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Each week, we issue a writing prompt to our own staff, guest contributors, and readers like you. We welcome guest submissions, so if you’re interested in being featured or regularly contributing to the site, email your responses to kelaine.conochan [at]

Trick-or-treating has become a core holiday tradition, as American as Thanksgiving or Fourth of July. It’s the only time it’s socially acceptable to beg strangers for candy. It’s the only time it makes any sense at all to dress like a pun. But, just a reminder to anyone, it’s still not okay—even in costume, even when “you didn’t mean anything by it”—to dress in blackface. Just stop.

As Halloween approaches, we can all feel something spooky in the air, and there are only two ways to capture it: by ringing every doorbell in your neighborhood while holding a pillow case OR by writing about it. We suggest the latter. That’s why this week’s prompt is TRICK-OR-TREAT.

This Week’s Writing Prompt: TRICK-OR-TREAT

If you’ve got some inspired ideas about this week’s prompt, send us your submission of 400-700 words. Write us anything that comes to mind when you think of TRICK-OR-TREAT. It can be a personal essay, a poem, short story, script, or anything else original and fresh. Just make it worth our while and we’ll publish it, include it in our newsletter, and give you the chance to join the creative, talented staff writers here at The Prompt.

Email your responses to by Wednesday, October 30th at midnight EST.

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