A Lock-Down Halloween

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

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A Lock-Down Halloween

October is the month for a scary celebration. Dressing up, trick or treating, lots of parties, especially for the younger people.

Not this year. This year there is a lock-down and there is to be no social gatherings at all. The kids will have their school activities and that will be that. But what about us too old to go to school who still love the spookiest time of year?

I’ve got myself a whole pile of stories to read through, ranging from ghost stories, to monstrous tales. I’ve got a stack of candles, and some bags of totally unhealthy snacks but I want to make it something more than that.

The stores are open, so taking an idea that I saw on the internet I dash out at the last minute and buy myself the biggest pumpkin that I can find. Once home, I grab a Sharpie and mark out the creepiest face that I can imagine. Next, I’ll go slicing and scooping before carefully sticking the blade into the flesh-filled skin and get carving.

I don’t even notice the cut, not until I’ve spilled a lot of my own blood onto that fleshy gourd. Band-aid on, I continue my work, and only when I am completely happy with the face do I set about the rest of my plan.

There might not be much point in my dressing up, but I’m going to make myself a scarecrow. Lengths of wood and some bundles of straw, some twine, and then I make the body. No need for the head, for that is already carved and sitting on my kitchen table.

The thing with the pandemic is that it has made it impossible to get rid of old clothes other than by putting them in the trash. To be honest, most of the things I get rid of are worn so thin that the garbage bin is the only place for them. I have a pile of things that I have been slowly adding to the bin and this makes an ideal place to look for my scarecrow’s outfit.

I find a dark blue pair of jeans, holes in both knees. They will be perfect for the legs. And then there is a jacket that I am so sad to see going. It has been one of my favorites for the longest of times but it is worn ragged around the cuffs. The scarecrow can have that too.

By daylight it really doesn’t look anything special. In fact I’m quite relieved that no one can visit and see my pathetic effort at scarecrow making. In the dark, with the pumpkin for a head and one of my candles alight inside it, the thing actually looks quite creepy.

Sitting in the candlelight and reading a story set in a modern-day Sleepy Hollow, I find my eyes being drawn towards the window. I’m sure I did not build the scarecrow so close to the house. And that mouth, I know I did not make it up-turned and in a smile.

I’m letting my imagination get the better of me, that’s all. Scarecrows cannot move – everyone knows that. And yet how is the straw hand now brushing against my window pane?

 

 

 


Submitted: October 22, 2020

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Mike S.

Spooky-good, Hull

Thu, October 22nd, 2020 6:28pm

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Thanks, Mike. Trying to drum up some Halloween enthusiasm, but I'm not really feeling it this year.

Fri, October 23rd, 2020 10:33am

LE. Berry

Just my cup of spooky tea hullabaloo22...nicely updated with current times...

Thu, October 22nd, 2020 8:06pm

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Thanks so much, LE!

Fri, October 23rd, 2020 10:31am

Joe Stuart

But the real scary question is, can you catch covid-19 from a scarecrow? Better not open the window, Hully!

Thu, October 22nd, 2020 10:49pm

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I think there's a strong possibility that the virus could survive on the pumpkin's surface for a good while, but I don't really know.
My windows will be firmly shut as we have bats!
Thanks, Joe.

Fri, October 23rd, 2020 10:28am

Robert Helliger

I have a skeleton at my house, and Halloween movies to see.
The pandemic will end soon.
Great story, Hull.

Thu, October 22nd, 2020 10:53pm

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Ah, but will it? Things won't be the same for a long while, I'm betting. Last year I bought a globe full of spooky images and if I shake it hundreds of bats fly around. That's my Halloween moment from now on.
Thanks, Robert.

Fri, October 23rd, 2020 10:27am

Mark A George

Love the creepy. Enjoyed your short Halloween treat, Hulla.

Fri, October 23rd, 2020 3:37am

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Thanks so very much. Glad you enjoyed it!

Fri, October 23rd, 2020 10:24am

moa rider

It might be Worzel, Mama Hullabloo. Or Aunt Sally:) Usianguke

Fri, October 23rd, 2020 4:07am

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With a pumpkin head...? I think this scarecrow means no good at all. Thanks, Moa.

Fri, October 23rd, 2020 10:23am

ratwood2

LOCK THE DOOR!!! Oh, no... the sound of shattering glass fills the room.

Fri, October 23rd, 2020 3:07pm

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Haha! Thanks for reading, ratwood2!

Fri, October 23rd, 2020 10:23am

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