The Ink Well Prompt #37: See this post for prompt and rules

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Stories From the Previous Week

Thank you to everyone who posted a story for last week's prompt, “Graveyard," which invited The Ink Well authors to write about the big spooky white ball in the sky at night. You guys came up with some great full moon tales!

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This Week’s Prompt

For our final Halloween-inspired prompt for the month of October, we're going with a classic: jack-o-lantern.

Whether you want to write something spooky or creepy, or you want to talk about a child's Halloween experience, or any other aspect of these iconic carved works of temporary art, there are plenty of possibilities.

SPECIAL NOTE: @hivebuzz is hosting a really fun challenge. Check it out here. You may be able to use your jack-o-lantern short story in The Ink Well as your entry to the HiveBuzz story challenge. (They didn't say whether they mean fiction or non-fiction when they said "your scariest Halloween story", so we are going to assume this is up for interpretation.)

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Lots of people getting in on the writing challenge, that's a great thing! Jack-o-lantern - hmmmmm, have to let that roll around awhile and see if anything surfaces. But if not, I know there'll be plenty of good submissions to read and enjoy!

@blueeyes8960, for extra incentive, check out this initiative by @hivebuzz: https://peakd.com/halloween/@hivebuzz/halloween-2021. I've added the information to this prompt post as well.

Hey! That sounds good too! 😃

Seems like a great match for our prompt this week, doesn't it?

so it seems...😉

Oh my, it's been a while since I joined in on the writing challenge. As a matter of fact, I've missed reading all the amazing short stories here. Life and work have been suffocating lately, but I'm hoping to find the time and courage to be part of this.

Sorry to hear you've been so busy, @hillarypowers. We miss you!

Jack-O-lantern 🎃
This is going to be a huge read as I am sure some spooky stories will soon begin to flood #theinkwell community.

Yes, I'm really going to miss the spooky stories when October is over. It has been a lot of fun! Thank you for being part of the fun, @mrenglish!

This week's prompt is finally here! Hopefully I could make good use of the prompt to write a great story. Wish me luck!

Good job! Looking forward to all amazing entries.

It will be interesting to read all the jack-o-lantern themed stories this week!

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Thanks for being an early bird, @milezofplay. Please be sure to take the time to review and edit your stories before submitting. There is no rush since you have a week before the next prompt, and quality is more important than speed. :-)

We encourage everyone to use the resources we provide (listed in this post above the prompt) to ensure they are submitting quality work. Thank you!

I have made the necessary corrections..
Thank you for reading my post..

I hope it's OK now?..

Thank you for working a little more on your story, @milezofplay. We always encourage our writers to take the time to review their work carefully before submitting. Stories always improve in the process!

Did you use Google Docs, as described in the Help for the Grammatically Challenged post? I think you would find it very helpful.

Am sorry but I think my story from last week was listed with a wrong name, johndonn instead of milezofplay..thank you.

Sorry about the error. This is fixed.

Ok.. Thank you..

Thanks for a very thoughtful prompt word on this occasion :)
Here is my story, I have just started posting my comments on other posts, thank you!
https://peakd.com/hive-170798/@sunnyag/happy-halloween-dr-smith

A perfect prompt for one of my favorite times of the year.🎃

Here's my entry:

https://hive.blog/hive-170798/@generikat/hello-harbinger

I'm so looking forward to reading everyone's entries!

And my comments (so far):

@iyimoga
@emeka002

Sometimes what you hate is what keeps coming to you.

A wonderful piece.

hey guys, click on the link below to view my story...you'll like it
https://ecency.com/hive-170798/@ji33y/the-hallow-s-eve

Maybe not quite the spooks...but maybe just a little
Ok, that's enough pre-empting ;p

https://peakd.com/hive-170798/@kaerpediem/captain-of-my-heart

I'm a bit late but here's my entry: The Flame in the Hollows

Enjoy!

Wow lots of creative stories this week. Enjoyed reading them. Here's my take:
https://ecency.com/hive-170798/@diebitch/happenings-in-a-mental-asylum

I hope to still be on time for this one. This is my link
https://peakd.com/@kei2/the-ancestor
@yuki-nee
@khaleesii