IMG_1872‘Tis the eve of All Hallows. Gus embarks on a jaunt
to The Lodge at Devil’s Canyon, his Mummy’s favorite haunt.

Flying in the dark, astride his sister’s broom,
the wee ghoul soars in his snowman costume.

Until *putt-putt-poot* the broom starts to roll—
The gas tank is empty!
He’s outta control—

Zigging past witches, pumpkins, and bats,
Zagging o’er graveyards complete with black cats…

But then – an idea – and


Gus warns those below of his impending crash.

Hence, for the first time in Halloween hist’ry
It’s raining snowballs
and for most,
‘Tis a myst’ry.


Besides this being my yearly Halloween poem, it is my 99 word response to Susanna Leonard Hill’s 5th Annual HALLOWEENSIE CONTEST: write a Halloween story (check) using the words haunt, dark, and costume (check) that does not exceed 100 words (check) and is appropriate for children (check). Now all that’s left is to 

Wish you and yours
a safe


P.S. For Halloween treats from years gone by press HERE, HERE, and HERE.



About Donna Gwinnell Lambo-Weidner

I am an adventure seeking ponderer of the mysteries of the universe, writer of children's books (represented by Stephen Fraser of the Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency), and lover of anything involving armor, archery, or swashbuckling.
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  1. I’ve seen it raining snowballs in Colorado! I guess Gus has flown over before. Well done, Donna!


  2. Susan Stuppert says:

    Donna, you did it again!
    A great piece & SO very descriptive!👍
    Keep them coming!


  3. Cute story Donna! Love that you managed to work snowballs into a Halloween story!


  4. A.PROMPTreply says:

    Whoa! You certainly ticked off all the boxes on this one, didn’t you, Donna?! Love the verse, love the pix! It doesn’t get much better than this!


  5. lindaboyden says:

    Love the pace and twist!


  6. lindaboyden says:

    Love the fun of this and the picture, too!


  7. Lyn says:

    LOL Gus could do with some flying lessons from young Mr Potter — especially on the need to check the gas tank before taking off. He’s such a nice lad to warn those of his impending rough landing. Cute story, Donna, much gentler than some Halloween stories I’ve read. Cute picture too — love the cat stuck in the snowball 😀


  8. Susanne says:

    It frequently snows in these parts on Halloween! Now I know why!


  9. jdewdropsofink says:

    Very fun. Reads beautifully too.


  10. JEN Garrett says:

    Raining snowballs, I love it! I hear it snows on Halloween in some parts of the U.S., but where I live even snowflakes would be a mystery. Fun story!


  11. I hope this story doesn’t temp Jack Frost to try anything chilly. 😀 Well done! Good luck with the contest!


  12. Lots of fun, Donna…my heart was in my mouth when Gus’ broom ran out of gas…glad he worked it out. 😉


  13. I’m not a huge fan of snow, but I like this fun twist. 🙂 Happy Halloween.


  14. Gabi Snyder says:

    Spot-on rhyme and an out-of-control broomstick. There’s much to love here. Happy Halloween!


  15. Ha! I loved that the broom had a gas tank. Very funny!


  16. clarbojahn says:

    Love the humor in this story poem. ANd the rhythm and rhyme is perfect for the funny tale of a witchy goul with a broom that ran out of gas.

    There are so many creative ones here right? So much fun fun fun! 🙂


  17. Snowballs on Halloween–you’ve taken me back to trick-or-treating when I was a kid. Love Gus’ clever tale.


  18. I hate snow, but LOVE what you wrote. It made me smile to think of a snowman flying high in the sky. Such a fun poem to read.


  19. It has rained snowballs here before on Halloween… kind of hoping it doesn’t this year! What a fun, clever story! Thanks so much for joining in the Halloweensie fun, Donna!!! 🙂


  20. Super cute and creative. Way to go 🙂 Good luck!


  21. Snow on Halloween-been there for that night. Fun story 🙂


  22. Very clever! I’ve seen it snow on Halloween… but not in the desert.
    Happy Halloween to you too!


  23. Cathy Ballou Mealey says:

    Love Gus’ tale and especially how well you got the lines of your story to take shape on the post! You must be a WordPress guru! Well done and Happy Halloween!


  24. rsonenshine says:

    Very clever, Donna! What a fun twist on the theme!


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