Skarla Skeleton

Skarla pulled her covers up,
A mask over her head.
Her mummy came with steaming cup
And asked, “Why haunt your bed?”

“Oh, Mum! The kids say, ‘SKELETON!’
“They run away in fear.”
Her mummy groaned. “Aww, that’s no fun.
“They just don’t know you, Dear.”

And then, they heard a creepy gong;
Some kids were at their door.
Skar dried her tears; Mum came along,
Bones clunking on the floor.

Skarla’s friends said, “Trick or treat!”
And, “Skar! Where have you been?”
Smiling, Skarla donned a sheet
And went out, with her friends.

Photo by Nick Bondarev on

Written for Susannah Leonard Hill’s Halloweensie Contest.

©2020 Chel Owens

55 thoughts on “Skarla Skeleton

  1. Nitin October 31, 2020 / 10:45 pm

    Spooky (in a fun classic Chelsea way!)

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  2. Norah November 1, 2020 / 3:20 am

    Well done, Chelsea. You have some very clever use of words in there. Good luck!

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  3. Connie Bergstein Dow November 1, 2020 / 4:41 am

    I love the rhythm and the story. Good luck in the contest!

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    • Chel Owens November 1, 2020 / 7:49 am

      She gets unraveled sometimes, but she has a good heart.

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  4. claireflewis November 1, 2020 / 12:14 pm

    This is great fun to read! I love the ‘Bones clunking on the floor’ line!

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  5. Colleen Owen Murphy November 1, 2020 / 6:25 pm

    I am glad Skarla was able to go trick-or-treating, but I am pretty sure I do not want to meet her mummy!! Good luck!

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    • Chel Owens November 1, 2020 / 6:42 pm

      Like most mummies, she has a good heart – not necessarily inside, but a good heart.

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      • Colleen Owen Murphy November 1, 2020 / 6:44 pm

        Ha ha!

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  6. Kath Carroll November 2, 2020 / 6:04 am

    I love the personality you infused into your characters! Really fun read with a lot of heart!

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  7. marynadoughty November 2, 2020 / 7:47 am

    Great rhyming! 🙂

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  8. JEN Garrett November 2, 2020 / 8:25 am

    Amazing story! I’m jealous of how well you can rhyme. I love a good story that doesn’t call attention to the rhyme. You are a pro at that!
    Happy Halloweensie!

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    • Chel Owens November 3, 2020 / 11:17 pm

      Thank you so much! I try but am always picking critically at my verse when I read it later!


  9. Nicole Loos Miller November 2, 2020 / 11:04 am

    I love how you created so much history with Skar’s friends and the wonderful relationship between her and her mummy in so few words! Well done!

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  10. Jules November 2, 2020 / 11:05 am

    Oh, to be accepted for what and who we are!

    Though I think I’d like to keep some of my family skeletons in the shadows of the closet! 😀

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  11. Nancy Riley November 2, 2020 / 9:08 pm

    Very cute story. What a nice Mummy and Skarla resolved her problem. Nice!

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    • Chel Owens November 3, 2020 / 6:24 am

      ….I should have made her bedroom in the closet! I guess we’ll illustrate it that way!

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  12. heatherbell37 November 4, 2020 / 8:20 am

    Lovely characters and rhythm! Her mummy and friends are so sweet—and she goes out trick or treating ❤️

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  13. Rebekah Hoeft November 5, 2020 / 4:25 am

    Aww, Skarla Skeleton has good friends! Maybe she and Scarlett can go out trick-or-treating next year!

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    • Chel Owens November 5, 2020 / 2:03 pm

      After reading the entries, it sounds like she might have a lot of friends! 🙂


  14. Jill Lambert November 5, 2020 / 6:17 pm

    Skar and her mum make a sweet pair. So glad Skarla’s friends came by! A tender tale, Chel!

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  15. H.R.R. Gorman November 7, 2020 / 2:49 pm

    This is the kind of thing I like – bad guy creatures that are good.

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