This month you have two options for a prompt. As the contest ends on 31 October, the inspiration for these prompts is Halloween (cue spooky noises... owl hoots... etc). Build a story using one or both of these prompts as inspiration, as loosely or literally as you like... Prompt Option 1 - Picture [Source and larger version of the picture] Prompt Option 2 - Words "Scottish girls believed they could see images of their future husband if they hung wet sheets in front of the fire on Halloween. Other girls believed they would see their boyfriend’s faces if they looked into mirrors while walking downstairs at midnight on Halloween." [Source] Requirements 1,200 - 5,000 words Any genre (does NOT have to be horror, or even spooky--you can make it funny, or sweet, or whatever you like) Any style Polished to the best of your ability How to Enter Post your entry as a reply to this thread. It will be automatically anonymised. Please title the story and include the word count. You will be able to post entries until 14 October at 23:59 GMT. In future, contests will only be open for two weeks. Since this is the first one, you have a little longer to get your entries ready. Voting Voting will run from 15 - 31 October. There is no fixed voting criteria: voters will choose the story they think is the best. Winner The winner will be announced on 1 November. He or she will get a shiny medal under their avatar, automatic entry into the annual Hall of Fame contest, and their winning story featured in the WritingForums annual ezine. Get writing! Will you give us a trick or a treat...?