Sunday, October 16, 2005

Boo! Mike's Big Scare

There is a coffin in my closet. Painted black with "Do Not Open" in blood red lettering, it stands most of the year holding books downstairs next to my study. When Halloween comes, it joins several skulls, a disembodied arm, a couple dummy bodies, and an "Evil Bob" tombstone in my yard. All fake, all fun.

My boys have enjoyed my passion for Halloween all their lives. There have been home-made Halloween videos, spook houses in the basement and long nights trick-or-treating. This year, my older son twice has asked me when I was decorating our yard. His brother inquired as to what horror movie I was adding to my collection, another annual rite (The Grudge, I think).

This all has rubbed off on my nephew Mike. Last Halloween, he wanted to join me in "scaring the kids." I wasn't sure about adding a live ghost to my inanimate yardscape of horrors. But, what the heck. I dressed him like a couple of the other unholy evil ones lying about and sat him in a chair.

Not long after the trick-or-treaters began arriving, a curious kindergartener with mother in tow slowly approached my nephew. Rather than jump up and say "boo", Mike just moved his head a bit to get a better view through his rubber mask. That didn't bother the tyke, but his mother let out one long horrific ear-splitting shriek. If she were an actress on the set of one of Alfred Hitchcock's movies, I'm sure the master would have said, "Great, cut, print!"

That lady's mother, the kid's grandmother, was at the time on my porch, helping to collect treats for two other of their brood. The grandmother commented matter of factly, "I told her I thought there was somebody in that one."

After they left, Mike walked into the house. "That freaked me out," he said. Ditto here.


Blogger Carey said...

I really like your blog, it is well-written and funny.

4:14 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

Sad to say we don't celebrate "Halloween" in Australia, sounds like fun doing it your way.

12:53 AM  
Blogger Deb said...

Hey Dave, love the jack-o-lantern! I really enjoyed the story. I have to admit, I probably would have done the same thing the mother did. I love Halloween, but I'm jumpy all night.

If you want to see a great thriller, try "Hide and Seek" starring Robert DeNiro. Believe me, it does not end the way you think it does.

5:40 AM  
Blogger OldHorsetailSnake said...

Oh, yes, kindergarteners can be very scary.

7:48 AM  
Blogger Pirate said...

Cool. i have never been into Halloween all that much but I have enjoyed those who go all out.

2:16 PM  
Blogger schnoodlepooh said...

Halloween is great fun. It sounds like your nephew was as scared as the woman. It's a funny story! I like the pumpkin pic.

11:35 PM  
Blogger bornfool said...

Your story made me smile all the way through. :)

5:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what else do you have in your closet?

6:15 AM  
Blogger Connor Wilson said...

Every year my son Dylan and I have been building our Halloween animatronic display. This year we added 12 new figures and my wife had been making the clothes etc. but then I clued in that Halloween Costumes were the ideal solution - ya, ok I'm slow but...This year is really cool because we've done an HP Lovecraft display that I'm sure he'd appreciate but I'm not so sure he'd approve of this - The Necronomicon - Is it just me or is that just plain goofy ? Anyway, everybody is doing their own Haunted House thing now but hey - it's fun and if you've got kids I really suggest you try it yourself if you haven't already. It's a nice change from the usual Christmas Lights routine and a lot of scaaarrry fun. Happy Halloween everybody.

8:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


1:03 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home