Candy Corn Men.jpg

Tick, tock, said Grandma’s mantel clock, pointing to ten.

Sadie watched it, frowning. It would never be Halloween at this rate!

She sleepily scrambled to the sofa arm. Perching unsteadily, she stretched shadowed arms to retrieve the clock. A bowl of candies knocked loose and spilled to the floor.

She stopped, listening. Only the clock said, Tick.

Prising open the monstrous, creaking casing; she nudged both hands to point up: midnight.

Ching, it said, then, tock.

“Hello!” a cheerful voice greeted. She looked down. The spilled candy corns were moving. A tiny hand waved.

“Hello!” It repeated, “May we eat you?”

Crafted for The 7th Annual Halloweensie Contest.

37 thoughts on “Midnight

  1. Jilanne Hoffmann October 28, 2017 / 2:25 pm

    Beware those carnivorous candy corns! Nicely done. Good luck in the contest!


  2. Cathey Nickell October 28, 2017 / 5:21 pm

    Yikes! Please don’t eat me! Cute story! Good luck in the contest. 🙂


  3. Rene` Diane Aube October 28, 2017 / 7:38 pm

    So THAT’S why candy corn look like little teeth! LOL Very cute story! 🙂 Best wishes in the contest!


    • Chelsea Owens October 28, 2017 / 10:44 pm

      Thank you. I appreciate you reading it.
      I couldn’t think of any inspiration till I saw the candy corn men my son had made. I guess that may be true about them looking like teeth as well!

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  4. Ann Martin October 28, 2017 / 10:30 pm

    So clever, Chelsea. A special kind of creepy! Good luck in the contest.


  5. candicemarleyconner October 29, 2017 / 7:31 am

    But what happens next???? We need at least another 100 words, haha


    • Chelsea Owens October 29, 2017 / 7:41 am

      Very true! If I were Sadie, the very next line would be screaming! 🙂


  6. David McMullin October 29, 2017 / 8:40 am

    Run! Nicely done. Good luck.


  7. chardixon47 October 29, 2017 / 11:59 am

    You’ve got me to thinking twice before I pop that next candy corn! Love the spooky 🙂 Good luck!


  8. viviankirkfield October 29, 2017 / 5:25 pm

    Yikes…this is awesome, Chelsea. It reminds me of Creepy Carrots…well done!


    • Chelsea Owens October 29, 2017 / 7:46 pm

      Thanks. I’ll have to look up Creepy Carrots now.


  9. Maria Marshall October 30, 2017 / 1:21 am

    Oh my! who knew candy corn bit back? Good Luck.


    • Chelsea Owens October 30, 2017 / 7:08 am

      They are tricky like that. 🙂


  10. Sherri Jones Rivers October 30, 2017 / 3:13 pm

    Ha. A ghoulish ending!


  11. Sandy Perlic October 31, 2017 / 11:27 am

    Ooh! Nice twist. Well done!


  12. kathalsey October 31, 2017 / 12:25 pm

    Ha, like the anthropomorphized hungry candy corn. Good luck on the contest.


  13. willowwrites October 31, 2017 / 12:57 pm

    ouch! candy with a bite!
    love it 🙂
    good luck


  14. alissa October 31, 2017 / 8:16 pm

    And now my imagination’s running wild with what happens next! 🙂


    • Chelsea Owens October 31, 2017 / 10:50 pm

      Probably Sadie screaming, for starts. I think I would. 🙂


  15. Delfina Salimbene November 1, 2017 / 7:24 am

    Turn the clock back, Sadie, turn the clock back! Love that the candy corn were polite enough to ask, haha. Lots of personality shining through this sparse text. Well done!


    • Chelsea Owens November 1, 2017 / 12:02 pm

      That’s a great idea! I wonder if it would work.


  16. Susanna Leonard Hill November 7, 2017 / 12:41 pm

    Ooh! Nicely written, Chelsea! Spooky and great twist ending! That’ll teach youngsters to be impatient! Thanks so much for joining in the Halloweensie fun!


  17. lensdailydiary October 31, 2019 / 11:43 am

    Now that is just creepy when you’re at risk from your own Halloween candy.

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    • Chelsea Owens October 31, 2019 / 11:51 am

      Candy corn is a cute little monster of a candy.


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