Halloween is still a few weeks away, but things are definitely getting a bit spooky around my neighborhood. Of course, Finn McSpool thinks himself a fearless explorer so he was eager to tag along with me for a walk one morning. A walk that soon had him fleeing for the safety of his usual spot on my desk.
Things started out well when we found this perfectly photogenic trio of pumpkins….
We then came across this fellow. I don’t think Finn realized it was meant to be scary and instead went over to ask him for some diet tips since apparently this guy knew a thing or two about slimming…
We soon approached a very creepy graveyard. Wait, this isn’t creepy. These tombstones are full of puns. And who doesn’t love a deathly pun?
Finn scoffed at the supposedly scary graveyard (actually the lawn of City Hall) that’s also decorated with dolled up scarecrows. This one reminded Finn of his time with the Molly Malone statue in Dublin and to prove how absolutely not-scary this whole set up was he climbed up for a photo on her “perch.”
But Finn, look! This place is full of celebrities, including Jack Skelington from The Nightmare Before Christmas!!! Isn’t he dreamy….get his number for me, will you?
And another famous resident rests just underneath the surface.
–Finn, maybe you better not climb on that. You might wake him up…
–Nah, this place is for wimps. It’s totally not scar—–eeeeeeeee!!!!
Phew, that was a close one. After I hurriedly untangled the wee Beastie from the Chains of Doom, he was a bit rattled (rattled. chains. get it? stop groaning), but he tried to play it off by stepping away from the graveyard to explore some plant life….
–Look, a mini-pumpkin bush!
–Finn, those are rose hips.
I could see the
argument debate starting about who had better plant identification skills when Finn stubbornly turned his back on me.
Then, all pretense of bravery fell away and the high-pitched scream of a terrified Beastie began. As he scrambled into my pocket, I peered over the shrub…and then we began running. Seriously, this was the scariest thing I’ve ever seen…considered yourself warned if you scroll any farther.
Once we had high-tailed it home, slammed the door behind us, threw all the bolts, and even nailed a few boards up against the windows just to be on the safe side, it took a little bit to coax Finn out of my pocket. Once I did, he quickly put on a brave face in front of the other Beasties and helped them with something far less spooky…a Halloween coloring page from Crawcrafts Beasties….
But this too soon became scary as the tale behind the picture unfolded.
See, Fall Beastie there near the tree thought he was strolling into a nice little autumnal scene. Attracted by the sweet scent of candy-coated fruit, he stopped off at the stand to buy a snack. As he waited, he took a look around and quickly realized this place wasn’t all that peaceful. Frankenstein’s Beastie was lurking behind a pumpkin and a bloodshot-eyed Zombie Beastie was playing with fire (possibly to ward off Frankenstein’s Beastie).
Fall Beastie wanted to leave, but boy do those toffee apples smell good. He tried to steel his nerves against the little Mummy Beastie ahead of him, but when he caught a glimpse of the apple vendor, his wool began to wobble.
Fangs, pale skin… Is that a–? He then noticed that red coating on the apples wasn’t toffee….
Hope this didn’t scare you too much. If you need to calm your nerves, be sure to pick up your own free coloring page (and a couple other months’ calendar pages) over at Crawcrafts Beasties.
I’ll be back next Wednesday with Chapter Two of Domna, Part One: The Sun God’s Daughter (be sure to read Chapter One if you missed it), and next Saturday Finn will be getting up to trouble in the skies and beyond. See you then!!
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