Mr.4 was begging me for lollies one afternoon. As I was not giving him any, I reminded him that Halloween was just around the corner, casually mentioning he need not fret for sweet treats – soon we’d be taking him trick ‘o treating to accumulate a huge pile of lollies.
Last year, Mr.4 went trick ‘o treating with me for the first time, and can still recall in great detail what costume he wore (an old white pillowcase with holes cut out for eyes – lame, will do better this year) and even what treats he got. For a 3 year old, I imagine a Halloween treat bag would be like the equivalent of us winning the lottery.
Not that I would know.
Anyhow, reminding him of Halloween probably wasn’t the smartest move on my part. That one passing comment has now caused Mr.4 to have an unrelenting focus on all things Halloween!
This has also been helped along by his current fascination with ghosts and monsters. It’s a love-hate thing. He’s a little scared, but has to talk about them. I think it may feel similar to riding on a ghost train: that mix of sheer terror and excitment all rolled into one.
At bedtime we always read two books, but now I’m also called in to tell him a Halloween story. Even though I know Mr.4 is playing me and dragging out his bedtime as long as possible, I’m a sucker for story-telling.
Especially scary stories.
Mr.4 likes hearing variations of the same story from me each night – a story I make up about trick ‘o treating that involves various ghosts, monsters…and a wide range of lollies. We have just a torch or his plasma ball on to make it extra spooky…
But after re-telling this story at least ten nights in a row, I decided to ask him to tell the story back to me.
While he did, I madly scribbled his version down. And here it is.
A SCARY STORY BY JAMES (AGE 4) ABOUT TRICK OR TREATS AND GHOST MONSTERS
“Once there was a boy called James and a boy called Alice. The third boy was called Nathan and he was 4 as well, same as James. When their Mummy said it was time to go trick or treating, they did. And then they went to the first house. And a lady shot out of the door…it was a nice old lady’s house and she gave them two lolly snakes and two chocolates and three lollipops and they ate them all up…and put some of them in their lolly bag.
Then they set off to the next house. It was a kind Mummy and Daddy, and Nanna Joy and Papa G were there too at that house. They gave them three snake lollies and then they went to the next house and there was a big long path and it was dark and it was spooky and they knocked on the door. They heard a big BOOM BOOM BOOM and a big ghost appeared out and they went “AHHHHH” and then they ran to the next house and heard “BOOM BOOM BOOM” and the door flied open and then appeared a big MONSTER that went “RAHHHHHH” at them and they ran home.”