Hallowe’en – Sunday Photo Fiction

Sunday Photo Fiction is a weekly challenge presented by my old friend Al Forbes.
The idea is to write a short story (200 word max) inspired by what you see in his picture (below).
Predictably, for once, Al gives us Hallowe’en as a prompt.
Having said that, his photo is anything but predictable, a superbly contrived scene of magic and humour, with no terror at all.
A bit like my story.
Click on this link to enter your tale, and to see what others have written.

Copyright Al Forbes

Copyright Al Forbes

There is no reading this week, as the story is from the POV of a woman. I tried it, didn’t like it!


I love Hallowe’en.
With three excited youngsters to help with their costumes, it is hard not to get into the spirit of things.
Spirit, get it?
Do I see a ghost of a smile there?
Okay, no more.
But even my husband makes an effort, wears Dracula teeth with a trickle of blood.
And he is not a bundle of laughs, usually.
We go round the neighbourhood, guising, as we call it in Scotland.
You probably know it as Trick or Treat.
The two boys tell terrible jokes, my daughter sings silly songs, badly.
The men stand about, being useless as ever, but it is great fun.
I like to catch up on the gossip, find out which kids are staying where, which husbands are not at home.
Because later I go visiting again.
This is the part of Hallowe’en I love most, the time when I enjoy myself best.
You see, I am the bogeyman.

About ceayr

A Scot who has discovered Paradise in a small town he calls Medville on the Côte d'Azur, C.E. Ayr has spent a large part of his life in the West of Scotland and a large part elsewhere. His first job was selling programmes at his local football club and he has since tried 73 other career paths, the longest being in IT, with varying degrees of success. He is somewhat nomadic, fairly irresponsible and, according to his darling daughter, a bit random.
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36 Responses to Hallowe’en – Sunday Photo Fiction

  1. Somehow I never thought of the bogeyman being a woman with a family. But then all kinds of strange happen these days. Good writing, C.E. 🙂 — Suzanne


  2. Sonny Price says:

    Ooh, creepy! Mom is gonna have some fun tonight. Well done!


  3. Dahlia says:

    Not very well versed with the custom of Halloween but I am learning. Despite the trick, this was a treat to read 😀


  4. Excellent story! I love that last line.


  5. mandibelle16 says:

    hehe nice take CE. An interesting ending. I guess the bogeyman would need good intelligence before scaring children at night etc..


  6. maryruth16 says:

    Great twist, CE. Shame you didn’t read it in a woman’s voice though 😉

    Liked by 1 person

    • ceayr says:

      Yeah, right, dear lady, like I am going to make an idiot of myself here!
      I did try reading it my my own sultry but charming brogue, but it didn’t even work for me. Goodness knows what it would have done to my readers/listeners!

      Liked by 1 person

  7. I just loved this creepy tale. Your endings are just superb.


  8. Iain Kelly says:

    I knew you would enter into the spirit of Halloween. Great image conjured up of the bogey family celebrating their favourite day of the year!


  9. Another creepy tale, love it!


  10. I’m glad I was unpredictable in my predictability 🙂

    I think you would have sounded awesome trying to speak like a woman haha.

    Great story , amusing and creepy.Just like the host of the challenge, although with less emphasis on the amusing.


    • ceayr says:

      I think it is cool that you give us a topical prompt, mon ami.
      And yeah, like a woman, that is just not going to happen!
      And your last comment there is actually quite amusing.
      So you are unpredictable after all!

      Liked by 1 person

  11. I always suspected there was something different about you!

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  12. Lynn Love says:

    Like the idea that even the bogeyman (bogeyperson? 🙂 ) goes trick or treating with the kids, presumably bogeypeople in the making. Nicely seasonal tale, C. BTW, do they celebrate Halloween in la belle France?


    • ceayr says:

      I love your attempt to be PC here – Be good children or the bogeyperson will get you!
      They do celebrate in France, but not so much where I am.
      Perhaps because there are so few children (I have already eaten most of them).

      Liked by 2 people

      • Lynn Love says:

        I don’t really approve of that element of PC ness – it’s a bogeyman to me, always will be, no matter the gender. And bogeyperson doesn’t have the same ring – not half as scary.
        I wouldn’t recommend eating children – I find they always disagree with me 🙂


  13. Steve Lakey says:

    That sounds like a great horror movie in the making.


  14. Dear CE,

    Every family has a secret.She must be a fun mom. Fun story. I’m hiding now.




  15. Knew there’d be a twist! Haunting Halloween as you go guising about the Cote d’Azur?


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