Skip to content

On the Origins of Halloween | 50 Word Story

The cult leader reached the fields where her people toiled. They bowed as she approached.
“Family, our sacred book will now be replaced by…” Mother Rhapsody held up a triangle and struck a pure note. “This.”
As one the followers tore the pumpkins from the vines and flattened their leader.


…and this, dear children, is the origin of Halloween.


I’m feeling Halloweeny and what better way to celebrate than by participating in @jayna’s fifty word story challenge.

This time the prompt was “pumpkin.” Some will tell you they know full well the true origins of Halloween. I hope this story proves that in reality we rarely know as much as we think we do.

— @thinknzombie



Top image courtesy of @bex-dk.

Andrew J. Savage was born in Australia where they trained him as a lawyer and put him to work. After escaping the sand and the sea, he now lives in Japan with his wife and two children. If you look at him silhouetted against a bright light, you might see the hole in his heart where he says his dog should be.

Published in50 wordsFictionFlash FictionSteemitwriting

One Comment

  1. I love this story. So much all rolled into one.

    Perhaps this is why triangles so often are among jack-o-lantern features?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *