The family had gathered together to sing a few songs before bed. Dad played his guitar while the children sang “Old MacDonald.”Suddenly a knock on the door was heard. A package of cookies and a note were found on the doorstep. The ghost-shaped note informed the family that they had been SPOOKED!

To avoid being spooked again, the family was instructed to display the note on their door. They were also instructed to spook two other families within two days.

Yes. This happens every year. No. It is not scary. For some reason though, Asher and Daphne were completely freaked out by the experience.

“What are you guys afraid of?”

“SPOOKED!” replies Asher.

“You mean, this piece of paper and package of cookies?”

Asher and Daphne nod.

“Yes. I can see how this is very scary for you. So, being spooked means you get some cookies; and you guys are afraid of cookes?”

“Well, last year we got a bag of candy,” says Asher.

“Good point, Asher.”

At this point I can see it is not going to be easy to get them to go to bed. Then I realize the instructions on the note hold the answer.

“Asher let’s read the note again…”

[I read the note]

“So what do we have to do so we don’t get spooked?”

“Hang the note on the door!” exclaims Asher.

I’m sure this will put an end to the kids’ fear, but it doesn’t. Two little kids still have horrified looks on their little faces. Neither will go to bed without someone to stay with them for a while. Good thing Teague is old enough that he isn’t scared.

“Teague, Asher and Daphne are scared of being spooked.”

(Teague thinks this is amusing.)

“I need you to lay down with Asher for a few minutes while I lay down with Daphne–just until they calm down.”

“Hey!” yells Asher, “I want Daddy to be with me!”

“Okay. we’ll do it the other way around.”

Teague agrees to the plan. We get the kids in bed. I climb in with Asher and try to calm him down by talking about something completely different. (I don’t remember what it was.) Asher is about to fall asleep. Then his eyes pop open, “Dad, how can we make a copy of the note if it is hanging on our door?”

“We’ll take it down to make the copies. Go to sleep.”

“NOOO! We can’t do that! We’ll get spooked again!”

Just then, I hear Teague finish telling Daphne a story. Assuming he is done with his job, he comes into Asher’s bedroom and explains, “I told Daphne a ghost story, but at the end of the story the ghost dies. So, now she won’t be afraid because the ghost is dead.”

“Thanks, Teague. Good job. Why don’t you go ahead and get in your own bed while I go check on Daphne. I’m sure she’s not scared at all now that you’ve told her your best ghost story.”

Quite an exciting night. I hope the families we spook will be equally afraid of our goodwill.