Margie had been asked to write a spooky story by her magazine. Now spooky and scary stuff are not her forte. She tried to negotiate with her boss, but Bob would not relent. For the past half an hour she had been googling through the history of Halloween and other cross-cultural spooky rituals and celebrations for some ideas. It was the evening of the Halloween and what a better setting for a spooky story, Margie smiled to herself. She had bought a packet of candies on her way home for those tail less monkeys of her neighbourhood who would be descending on her yard for trick or treat. She was already petrified of their tricks round the year; she would rather pacify them with candies. Margie remembered her mother. She would make candies and bake cookies and muffins for all the kids of the neighbourhood. Margie is unlike her mom. She never liked kids anyway.

Margie was somewhat into the middle of her write up when the onslaughts of calling bells began. However disturbed she might be, she was bemused at the sight that greeted her. Even before they could give her the choice, Margie gushed out “treat” and rushed indoors to get the candies. Strange! There was no trace of any candy in the house. She clearly remembered having kept the packet on the table. She nearly ransacked the house in desperation but it was a futile effort. A flabbergasted Margie finally handed the kids some cookies that she was lucky enough to find. All of a sudden the power went off. Maybe the MCB had tripped. Margie went to check. Wait, what was that glowing on her table? It was a jack-o-lantern placed right on the centre of the table. But where did it come from? She never made or bought one. As she inched closer she found it grinning ear to ear and the empty wrappers of the candies scattered in front. A chill ran down her spine. But she had found her story. Margie’s fingers soon got busy with the keyboard.

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Barb Dukeman
Barb Dukeman(@barb-dukeman)
1 year ago

A pumpkin eating the candy – I like the visuals. I’m lucky if I have any cookies in my house. They’d be getting celery or carrots.

Anirban Ganguli
Anirban Ganguli(@anirban-ganguli)
1 year ago

Innovative and interesting….liked it

Rishav Mukherjee
Rishav Mukherjee(@rishav-mukherjee)
1 year ago

Great ❤️.

Anibrata Chatterjee
Anibrata Chatterjee(@anibrata-chatterjee)
1 year ago

This is scary indeed…. Liked the story wonderfully narrated ?

Maitri Dassarma
Maitri Dassarma(@maitri-dassarma)
1 year ago


gairika manna
gairika manna(@gairika-manna)
1 year ago

Gripping story !

Pallab Guha
Pallab Guha(@pallab-guha)
1 year ago

Very beautifully written. Enjoyed it. ?

Sraboni Chatterjee
Sraboni Chatterjee(@sraboni-chatterjee)
1 year ago

A treat for the scary story lovers…loved reading it

Dipayan Chakrabarti
Dipayan Chakrabarti(@dipayan-chakrabarti)
1 year ago

A spooky Halloween story. Good idea, Piyali!

namrata acharya
namrata acharya(@namrata-acharya)
1 year ago

Great Work! Loved it…

Rajshree Chatterjee
Rajshree Chatterjee(@rajshree-chatterjee)
1 year ago

Just loved it…could there be a sweeter Halloween story than this Piyali? Fantastic…

Rajshree Chatterjee
Rajshree Chatterjee(@rajshree-chatterjee)
1 year ago

Just loved the story Piyali..was grinning ear to ear too..lovely Halloween piece of writing..

Last edited 1 year ago by Rajshree Chatterjee
shyama singh
shyama singh(@shyama-singh)
1 year ago

Really good. You have a lot of potential to become a well-known writer. All the best.

Mahua Bose
Mahua Bose(@mahua-bose)
1 year ago

Interesting story…liked it ?

Subrata Chattopadhyay
Subrata Chattopadhyay(@subrata-chattopadhyay)
1 year ago

Piyali is superb as usual ? 

Sandra James
Sandra James(@sandra-james)
1 year ago

I worked as a journalist for my local newspaper after finishing high school (quite a few years ago) and often found myself struggling to find an approach to a story but I’m very glad I never had this happen! Intriguing; I wish I could read Margie’s story 🙂 Well done, Piyali.

Debashish Manna
Debashish Manna(@debashish-manna)
1 year ago

I wonder what Margie finally wrote. I guess another beautifully written story by the author?. Really loved the writing style.

Ruba Banerjee
Ruba Banerjee(@ruba-banerjee)
1 year ago

Spooky pumpkin! Liked the twist at the end and the visual. Left me wondering what Margie wrote. Well written!

Ritu Sarkar
Ritu Sarkar(@ritu-sarkar)
1 year ago

Very well written Piyali.. Lots of love to you…♥♥♥

sibendu chakraborty
sibendu chakraborty(@sibendu-chakraborty)
1 year ago

Crispy and teeming with mystery…

Puskar's Travelography
Puskar's Travelography(@puskars-travelography)
1 year ago

Engrossing story blended with great writing skills

Dipanwita Bose
Dipanwita Bose(@dipanwita-bose)
1 year ago

I would have fainted right there unlike Margie?

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 year ago

I enjoyed your first story, Piyali. That’s Awesome and it is well-written.

And a warmest welcome to voice club. I am hoping to read more stories from you in the future.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
Reply to  Piyali Ganguli
1 year ago

You are welcome, Piyali.

1 year ago

Congratulations on your winning story, Piyali! It was really fun to read – a bit scary but also very human and relatable. Great job!

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 year ago

Congratulations on your win, Piyali.

Thompson Emate
Thompson Emate(@thompson-emate)
1 year ago

Congratulations, Piyali. A well deserved one.

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