Halloween Prompt #4

If you could only do one, would you rather go to a Halloween party or go trick-or-treating? Why?

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I think I’d rather go trick-or-treating.

Parties inevitably get very loud. Loud music, and lots of people dancing, and some probably drunk. I’m not much of a dancer, and I don’t find being squished in the middle of a dance floor very enticing. It’s also hard to talk to people I’m there with and just enjoy their company.

Trick-or-treating, on the other hand, is so much better. You dress up, meet your friends, go door to door and get candy (cause no one does tricks!), and move along to the next house. Free candy and being with friends? Heck yes. And then you go with your friends and make sure the candy you got is safe, stuff yourself with way too much candy, and just hang with friends at someone’s house into the late hours of the night. That is way more appealing to me.


Here’s the next hint for my Halloween costume!

Fourth hint: Magic

Let me know what you think, and feel free to tackle this prompt yourself. Get creative. You can write up your own response to the prompt and send it to me, and if I like it, I’ll feature you. Features will happen weekly on Fridays – Feature Fridays. If you have a writing prompt you want me to write about, send that to me too. You can send those things to me here.

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Prompt taken from Minds in Bloom
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Halloween Prompt #3

What was the best Halloween costume you have ever had? What made it so special?


The picture above was probably the best costume I have ever had. I was Emily from “The Corpse Bride”, and my then-boyfriend, now my ex (we’re still friends! I’ll refer to him as “C”), was Victor, the man Emily was very much in love with.

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I had a very good time dressing up as her. We went to the festival at our local church, and we got so many compliments. A lot of people asked to take our picture. I remember having a good time, especially when it came to designing the costume. My best friend’s mother is super creative, and she made mine and C’s costume.

She has made other costumes for me and my best friend before. One time, when we were little, I wanted to be Ariel from “The Little Mermaid” and my best friend wanted to be Jasmine from “Aladdin”. I remember having a BLAST that year, and mine and my best friend’s costumes were so cute and on point. We both went to the festival at my local church and there was a costume contest. We both won! It was awesome. So I suppose I have two favorite Halloween costumes!


Here’s the next hint for my Halloween costume!

Third hint: Tie

Let me know what you think, and feel free to tackle this prompt yourself. Get creative. You can write up your own response to the prompt and send it to me, and if I like it, I’ll feature you. Features will happen weekly on Fridays – Feature Fridays. If you have a writing prompt you want me to write about, send that to me too. You can send those things to me here.

Thanks for reading. See you soon.

Prompt taken from Minds in Bloom
Image of Victor and Emily borrowed from bustle.com

Halloween Writing Prompt #2

Pretend the mayor of your town wants to outlaw Halloween. Write a letter to convince him that this is not a good idea.

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Dear Mr. Mayor,

I’m writing this letter to express my deepest concerns about you outlawing the celebration of Halloween. This would be a foolish decision on your part; perhaps one of the most foolish decisions you could ever make.

Halloween is something many people use to come together. It’s a time to dress up, go trick-or-treating, and go to festivals. But it’s more than that. People don’t realize it, but by dressing up and putting on masks, they are protecting themselves.

On Halloween, the line between the earthly world and the spirit world is blurred. Malevolent spirits roam the earth on the night of October 31st. The only way to protect yourself from them is by putting on a mask, and the spirits will mistake you as “one of them”. By outlawing Halloween, not only are you outlawing a way for people to get together and have fun, you’re outlawing the only way people can protect themselves from these spirits.

Before you scoff and think this absurd, consider the young girl, Michelle Young, who died one Halloween night. She was 10 years old, found in a large bush near the outskirts of town. She had dressed up and gone out with her mom that night to go trick-or-treating–without a mask. She was dressed as Belle from Beauty and the Beast. They had been trick-or-treating for awhile, and after going to the last house for the night, Michelle walked a little ways from her mother–who got caught up talking to the person who gave the candy–probably admiring all the candy she got. Then, when Michelle’s mother was done talking and said good night, she turned around, and Michelle was gone. And, as you know, found dead a week later in that bush. There were no markings on her body, but she was cold as ice, but she didn’t smell as though she was dead. Furthermore, rigor mortis hadn’t set in, which was obviously very strange, until the forensics officer touched her. It happened all at once, and the smell was overwhelming. The officers there hadn’t encountered anything like that before.

It’s a tragic story, but necessary to tell. Outlawing Halloween will just give the spirits free reign to everyone that night. Countless more people will die if you make this decision. People don’t have to know about the spirits. Just emphasize the selling of masks everywhere. Make them hard to resist. Make them the new trend. If anything, more money will be made from Halloween than ever before. It will all be for the safety of the people. Again, I plead with you; do not outlaw Halloween. Do not take away the only thing that can protect people from the spirits.

-Harris, Michelle’s father


I was really tired when I woke up today, and didn’t feel like writing. But I made myself a cup of coffee and decided to write after I finished it. I felt a little more awake afterwards, and I felt like I could concentrate better. It also goes to show that I need my cup of coffee before I start writing. 😛 Hope you liked my creativity in this one! And now, the next hint for my Halloween costume!

Second hint: Silver

Let me know what you think, and feel free to tackle this prompt yourself. Get creative. You can write up your own response to the prompt and send it to me, and if I like it, I’ll feature you. Features will happen weekly on Fridays – Feature Fridays. If you have a writing prompt you want me to write about, send that to me too. You can send those things to me here.

Thanks for reading. See you soon.

Prompt taken from Minds in Bloom
Also, read about the origins of Halloween!

Halloween Writing Prompt #1

What is the scariest thing that has ever happened to you? Why was it so scary?

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I remember going on vacation with my aunt, my best friend, and her parents in Orlando, FL. I think it was the first day, and I found it hard to breathe the entire day.

I knew it was my allergies acting up, and I hoped after taking an allergy medication, my nose would clear up.

I went the entire day–at Harry Potter world–finding it very hard to breathe. If there were instances where I didn’t notice my allergies, I can’t remember them.

When we got back to the hotel room, and it was time to go to bed, I laid down and still could not breathe. It got to the point where I got up, went to the restroom, and tried desperately to unplug my nose with little to no success. I was getting anxious by that point, and thought I wouldn’t wake up the next morning because I just. Couldn’t. Breathe. Anxiety did not help my breathing situation.

I eventually gave up and propped up the pillows on the bed, and tried sleeping that way. It helped a little, and I could kind of breathe, but still worried. My mind eventually quieted down at some point during the night and I drifted off to sleep.

I found myself dealing with my nose again the next day. I was also very, very tired. My best friend went on a ride I didn’t much care for, and I literally fell asleep on while sitting down and waiting for her with her mom.

I took another allergy med when we got back to the hotel, and I put a warm washcloth on my nose. That helped a great deal. It was temporary, though, and I did it once more before going to bed that night. While it wasn’t as bad as the previous night, I was still very much annoyed that my allergies were giving me such a hard time during my vacation.

Needless to say, despite that scare, I had a good time. I mean, come on. Harry Potter World!


It has certainly been awhile since I last posted anything. School and other volunteer work got in the way. But I really wanted to make time for blogging this month, because this is the month of Halloween! I LOVE Halloween and wanted to do something special: Halloween related writing prompts! I also want to give small hints as to what my costume is going to be at the end of every post. So, without further adieu:

First hint: Green

Let me know what you think, and feel free to tackle this prompt yourself. Get creative. You can write up your own response to the prompt and send it to me, and if I like it, I’ll feature you. Features will happen weekly on Fridays – Feature Fridays. If you have a writing prompt you want me to write about, send that to me too. You can send those things to me here.

Thanks for reading. See you soon.

Taken from Minds in Bloom

Writing Prompt: Missed Connections

Missed Connections: If you go to Craigslist, there is a “Missed Connections” section where you can find some interesting story lines to inspire your writing.

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You were attending NAU back in ’82

“Hey you, we met on a flight from San Diego to Phoenix back in the spring of ’82. We talked about music, your aspirations (journalism, right?) and writing, I believe. Thoughts of you often enter my mind… seems I’ll never forget you.”

The girl at her desk reading this felt her heart skip a beat. She definitely remembered this person. His name is Jacob, and he liked to travel. They certainly did meet on a flight, and decided to eat together after the plane landed. He had black hair and brown eyes, and a smile that made her blush and avert her eyes from his.

And he was right about her aspirations. She did want to become a journalist, and she made it happen. She now wrote for the local newspaper. She also finds time to write for fun, and occasionally submits some of her works to online magazines. She took a deep breath and sighed, realizing it’s been a long time since she saw or heard from Jacob. A thought suddenly occurred to her. Didn’t she have a phone number written down somewhere?

In fact, she did. She took a sip from her coffee and stood. She walked over to the couch where her bag was and rummaged around, looking for that piece of paper. It was written on a bubblegum wrapper. As she emptied the contents of her bag, she started panicking. A bubblegum wrapper hadn’t turned up yet, and she was almost done emptying her bag. Until, finally, at the very bottom of the bag she saw it. She pulled it out, and sure enough. The wrapper said “Jacob”, and his phone number.

She went back to her desk and pulled the telephone closer to her. She had honestly forgotten about Jacob, and now that she was about to call him, she was uncertain. Anxious. What if he didn’t pick up? The post she was reading had been up for about a year. Who knew how much had changed since then.

Nevertheless, she picked up the phone and dialed the number. As it rang, her heart rate quickened, and she took some deep breaths to calm herself. Eventually, someone picked up,

“Hello?” Said the person on the other end. It was a man’s voice.

With some hesitation, she replied, “U-um, hi, it’s Emily. From the diner.”

“I’m sorry, who?” Said the man on the phone.

Emily took a deep breath before speaking, “Emily. We met on a plane flight and had dinner at the Georgia Diner after we landed awhile back.”

“I-…I’m really sorry, I think you have the wrong number.”

“Wait, is your name Jacob by any chance?”

There was a pause on the other end. Then, “Yes…how did you know?”

Emily tried to contain her excitement. “Because that’s the name of the man I met. His name is Jacob, and we were seated together on the plane, and talked about what we liked and what we wanted to do. After we landed we decided to eat together and we talked about so much.”

Jacob was silent. Emily stayed quiet; perhaps he was trying very hard to remember. Or, this was simply the wrong Jacob. Finally, he said, “Emily, I’m very sorry. I just don’t think you have the right person here.”

Devastated, Emily sighed. “Alright. I’m sorry…I just, I had the phone number in my purse and I dialed it in the hopes of reaching him.”

There was a short pause. Then, “Maybe the person you’re trying to get in touch with moved.”

“Maybe. I also read something on Craigslist posted by him. He was trying to reach out to me…”

“I have an account. Let me check it, ok?”

“Mhm, ok.”

There was silence, and Emily could hear the faint sound of keyboard keys being pressed on the other end. She stood and paced back and forth as she waited for Jacob to get back to her.

Eventually, she heard, “Emily?”

“Yes?”

“This message you told me about, it’s here on my account…But I don’t understand how that’s possible. I’ve never met you.”

Emily thought her heart was going to pound right out of her chest. “Jacob, did something happen to you recently?”

“What do you mean?”

“I mean, did you get into an accident that may have caused memory loss? I know it’s a long shot but-”

“Wait. Yeah I did…My dad told me I went out with some friends, and that whoever was behind the wheel got reckless and ended up crashing into a large truck. I was dumb and didn’t have my seatbelt on, so I was told. They said I was lucky to be alive, but that I had major brain damage, and I lost some of my memories. I suppose you were one of those memories.”

Emily tried to contain her tears as Jacob told his story. “That’s awful.” She said.

Jacob sighed on the other end. “Yeah.”

Not willing to give up, Emily asked, “Do you want to meet up? Maybe seeing me will help. Even if it doesn’t…I’d like to get to know you again.”

Jacob chuckled. “Sure. No harm in that.”

Emily imagine that smile of his when he chuckled, and wondered if it’d be the same. “Alright.” Emily replied with a smile. She hoped Jacob could tell she was smiling. “How about Starbucks? Seems like a good place to meet up.”

“Sure.” Jacob replied. “Tomorrow? Twelve o’clock?”

“Yeah, that’s great. See you tomorrow.” Emily said, smiling.

“Yeah. See you then. Bye Emily.”

“Bye.”

And they both hung up. Emily sighed and allowed herself to fall on her couch. She couldn’t believe what was happening. The Jacob she used to know is probably gone. Nevertheless, she knew she’d like him despite what changes he went through because of the accident. She smiled and hoped for a good day.


I went through the local missed connections on Craigslist and was glad to find something so interesting to write about. I wonder if the person who wrote that found who they were looking for. I haven’t written a lengthy story liked this in a long time. It was fun!

Let me know what you think, and feel free to tackle this prompt yourself. Get creative. You can write up your own response to the prompt and send it to me, and if I like it, I’ll feature you. Features will happen weekly on Fridays – Feature Fridays. If you have a writing prompt you want me to write about, send that to me too. You can send those things to me here.

Thanks for reading. See you soon.

Prompt taken from Thinkwritten

Writing Prompt: Great Minds

Great Minds: Write about someone you admire and you thought to have had a beautiful mind.

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If there’s anyone I thought to have had–and still has–a great mind, it’s my boyfriend.

He’s the kind of person who gets lost in his thoughts.

He’ll talk about the crazy things his mind comes up with when he’s half-asleep; a building overflowing with spiders, or a beautiful willow tree in the middle of a clearing that he can’t quite describe with words, because it’s so beautiful.

He’s the kind of person that enjoys the simple things in life.

He’s the kind of person who finishes his classwork faster than anyone else.

He’s the kind who advocates for the idea of optional homework: do it if you need to, not because you have to.

He’s the kind of guy who enjoys reading; books like Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Game of Thrones.

He’s the kind of guy who loves physics and loves talking about it, and the way he explains it makes you want to learn more about it too, even though you find it very complex.

He’s the kind of guy who loves fiercely, and shows his love constantly with actions.

He’s the kind of guy who makes his dreams a reality.

He’s the kind of guy that makes me smile even when he’s not here.

And I could never get bored of listening to him when he talks about his thoughts, his dreams, aspirations, interests, fears, or anything else. Listening to someone with a mind as great as his is anything but boring.


It’s been a while since I’ve written something. School and other things in life have kept me pretty busy. But I found the time to write again and it was great to finally get back to it. This writing prompt got personal real quick. I couldn’t help but write about my boyfriend when I read this prompt. I admire him and think his mind is awesome. ;P

Let me know what you think, and feel free to tackle this prompt yourself. Get creative. You can write up your own response to the prompt and send it to me, and if I like it, I’ll feature you. Features will happen weekly on Fridays – Feature Fridays. If you have a writing prompt you want me to write about, send that to me too. You can send those things to me here.

Thanks for reading. See you soon.

Prompt taken from Thinkwritten

Feature Friday: “The found poem” submission

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The found poem: Read a book and circle some words on a page. Use those words to craft a poem. Alternatively you can cut out words and phrases from magazines.

A submission by Antonio Rivera

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Short words and phrases

Cut from the heart

Found in poems and books

Edited in to funny “Cymera”


A big thank you to my long time friend for sending in a submission for this prompt. It’s pleasantly different because he used words from my blog, not a book or magazine! I mean, I guess my blog can be considered an online magazine. 🙂 And he rearranged and added words to come up with this poem. Another Feature Friday success.

I started this new “Feature Friday” collaboration in which I ask people–usually bloggers, but non-bloggers are also welcome–to write their own response to one of the writing prompts here on the blog. They also have the option to make their own prompt and send it to me for a chance to get featured. In humble thanks for their work, I link their blog and any other social media accounts they want people to visit. This is going to be fun!

Thank you for checking out this talented person. Til next Feature Friday!

Feature Friday: Outside the Window

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Outside the Window: What’s the weather outside your window doing right now? If that’s not inspiring, what’s the weather like somewhere you wish you could be?

Outside the Window

by Pulkit Garg

A world resides far apart

Outside that glaring glass

She could see covered with liquid pearls, the shining grass

Up there she looks at the sky

That soothing light blue colour

The sun is really high

The birds are struck

With the glances of her wandering eye

Those rigid immovable trees

Tickled by the sun beams

A voice of relief from the cold breeze

Those bees catch her eyesight

To feed on honey is there delight

Far beyond near the horizon,

Uncanny beautiful mountains

Echos find their ways

But she looks for a consoling silence

Time passes by,

Day changes into night

Winter welcomes the spring

She looks at the blurred reflection

Past is my only imperfection

The windows make her a movie Dive in,

Dive into me

No, not this time, she says

Dosen’t wanna fake more smiles,

She very well knows,

Everything is my wonderful imagination..

It’s all imagination..


This was a lovely piece! I really enjoyed reading it. We have some very talented writers.

Thank you for your submission! Please visit Pulkit’s website Ink Blur and Instagram page

I started this new “Feature Friday” collaboration in which I ask people–usually bloggers, but non-bloggers are also welcome–to write their own response to one of the writing prompts here on the blog. They also have the option to make their own prompt and send it to me for a chance to get featured. In humble thanks for their work, I link their blog and any other social media accounts they want people to visit. I think this is going to be fun!

Thank you for checking out this talented person. Til next Feature Friday!

Writing Prompt: Cleaning

Cleaning: Hey, even writers and creative artists have to do housework sometimes. Write about doing laundry, dishes, and other cleaning activities.

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Cleaning is my least favorite thing to do. If something needs to be cleaned, I put it off for as long as possible.

Helping someone clean? Well, that’s a different story.

I like to help people. If I see someone cleaning, I’ll ask if they need help.

I think the thought of cleaning by myself just bores me to no end. Even though cleaning requires some use of various muscles (arms, legs), doing it alone is so unappealing. Aggravates me, even. Cleaning for the sake of cleaning is just…ugh.

The way I see it, when I offer to help someone clean, I see it as a willingness to help lift some of the burden of cleaning off their shoulders. I’m purely helping them. I don’t see it as cleaning for the sake of cleaning.

It’s probably strange to read that, but it makes sense to me. That’s probably the only way I’ll clean something.


Short prompt response today! In case you couldn’t tell, I hate cleaning. XD But if I help someone clean, it’s fine. I’m so weird.

Let me know what you think, and feel free to tackle this prompt yourself. Get creative. You can write up your own response to the prompt and send it to me, and if I like it, I’ll feature you. Features will happen weekly on Fridays – Feature Fridays. If you have a writing prompt you want me to write about, send that to me too. You can send those things to me here.

Thanks for reading. See you soon.

Prompt taken from Thinkwritten

Writing Prompt: Dictionary Definition

Dictionary Definition: Open up a dictionary to a random word. Define what that word means to you.

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Verisimilar

adjective; ver-uh-sim-uh-ler

To me, this words means “having some of the same details as something else”. I say that because the word “similar” itself means something resembles something else without being identical.

The actual definition:

having the appearance of truth; likely; probable: a verisimilar tale“.

Well, I wasn’t quite there, but I was on the right track!

Apparently, the origin of verisimilar is Latin:

from Latin vērīsimilis, from vērus true + similis like”.


Looks like we all learned a new word today! This would be a great writing prompt for English or Literature teachers. Picking out a random word from the dictionary and coming up with a definition for it before viewing the real definition is a cool idea. Other people are probably more creative than me in coming up with their own definitions. ;P

Let me know what you think, and feel free to tackle this prompt yourself. Get creative. You can write up your own response to the prompt and send it to me, and if I like it, I’ll feature you. Features will happen weekly on Fridays – Feature Fridays. If you have a writing prompt you want me to write about, send that to me too. You can send those things to me here.

Thanks for reading. See you soon.

Prompt taken from Thinkwritten