Friday, October 26, 2012

Spooktoberfest blog hop, Ghoulish Fun

Hi everyone and welcome to the Spooktoberfest blog hop. This just sounded like too much fun to pass on. My friends, Dani and Jackie are the haunted hostess' and will be giving away a prize to the two lucky winners. There's still time to join the fun, so if you want to swing by after reading my flash fiction post and join you can. And if not, go anyway so you can link up and read all the other spooky, funny, silly tales. Here are the guidelines.


Come one come all to the biggest creepfest around. Where cobwebs tickle your nose, cauldrons are a brewin', jack-o-lanterns light the way, and ghosts go bump in the night. Oh yeah, watch out for the razor blades!


1. Follow Jackie and myself if you don’t already. We do follow back.
2. Your Flash Fiction piece cannot be any longer than 300 words. Sorry… that’s part of the challenge.
3. You must use the MANDATORY 5 words listed below…
4. Post your Flash Fiction piece any day from Friday Oct 26th thru Monday, Oct. 29th.
5. It’s a blog hop, so… hop around to other participating blogs and leave them some awesome comments.
6. Have fun.

Your flash fiction piece can be scary, comical, romantic, or whatever you choose, just be creative!

The winners will be posted on HALLOWEEN! That’s right, Wednesday, Oct. 31st. Jackie and I will each choose a winner. That’s right – two winners!

PRIZES: A grab bag and candy. The winners will get the biggest bags we can find of their favorite candy along with some spookified items.

Oh, and yes, this blogfest is international. So what are you ghouls waiting for? Sign up using the Linkie Thing below or in the side bar and spread the word!

My story:

Ghoulish Fun

Kafele emerged from The Museum of Ancient Studies brushing the cobwebs from his soiled linen wrap. A ghostly orb hung from a pole, its coruscation swallowing the obscurity of night. 

Fredek loitered in the shadows near Malvina’s cauldron. The town cemetery was barely visible from the Museum’s doors.

“How’s the year treated you?” Kafele asked, joining his friends.

Fredek covered his nose. Malvina’s jacosely shrilled.

“Really Kafele, Listerine would love to cast you as their Halloween spokesman.”

“What is Listerine? In all the centuries within these walls I haven’t heard of it,” Kafele asked.

“They make a magic potion to freshen breath,” Malvina said.

“Come, come, my friends,” Fredek said, his eyes like razors darting between them. “I have the keys to the cemetery limousine. We must leave if we are to catch the movie.”

As they drove, passing numerous children in their costumes a jack-o-lantern flew from a porch with the assistance of an older child and smashed in the street inches from the car. Fredek didn’t flinch, his cool resolve always present. 

“What a strange world,” Kafele said. “Do we have any treats?”

“I am forbidden to eat the children,” Malvina said.

“I must reframe from drinking blood,” Fredek said.

“I wonder what I’m not allowed to do.” Kafele asked.

“Curse anyone,” Fredek and Malvina said together.

“Oh yes, my mind isn’t what it used to be,” Kafele said, and then added. “I was thinking about candy. I really love the chocolate peanut butter ones.” 

“What movie are we going to see?” Malvina asked.

“Our favorite,” Fredek said, his fangs glinting in on coming headlights. “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.”

Word Count 275.

Please let me know in the comments if you like it.
Need some help with short stories and flash fiction? I’m posting on the subject every Monday. Come on by.

This story is fiction; any similarity to other stories or persons is purely a coincidence. Copyright 2012. Use with permission only.

Spooktoberfest link.


Jeffrey Beesler said...

Wonderful story, Nancy! Is Kafele a mummy? That's the first thing that sprang to mind when the word "curse" came up.

T. Drecker said...

Lol! I wondered the whole time what movie would be shown in a graveyard. Charlie Brown! Of course! :)

N. R. Williams said...

Hi Jeffrey
Yes, Kafele is a mummy. The first clue is his linen wrap. The second is The Museum of Ancient Studies. The third clue is his reference to centuries in the museum walls and the last is the curse. Glad you liked it.

Hi T.
They're driving to the movie but a show in the cemetery is a brilliant idea.

Thanks for coming by.

Dani said...

Oh my gosh, too cute! I loved the exchange of snack preferences. This made me laugh.

Teresa Coltrin@Journaling Woman said...

I like this very much. It goes to show you that,no matter who we are, we're all brought together by Charlie Brown. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Charlie Brown - funny!

N. R. Williams said...

Hi Dani
Thanks so much, I aimed for chuckles.

Hi Teresa
It had to be Charlie Brown

Hi Alex
Yup, an all time favorite.

Thanks everyone for stopping in and leaving a comment.

Yolanda Renee said...


So glad you hopped in, this is a wonderfully told Halloween short.

Great job!

Tara Tyler said...

so thats what happens on halloween! monsters come out to play! i like this group!

N. R. Williams said...

Thanks Yolanda

Hi Tara
A little light hearted fun is good for even the evil guys. LOL

Von L Cid said...

Thanks for the story. I like the line about being forbidden to eat the children. It made me laugh. Nice dialogue.

Von L Cid

N. R. Williams said...

Hi Von, thanks

Jackie said...

Yay to a mummy! Listerine - the "magic potion to freshen breath" -made me laugh! Good job!

Thanks for participating in our blogfest. :D

N. R. Williams said...

Hi Jackie
Glad you got the joke. Thanks for hosting, this is fun.

Heather Murphy said...

Ah, cute :) I love The Great Pumpkin

N. R. Williams said...

Hi Heather
Me too. Thanks for coming by.

Tamara said...

Haha love the humor!! Great names too! Nice job :)

N. R. Williams said...

Hi Tamara, thanks.

Geeky Daddy said...

Wonderfully done Nancy. This one made me laugh and great movie chose as well.

C.M.Brown said...

Lots of fun! Liked the Listerine bit centered at the mummy!

N. R. Williams said...

Hi Geek Daddy
Glad you enjoyed it.

Hi C. M.
Do you think Listerine will use him? LOL

Thank you both for coming by and leaving a comment.

Donna Hole said...

Oh that was fun. Loved the descriptive dialogue to get to know the characters. Excellent scene. I'm glad the movie was The Great Pumpkin; it seems fitting.


Denise Covey said...

This is a fab story Nancy. Great fun for the fest.

N. R. Williams said...

Hi Donna
Yup, the Great Pumpkin, what else. LOL

Hi Denise
Thanks so much.

And thank you both for stopping by.

Jennifer said...

Love it. Such a different way of looking at Halloween monsters.

Mina Lobo said...

"...a magic potion to freshen breath." LOL! Dig the sass in the narrative voice. Fun tale!
Mina's Resurrection Blogfest!

Cynthia said...

What a fun piece! I too am a fan of the Charlie Brown Halloween movie.

N. R. Williams said...

Hi Jennifer
Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that I have two, five year old, grandchildren. LOL

Hi Mina
Glad you loved my humor.

Hi Cynthia
Who doesn't love Charlie Brown?

Thanks everyone for stopping by and leaving a comment.

moonduster said...

Creepy creatures going to see a cute movie - love it! Loved the humor in this story. :)

N. R. Williams said...

Hi Moon
Thanks so much.

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