My Entry for the “5th Annual Halloweensie Contest!!!!!” Story + Illustration #inktober

Trudy's-Ghost-Color--Books-10-29-2015- M Kogan

Here’s my story for the “5th Annual Halloweensie Contest.” The contest was created by the extraordinaire author and blogger Susanna Leonard Hill, and is up and running on her site: . The challenge: to write a 100 word or less Halloweensie story for little kids including some form of these three words costume, dark, and haunt. Take a peak at her site when you can for more stories, you’re sure to find a trick or treat there… Happy Halloween!

Trudy’s Ghost
Michelle Kogan © 2015

“It’s getting soooo dark…” said Trudy. “I wanna trick-or-treat, but I can’t till I CLEAN MY ROOOOM!”
“Truuuuudyyy,” said a mysterious voice.
“Huh, who’s that?” said Trudy fumbling over her books.
“Find your costume… NOW!” said the voice.
“I don’t believe in ghosts, I…”
“I do,” said Trudy.
“It’s getting creepy in here. Guess I better tidy up…”
“Costume, okay,” said Trudy, pulling on her wings, bat fangs and glittery tights.
“This house IS Haunted!” cried Trudy.
Whirrrrlllll went the wind.
“Boo!” said a ghost.
“Nana, is that you?”
“Yes! Let’s fly Trudy, grab your pumpkin.”


About Michelle Kogan Art, Illustration, & Writing

Michelle Kogan is an artist, illustrator, instructor, and writer, creating colorful allegorical figure, flora and fauna paintings and children's illustrations, which have a sensitivity to endangered species, and the environment. She is an art instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Evanston Art Center and offers Plein Air Painting Workshops at nature venues in the Chicago area including the Lincoln Park Conservatory, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, and Lurie Gardens at Millennium Park. Visit her online Etsy Shop at: and her website:
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12 Responses to My Entry for the “5th Annual Halloweensie Contest!!!!!” Story + Illustration #inktober

  1. sewbussted says:

    Congratulations. Be sure to let us know if you are one of the final three so we can vote. Good Luck!

  2. Nice colorful illustration – love the hook to hang the costume later!

  3. A wee bit scary. Good job!

  4. Cathy Ballou Mealey says:

    I like the pumpkin! And (sigh) I should ask my kids to tidy before trick or treating too!

  5. Gregory E Bray says:

    Very nice. And the illustration is perfect.

  6. Love that she has to clean her room before trick-or-treating 🙂 and the illustration is perfect! Thanks so much for joining in the Halloweensie fun, Michelle!

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