Susan Spess Shay

Still playing make believe.

It Halloween! Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha!


October 31st . . . Halloween. Happy birthday, all you Jack-o-Lanterns.

Do you look forward to Halloween? I used to, but since my kids aren’t living at home anymore (the little rats moved out and got homes of their own) and I don’t have any little monsters to dress up, it’s lost much of its glamour.

So tonight (Halloween Eve) I suggested to G-Man that we go to Papa John’s for a pizza. Papa John's Pizza

I called in the order, and as we left Smallville (our immediate small town on the lake) the streets were empty. But when we came home, less than 30 minutes later, the roads were clogged with trick-or-treaters and their parents and their cars.

Not only a street full of munchkins on the night before Halloween, but there was a big trailer holding a load of hay and kids on my dead-end street. (I still down know how they got turned around.)

Like the hospitable hosts we are (snork!) we hoped we could sneak inside and turn out all the lights before someone caught us and wanted part ofa slice, but as I stepped onto the porch I saw a tall dark figure.


“Did I scare you?”

Of course, I knew the kid’s mama (this is a small world, remember?) so I loaded him up on candy bars. (dentists gotta live, too) and said, “I’m turning off all the lights now, so don’t fall down as you leave.”

Hey, I could hear the voices of more kids heading my way. If they’d made it before I got the lights off, I’d have to share more candy. 

No. Way.

Tonight I’ll be working the Lemonade Brigade at my church’s Harvest Hoedown unless I get fired for forcing kids to say “please” and “thank you” and making them keep their dirty fingers out of other people’s cups.

If I get voted “Wicked Witch of the West”, I’ll be sure and let you know.

Author: Susan Shay

For as long as I can remember, I've loved two things--reading and people--and that led me to become a writer. Many of my stories are set in Small Town Worlds. I'm a wife, mother, sibling and an aunt. I have a deep faith in God, and an exciting life in Christ. Maybe I shouldn't be (after all, he's God!) but I'm constantly amazed at the things He's up to. :)

2 thoughts on “It Halloween! Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha!

  1. 🙂 Ben got tickled at me, for making them say trick or treat. He & another man were just handing it to them. See it runs in the family.

    • I do that, too, Paula! How funny. I asked for the “magic word” from one kid tonight. He had no idea what I was talking about. *sigh* His mom had to whisper it to him.

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