A Pumpkin's Wish
By: C.L. Collar
"First, The Chamber of Commerce would like to thank everyone who participated in the Jack-o-Lantern contest this year. We have an outstanding group of artist in this community. Now let's get to the winners. Third place and the prize of $50.00 goes to Mr. Buffle for his ferocious werewolf Jack-o-Lantern."
Mr. Buffle bowed as he accepted his award.
"Second place and the prize of $100.00 will go to the lovely, Lily Grant, for her wickedly carved witch Jack-o-Lantern.
Lily giggled as she received her prize. "Careful, Mr. Hensly, she might put a spell on you for not giving her first place."
Mr. Hensly chuckled. "You had better keep her in line then until that check is cashed, Miss Lily."
"And now for the first place winner and the $200.00 prize. We had a hard time deciding who to give this award to this year. All of the entries were amazing. But after much deliberation we have decided the award will go to Mr. Weasley for his humorous incantation of the Zombie Jack-o-Lantern."
Mr. Weasley stumbled onto the stage stunned that he had won the contest. "I don't know what to say," he said. "Thank you, everyone."
Sadie sighed and picked up her beautiful Jack. "Well, I guess we just weren't Halloweeny enough for them." she said. "But I still think you're the best Jack on this stage."
Her Jack-o-Lantern glowed brighter, lighting up the dim stage.
"Please keep your seats everyone, said Mr. Hensly. "We have a surprise award this year. This award of $300.00 goes to the person who we think had the most creative Jack-o-Lantern. This award is accompanied by a scholarship to the art school of the winner's choice. The scholarship award has been sponsored by the school's art department to encourage creativity in our community and this year the award will be given to Miss. Sadie Densley for her lovely, Cinderella coach Jack-o Lantern"
Sadie looked at her Jack-o-Lantern in shock. "Did Mr. Hensly call her name? Had she just been awarded $300.00 and a scholarship to an art school?"
"Yes he did and yes you have!" the pumpkin's excited little voice whispered in her ear. "We won!"
Shelia stepped up and hugged her sister. "Boy, did you every shine tonight," she said.
"Yes we did," said Sadie giving her precious Jack-o-Lantern a sly wink. "We did indeed."