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Spooky Halloween stories

Harker Journalism took upon the challenge of creating spooky stories with only 55 words. Read what we came up with below!

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Johnny, Jill and the Doctor’s Office


“How long will this flu shot take?” asked Johnny from the little red stool at the corner of the doctor’s office.

“It should start working in two hours,” said Dr. Jill. “By the way, do you know where I put my lethal injection?”

She turned around and saw Johnny on the ground, his mouth foaming.

Sweet Dreams, Baby


“I can’t believe it happened so fast!” said Anne.

“I know!” said Mike, cradling the baby in his arms. He gently placed the baby into the white bed, breathing in the clean air surrounding them. Anne let out a single tear.

“It’s getting late,” said Mike, as they left the funeral home.  

The Attic


Everyday, I heard a rattling sound from the attic. My mom explained it was just a squirrel.

I tiptoed up once, but didn’t see an animal. My mom saw and yelled at me.

She gave me a cookie, so I didn’t ask her why the boy in the attic was locked in chains or why he had no hands or feet.

Mr. Gilligan’s not-so-happy victory


“And the winner of the Alaskan Costume Competition is… Mr. Gilligan!”

As Gilligan stood up from his seat and accepted his trophy, tears of happiness dripped down his face.

“I’ve been waiting for this moment for centuries, thank you so much.”

It was a trap; there was no applause. He fell into never-ending darkness.

Hi, Harvard?


Jane and Lola run to the mailbox, expecting a letter from Harvard, Lola’s new school.

Lola finds an envelope inside, ripping it open to one word in red: “rescinded.”

“What? I did nothing wrong!” Lola exclaims.

Jane smirks.

A month earlier:

“Hi, Harvard? I’ve some interesting news about one of your accepted applicants, Lola…”

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One Response to “Spooky Halloween stories”

  1. Andy on October 31st, 2017 10:05 pm

    It seems that this article is perhaps not aptly named–most of these stories hardly qualify as “spooky.” Though some may disagree, a Harvard rescind letter, albeit spurred by a friend’s tip, is not “spooky.” After all, the OED defines “spooky” as “1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of spirits or the supernatural; frightening, eerie.” Perhaps Harvard has been overwhelmed by ghosts as of late? The OED’s second definition is “Surfing slang. Of a wave: dangerous or frightening.” I suppose we could construe a rescind letter metaphorically as a wave of disappointment, though the register of surf talk would seem more than a little out of place. Though I have focused this argument on the final story, it just as aptly describes the previous examples. For instance, the story of a baby who passed away is not “spooky,” and the nature of its telling, along with its indiscreet title of “Sweet Dreams, Baby” feels just a little more sick–not used in the register of surfer slang–than spooky. Thanks, and Happy Halloween!

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