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Murray students who hang within the haunted halls of 3rd to 12th grades are eligible to enter. Winners are destined for prizes and all finalists' entries are doomed to be recognized by our scary city. Join us in frightening Murray families forever (bwa-ha-ha-ha)!

An extra-creepy consideration: Murray Park is 100 years old in 2024. We'd especially love haunting references to the Park, its Haunted Trails, ghosts, and any skeletons you dare to dig up!

Questions? Conjure help from Katie Lindquist at 801-264-2638 or email klindquist@murray.utah.gov 

2023 Entries Due: October 13, 2023

How to enter:

1. Write a Halloween-themed poem, short story (under 500 words), long story (500-2000 words max) or picture book (illustrated story under 500 words).  We would especially like mentions of Murray City Park in your writing!

2. Complete your entry form online or print the entry PDF form.

3. Submit entries before the stroke of midnight, October 13, 2023. Students may choose to:

  • Attached entry to the online form (Word, Google doc, or PDF)
  • Email entry to klindquist@murray.utah.gov
  • Deliver a printed copy to the Murray Parks & Rec Office (296 E Murray Park Ave, Murray, UT 84107).

Entries will be judged on creativity and grade-level writing skills. Gift cards prizes awarded!

Writers Showcase: October 30, 2023

6:00 PM at the Murray City Senior Recreation Center (10 E 6150 S)
Participants and families are invited to the showcase for awards and live reading of short selections. Costumes encouraged!

Questions? Email klindquist@murray.utah.gov or call (801) 264-2638



Having trouble coming up with a story plot or poem? Check out these "Story Starts" to help get the creative juices flowing!

Looking to spice up your vocabulary or bring your words to life? Check out "Waking Your Words from the Dead" to help give you ideas on how to make your story or poem more lively!

Check out our YouTube Channel to watch Spooky Tidbits with Haley and listen to previous Haunted Tales Winners!