the nightstand. The candy jar was gone! On the floor, leading out of his room, was a trail of candy corn.

He grabbed his pirate sword and followed the trail.

MUNCH MUNCH MUNCH! It was coming from the kitchen. He crept closer and noticed a monster-shaped shadow on the wall.

Evanโ€™s knees wobbled, but his love of candy corn gave him courage. He rounded the corner andโ€ฆ


It was just his little sister, shoving fistfuls of candy corn into her mouth.

Relieved, Evan giggled and enjoyed a midnight treat with his sister.





20 Responses to “7th Annual Halloweensie Contest – THE CANDY CORN CAPER”

  1. Matthew Lasley

    A lovely story with a simple ending. You jumped right into the dramatic element and hooked you right in.

  2. Jilanne Hoffmann

    A case of mistaken identity! Perfect for Halloween. And a terrific sibling story. Good luck in the contest!

  3. Traci Bold

    Jenna, I love that the thief was his sister and instead of being angry, he shared the treat with her. Candy corn giving courage….hmmm… for me it’s chocolate but maybe candy corn works too!

    • Jenna

      Ha ha, it would be Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups for me! I don’t even like candy corn!

    • Jenna

      Thank you,Vicki! Now, if I can just get my two children to share all of their Reese’s with me… ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Delfina Salimbene

    Very sweet! What a good brother to share. And I love that the candy corn gave him courage!

  5. Ken


    I’m a little surprised you didn’t stop by my blog to check out my entry entitled Candy-Corn Caper, which I submitted before you did. I thought it was ironic. That’s all.


    • Jenna

      Ken, I just saw your comment. Of course I’m going to check out your story! ๐Ÿ™‚ I didn’t read any of the entries before I wrote my story, so I didn’t even know we had the same title. I guess we are both fans of alliteration!

  6. Susanna Leonard Hill

    Such a fun story, Jenna! Love how brave Evan is to grab his pirate sword and creep out into the darkness to face a potential monster! Amazing what we’ll do for candy, isn’t it? Thanks so much for joining in the Halloweensie fun!


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