COMPETITION: Enter our Halloween writing competition...

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SPOOKY stories and grim tales are the scariest part of Halloween.

And now your little monsters can pen their own frightening short story for The Star’s popular writing competition - which attracted dozens of would-be horror writers last year.

All they have to do is complete the short story we have started for you below, in no more than 200 words.

The authors of the two most petrifying stories will scoop lots of Halloween goodies as a prize.

Their tales of terror will also feature in The Star.

Send your entries to reporter Ellen Beardmore, by email at ellen.beardmore@thestar.co.uk or write to Ellen Beardmore, The Star, York Street, Sheffield S1 1PU.

All entries must be in by noon on Wednesday October 24.

LIAM Bell was on his way to school in Sheffield when, all of a sudden, the skies began to darken. He looked up in surprise and saw hundreds of birds flying – in the opposite direction, as if they were running away.

And, as the clouds turned black, there was a giant roar which echoed across the hills of the city.

Brave Liam was scared, but took a step forward – he simply had to investigate this mystery.