Spooktober

Spooktober is an unofficial challenge, with one spooky prompt for each day of the month. There's no rules, do with them as you wish! Combine them with other halloween prompts, combine them with eachother, skip them all or do only every other, it's up to you! My recommendation; write the ones that you get inspiration for, and leave the rest.   If you comment on this article with your response to one of the prompts, be it an article, art, or something else, I'll add it below!  

Batch 1, Alliterative Allusions

 

Spooktober Batch 1

Batch 2, Cycles of Creation

 
  • 8. The Beginnning of the End
  • 9. History Repeats Itself
  • 10. A Creation with a Horrible Price
  • 11. Regeneration
  • 12. The Study of the End
  • 13. A Funeral Rite
  • 14. The Life Cycle of a Creature, Plant or Fungi

Batch 3, Harvest Moon

 
  • 15. A Harvest Celebration
  • 16. A Meal Worthy of a Feast
  • 17. A Recipe for Disaster
  • 18. A Crucial Crop
  • 19. A Harvest Tool
  • 20. A Fading Light
  • 21. A Traditional Game

Batch 4, Poe's Woe's

 
  • 22. Who knows upon what soil they fed
  • 23. Oh, have you no rebellion in your bones?
  • 24. Good for the trade, we thrive on bones; without them there'd be no stories.
  • 25. We'll see who hates best.
  • 26. Something dead that seems to be alive.
  • 27. Too much horrified to speak, They can only shriek, shriek,
  • 28. Something wicked this way comes

Batch 5

 
  • 29. Liminal Spaces
  • 30. Threshold
  • 31. Afterlife
 

1. A Mysterious Mushroom

 

2. An Omnious Omen

 

3. An Ancient Art

 

4. A Macabre Memorial

 

5. An Intriguing Implication

 

6. A Sinister Secret

 

7. A Ghastly Gamble

 

Batch 2, Cycles of Creation

 

8. The Beginnning of the End

 

9. History Repeats Itself

 

10. A Creation with a Horrible Price

 

11. Regeneration

 

12. The Study of the End

 

13. A Funeral Rite

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14. The Life Cycle of a Creature, Plant or Fungi

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Batch 3, Harvest Moon

 

15. A Harvest Celebration

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16. A Meal Worthy of a Feast

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17. A Recipe for Disaster

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18. A Crucial Crop

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19. A Harvest Tool

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20. A Fading Light

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21. A Traditional Game

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Batch 4, Poe's Woe's

 

22. Who knows upon what soil they fed

This line is from Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti.  

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“Lie close,” Laura said,
Pricking up her golden head:
“We must not look at goblin men,
We must not buy their fruits:
Who knows upon what soil they fed
Their hungry thirsty roots?”
“Come buy,” call the goblins
Hobbling down the glen.
 

23. Oh, have you no rebellion in your bones?

This line is from To the Dead in the Graveyard Underneath my Window by Adelaide Crapsey.  

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I watch all night and not one ghost comes forth
To take its freedom of the midnight hour.
Oh, have you no rebellion in your bones?
The very worms must scorn you where you lie,
A pallid mouldering acquiescent folk,
Meek habitants of unresented graves.
Why are you there in your straight row on row
 

24. Good for the trade, we thrive on bones; without them there'd be no stories.

This line is from The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood.  

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Stick a shovel into the ground almost anywhere and some horrible thing or other will come to light. Good for trade, we thrive on bones; without them there'd be no stories.
— The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
 

25. We'll see who hates best.

This line is from The Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys.  

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If I was bound for hell let it be hell. No more false heavens. No more damned magic. You hate me and I hate you. We’ll see who hates best.
— The Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
 

26. Something dead that seems to be alive.

This line is from Landscape with Fruit Rot and Millipede by Richard Siken.  

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backward into first causes—stone in the pond of things,
splash splash—or we throw ourselves into the future.
We all move forward anyway. Ripples in all directions.
What is a ghost? Something dead that seems to be
alive. Something dead that doesn't know it's dead.
 

27. Too much horrified to speak, They can only shriek, shriek,

This line is from The Bells by Edgar Allen Poe.  

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What tale of terror, now, their turbulency tells!
In the startled ear of night
How they scream out their affright!
Too much horrified to speak,
They can only shriek, shriek,
Out of tune,
 

28. Something wicked this way comes

This line is from Macbeth by Shakespeare.  

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By the pricking of my thumbs,
Something wicked this way comes.
— Macbeth by Shakespeare
 

Batch 5, The End

 

29. Liminal Spaces

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30. Threshold

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31. Afterlife

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Comments

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28 Sep, 2021 10:01

I love how you've added a list of WA prompts people can use for each prompt!

Grandmaster nnie
Annie Stein
28 Sep, 2021 10:12

I often go through my bookmarked prompts when I'm stuck, so I thought others might appreciate it too!

29 Sep, 2021 19:58

What a lovely idea! I will be participating, ideally like I do during SC, one prompt a day. Looking forward to the stuff that will come from it. Thanks for doing this!

Grandmaster nnie
Annie Stein
30 Sep, 2021 09:22

I'm glad people are excited about it!

30 Sep, 2021 14:35

This looks great, and tying them to existing prompts is genius. I'll participate as much as possible!

Visit my campaign world at the World of Wizard's Peak.

Grandmaster nnie
Annie Stein
30 Sep, 2021 17:06

Do the ones you enjoy and leave the rest! I hope you have a good time!

30 Sep, 2021 19:03

Here's my mushroom article! It may not be the most mysterious (at all) but it sure is a mushroom! https://www.worldanvil.com/w/yonderverse-mochimanoban/a/sandy-coast-fungus-species

Grandmaster nnie
Annie Stein
30 Sep, 2021 19:10

Thanks! I've added it!

30 Sep, 2021 21:09

Spooky fairy mushroom! https://www.worldanvil.com/w/the-story-skairunner/a/fairy-cup-species

Grandmaster nnie
Annie Stein
2 Oct, 2021 10:07

Spooky spooky! Great work, added!

1 Oct, 2021 05:44
Grandmaster nnie
Annie Stein
2 Oct, 2021 10:10

I wonder how the moon smells! Added!

2 Oct, 2021 10:15

Samesies. The words that I would describe are "silver, fresh, dewy". But everyone can gather their own conclusions.   Here is day 2:

Doomed hunt
Plot | Oct 30, 2021

A mini-event of three consecutive hunts, all unsuccessful.

Grandmaster nnie
Annie Stein
2 Oct, 2021 10:33

Good thinking, tying it in with what you made yesterday! Added it ^^

3 Oct, 2021 10:58

Thanks! I'm trying to actively make them all as encounters or things my players can encounter, so the linking is natural and it helps connect mini-events to each other.   Here's today's:

Blood soaked tree effigy
Building / Landmark | Oct 5, 2021

An encounter with a haunted tree.

Grandmaster nnie
Annie Stein
3 Oct, 2021 11:20

Makes sense! Added ^^

4 Oct, 2021 04:53

I'm afraid I realized that my idea for today worked better for prompt 3, and yesterday's idea works better for today's prompt. Would you mind putting the blood soaked tree effigy in 4, and this one in 3?

Abatis artisan
Profession | Oct 4, 2021

Hobgoblin fortification makers.

Sorry for the hassle!

Grandmaster nnie
Annie Stein
4 Oct, 2021 23:55

Okay! Added

6 Oct, 2021 07:51

This one is for prompt 6, I had a lot of fun with this one!

Drugteg Flailears
Character | Oct 7, 2021

A hobgoblin specialized in hunting razor anglers

PS: The header of day 6 is labelled as 5

7 Oct, 2021 11:04
8 Oct, 2021 13:42

Day 8 is an area that had a name and a place on my map and nothing else. The combo of your prompt and WA's prompt gave me a perfect excuse to finally write about it!

Weeping Gates
Geographic Location | Oct 9, 2021

The rocky gates that signal the end (?) of the Candle River.

1 Oct, 2021 10:14

Number 4! A macabre memorial!   https://www.worldanvil.com/w/pande-xah/a/memoria-mortuorum-item

Grandmaster nnie
Annie Stein
2 Oct, 2021 10:10

It's such an interesting item, I love the differences between it's mythological purpose and the way it's used by the public. Added!

1 Oct, 2021 12:58

Number 1: A mysterious mushroom!   https://www.worldanvil.com/w/pande-xah/a/somniatoria-material-1

Grandmaster nnie
Annie Stein
2 Oct, 2021 10:07

Added! Great work! I love the name.

Eternal Deity Ademal
Ademal Jacklyn
1 Oct, 2021 23:14
Grandmaster nnie
Annie Stein
2 Oct, 2021 10:06

Awesome! What category would you like me to put this under, just to double check? I assume mushroom, but I'm not entirely sure.

Grandmaster nnie
Annie Stein
4 Oct, 2021 23:57

Alright! Added

2 Oct, 2021 14:00

and Prompt 3:

The Book of Blades
Document | Oct 2, 2021

An extensive combat manual from the First Age that is still studied today across the Melopian Commonwealth.

(I'm on a roll today with polishing!)


Check out my worldbuilding in the dark fantasy world of Melior
Grandmaster nnie
Annie Stein
3 Oct, 2021 09:58

Thanks! Using this as a way to go back and polish articles is a great idea! Added

3 Oct, 2021 12:21

A macabre memorial: https://www.worldanvil.com/w/mirateia-cow2face/a/memorial-of-the-death-landmark-1

Grandmaster nnie
Annie Stein
3 Oct, 2021 18:58

Added!

3 Oct, 2021 19:40

Here's my entry for 2. Ominous Omen! https://www.worldanvil.com/w/the-story-skairunner/a/juk-location

Grandmaster nnie
Annie Stein
4 Oct, 2021 23:57

Added ^^

4 Oct, 2021 10:09

Prompt 4: memorial

Folly the Dog
Character | Oct 4, 2021

Emperor Ormond Borchard's faithful canine companion who became the first ever pet portrait to be minted on currency.

polished article and added artwork!


Check out my worldbuilding in the dark fantasy world of Melior
Grandmaster nnie
Annie Stein
4 Oct, 2021 23:58

Added!

4 Oct, 2021 19:21

Again a very nice unofficial challenge you made :D Here's my mushroom article, it's in French but I figured I might still put it there since I got the inspiration from the prompt ^^   Edit: Forgot the actual link to the article, sorry for the double notification

Mush
Species | Oct 4, 2021

Grandmaster nnie
Annie Stein
4 Oct, 2021 23:59

Thank you! Added the article!

7 Oct, 2021 16:37

Didn't post them for few days so there are three small articles in one :D   The most ominous omen of all: moonlight!

Clair de lune
Physical / Metaphysical Law | Oct 7, 2021
  An ancient art for post-apocalyptic peoples: memes!
Memes
Tradition / Ritual | Oct 6, 2021
  And the memorial of the deads: a computer database
La Liste
Document | Oct 7, 2021

Grandmaster nnie
Annie Stein
13 Oct, 2021 15:38

These have all been added!

4 Oct, 2021 22:53

I ditto the love for your use of the World Anvil Prompts that can fit alongside your prompt and I look forward to seeing how enthusiastic people get!   For WA's Moon word-prompt, I present my mushroom that "blooms" (expands out to the widest the cap would go) only when the Red Moon is a Full Moon and the other two are in their New Moon Phases.  

Red Moon Bloom
Species | Oct 3, 2021

Lyraine, Consumer of Lore, She/Her, primary project: Corive
Grandmaster nnie
Annie Stein
4 Oct, 2021 23:58

Thank you! Added

5 Oct, 2021 00:18

Thank you for your fun challenge - it's fun to combine the days' prompts!

Lyraine, Consumer of Lore, She/Her, primary project: Corive
Master Daisho
Geoff Washam
5 Oct, 2021 01:24

Thanks for doing this challenge! My first entry is for 1. A Mysterious Mushroom. Article: https://www.worldanvil.com/w/scalechanged-legacy-daisho/a/shadowvine-species

5 Oct, 2021 05:16

Omen + Hunt

Unseasonable Winds
Tradition / Ritual | Oct 13, 2021
Filling out some small corners, I'll likely find something I'll start writing more on that'll be "bigger scale"

Lyraine, Consumer of Lore, She/Her, primary project: Corive
12 Oct, 2021 02:03

https://www.worldanvil.com/w/corive/a/blood-magic-ritual An Ancient Art + Blood and then Claw + Liminal Spaces (though the latter is a bit of a stretch while my brain was just like "Yeah, no, I don't have anything"

Lyraine, Consumer of Lore, She/Her, primary project: Corive
5 Oct, 2021 20:47

My entry for Spooktober 5th: First Contact Thanks for the prompts! They're all great!

Grandmaster nnie
Annie Stein
13 Oct, 2021 15:37

Added, thank you! I'm glad you enjoy them

6 Oct, 2021 16:19

Spooktober entry for A Ghastly Gamble: https://www.worldanvil.com/w/spirit-of-the-age-frogdrake/a/severance-of-vim-spell

Grandmaster nnie
Annie Stein
13 Oct, 2021 15:36

Added ^^

6 Oct, 2021 19:15

A mysterious mushroom for you! <3 https://www.worldanvil.com/w/arrasgoth-oncomingshower/a/madarch-clwyf-species?preview=true

7 Oct, 2021 18:56

My second prompt for an ominious omen!   https://www.worldanvil.com/w/arrasgoth-oncomingshower/a/oath-of-the-eternal-conflict-condition

Grandmaster nnie
Annie Stein
13 Oct, 2021 15:35

Both of your prompts have been added!

6 Oct, 2021 20:17

Prompt 10: creation with a horrible price

The Chaotic Order
Item | Oct 6, 2021

The controversial painting that caused a large investigation into improper use of magic in the town of Tarnton.

(new artwork!)


Check out my worldbuilding in the dark fantasy world of Melior
9 Oct, 2021 19:12

Prompt 9--history repeats itself! Paradoxes, or An Overview of Time Travel

Grandmaster nnie
Annie Stein
13 Oct, 2021 15:34

Added ^^

10 Oct, 2021 19:12

I'm late to the party but thank you for this <3 I'm only starting out and this is helping greatly with expanding my world!

Grandmaster nnie
Annie Stein
13 Oct, 2021 15:33

I'm glad to hear it!

15 Oct, 2021 20:41

Beginning of the End: https://www.worldanvil.com/w/spirit-of-the-age-frogdrake/a/inkrimane-organization   I feel like my contributions aren't really particularly halloweeny, but I got the idea when trying to think of a prompt response so it counts right? :P

18 Oct, 2021 13:08

I have been moving and I am far behind, but I did (somewhat) a couple of days that I have yet to post.   Here is day 13 (very unfinished):

The death of a tenderfoot stonelord
Plot | Oct 30, 2021

18 Oct, 2021 13:09
22 Oct, 2021 09:32

I wasn't planning on doing a 2x1, but honestly, this prompt was just too much of a good fit for both day 18 & 19, so here we go:

Spore binder
Item | Oct 30, 2021

Thin capes which allow small humanoids to glide.

31 Oct, 2021 12:00

A more refined Study of the End :D https://www.worldanvil.com/w/the-spheres-of-oblogga-rumengol/a/the-genesis-hatched-from-the-end-document

Eternal Sage AmélieIS
Amélie I. S. Debruyne
31 Oct, 2021 16:13

Last minute article (though it's still a heavy WIP)! Prompts "Liminal space", "Who knows upon what soil they fed", "Oh, have you no rebellion in your bones?". The prompts inspired me with the wards of the city and region :D  

The City of Lille
Settlement | Oct 31, 2021

Feel free to check my list of WE articles.
14 Nov, 2021 16:40

Hi there! Do you think you'll end up categorizing all the entries into their respective "sections"?
If not, that's ok, I just came back to read some other people's entries and I wondered.