Say Howdy to Cowboy Bob!

Well, my Spring was wild with school activities, my Summer frolicked with fun, and I've rolled right into back to school! Fall is always a productive season with lots of revisions to chew on and many contests to inspire new pieces. 

One of those contests is Fall Frenzy hosted by Lydia Lukidis and Kaitlyn Sanchez. To join in, just pick one of the images from Lydia's site for inspiration and write a story in 200 words or less. 

This picture gave me all the feels and inspired a little 200 word ditty about Cowboy Bob. 

Halloween- Credit: Brian Wangenheim for Unsplash

Cowboy Bob's Candy

By Lauri C. Meyers

Cowboy Bob hugged his candy. “I’m not sharing my sweet vittles with those rascally trick-or-treaters this year!”  

“I’ll hand out beans!” Cowboy Bob laughed. But he loved his beans.

“I’ll fill their bags with oats!” Cowboy Bob hop-skipped. But Horsiepoo needed her feed.

Cowboy Bob slapped his knee. “I’ve got a gravy idea!”

He got busy lickety-split spookifying the ranch. Gravestones lined the trail, ghosts hung from branches, and spiderwebs stretched from post to post. Horsiepoo wore vampire fangs. Cowboy Bob got gussied up with a roll in the dirt and some guts on his shirt.

            “Those lil’ uns will be too scared to trot up my path.” Zombie Cowboy Bob rested his boots on the porch and grabbed his bowl of sweets.  

Suddenly, lights flickered on the path. Giggles bounced off the fence. It was a stampede!

“I think these critters plumb like being scared,” Cowboy Bob cried. Candy flew faster than a hooty owl in a storm.

Cowboy Bob checked his bowl. “Two pieces left for us, Horsiepoo!”

“Trick-or-treat!” a little witch called. “I love your spooky ranch, Cowboy Bob!”

“Aww, shucks,” Cowboy Bob said dropping both pieces in her bag. “My candy sure makes those trick-or-treaters sweet.”




  1. I love Cowboy Bob's voice! Great job creating a fun and festive entry! Good luck!

  2. Dang it! Cowboy Bob has a gosh darn great little story here. Good luck!

  3. I found myself reading with a southern accent! Horsiepoo with vampire fangs is hilarious.

  4. Love me a polite cowboy. Bob has my heart, but not my candy. :) Lauri, this is such a fun read with the drawl and antics!

  5. Great voice! Cowboy Bob's just an ol' softy!

    1. Thanks Judy! It's hard to be a tough guy when you have such a big heart.

  6. For juuust a second, I thought he was going to put gravy in their treat bag! Cowboy Bob's plan done backfired, but at least he got to see some cute goblins and ghouls. Well done!

  7. A LITERAL gravy idea! I didn't think of that:) Finding the right rootin-tootin word for a good idea in cowboy lingo was harder than wrestling a greased pig.

  8. This story has it all! Laughs, mischief, and sweetness of all kinds. Well done, Lauri!


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