Edhat's 2021 Halloween Story Contest

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Edhat's 2021 Halloween Story Contest
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By edhat staff

The spooky season is upon us and we're back with our annual Halloween Story Writing Contest. Creative edhatters from Santa Barbara County and beyond continue to amaze us with their innovative and eerie imaginations. Whether you're a longtime submitter or a first-time writer, we encourage you all to dust off that fountain pen, grab a sheet of parchment, and start writing. Plus, we have a great gift card in store for the winner! As usual, we’ve given you a head start.

Here are the rules:

This contest is open to everyone, students included! One story per person, please.

Entries can be no longer than 666 words (including the provided beginning), should be suitable for all ages (PG content, please), must include the opening we have provided, and contain the following three words or phrases: 

  • Zombie
  • Mission Rose Garden
  • Candy Corn

Your story can be scary or funny or something in between. All entries will be judged by an esteemed panel based on the following criteria: 

  • Word count (666 words)
  • Inclusion of the required beginning and words/phrases (see below)
  • If the judges like it

Send your entry to ed@edhat.com by Midnight, 10-24-21. Enter “Halloween Writing Contest” in the subject line. Please include your name. The winner will be announced and the winning story posted on Saturday, 10-30-21. Honorable Mention stories will also be posted.


The first-place winner will win a gift card to a local business. Ed will decide any ties. 

Here’s the beginning of the story…good luck!

Story Prompt

The neighborhood feels different tonight. No one is out walking their dog, lights are off in every home, and the moon has this creepy blue'ish glow to it. Another person or animal hasn't been seen in blocks. I continue on my nightly walk when I hear the sound of crunching leaves behind me. 

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