Halloween Town

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


Halloween Town

This is the third year we’ve held such a large festival for Halloween. The whole town takes part. The stores, the schools, there’s a competition for the best decorated house! It doesn’t have to be expensive. We all get together, making, creating, up-cycling rubbish to make some really creepy accessories.

It’s not only the buildings, though. Everyone gets dressed up and in costume of some sort. Some do it so well it is hard to tell who they are in real life. The teachers, the bank managers, even the police, take part for that one single day of fun.

Harry is dressed up as a werewolf, a very convincing one too. He’s even got hairy gloves on his hands and his mask fits nice and tight. I’m a witch. I’m always a witch. A bit of face-paint mixed in with my make-up to give that green tinge, some massive painted on warts. I’ve an old straggly wig that has been dyed grey and decorated with twigs, a battered black hat and tatty black dress. The cackle has been practised so often I can do it without trying.

Arm in arm we walk along the street admiring the costumes we see others wearing, but there is on in particular that catches our eye. A skeleton, I guess it’s a she as she is pushing along an old pram. The clothing is fantastic, dated, out of time. As we get nearer, I can’t help but notice the professional job of the make-up. Not just the skull, but the arms, the hands....so well done there is no sign that she is wearing a suit.

The pram draws my attention even more than the woman. It must be old, possibly antique. I wonder who among us has kept secret such a find? It creaks and bounces its way along the side-walk. The blankets are lacy, discolored with age. I can’t help but take a peek.

There in the pram is a baby. A skeleton baby; a toy, of course. Or at least that was what I was thinking until it fixed it’s eyes on me and started crying. My eyes are playing tricks on me. It really does look like a genuine skeleton. Amazing that a baby could be so convincingly disguised.

She carries on one way and we carry on going the other. Tonight, at the party, all will be revealed. Maybe I’ll get some tips on make-up – if I could do it so well, next year I might be tempted to go as a skeleton. Everyone will be there, I’ll seek her out....I bet it’s someone I know real well.

The party is heaving with people in disguise. It’s always a lot of fun; the disguises seem to reduce inhibitions and everyone lets their hair down and relaxes. Harry and I split up in search of the woman, in search of the pram. Strangely, there is no sign of either. We ask around but no one else remembers seeing her, or the baby. No one was likely to forget that!

Everyone is here. At midnight we all unveil ourselves. There’s a kind of competition to see who does not get recognized. Nobody is missing, everybody in town is here but there is not a sign of the woman....the baby.

It must have been someone passing through, on to their way to somewhere else. That’s the only answer. Isn’t it?


Submitted: October 10, 2017

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Mike S.

A very scary deal, Hully!

Tue, October 10th, 2017 5:24pm

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Thank you, Mike. I'm struggling to write 'Halloween' stories rather than just horror ones, but the picture gave me an idea!

Tue, October 10th, 2017 10:33am

jaylisbeth

I love how spooky this is :)

Tue, October 10th, 2017 5:30pm

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Thanks, jaylisbeth. Glad you enjoyed it!

Tue, October 10th, 2017 10:34am

Jeff Bezaire

A fun story, Hully! My only question: how does a skeleton still have eyes? :)

Tue, October 10th, 2017 5:39pm

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Okay, well you caught me out there, Jeff! I'm going to have to think up an answer.
Thanks for reading!

Tue, October 10th, 2017 10:59am

Dr. Acula

I love this folklore, really cool story Hully.
Also, I learned a new word today...'pram'..
Nice one.

Tue, October 10th, 2017 6:56pm

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Ha! Glad you enjoyed it, Doc!

Tue, October 10th, 2017 11:59am

Lucas Barstow

I have never seen this sort of community Halloween celebration but reading this I could picture what it might be like. Good writing Hully.

Tue, October 10th, 2017 7:32pm

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I've never seen it either, Lucas, but it's nice to imagine it might happen. Thanks so much for reading and I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Tue, October 10th, 2017 12:36pm

Sue Harris

Nice one Hully, a real spectre in the midst of all the fake ones. As always great imagery.

Tue, October 10th, 2017 7:53pm

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Thanks, Sue!

Tue, October 10th, 2017 1:00pm

Vance Currie

The skeleton baby suggests that there must have been a Mr Skeleton at some stage, and that Mr and Mrs Skeleton must have ... oh no! The thought is too horrifying even for Halloween.

Tue, October 10th, 2017 8:33pm

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Ha! Trust you, Joe! But was the skeleton really there in the first place? Maybe, maybe not.
Thanks so much for taking the time to read and to comment.

Wed, October 11th, 2017 9:09am

Tom Allen714

Great time for a scary story Hull, maybe I'll try something scary...Tom...

Wed, October 11th, 2017 2:57am

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That would be fantastic, Tom! Thanks for reading.

Wed, October 11th, 2017 9:11am

Rehmat Tanzila

Oh is it called Halloween! How mysterious !

Wed, October 11th, 2017 6:44am

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I think it is quite different to some of the other festivals. Halloween was originally Celtic and spread from here! It is a big deal in Ireland.
Thanks for reading, Rehmat.

Wed, October 11th, 2017 9:17am

Paul Skoutelas

This is a cool feel-good Halloween story with a bit of mystery. I liked it a lot.

Sun, May 27th, 2018 1:53pm

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Well, thank you so much for taking the time to read and to comment, Paul. Glad you enjoyed it.

Sun, May 27th, 2018 9:45am

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