A CC BY children tale by Juan José Segura. You can share, modify, illustrate, etc.
This children tale has been specially written for Jelena Jordanovic, who will appear soon in Hidden Jewels as one of our next interviews.
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The Halloween night
It was the Halloween night and a bright full moon was shining on the sky. Thin strips of dark clouds were gently moved by the breeze. The only sound at the cemetery where the owls calling one to another. It was the perfect Halloween night, and the monsters where nervous with anticipation.
As every Halloween, the monsters had gathered at the old cemetery out of the town to meet together and go celebrate their favourite night of the year. Every year they would go to the town to scare the adults, have fun with the children and get sweets. Of course the sweets were the best part because it was the only time of the year when the monsters could get them and that is why each one was carrying a big bag to be filled with all sort of candies.
All of them were there: Peter the skeleton, the three witch sisters, the Werewolf, the two ghosts, the Boogeyman and the Mummy. When the bell from the distant old tower clock announced that it was 12 o’clock, the monsters started to walk down the little path that led to the town while talking about how many candies they were going to get and about how many people they were going to scare this year with the new tricks and sounds that they had prepared for the occasion.
When they finally arrived to the town something unexpected was waiting for them, or maybe it would be better to say that something expected was NOT waiting for them: there was no Halloween!
The buildings looked all boring and grey, with no decoration, lights, candles or pumpkins. No spooky sounds could be heard, no children going in groups house by house to ask for candies… the town looked just like any other regular night.
The monsters did not know what to do, so they stopped at a corner to discuss the situation. Suddenly, Peter the skeleton pointed down the street and said “Look! A woman! She is coming towards us! I will scare her!”.
All the monsters hid behind a street mailbox, giggling and pointing to the woman as she walked towards them. She looked very busy and her eyes were only paying attention to her smartphone, from what she was not even lifting her head.
One second before she arrived at the mailbox, Peter the skeleton jumped in front of her shouting “BOOHHHHH!!” while his head was turning in circles. It was a very good trick and all the monsters started to laugh very loudly. But the woman was so busy texting on her phone that she did not notice Peter and just walked through him! All poor Peter’s bones flew all over the ground and the woman just said “Uh? Sorry” not even lifting her head from the phone to see what she had stumbled upon.
The monsters put Peter together again and started discussing about how strange that Halloween was being. Suddenly, one of the ghosts said “Look! Three children are coming, walking up the street! Let’s scare them and then let’s go for candies altogether!”.
All the monsters positioned themselves rear the street mailbox again. The three children were getting closer and closer, the monsters could see that they were playing with portable game stations as they walked. When the moment arrived, the two ghosts materialized out of the nothing just in front of the children and shouted their best spooky “WOOOOOHHHHHHH!”, but so focused were the kids in their game that they walked through the ghosts not even realizing it. “Geez, sure is getting cold” said one of them while walking through one of the ghosts.
The monsters gathered again at the corner. They were really disappointed because nobody seemed to be celebrating Halloween anymore and because everybody was so busy that none could see them at all. And it was no fair! Halloween was their favourite night of the year! And what about the candies? All their bags were as empty as when they left the cemetery!
They were about to give up and to go back home when suddenly a voice interrupted their discussion:
“Give me yer candies or suffer me wrath!” said the voice.
The monsters turned and saw a little kid dressed as a pirate. He was wearing a big red napkin tied on his head, a blue and white stripped t-shirt, baggy pants and black rain boots. A patch was on his left eye and a doted beard, painted with black pen, covered his face and neck. He was pointing a little curvy pirate sword to the monsters.
“Are you celebrating Halloween?” asked one of the witch sisters.
The boy let his sword fall an inch before recovering his best pirate pose and repeated:
“Give me yer candies and save yer lifes, sea rats!” This time he accompanied his menace with his best angry pirate face.
The monsters opened their bags and showed them to him. The boy lifted his eye patch and looked inside the bags. All of them were empty. With disappointment, he let his arm carrying the sword go down again.
“What about you?” asked Peter the skeleton “Did you have better luck?”.
The boy opened his sack: it was as empty as theirs. Not a single candy or sweet.
“I have been walking around for two hours and no one is celebrating Halloween” said the boy. “Everybody is too busy working, or watching TV or playing or doing something else! It is not fair, Halloween is my favourite night of the year!”. The monsters saw a little tear running from under his patch and down his cheek. The boy quickly dried it up with his sleeve and the monsters did as if they saw nothing. If a fierce pirate cries, it is not nice to point it out.
“What is your name, little friend?” asked the Mummy.
“My name is Evan” answered him “but today I am Blackbeard! You MUST call me Blackbeard, because today I can be whoever I want! Even if I am alone in Halloween, I can be Evan Blackbeard!”.
“Ok Evan Blackbeard!” said Peter the skeleton “We are also celebrating Halloween, for us monsters it is also the best night of the year? If you want to celebrate it with us, you will not be alone anymore!”.
“Yes, but you have no candies either! It is not Halloween if there are no candies!” replied Evan Blackbeard, and the monsters agreed that he had a point.
“Well, there is still time to do something about that” said one of the witch sisters “You know, every year the house that has given us the best candies was always that of the Stevensons” said her.
“That lovely old couple that live on the other side of the town?” asked the Mummy “I love them, their decoration of the garden is always the best! You are right, if someone is giving candies this Halloween, they sure are the Stevensons!”.
“Yes!” the Werewolf agreed with them “If we go there, I am sure that they will be ready and with a gazillion candies. Let’s go!”.
Evan Blackbeard was not as happy has the monsters: “The other side of the town is too far from here, I am not allowed to walk there on my own” said him, fearing that the monsters would get all the fun and the candies while he would have to go back home.
“But I told you, you are not alone now!” said Peter the skeleton “You will be with us! Then it should be fine, right?” asked him.
“Yes, I suppose that you are right…” said Evan Blackbeard.
“Not only that” said one of the witch sisters “You are not allowed to walk there, but no one said anything about you walking! Ride at the back of my broom and we will go flying!”.
Evan Blackbeard was now totally convinced that he was not breaking any of his parent’s rules, so he rode at the back of the broom. The Mummy and the Boogeyman placed themselves at the back of the other two brooms, and they all flew across the town seeing the rest of the monsters jumping from car to car and from street light to street light, having great fun even if none was paying attention to them.
They finally arrived to the Stevensons place, a lonely little house in the outer part of the town, with a big garden at the front. The hopes of Evan and the monsters were confirmed, as the old Stevensons did not fail to receive Halloween as it deserved: a large and skinny pumpkin man was welcoming the visitors at the entrance of the garden, pointing with his long fingers towards the house, his head lighted by a candle that made his smile glow in orange.
Spider webs and bones where over the path that the monsters and Evan walked through the garden, all of it covered by a low fog from and with tombstones scattered around. From time to time a zombie would rise from the ground with a scream. It was creepy but cool at the same time. That is what Evan liked so much about Halloween, the mixed feeling of wanting to run away and of keeping walking forward.
The monsters and Evan Blackbeard arrived to the porch, where a big cauldron was releasing a green gloomy fog. “I hope they have some candies left” said the Boogeyman. Evan knocked at the door and out came the Stevensons. They were an old couple, like a gazillion years old, but they were cheerful and lovely and seemed very happy to see Evan and his friends. But most important: they were holding a big basket full of candies!
“Who do we have here?” asked Mr. Stevenson “A pirate? Oh! And look at all these scary monsters! Well well well, that is what I call some good Halloween costumes!” Would you like some candies?”
“Yes!” said all of them at the same time.
“You know what?” said Mrs. Stevenson “This year we are not having too many visitors, actually you are the first ones showing up tonight, and I do not think more children will come this year because it is already very late, so… what about if I give you all the candies” asked her winking her eye to Evan.
Evan and the monsters cheered and danced all around as Mrs. Stevenson filled their bags with candies and all kind of sweets.
After saying good bye to the Stevensons, Evan and his new friends left to go back home. The monsters accompanied Evan to his place and when they arrived they compared and exchanged their sweets at the front door. Before the monsters left to return to their homes, they all promised to gather together for the next year in front of Evan’s house.
When the long night finally arrived to its end and Evan and the monsters were each one at bed, they all had a big bag of candies next to the pillow.
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