Town Crier reveals prize winners in annual Spooky Stories Contest

Maizie Fagan won first place in the Town Crier’s 2019 Spooky Stories Contest for her contribution “Unmasked.”

The 14-year-old received the most votes from readers for her tale of stubborn Halloween masks that wouldn’t come off after a night of trick-or-treating. Fagan will receive $50 for her winning effort.

The second- and third-place winners weren’t far behind in the reader vote tallies.

Katherine Heller, 10, a student at Montclaire Elementary School, will receive a $25 prize for her entry, “The Pond,” which tells the tale of a mysterious woman who lurks by a pond at Grant Park.

Third place went to co-authors Niva Himatsingka and Isa Martin for their story “Spooky Files: The Bat’s Death.” The creative poem with a surprise ending was another entry from Montclaire students. Niva and Isa will share the $20 third-place prize.

Honorable mentions were awarded to “The Old Witch” by Kinsley Cerda, “Camping” by Dominic Rinaldi and “The Haunted Piano” by Scott Klusaw.

This year’s contest drew 23 entries.

“We had an excellent turnout in 2019,” said Bruce Barton, Town Crier editor-in-chief. “All the Spooky Story entries were imaginative and well written – it was difficult to determine clear winners.”

To read all of this year’s entries, select the “Spooky Stories” button on the home page of the Town Crier’s website,

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