For today’s writing prompt, write a scene in a horror film. Keep reading to see the full writing prompt and my completed version of it: Trick-or-Treat.

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Today’s Writing Prompt: Horror Film Clichés 

Typically, we’re told to stay away from clichés when writing. Today, however, don’t hold back. Write your own horror film scene in which you use all the clichés you can think of– black cats, misty cemeteries, etc.

Completed Version of Today’s Writing Prompt

Trick-or-Treat, by K.E. Creighton

Jane was in the kitchen making herself a cup of chamomile tea when there was a faint knock at the front door. It must be stragglers trick-or-treating, she thought. Then she realized she had left her front porch light on, so it was no wonder they were still knocking. She had run out of candy a few hours ago but decided to grab a few of the chocolate chip cookies she had baked earlier, to give them to the stragglers. Then she would turn off the light and go to bed for the night.

When Jane opened the front door, there was no one there. And it was pitch black. The porch light must have burnt out on its own. Luckily, the full moon offered plenty of light. So she could still see the corn maze on her property in the distance, which was her husband’s harvest time masterpiece, as well as a favorite neighborhood pastime. The kids loved getting lost in the mazes he constructed every year. But it did look eerie now and not fun at all, shrouded in a dense fog.

She heard an owl hooting in the distance then suddenly felt something brush against her calf. It startled her, so she jumped. And gasped. She looked down and saw a black cat in the moonlight. But when she bent down to pet it, it hissed at her before scurrying off.

As Jane turned to go back inside she heard a spell of children’s laughter. It was somewhat muffled as if it was coming from… was it coming from the corn maze? She stood there stunned for a moment, a bit unsure of what to do. It was all so odd. So spooky.

Jane turned around quickly to head back inside to wake her husband who had gone to bed much earlier. But she didn’t have to go far to reach him. Because he was standing right behind her with a demonic grin on his face and a bloody knife in his hand. Then as he raised the knife above both their heads, he asked, “Trick-or-treat?”

[All Rights Reserved by K.E. Creighton and Creighton’s Compositions LLC. The above work is a piece of fiction. All names and locations referred to are the product of the author’s imagination and are used entirely for fictional purposes. Any similarities to real-life persons or places are purely coincidental.]

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