Story & quick sketch for the 6th Annual Halloweensie Contest 2016


Susanna Leonard Hill is once again hosting her Annual halloweensie Writing Contest, it’s the 6th this year. For the story we had to include these three words: moon, ghost, and spider. Our stories also have to appeal to kids and be 100 words or less. Read all the stories by visiting her wonderful blog at Susanna Leonard Hill. My story this year is in memory of my dad who passed away last week, and is in my daily thoughts.


Trudy’s Halloween Dream

Michelle Kogan © 2016

Trudy wouldn’t trick-or-treat because–Nana passed away.

“I won’t go without you!” said Trudy.

Trudy tried feeling better. She read their books, dressed in Nana’s Ghost costume, and sang their songs. Nothing helped.

But–Halloween eve a full moon rose . . .

“Truuuudy,” called a voice while Trudy dreamed.

“Nana?” whispered Trudy.

“Take me with you.”

“Nana, I miss your hugs.”

“When you get a hug, it’s me!”

Trudy woke–on Halloween . . .

“I’m going!” said Trudy. “As Nana’s–spider, she loved spiders!”

“Ta Da!”

“It’s perfect!” said her mom, hugging her.

A Nana hug! thought Trudy.

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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6 Responses to Story & quick sketch for the 6th Annual Halloweensie Contest 2016

  1. Gabi Snyder says:

    Sweet and spooky! Good luck!

  2. Aw! Poor Trudy missing her Nana. What a sweet way for her to honor Nana’s memory and get her Nana hug. I’m so sorry about your Dad, but hope your memories of him will comfort you the way Trudy’s memory of Nana helped her. Thanks so much for joining in Halloweensie even at this difficult time ❤

  3. How lovely, Michelle! Great illustration…and the story is tender sweet…I’m so glad Trudy reconnected with her beloved grandmother. 😉

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