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.


2 Responses

  1. Am I a party pooper because I HATE this tradition? I always end up making Spencer run like an idiot through the neighborhood delivering treats because I’m too lazy, pregnant, and or self-conscious to engage in such an activity. Maybe when my kids get older it’ll be better, but for right now, Spencer and I both consider this one of the most annoying traditions. We do on occasion choose to consume the goodies and not pass on the gesture. We’ve also had our SPOOKED sign blow off our door and received a second round of treats. And finally, we’ve taken what we’ve gotten and delivered it immediately right over to the neighbors with the original sign hoping for something better. (this is the most fun) And no, Adam this is not your personal invitation to SPOOK us repeatedly. Ha. Ha.

  2. Party pooper,
    I think spidey is old enough now that he would have fun with it. Plus, you could use your twins to confuse your target and avoid getting caught.

    Here’s an idea: try to save the sign this year and securely fasten it to your door on October 1st next year to avoid the tradition.

    Although, it would be a shame to miss Spencer running “like an idiot through the neighborhood.” If it comes down to it again this year, will you let me know ahead of time so I can witness it for myself? Thanks.

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