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2013 DCU Fic/Art Halloween Challenge!!!

Do you hear the whisper of leaves skittering down the sidewalk? Does the moon appear a little fuller and brighter as there's a touch of frost in the air? Do you walk a little faster past the houses with their grinning Jack O'Lanterns while the trees rustle and bend in the wind and you resist the urge to look over your shoulder while your heart pounds and your pulse races?

Then it's time for the 2013 DCU Fic/Art Halloween Challenge! :)

This is BIG, folks! ;)

New prompts have been added into the cauldron. And you know how OCD I usually am about alphabetizing things? Well, the lists of prompts were just written down as I thought of them, so you'll have to sift through the jumble like the curio cabinet in your local New Age shop. You pull out the little drawers and have no idea what you'll find! :)

This is always my most popular Challenge. Take a look at last year's Master List and see the number and variety of contributions we had from talented people. I hope to see your name on this year's list! :) People who enter get a special notice announcing their contribution on my journal and are placed on the Master List for eternity posterity. ;) You also receive a fantastic banner already created by ctbn60! Check it out here. :)

BradyGirl_12 DCU Challenges A03 Collection

Subcollection (2013)

The complete Master List is here.

*opens the Book of Shadows*

First, just a reminder to PLEASE put your entry’s header info and link on this Main Page so that I don’t miss you! There will be a Master List for easy reference to all the entries.

I kept the template from last year but added some new prompts and scenarios. Hope they inspire you! :) My OCD organized self laments the jumble of prompts (my little voice keeps whispering that they should be alphabetized!) but no one’s had a difficult time finding the prompts they want, so search through the haphazard jumble and come up with gems! ;)

Ever walk into a New Age or antique shop and see a cabinet with little drawers, none of them labeled, but it's up to you to open them and see what treasures you can find? All jumbled, no particular order. :)

This Challenge is open to writers and the ‘visual and audio artists’ who create: illustrations, manips, icons, wallpapers, story covers, vids, fanmixes, etc.

Cross-challenging welcome!


All right, let’s turn the pages of the Book of Shadows and start stirring that bubbling cauldron!


Author/Artist (Choose one, of course, unless you do both in the same entry! ;) ):
Characters/Pairings: Slash (m/m and f/f), het, and gen. Threesomes and more welcome! ;)

Continuity: Comicsverse (All eras: Golden, Silver, Bronze, and Modern)

‘Toonverse (All the usual suspects, including The Wonder Woman Movie)

Movieverse & TVverse which can include the following in addition to the usual stuff, like Smallville in the TV realm, for instance:

1940s: Max Fleischer’s Superman cartoons
Live-action Superman serials (Kirk Alyn, Noel Neill)
Batman serials (Lewis Wilson, Douglas Croft)

1950s: The Adventures of Superman (George Reeves, Phyllis Coates or Noel Neill)

1960s: Batman (Adam West, Burt Ward)

1970s: Wonder Woman (Lynda Carter, Lyle Waggoner)
Superman I (Christopher Reeve/Margot Kidder)

1980s: Superman II-IV (Christopher Reeve/Margot Kidder)
Supergirl (Helen Slater)
Batman (Michael Keaton)

1990s: Lois & Clark (Dean Cain, Teri Hatcher)
Batman Returns (Michael Keaton, Michelle Pfeiffer)
Batman Forever! (Val Kilmer, Chris O’Donnell)
Batman & Robin (George Clooney, Chris O’Donnell)

2000s: Smallville (Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum)
Batman Begins (Christian Bale, Gary Oldman)
Superman Returns (Brandon Routh, Kate Bosworth)
The Dark Knight (Christian Bale, Gary Oldman)

2010s: Green Lantern (Ryan Reynolds)
The Dark Knight Rises (Christian Bale, Gary Oldman)
Man Of Steel (Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon)

Crossovers welcome! Cross the DCU with Marvel (there’s not only comicsverse and ‘toonverse but all those lovely movies now to play with!), or with shows like Supernatural, any form of Sherlock Holmes, or anything your cauldron bubbles up! Just make sure the DCU gets at least equal ‘screen time’.

Genre(s): All welcome, from romance and fluff to hurt/comfort, drama, PWP, AU, etc. Horror is a great fit for this holiday! For fic, any length.
Rating: G through NC-17
Word Count:
Prompts Used: (If too many were used to reasonably list here, give us a little heads-up to let us know that. Can you be creative about how? ;)
Author’s Notes:

(These are NOT claims, so one can be used by several people.)

Any prompts in the singular can be used in the plural, and vice versa.

For All Participants: Please use a minimum of TWO prompts from ANY of the six categories. So that means with the dozens of prompts available, you only have to use two overall, NOT two from each category).

Of course you can use more than one prompt and as many categories as you please.

Food and Drink (can you smell the freshly-picked apples in wooden baskets, the delicious aroma of baking pumpkin bread in the kitchen, or rich candy in the chocolate shop):

1. Apples (Candy apples, pies, muffins, breads, etc.)
2. Candy corn
3. Chocolate/candy (I get a kick out of dark chocolate M&M’s shaped like the Addams Family, myself. ;) )
4. You know how stores really go all-out for Halloween promotions? In New England, pumpkin is the flavor of the day, and there are special offers of pumpkin muffins, doughnuts, lattes, etc. Use pumpkin flavor for different foods and drinks! Create an atmosphere that says Halloween even if it’s just background.

Colors (of course I’m not asking people to limit their colors, just to use at least one of the following in some way):

1. Black
2. Orange
3. Black-and-Orange
4. Yellow
5. Red
6. Silver
7. Gold
8. Purple

Traditional Elements (listen to the leaves whispering along the sidewalks as the breeze blows, and see the moon shine down as darkness falls on this magic Night of Nights):

1. Witches (Zatanna-like magic)
2. Wiccans (Modern practitioners of the Old Religion)
3. Pumpkins and/or Jack O’Lanterns
4. Jewelry (Perhaps with magical significance? Amulets, scarabs, crowns?)
5. Bats
6. Black cat(s)
7. Bells
8. Books on Halloween/Samhain and/or magic (ancient or modern). Book Of Shadows.
9. Candles
10. Cauldrons
11. Costumes
12. Masks
13. Crystal ball
14. Scrying mirror
15. Pentagrams
16. Goblets/Cups/Chalices
17. Sword/Dagger/Scimitar/Athame
18. Fall foliage/Trees (ancient oaks, gnarled old apple trees, etc.)
19. Houses decorated for Halloween
20. Trick-or-treating
21. Masquerade Ball/Halloween party
22. Ritual/Rite
23. Moon/Moonlight
24. Haunted house(s)
25. Ghosts/Spirits/Apparitions
26. Mummies
27. Vampires
28. Werewolves
29. Zombies
30. Tarot cards
31. Wands
32. Potions (Love is always popular!) Or maybe Ivy mixes in a little sex pollen with the punch? ;) See my Strange Brew I. ;)
33. Patchouli/Incense
34. Capes/Cloaks/Robes
35. Cemeteries/Graveyards/Mausoleums/Tombs
36. Crypts/Coffins/Caskets
37. Ghost Stories/Legends
38. Mists/Fog
39. Spells/Curses/Hexes
40. Enchanted apple (or other food)
41. Clairvoyance/Visions
42. Witch Familiar
43. Monsters In The Closet/Under The Bed
44. Oracle (If you’d like to use Barbara, go ahead, but I’m thinking more along the lines of Delphi or some other mystical oracle, ;) )
45. Fortuneteller
46. Incubus/Succubus
47. Giants
48. "Mirror, mirror, on the wall..."
49. "Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble..."
50. Banshees
51. The Angel Of Death
52. Astral Projection
53. Pumpkin Lights
54. Swamp/Marsh/Bog
55: Blood
56. Evil Eye
57. Monsters (Dr. Frankenstein's creation, Bigfoot, The Headless Horseman, The Thing (Movie creature, not Ben Grimm! Though he's welcome, too. It's just that he's a sweetheart. ;) )
58. Buried Alive
59. Entombed (Like Fortunato in The Cask Of Amontillado)
60. Poltergeists
61. Spiders
62. Cobwebs
63. Serpents/Snakes

Potpourri (Miscellaneous):

1. Fishnet stockings (nod to Zatanna)
2. Red silk
3. Black lace
4. Kohl
5. Glitter
6. Victorian ephemera
7. Halloween greeting cards
8. A dark and stormy night
9. Crown/Tiara/Circlet
10. Gloves/Gauntlets
11. Unicorns
12. Wings
13. Rainbows

I read about a wonderful Halloween tradition in Pauline Campanelli’s The Wheel Of The Year: the family would answer the door trick-or-treating and feast while watching an Addams Family marathon. In that spirit, here’s some TV shows or movies to include if you’d like, either as entertainment for your characters or AUs:

That’s Hollywood!

1. The Munsters
2. The Addams Family
3. Bewitched
4. I Dream Of Jeannie
5. It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!
6. The Twilight Zone
7. Frankenstein
8. Dracula
9. The Phantom Of The Opera
10. Night Of The Living Dead
11. Lots of other slasher/horror flicks (too numerous to mention)


1. Salem, Massachusetts
2. New Orleans
3. Gotham City
4. Metropolis
5. Smallville (Of course, in Smallville, it’s Halloween every day! ;) )
6. Off-world (as in, could the North American Halloween tradition work on Rigel or Orion? ;) )

Suggested Scenarios (NOT required, but could help start the bunnies)

1. Victorians loved holidays, and Halloween in particular. Set a tale in Victorian New York or Boston or New Orleans, for example. Or what about foggy London? And there’s the Gotham By Gaslight Elseworld.
2. The circus/carnival/Cirque du Soleil
3. Harry Potter ‘verse (where the DCU characters are HP characters)
4. Selina as Morticia Addams? Kara as Marilyn Munster? (where the DCU characters are those of another show or movie’s world (See That’s Hollywood! above for suggestions)
5. The Twilight Zone (Examples: Rod Serling introduces a world in which Bruce Wayne wakes up and he’s working for a major metropolitan daily in Metropolis, or Zatanna works in a circus and befriends a young boy in the star trapeze act before they arrive in Gotham).
6. The Rocky Horror Picture Show! Can you see the DCU characters as these characters? ;)
7. A lot of fans are Wiccans. Want to incorporate some of the religion in your story/art?
8. Dusty old bookshop.
9. New Age/Wiccan shop, filled with all kinds of magical goodies!
10. Antique shop with a magical object just waiting for someone to find it.
11. Bizarro World—can be the literal DC Bizarro World, or a world or dimension in which everything is different, skewed, puzzling…frightening. The old Twilight Zone trope of waking up in a Bizarro World could work. ;)
12. Telling ghost stories around the campfire. The woods can be a very spooky place!
13. What if one of the most beloved places in the DCU was haunted? Wayne Manor, the Kent Farm, Paradise Island/Themyscira, the Watchtower…
14. During the occupation of Gotham in The Dark Knight Rises, Halloween was one of the holidays that occurred. Did the citizens celebrate it at all? Or did they feel that they were already living in a horror movie? What lurked in the shadows? Did they believe that the Batman would come back?
15. Places that are haunted that are not the well-known settings from Prompt 13 (if you’ve got a local place you’d like to showcase, do it here, or create one for the DCU: houses, hotels, forests, etc.)
16. Arkham Asylum. Need I say more? ;)

So, my challenge to you is: how much of an atmosphere can you create? Can you describe costumes at a masquerade ball or the taste of a pumpkin muffin? Are the jewels you’re thinking of amulets or pendants or rings? How can Halloween be the centerpiece of your fic or art?

Is your fic or art funny, romantic, or frightening? Are you using real magic or just the illusion? Are you enjoying a traditional holiday of trick-or-treating and masquerades, or have zombies started to walk the earth?

Now, if you can’t come up with something after all that, you’re as Muse-less as a zombie! ;)


*Late Entries Policy


( 21 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 16th, 2013 05:18 pm (UTC)
I've missed your last few challenges, I have to do this one!!
Aug. 16th, 2013 05:21 pm (UTC)

Yes, you do! :)

Whatever characters/pairings strike your fancy, of course, but I bet Bat/Cat would be perfect for this holiday! ;)
Aug. 16th, 2013 05:34 pm (UTC)
They would fit these themes rather nicely, wouldn't they? ;)
Aug. 16th, 2013 05:39 pm (UTC)
I love Bruce and Selina in any incarnation: comics, 'toons, Nolanverse... :)
Aug. 16th, 2013 06:05 pm (UTC)
Me, too! *swoons*

What pairings were you considering? Unless it's a surprise in which case I can wait! ;)
Aug. 16th, 2013 06:11 pm (UTC)
Ha, I meant pairings for you to write if that's where you're going. :)

I haven't got any solid ideas yet for the Challenge. A few glimmers, but it's still summer so I might pick up the inspiration once the leaves start falling. I'm almost finished my Avengers beach vacation story. :)

Edited at 2013-08-16 06:22 pm (UTC)
Aug. 16th, 2013 06:24 pm (UTC)
Oh, lol! XD

Beach story? Where?!?
Aug. 16th, 2013 06:27 pm (UTC)

The beach story is four chapters so far and I hope to start posting soon. It takes place far up the Maine coast so they can isolated with a private beach and old-fashioned cottage. :)
Aug. 16th, 2013 06:38 pm (UTC)
Ooh, lovely setting with lots of fun possibilities! I'll be keeping an eye out for it! *nods*
Aug. 16th, 2013 08:28 pm (UTC)

Aug. 17th, 2013 05:06 pm (UTC)
Aug. 17th, 2013 05:11 pm (UTC)
My whee has dimmed. :(

Although only a teensy bit, and just because this great idea popped into my head--a DC spin on The Legend of Sleepy Hollow--except I'm not sure how to do it, or even if I can pull it off.
Aug. 17th, 2013 05:20 pm (UTC)
Aww, sorry about the dimming! But there's plenty of time to get it back. :)

I saw an ad for that new Sleepy Hollow show last night. Could be interesting enough to check out.

I would love to see that idea come to fruition! If a long story is too daunting, have you considered writing a scene or other short snippet to give us the flavor of what something longer could be? I know that sometimes I just don't have the time or energy for a long treatment on a theme so write short. :)
Aug. 17th, 2013 05:46 pm (UTC)
I'm curious about that Sleepy Hollow series, too. I loved the Johnny Depp-Tim Burton movie from a few years back, and even that old Disney cartoon.

I have researched Kansas in the Civil War, Quantrill's Confederate raid on Lawrence in particular, and having a fictional event like that happen in Smallville could provide the fodder for a Horseman there.

Right now I'm sort of torn between that or the idea of an AU/Elseworld-type thing with Clark-as-Ichabod coming to teach in 1790s Gotham, where he meets Bruce (of course) and together they get to the bottom of the Headless Horseman. That one, I think, could take on epic proportions, though. The one set in Smallville might be easier to manage.

I may try out a snippet to see.
Aug. 17th, 2013 05:53 pm (UTC)
I never saw the movie though I'm sure Johnny Depp is good. :)

Both ideas sound great! I've done a lot of reading about the era of Bleeding Kansas and it's a good basis for a story.

I agree that the latter idea could really grow but you could always take your time with it and enter it into next year's Challenge! ;)

Trying the snippet out sounds like the way to go. :)
Aug. 17th, 2013 07:45 pm (UTC)
Oh, you need to check it out if you ever get the chance. It's funny, spooky (the Horseman is played by Christopher Walken; no lines, but he doesn't need any), over the top--everything you would expect. :)


Once upon a time there was a lot going down in Kansas. I keep wanting to work something of that into a story and this could be a chance.

I'm definitely going to give one, or both of the ideas a shot and see what happens.

Sep. 2nd, 2013 01:26 am (UTC)
Title: Be Careful What You Don't Wish For, Too
Author: josephina_x
Characters/Pairings: Gen, Clark + Lex
Continuity: Smallville
Genre(s): Drama, AU, Fluff
Rating: PG
Warnings: Unbeta'd; Open-ended Ending (sorry in advance...?)
Spoilers: general for early seasons
Disclaimer: Not mine, not-for-profit.
Word Count: 6900+
Summary: Lex decides to get in the Halloween spirit this year -- he gets himself a disguise and wanders around town enjoying himself immensely. Just your usual non-typical day falling down the rabbit hole, Smallville-style.
Prompts Used: Traditional elements #8 (Books on Halloween/Samhain and/or magic (ancient or modern). Book Of Shadows.), #31 (Wands), and #39 (Spells/Curses/Hexes); Setting #5 (Smallville); Suggested Scenario #10 (Antique shop with a magical object just waiting for someone to find it.)
Author’s Notes: I should spend less time writing stuff like this, and more time on writing the stuff I ought to be writing. Oh, well. Eventually I'll learn better, I suppose. (Yes, I wrote this in one night, a bit in-advance of Sept. 1'st ^_^ )

Posted to the AO3 here.

Edited at 2013-09-02 01:28 am (UTC)
Oct. 8th, 2013 05:03 pm (UTC)
Title: The Princess And The Pilot VIII: "Trick-Or-Treat!!!" ;) (1/1)
Author: BradyGirl_12
Pairings/Characters: Steve/Diana, Various Trick-Or-Treaters ;)
Series Notes: I’ve collected all my Steve/Diana stories that take place early in their relationship under the title The Princess And The Pilot. The entire series can be found here.
Genres: Challenge, Fluff, Holiday, Romance
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: None
Spoilers: None
Summary: Diana is delighted to experience her first Halloween in Man’s World. :)
Date Of Completion: September 11, 2013
Date Of Posting: October 8, 2013
Disclaimer: I don’t own ‘em, DC does, more’s the pity.
Word Count: 1155
Feedback welcome and appreciated.
Author’s Notes: Written for my 2013 DCU Fic/Art Halloween Challenge. Prompts: Pumpkins/Jack O’Lanterns, Chocolate/Candy, Fall Foliage/Trees, Candles, Moon/Moonlight, Costumes, Gold, Trick-Or-Treating, Pumpkin Lights, Black-And-Orange.

Edited at 2013-10-08 10:03 pm (UTC)
Nov. 1st, 2013 09:06 am (UTC)
Title: Magical Girls and Magical Boys
Author: josephina_x
Characters/Pairings: Gen, Clark + Lex, Lex + Zatanna
Continuity: Smallville
Genre(s): Drama, AU, Fluff
Rating: PG
Warnings: Unbeta'd; waaaay too much strikeout, and a somewhat!evil!Lex
Spoilers: general through most of season 7, but makes specific reference to facts from 9x12 (Warrior) and 8x17 (Hex) among others in seasons prior; takes place during and after 7x16 Descent (which aired in, er, April...)
Disclaimer: Not mine, not-for-profit.
Word Count: 12,700+
Summary: Lex gets a crash course in magic. The world will never be the same.
Prompts Used: Traditional elements #1 (Witches (Zatanna-like magic)), #8 (Books on Halloween/Samhain and/or magic (ancient or modern). Book Of Shadows.), #31 (Wands), and #39 (Spells/Curses/Hexes)
Author’s Notes: I shouldn't be writing this (I have both a SVBB piece and a thesis that need work/finishing post-haste), but I wrote this anyway. Because I am dumb. Yes.

Written for bradygirl_12’s DCU Halloween challenge 2013 :)

Posted to the AO3 here.
Nov. 1st, 2013 11:54 pm (UTC)
I only need two prompts! I only need two prompts! *lol*
Title: Meanwhile, in Smallville...
Author: josephina_x
Fandom: Smallville
Pairing: Clark + Lex, Lex + Zatanna
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, AU, Fluff
Spoilers: general for season 7, up through season 8 (end of 8x07 Identity), but started to diverge from canon at 7x16 Descent
Word count: 2,800+
Summary: Lex is back, and maybe starting a coven. Clark is not okay with any of this.
Warnings: Un-beta'd. Crack.
Disclaimer: Not mine, not-for-profit.
Comments: Yes, please! :)
Prompts Used: Traditional elements #1 (Witches (Zatanna-like magic)), and #39 (Spells/Curses/Hexes)
Author's Note: A follow-on to 'Magical Girls and Magical Boys' ...because I am apparently as much of a Clark-apologist as I am a Lex-one. *sigh*

Written for bradygirl_12’s DCU Halloween challenge 2013 :)

Posted to the AO3 here.

Edited at 2013-11-01 11:55 pm (UTC)
Nov. 8th, 2013 06:54 pm (UTC)
I did it!! \o/

Title: Halloween Time
Characters: Bruce, wee!Dick, Alfred
Rating: G
Word Count: 380
Disclaimer: DC Comics owns.
AN: Happy belated Birthday Brady and Happy Halloween!! =D Also this is for your 2013 DCU Fic/Art Halloween Challenge!

Edited at 2013-11-08 06:55 pm (UTC)
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