One Spooky Night

How frightfully fun it is to venture out on
All Hallows’ Eve, a night filled with
Pumpkins, monsters, tricks and treats.
Prepare for the terrifying night when
Your greatest fears come to life!

Haunted houses echo with screams long
After the harvest moon illuminates the sky.
Light the jack-o-lanterns on your lawn and
Listen to the sounds filling the air for this
One spooky night of the year.
Witches, vampires, werewolves, and ghosts,
Every child dons a costume and spends the
Eve playing games and collecting sweets. Let your
Nightmares roam free, and have a Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! May you all have a frightfully fun-filled weekend!


Outside, the moon begins to rise.
You lie in bed and close your eyes.
Into a peaceful sleep, you fall,
Until the nightmares come to call.

You’re in a forest all alone
When suddenly, you hear a groan.
You turn and what should stop your breath?
A monstrous face that looks like Death.

You tell yourself it’s just a dream,
But then you hear the creature scream.
Oh, what a horrifying sound:
A roar that shakes the very ground.

As terror rises in your heart,
You stumble backwards with a start,
And faster than you knew you could,
You race into the haunted wood.

You turn a corner, two, and three,
But anywhere you try to flee,
The maze will always lead you back
Into the world of endless black.

You try to run, you try to hide.
There’s no escape; you’re trapped inside
This dreadful place of dark and gloom,
Where one wrong step means certain doom.

You dare to glance behind at last
And see the beast is gaining fast.
You close your eyes and start to pray
That somehow it will be okay.

Yet once you give in to the night,
The monster halts in blinding light,
And quickly as you saw its face,
It vanishes without a trace.

The warm bright light envelops you.
The cold dark black turns into blue.
You raise your head and breathe a sigh
To see the early morning sky.

You lie back down and rest your head,
Relieved to know you’re safe in bed.
The moon gave way to greet the sun.
The nightmare’s over. You have won.

Blood Moon

When the moon appears,
Demons rise to claim the night.
I could not escape.

It took just one bite
To transform me into this
Blood-thirsty creature.

I long for the days
When I used to be human.
Now I’m a monster.

Every night, I drink
The blood of innocent souls.
An eternal curse.

So heed this warning:
Vampires lurk in the shadows.
Beware the blood moon.

All Hallows’ Eve

On the last October day,
When the sun has gone away,
The monsters all come out to play
And take over the night.

Vampire bats and witches fly
Through the moonlit autumn sky.
Hear them laugh while passing by
To fill the air with fright.

Zombies rise up from the ground.
Ghosts float by without a sound.
What fun it is to look around
And see costumes galore.

Children wanting something sweet
Get all the candy they could eat
Just for shouting “Trick or Treat!”
Outside a stranger’s door.

Light a pumpkin with a face
To decorate the haunted place
Where monsters gather to embrace
The year’s most frightening scene.

So step into our scary dreams
Where nothing is quite what it seems,
And all around, you hear the screams
Of “Happy Halloween!”

What If? Writing Prompts: Horror I

Who’s ready for Halloween? In the spirit of the year’s spookiest holiday, here are some “What If?” Writing Prompts set to the general theme of horror. What sorts of creepy tales can you spin from these ideas? Good luck!

What If - Parchment and QuillWhat if… you looked in the mirror and it wasn’t you looking back?
(Submitted by: TJ Bar from Writer’s Carnival)

What if… Halloween turned into everyday life?
(Submitted by: Anisa, one of the founders of Writer’s Carnival)

What if… the monster you thought was living under your bed when you were a kid turned out to be real?

What if… there were an immortal spider in your house that only grew larger the more you tried to kill it?

What if… a magic spell forced you to spend a day in the life of a monster?

Have fun writing your own twists into these horror stories! Happy Halloween!

If you have any “What If?” writing prompt suggestions (for any theme), please feel free to share them in the comments below. Ideas I like may be featured in future “What If?” posts, with full credit and a link to your blog (if you have one)! Also, if you’ve written a piece based on an idea you’ve found here, be sure to link back to the respective “What If?” post. I would love to see what you’ve done with the prompt! Thank you!

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