YEP is looking for Leeds youngsters’ frightful scare stories

The YEP wants to hear your spooky stories for our Halloween competition.
The YEP wants to hear your spooky stories for our Halloween competition.
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HALLOWEEN is lurking around the shadowy corner - and this year we’ve got a spooktastic story competition for youngsters.

The Yorkshire Evening Post is asking children aged 16 and under to write 250 words of petrifying prose.

And there is £50 gift voucher for White Rose Shopping Centre for the best terrifying Halloween tale - plus the chance to see your work in print.

The winner and a selection of entries will be published in the paper and online.

The story should start with these paragraphs which are not included in the word count.

“Cousins Shaun and Lucy were enjoying a half-term holiday walk in the woods. It was a clear late October day when they set off, but suddenly a mist descended.”

The competition has proved very popular in the past with hundreds of entries. Last year’s contest was won by talented Tilly McIntosh, from Woodhouse, whose tale stood out from the rest.

We are once again urging schools, groups and children across the city to put pen to paper and take part.

White Rose will be celebrating Halloween this half-term holiday with face painting, spooky crafts, a selfie area and a giant pumpkin box. Dare to put your hand into the pumpkin’s mouth for a trick or a treat.

A White Rose spokesman said: “We are delighted to team up with the Yorkshire Evening Post for this competition as White Rose Shopping Centre has everything you need for a spooktastic Halloween this year with free parking and late night weekday opening. We look forward to seeing the spooky stories - if we dare.”

Please email your entries to hannah.start@jpress.co.uk or send your story to Yorkshire Evening Post Spooky Story Comp, Yorkshire Evening Post, ℅ Hannah Start, No 1 Leeds, 26 Whitehall Road, Leeds, LS1 2 IBE. All stories must be received by October 18. Usual Johnston Press competition rules apply.