One Halloween Night
It was a warm Halloween night. Five boys hurriedly put on their Halloween
costumes while chattering away with delight in anticipation of one of their favorite
holidays. There will be friends, filled with giggles and smiles, and parents holding
on tight to little hands. Uncertain tots approaching neighbors doors will eagerly
hold out their bags and nervously say, "trick-or-treat" for the first time.
These five boys, were far from tots...Logan, Kyle, Skyler, Colby and Conner were all
eight, and couldn't wait for the festivities of the evening, to begin. Tonight they
would trick-or-treat to their hearts' content, raking in the goodies. Then they
would all go back to Logan's home. His mom and dad would inspect their goods. Then
they would gobble up their candy, with a tall glass of milk by their sides, and a
bowl of freshly made caramel popcorn in the middle of their loot.
The boy's parents had decided it was alright for the boys to trick-or-treat on three
well known streets in their friendly neighborhood, without their parents standing by
their sides. They would leave at 7:00PM and were expected to be back promptly at
Logan was dressed as Dracula with a long flowing black cape, lined with red satin.
Kyle donned a Larry Boy outfit, Skyler wore his Spiderman suit, Colby transformed
into Wolverine from the X-Men and Conner became Batman. The clock struck 7, as the
boys whooped with loud hollers and shouts and headed out the door. Logan's parents
stood in the doorway, watching the kids run down the street. Little did the boys
know, Logan's dad would not be far behind them. After all, these were five,
mischievous eight year olds on the loose. Somebody had to be nearby to protect the
Just before the boys turned onto Angela street they eagerly approached the first
door of many they would knock on that night. Crashing into each other, as they made
their way up the walk, they knocked on the door and waited. Little old Mrs. Jenkins
hobbled to the door with a big grin on her sweet, weathered, face.
"Good Evening boys", she said as she generously scooped candy into their bags.
The boys replied, "Good Evening Mrs. Jenkins" in their sing-song, eight year old,
voices. Followed by, "Thank you Mrs. Jenkins".
"Happy Halloween", she shouted as the boys scurried down her walk and turned out of
Up the street they went, back down the other side, over onto Hideaway Place, and
then finally Story Lane. The boys looked at their watches, right on time. Mom and
dad will be so proud! Then, all of a sudden, a gust of wind kicked up causing all
five boys to shiver a bit. Only three houses left and they would be on their way
back to Logan's. It was pretty dark outside, but the street was well lit, and they
could see lots of other children and parents walking about. Next they would knock on
the Butcherites door, then the Klefbecks, and then the Wells.
There was another house on that street too. It wasn't like the others, well kept
with a manicured lawn and cute Halloween decorations outside. It was the Johnson
place. The door looked like it was ready to fall off, and the whole house was sorely
in need of some paint. It was legend that the house was haunted, but the boys didn't
believe in that spooky stuff. They did, however, agree that old Mr. Johnson, who
lived in the place, was as mean as they came. Mr. Johnson was known for grumping and
grouching at anyone that looked twice at him. Someone once said he ate worm
sandwiches for lunch and frog legs for dinner. YUCK! That's one door they wouldn't
be knocking on tonight.
The wind kicked up again, this time it took Conner's mask with it. The boys ran
after the mask as it skidded across the sidewalk, tumbled over the bushes, and
floated through the air. Before they knew it, they were standing in the yard of the
old Johnson Place. Conner's mask had become stuck on a nail that protruded from the
window frame and was dangling, limply, there.
The boys were all thinking the same thing, but no one said it, 'who was going to
walk up there and get it'?
Finally, Skyler spoke up, "Conner you better go get your mask".
"I don't really need it", Conner replied in his most grown up voice.
Kyle whispered, "Why don't we all go get it together"?
The boys looked at the mask, then at each other. "Let's do it", they all said, in
unison, and began to slowly move toward the porch.
The boys could see a dim light, from a distant room, within the house. They were at
ease with the thought Mr. Johnson was probably in bed for the night. Upon
approaching the window frame, Conner plucked the mask from off the nail. All five
boys let out a sigh of relief at having accomplished their task.
Suddenly, the light inside the house flickered and went out. A long, whiny,
squeaking sound, to their right, drew their attention to the front door, blown open
and now flapping in the wind. Their hearts were racing and their feet felt heavy, as
if they were stuck in cement. From inside the house they could here someone moaning,
almost as if they were in pain.
"Do you think it's Mr. Johnson", said Skyler.
"What should we do"?, croaked Conner. "Mean as they say he is, we can't just let him
"We'll just all stick together and we'll be okay, after all there's five of us",
Quietly the boys slipped in though the door.
Colby called out, "Mr. Johnson, can we help you"?
Kyle tried the light switch but it didn't work. He stepped in something mushy, that
let off a horrible stench.
"Smells like someone died".
The boys felt their way around, grabbing on to furniture and walls as they groped
about and called out to Mr. Johnson. SPLAT!
"What is it"?
"I don't know feels like worms"
"Hey, you think the thing about the worm sandwiches is true"? asked Conner.
"Let's just find Mr. Johnson and get out of here, everybody stay focused", said
Just then Skyler stepped on something. He leaned over and picked it up. It was cold
as ice, upon feeling around, it seemed to have a thumb and four fingers, but no
"YIKES" choked out Skyler, "I think I'm holding onto someone's hand but there's no
arm... this is getting freaky!"
A second later, Colby blurted out, "It feels like I picked up someone's eyeballs but
I dropped them and they're rolling around on the floor. Let's get out of here"!
As he turned a tray clattered to the floor and the sounds of plink, plink, plink
echoed through the house. Scrambling to pick up what was beneath him, he was just
sure they were bones, probably belonged to some poor, helpful, unsuspecting soul.
'Would they be next'?
As the boys turned to run Logan slipped on something wet, he strained to peer
through the darkness, there was blood on his pants and now on his hands.
"AHHHHH, blood", he screamed and dove for the door. Just then the lights came on,
the boys froze, and there in the doorway was Logan's dad.
"What are you boys doing"? The boys all tried to talk at once, each one breathing
heavily, gulping down air, with every word they tried desperately to get out.
In the background, they heard laughing. It started out small, like a hee, hee, hee,
then got bigger like a HA, HA, HA, then it was all out laughing hysteria! Who could
be laughing at a time like this? The boys turned and there was Mr. Johnson laughing
his guts out! His house was a shambles with all the running and diving that had just
taken place and there was stuff all over the floor. The boys began to point and jump
around excitedly until they realized just what was all over the floor. Spaghetti!
Meatballs! Peeled grapes! A rubber latex glove filled with ice, now lay melting in
the middle of the hardwood floor.
The boys looked at Mr. Johnson, they looked at each other, then they looked at
Logan's dad, who was also laughing. As they put it all together, they realized what
had happened. In the few minutes they were in the Johnson place they had completely
destroyed Mr. Johnson's dinner. They also noted that Mr. Johnson was walking with a
He pointed to his knee and amid his laughter.