A Halloween Poem
My room is haunted, you see, it is really kinda frightening.
The monsters come from under my bed, the bugs from beneath my head!
The snakes and goblins keep me up with their bickering and fighting.
The monsters start flickering the lights! The vampires are sorta frightening.
I see light. Yes! The sun is up!
So you see, this is why my room is just not for me!
– Kaleb Jennings, age 13, TalladegaBest monster
“From the shadows, the five young children watched in terror as a large purple mass emerged from the darkness … He began singing softly, If all the raindrops were lemondrops and gumdrops – but eventually grew loud and terrible, STANDING OUTSIDE WITH MY MOUTH OPEN WIDE — then Barney’s face brightened, and through the white felt of his “teeth” came out large razor sharp teeth, his real teeth.”
— Lacy Frintner, 8th grade, JacksonvilleBest title
“Camp No Man.” Trust us, you don’t want to spend the summer there.
— Isaiah Martin, age 11, MunfordBest setting
The Kilby Mansion, once owned by the governor of Alabama, now known as the KILL-by Mansion.
— Madison Houston, age 11, Ohatchee ElementaryBest punchline
A skeleton, a jack o’ lantern and a monster are playing Twister. “Every time Skully played Twister, his pelvis fell off.”
— Tyler Cryer, 4th grade, White Plains ElementaryBest prop
A two-way mirror that sucks in unwary victims.
— Gabriell A’Kira Ackles, age 7, 10th Street ElementaryBest opening line
“Hi, I’m Bob, and this is a story about the time I became a ghost.”
— Gabe Huff, age 9, Ohatchee ElementaryBest ending line
“From that day on, I swore that I would never go in the woods and open a mysterious box ever again.”
— Blaise Stephens, age 12, MunfordBest haunting
While on a tour of the White House, a boy is visited by the ghost of Abraham Lincoln, who wants to revise the Gettysburg Address.
— Trey Huggins, age 11, Anniston