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The deadline for submissions is 11/1/2017. Submissions will be published during the next 30 days.

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Halloween Memories

The following is by Writers in the Grove member, Patti Bond.

I enjoyed the time going to door to door saying “trick or treat” as a child. Sometimes my family would go out to eat then Dave and I would have to hurry home and get dressed in our costumes. I really liked dressing up. The only thing I didn’t like was going trick-or-treating in the rain, but that’s what living in Oregon is all about.

I loved the year I was Little Red riding Hood. I was a pretty one that year. I’d be so anxious I would be waiting for trick or treat time, dressed in a cape with a scarf on my head.

That Halloween, after going around several blocks, Dave and I came home and emptied our bags on the living room floor to see what all the neighbors gave us. I remember putting the candy in our piles and thinking “Wow!” My favorites were Smarties, Tootsie Rolls, and bubble gum.

After Dave and I saw our treats, our mother would say, ” Okay, you can have two but you have to put the rest in a bowl and put it in the kitchen.”

We weren’t allowed to have the bowl in our room. Did she think we would eat all the candy at once? If we did, we would get sick, then that would spoil all the fun for next year, as I’d learned in the past. We’re supposed to learn from our mistakes, right?

Prompt: If I Had a Hammer…

The prompt this week was:

If you only had two or three tools, what would they be, and how would you use them?

Put yourself or a character in a situation where they are restricted to using two or three tools. Describe the situation, the tools, their handling of the tools, what they are working on, putting emphasis upon the tools themselves.

Prompt: What My Pet Taught Me

The prompt this week was:

What my pet or an animal taught me.

Have you learned a life lesson from your pets or from an encounter with an animal?

Maybe this isn’t about a personal story but an encounter with a pet or animal for another character. What happened? What was the response of the character and the animal? What did they learn?

Prompt: Hiding It From the Family

The prompt this week involved keeping secrets.

You or your character knows something that the family shouldn’t know. Write about how you successfully or unsuccessfully hide the information.

Keeping secrets comes in all shapes, sizes, and flavors, but hiding something from family, people who know you or the character well and share a history, that’s more complicated.

How do they hide the information? Are they successful in doing so? It is important that we know what the secret is or just that something must be hidden from the others? Consider familial events such as family dinner gathers, holidays, or reunions.