Talk about camouflage! Where did little Miley go?! Wait! There she is, playing in a pile of crunchy, autumn leaves. Continue reading
Maybe it’s not the cafeteria food. Maybe it’s not that smell of sweaty socks that comes from the locker room after boys’ football practice. But we know there are reasons that live deep in your heart . . . why you love your school!
Every school is awesome in its own way, so tell us what’s cool about your school!
Let us know in the Comments below . . .
—Ratha, Stacks Writer
Thank you to all the Stackers who have been submitting their chapters to the STACKS Creative Writing Team. It has been so much fun reading everyone’s submissions and receiving so much help in writing this spook-tacular Halloween story.
It is only 3 more days until Halloween, and we are in a frenzy of excitement! Moderator Katie wrote this Halloween quiz on the STACKS Buzz Board. Don’t worry. It’s not scary. It’s just to find out what Halloween is like for YOU.
- Do you celebrate Halloween? (If no, the quiz is over.)
- What are you going to be this year?
- What is your favorite Halloween candy?
- What is your earliest Halloween memory?
- What’s the funniest costume you’ve ever seen?
- What do you usually give out at your house to trick-or-treaters?
- What would you do if I said “trick” when you knocked on my door?
- What’s your favorite Halloween movie/TV show?
- Any Halloween traditions in your house?
- What does your school do for Halloween?
Leave your answers in the Comments, or go over the Buzz Board to read everyone else’s answers.
A big thank you to all those who contributed to our latest story! Also, a special shout out to koalabearwhite16, aquahorse581, and dolphinadorable67, who all had parts of their submissions used in today’s post. Chapter 3 will be the final installment of our spooky story, so if you’d like to contribute to the ending, make sure to post your chapter on the Night of Fright: Chapter 2 thread.
If you missed the beginning, you can go read Chapter 1! And now, here’s Chapter 2!
Welcome to another meeting of the STACKS Creative Writing Team! For those Stackers who may be joining us for the first time, the STACKS Creative Writing Team collaborates to write original short stories right here on Ink Splot 26! I begin by posting the first chapter of a story here on the blog. Then, you head over to the Fan Fiction Message Board to submit your own version of where you think the story should go. Finally, check back next week to see if we used part of your story!
Our next story is a Halloween themed tale, inspired by Jennifer Stone’s Story Starter! Some Stackers have already submitted their stories in the Comments of that post, including some incredibly spooky tales from Olivia, Chloee, Jennifer, and Elle. They were so good, I decided to create my own story as well! Go grab a candy apple or a black cat and enjoy the beginning of our latest story, “A Night of Fright.” Then, submit your chapter on the Night of Fright message board thread. Enjoy!
According to Sesame Street Magazine, October 15th is National Grouch Day. Finally, an excuse to be grouchy! If you’re tired of always seeing the bright side of things, then this (kind-of-sort-of) official holiday is for you.
Legend has it that Jim Henson (creator of The Muppets) used to go to a restaurant where the waiter was so grumpy that it was almost comical. He kept going back because he was so interested in the waiter, and he eventually developed Oscar the Grouch after him. The name of the restaurant was Oscar’s Tavern! See? Grouches can be inspiring!
How does one celebrate National Grouch Day, you might ask? Well, according to Oscar the Grouch’s recent Internet posting (yes, Oscar the Grouch posts online!) you should do the following:
- When someone says, “Good morning!” respond with, “What’s good about it?!”
- If asked, “How are you feeling?” reply with, “None of your business.”
- When someone inquires, “What time is it?” tell them to go buy a watch.
Wait. What? That’s kind of mean! I know most of you are not naturally grouchy so celebrating this day might be tough. But everybody, even the nicest person in the world, gets grouchy sometimes. For today’s Writing Prompt, we want to know. . . .
—Ratha, Stacks Writer
All good things must come to an end. This will be the final chapter of the STACKS Creative Writing Team’s first story “The Runaway.” A big thank you to all who contributed! Also, make sure to tune in next week, as we start a new spooky story together. It will be based on Jennifer Stone’s awesome writing prompt!
Did you watch the first episode of Deadtime Stories (rated TV-PG) last night? What did you think? If you liked it, then you’ll like this interview with Jennifer Stone. She plays the cool, funny babysitter on the show who reads the kids those scary stories. Wouldn’t you love to have an awesome babysitter like her? Be sure to read to the end of the interview because Jennifer has a scary story starter for YOU to complete in the Comments.
Q: What is Deadtime Stories about?
Jennifer: Deadtime Stories is a show based on the tales from the book series by Annette and Gina Cascone. Each week, the babysitter invites the kids and the audience to venture into a new hair-raising tale.
Q: Which do you think is the scariest episode?
Jennifer: I don’t know about the scariest, but I love “The Beast of Baskerville.” A group of kids have a camp-out in Baskerville and discover that the legends about a half-human beast with horns and hooves may be true! [You can watch this episode on October 10.]
Q: What are your Halloween plans this year?
Jennifer: I’m not sure about plans yet, but I am thinking about being Marlene Dietrich [a glamorous film star from the 1930s and 40s].
Q: What is your best or funniest/most embarrassing Halloween memory?
Jennifer: When I was younger, I was scared out of my wits while trick-or-treating by someone I thought was a scarecrow decoration — until they moved! I’ve never looked at scarecrows the same since! [OMG! It's just like those creepy scarecrows in the "Invasion of the Appleheads" episode!]
Q: If you were going to write a scary story, what would be the first line?
Jennifer: There was a sense of unease throughout the city streets that night . . .
Oooh. . . .what is going to happen next? Write the next line of the story in the Comments. Let’s write a scary story to make Jennifer Stone proud!
He’s baaaack! The ventriloquist dummy sure to give anyone Goosebumps! Slappy, the walking, trash-talking terror, is up to his mischievous ways. What do you think he has to say in this creepy picture?
I think Slappy is saying, “Pssst. This inn has rooms . . . screaming rooms! ”
Use your imagination to create your own frightfully fantastic caption in the Comments! And visit the Goosebumps website for more spooky fun.
—Amabel, Scholastic Media