Black Cat, Black Cat – A Halloween Poem for Susanna Hill’s Competition

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My lovely author friend Susanna Leonard Hill holds wonderful children’s story-writing contests on he blog (if you haven’t visited, you must). It’s been a while since I entered one, so why not for Halloween? But first, I have a confession to make, I have never celebrated Halloween – it isn’t such a big deal in Europe. I was all set to celebrate my first this time last year in New York when Hurricane Sandy hit on this date a year ago, and all celebrations were cancelled, so this is the year, fiends!

Write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children (title not included in the 100 words), using the words spookyblack cat, and cackle. (fortunately for me black cat can count as 1 word and title not included). So here is my entry:



Black Cat, Black Cat

where are you going

this Halloweensie night,
a foul wind blowing? 
Off to join the witchesfor their spooky spree.Every Hallows Eve –

a creepy jamboree.


Black Cat, Black Cat

who’s that on the broom

sat twixt the witch and you,

spewing words of doom?


That’s my bud, Ghoul One,

he plans his hex all year.

Ghouls Two, Three & Four

join in to up the fear.


Black Cat, Black Cat

what’s that in the pot,

cackling & bubbling,

oozing smoking hot?


Tis my Haloweensie meal –

tuna bake with spice.

Me and the neighbor kits

we like it with fried lice.

A full list of all entrants to the third annual Halloween Contest can be found here. 





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35 Responses to Black Cat, Black Cat – A Halloween Poem for Susanna Hill’s Competition

  1. Wonderfully spooky poem, Joanna. The last line made me cackle with laughter! (While shuddering at the thought.)

  2. Jennifer DuBose says:

    Ah! I squealed at the end! Particularly love your second stanza 🙂

  3. Julie says:

    This is the funnest! Crackles and pops!

  4. I’m cracking up! Fried lice! Very Halloweenish! Fun read, Joanna!!!

  5. Oh, this is excellent, Joanna. I really enjoyed it. A perfect Halloween poem. Well done!

  6. Stacy Couch says:

    A properly spooky poem, Joanna! The “fried lice” will definitely stick.

  7. Donna L Sadd says:

    Well done, Joanna! I love it! :0)

  8. Looks like my daughter’s black cat Midnight. Loved your rhyme and sense of humor.

  9. Grannymar says:

    Perfect mood for a Halloween poem.

    I know of someone who thought it was funny to ask for “fried lice” in a restaurant one evening. The waiter smiled, but got his own back with the dish he brought!

  10. Colonialist says:

    A nice spooky contribution in just the right vein for children!

  11. nrhatch says:

    Haha! Great fun. Love the black cat AND your zebra header!

  12. Wonderful Halloween-y poem, Joanna – especially excellent for someone who has never gotten to celebrate Halloween! I love the that kitties get tuna bake with spice from a bubbling cauldron 🙂 And love the “creepy jamboree”! I’m so glad you were able to find time in your very busy schedule for a little Halloweensie fun!!! 🙂

  13. Jackie says:

    I think this was lovely. It was fun and rhythmic. Good Job!

  14. Fried lice… ewwwwww! Seriously though, this poem packs the perfect Halloween punch. My kids spent the first several years of their lives in Australia and didn’t celebrate either. Their first Halloween in the US was spent entirely wide-eyed and jaw-dropped!

  15. Definitely creeped me out! Loved the rhythms, too. (But I would not love fried lice!) 🙂

  16. JannaTWrites says:

    Fun poem! Fried lice…ew! Then again, it could be a delicacy somewhere 🙂

  17. So well done, Joanna! You made me smile. 🙂

  18. Love this story and the rhythms. I especially liked the fried lice (ewwww!).

  19. What a Halloween meal! Yikes.

  20. That is totally spooky and fried lice yuck! Great job, Joanna!

  21. Rhythm says:

    Haha! That’s a lot of cackling in that pot! I like the idea of tuna bake, but I’ll take mine without the fried lice!

  22. Cathy says:

    Everyone – including cats – has their favorite treat from Halloween!
    Mine = Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

  23. Lauri Meyers says:

    Oh Joanna! I think this is my favorite one so far. This should be expanded into a picture book. It has such a lovely classic nursery rhyme feel with a Grimm-a-licious wickedness.

  24. Joanna, AWESOME! Loved it. Especially that last line! 🙂 Eerily done job. Bwa ha ha ha!

  25. Heather Dent says:

    Fried lice?! That’s brilliant!

  26. Pam Brunskill says:

    So fun, and funny! I love the nod to BROWN BEAR, BROWN BEAR!

  27. Eeeeew! Am I allowed to say that? Great entry Joanna!

  28. Carrie F says:

    I love the idea of Ghouls 1-4 – kind of reminds me of Thing 1 and Thing 2.

    Nice story, Joanna! Happy Halloween!

  29. clarbojahn says:

    Another excellent poem! There are so many! I think Susanna will have a great problem figuring out which is best.

    Thanks for entering the contest my friend. I shared your poem on Facebook. 🙂

  30. Ewwwwww! And tee-hee! Fun poem, Joanna. I like the numbered ghouls!

  31. Laura Shovan says:

    Great last line, Joanna!

  32. Difficult to imagine that you’re a “first-time” Halloween celebrant! You nailed it! LOVED the fried lice on tuna bake – brought back vivid memories of crispy anchovies in a too-dark Reistafel in Amsterdam during my student wanderings about the continent. Hope Halloween was all you anticipated.

  33. Yuck. . .fried lice. Perfect fare for Halloween! Fun story, Joanna. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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