Write a spooky story and win £25 of fun Halloween goodies

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HALLOWEEN will soon be here - a celebration of the scary which gets more popular every year.

Sheffield is already home to the Fright Night festival, which attracts thousands of visitors from all over the city and beyond.

So as people get ready to prepare their pumpkins, The Star is launching a spooky competition.

Everyone loves a scary story, so we’re asking young readers to let their imaginations run wild.

Simply complete the story we’ve started for you below in no more than 200 words.

The best entry will win the author £25 of Halloween goodies.

Deadline for entries is Thursday, October 20 - email your tales to mike.russell@thestar.co.uk or write to Mike Russell at The Star, York Street, Sheffield S1 1PU.

This is how it begins..

“IT was a black, thundery Halloween night and ten-year-old Simon Eastman had just heard a suspicious scrape on his bedroom window.

“Suddenly his safe, warm bed didn’t seem so safe any more. Then came the sound - a high pitched wail that seemed to come from above, from below or perhaps from behind the wardrobe.

“Simon couldn’t just lie there - he had to go and investigate...”