A Halloween Tale


The Tale Starts Here

We should have listened to our puppy.

You’ve heard the old belief. Dogs sense if people aren’t good. Our puppy knew.

Generally she’s greets strangers with a bark, then a sniff, then rolls over to wait for a belly rub. Since she’s a cutie pie, most people are captivated and can’t resist the temptation to hand out a friendly rub. After that ritual, peace and quiet returns and our puppy finds a lap to nest in.

On a dark and dreary day, I sat working on my laptop when the doorbell rang. I wasn’t expecting anyone. So I peeked out the peep-hole in the door. An unfamiliar woman stood outside my door. Since the outer storm door was locked, I opened the inner door. Then I spotted her “credential” hanging from a lanyard around her neck.

She identified herself and her reason for being at my door. My puppy barked louder and more frenzied.

Since I knew nothing about her or her appointment to see my severely disabled son who lives with us, I still didn’t let her in. I said I’d check with him, closed the inner door, and left her standing outside. (It wasn’t freezing or raining. I was being cautious, right?)

Sweetest little puppy grew more anxious and tired of barking turned to growling instead. She gave her best impression of ferocious. (Think musical some from Halloween movies–you know the one…)

My son verified the appointment and the name. With some trepidation I let the visitor in.

That Dark, Dreary Sky

My mistake. Even Little Red Riding Hood caught on to the wolf soon enough. Like my puppy. But I led this viper to my son. Puppy stayed with him snarling and distrustful the whole time this Frankenstein stayed.

Despite her “creds,” her pre-approved and scheduled appointment, her ordinary appearance, she was evil. Worse, I had let this ghoul in to wreak havoc on my son’s life and ours. (Mental Jaws theme thrumming in background.)

For an hour–it seemed an eternity–our puppy growled and remained vigilant during this monstrous villain’s appointment. Her slimy presence continues to leave its putrid essence in daily battles we wage to keep our family together and safe from the diabolical machinations this wickedest of witches set in motion that day.

Even worse, our puppy got sick not long after that frightful visit. (She’s better now…thanks to a good witch with veterinarian skills.)

But  bad storms followed with lots of destruction.

Several beloved people died.

This misbegotten blob of cells doesn’t have fangs, bulging eyes, greenish translucent skin–good signals to indicate her evil nature. (Psycho music here.)

No such luck. At first glance she appears human–a real-honest-to-goodness shapeshifter.

But this Voldemort enjoys using her “powers” to wreak destruction on others.

Scary--without a mask

She’s not the kind of ghoul or ghost who will be making the trick or treat Halloween bash. She gets a salary and destroys others during work hours. She feeds off the devastation left in her slimy wake.

Beware this cautionary tale. Listen to your puppy. Especially around Halloween. Or dark dreary days.

I’ll take my little goblins, ghosts, witches, warlocks, and a few fairy princesses who might ring our doorbell Halloween eve. I suspect my puppy will be barking to greet them, not growling or snarling. I have my treats ready.

But should that ghoul show up, it won’t get a treat or an open door. That’s one horror movie I won’t watch again. (Exorcist theme here.)

And so my tale ends…Till next Halloween when our son who thrives on freaky horror films this time of year helps me create our own too-terrible, tacky Halloween tale.

Happy Halloween…

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11 Comments on “A Halloween Tale”

  1. Edie Ramer Says:

    MJ, I’m not sure whether you’re joking or not. This is unsettling. I hope puppy and son are okay, and no one else was damaged by this person.

  2. caseyclifford Says:

    Edie,

    As you know fiction is always based on some facts. So my son and I built this story around events but added gory details etc. Puppy is fine now and son is holding his own. Positive thoughts for us would be good. Someday when we’re together, I’ll explain the circumstances.

  3. Elle J Rossi Says:

    I’m with Edie. I was mesmorized and hoped it was all fiction, but feared it was based on truth. Glad to know both are doing okay! Great storytelling!

  4. Anne Parent Says:

    I’m with Edie and Justen. Sounds like the fact this was based on was painful and my heart goes out to all of you. You are loved. Always remember we care!

  5. caseyclifford Says:

    Justen and Anne,

    Fiction generally springs from Fact. My son and I have spent much time together lately. He loves Halloween and we enjoyed creating something from the reality of our lives. If it were a movie, we fall into one seriously bad, but scary type.

    Justen, I’ve got pictures for you but haven’t uploaded them yet. The ladder is yours if it fits your needs/

  6. Deb Says:

    Ah, MJ, I believe your story is not far from fact but you made it even scarier, spookier, a true Halloween tale of horror. {Shiver} Sadly, there are people just like your story’s visitor. Oreo is a faithful and true guide in these matters. Listen to her!

    Hugs to all!

  7. Brenda Says:

    Excellent tale. Knowing you and having met Steven, I was drawn into your tale reading faster and faster!


  8. Well, if you wanted to scare us, you did! My sentiments are the same as all the other commentors. Please let this be fiction, but I know some pretty scary social/health service workers.

    Always trust the canine. 😉

  9. caseyclifford Says:

    Deb,

    The spookiness is thanks to Steven. And all those hours watching horror movies with him. (And I hate them–good or bad ones)

    Yep, Oreo is our barometer and we listen.

    Thanks for stopping by on what had to be your harrowing weekend of heavy snow and weather.

  10. caseyclifford Says:

    Brenda,

    I tried calling you last week but you weren’t in for the day. Just wanted to check in.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and Steven will be so glad his ideas kept you reading faster and faster. 🙂

  11. caseyclifford Says:

    Lorna,

    Into every life one of those really scary ones must come, I guess. It’s the law of averages if you’ve been as severely disabled as my son is for as long as he’s been that way.


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