More Hocus Pocus

halloween-witch-broomstick-clipartsLove it or loathe it, Lockdown or not, it is that time of year again – Halloween.

Here in Ireland, we’re on the kind of Covid-19 Lockdown where you can’t have visitors to your home, so there’s no trick or treating this year.

Being of a delicate disposition, I’m probably not going to miss the neighbours’ children knocking on the door expecting jelly worms and gobstopper eyeballs as treats. I don’t usually recognise the little monsters anyway, not those in heavy disguise covered with fake blood and unseemly sores and lesions. And as for the ones dressed as purveyors of magic potions, the only kind of witches and wizards I’m vaguely comfortable with would be those inhabiting the worlds of Oz and Hogwarts. As for ghosts? Well!

Whatever you think of Halloween, it can be good topic to write about. So off you go, write an opinion piece about what you think of this time of year. Keep going for 500 words and then stop.

When you’ve finished, award yourself whatever treat you’ve bought on the off chance there might be trick or treaters. Assuming there are some treats left. I mean, they won’t last until next year, will they? And someone has to eat them, even if they do look like worms. Chocolate worms? Yum!

*This is the 68th new creative writing prompt in a series which began in March 2020 as a Lockdown project for my creative writing group friends. Every Wednesday at 5pm (Dublin time) I present an idea to kick-start new writing: short stories, flash fiction, poetry, memoir and creative non-fiction. Originally, I created 42 daily prompts and exercises, with a nod to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. It began here. I now post the prompts weekly.