I’ve been waiting for months for Halloween and finally the big day is here. I’m so happy that Halloween falls on a Saturday this year. This way school doesn’t get in the way of our fun and games. We have a whole day to play games and then our gang can dress up like ghosts or vampires when we go trick or treating around the neighborhood. All my friends look forward to Halloween. It’s the only time we can be bad without getting into to much trouble with our parents. The real fun starts late at night. When it gets dark play pranks on the neighbors who busted our balls all year long. Then we get crazy and have chalk, flour sock, rotten fruit, eggs and vegetable wars. It’s still kind of early so I’ll wait a while before I ring Joanie’s door bell to see if they’re ready to play some Halloween games. Every year Joanie’s, Mom, Mrs. Tina, sets up Halloween games and treats for the neighborhood kids. Mrs. Tina is so nice and I hope and pray that Joanie’s Dad is not home this year.
If I’m lucky her Dad will be out breaking somebody’s legs. Mr. Bruno scares me to death, with his muscles popping out all over the place showing off his killer tattoos. I can’t wait so I leave my apartment and walk over to Joanie’s house across the street and get there about eleven AM. I walk over to her front door and ring her door bell. I hear footsteps behind the door, the door opens and Joanie says, “Pepino, you’re early, nobody is here yet.” Then I hear Mrs. Tina yell out, “don’t let him go. Pepino can help us decorate the room for the Halloween games.” So Joanie stepped aside to let me in. When I get into the room I see all kinds of Halloween stuff stacked on their dining room table. Then Mrs. Tina put me to work, first she has me blow up a bunch of orange and black balloons. Then she asks me to climb up the ladder to tape the black and orange paper streamers all-around the room close to the ceiling. Once I was finished with the streamers I climbed the ladder again to tape the orange and black balloons close to the streamers that I taped near the ceiling. I look down from the ladder and I see Joanie’s Mom putting Halloween table cloths on the dining room table.
Then she spread out about ten bingo cards with a photo of a pumpkin in the center. Next to each card she put a small bowl of candy corn, I guess the candy corn is there so we can mark the numbers called on our bingo card when Joanie calls out the bingo numbers. Then Mrs. Tina comes out of the kitchen with a big tray if homemade Halloween butter cookies and she puts the tray in the center of the table. Wow, those cookies look and smell so good; I can’t wait to eat a few. She them puts two large pumpkins with carved out Jack-o-Lantern faces on each side of the cookie tray. I come down from the ladder and step back to look at the room. The Halloween decorations look beautiful; Mrs. Tina really knows how to make the room come together for the Halloween party. Everything was in place when the door bell starts to ring over and over again. Now we have six girls and four boys in the house looking for a place to sit. Joanie yells out “okay, sit down, we’re going to play Bingo first. I will call out the numbers. Whoever gets Bingo first wins the game and they can take a Halloween Butter cookie from the plate, then we will start a new game.” I look around the table and I see Joanie, Jennie, and Frances with her big brown eyes and beautiful long brown hair pulled back into a pony tail, but I don’t know the other three girls. The guys I know, Jimmy Pizza, Mike Tomato and creepy Six Finger Ricardo Lopez.
I didn’t think Ricardo was friendly with Joanie. He only lives a few doors away from her on the same side of the block. The only thing I could think of is that their Mom’s may be friends and that’s why he’s here. He still gives me the creeps. I’m glad that he’s sitting on the other side of the table. Now I’m stuck having to look at him with his creepy six fingers. To boot his sister Maria Head Lights Lopez painted his face with two extra eyes underneath his real eyes with her black makeup brush. I say to myself, okay, okay, don’t freak out, it’s Halloween you’re suppose to look weird and he does. I’ll just have to look at my Bingo card instead of staring at Ricardo. We played the Bingo game for almost two hours and I won five cookies. Boy, the homemade butter cookies were so good. Mrs. Tina comes into the dining room and says. “Okay, we’re all set to play the second game. Follow me into the kitchen where I set up the Apple dunking game.” We follow her into the Kitchen and see a big laundry wash basin filled with water with a bunch of red Apples floating around set up on the Kitchen floor. She says if you don’t know the rules I’ll tell you. You all pick a card from this deck of playing card to see who goes first, second, third and so on. Then the first player kneels beside the wash basin and try’s to bite an Apple and pull it out of the basin.
Each Apple has a prize in it, you could win a dime, win a quarter or if you’re really lucky you can win a fifty cent piece. Don’t be afraid to dunk your heads into the basin. I have a bunch of towels here to dry you if you’re all wet. Are you ready?” Frances pulled first place and I got second. I was worried that I wound have to dunk my head after creepy Six Finger Ricardo with all his spits floating around in the water. That would be so disgusting. I would probably throw up if that happened to me. But Lucky me Frances will dunk first and I don’t care if it’s her spits are floating in the water I can’t take my eyes off her. It was fun trying to fish out one of the Apples floating around in the basin. We were laughing at each other after seeing ourselves putting our heads, bobbing and weaving deep in the water trying to snag an Apple out. We all looked so ridiculous, we couldn’t stop laughing. After we dried up Mrs. Tina ushered us back into the dining room where she closed the blinds on the windows and the room got dark, very dark. She lit somer candles and put them in the Jack-o-Lanterns that are on each side of the Ouija board. It made the room look spooky. The dining room table was clear except for a wooden board in the middle of it with a desk lamp shining on it so it would glow. It looked so spooky with the two large Jack-o-Lanterns glowing on each side of it. Mrs. Tina explained that the Ouija board is a game that lets us ask the Ghosts in the room questions. She explained that this game started in China thousands of years ago so that the Chinese people could talk to their ancestors. Holy Smoke, now I’m really scared. Ghosts; what in the hell is she talking about? Then she said, “Joanie and Frances will go first because they played this game before. Now we all have to be very quiet otherwise the Ghosts will not come to the table to talk to us. Is she serious about this Ghost stuff?
Now I’m shaking in my sneakers and I feel like I have to Pee. Then Frances and Joanie put their hands together on this triangle piece of wood on the Ouija board so that it can slide to the printed “Yes” or “No” printed in the board. Mrs. Tina then said that the alphabet is also printed on the board just in case the Ghosts want to spell out a word or two. They haven’t even started and this game is freaking me out. Everybody gets real quiet and Joanie says in a whisper, “Is anybody here?” All of a sudden the triangle piece of wood starts to move slow then faster with Joanie’s and France’s fingers on it. This can’t be real. They’re just wanted to scare us. Then the wooden triangle goes crazy, moving faster and faster in a circle and shoots over to the printed “Yes” on the board. Everybody moves back from the table at the same time and they whisper “Whoa”. Now, we’re all scared shitless. Then Frances asks “what is your name?” The piece of wood goes crazy again spinning and spinning and spells out “Bill”. Who the hell is Bill? We played this spooky game for an hour or more. It turned out that Bill was Joanie’s uncle who told her that he was okay and not to worry because it’s wonderful here. Bullshit, I don’t believe a word of it. But I could tell that most of the kids who looked scared out of their minds. Because their eyes are opened so wide that it looked like their eyeballs where going to pot right out of their heads. When it was my turn I had to put my fingers on the wooden triangle to asks the Ghost questions I had to do it with creepy Six Finger Ricardo. The stupid thing went around and around again it was like we had no control, and spelled out “look out for the Dead Horse”. What in the Hell was the ghost trying to tell us. I was glad that the Ouija game ended because Mrs. Tina gave us chocolate treats and Apple Cider to drink. It was late afternoon when the Halloween party ended and Mrs. Tina gave each of us a Candy Apple to take home. She is such a nice lady and she is so much fun to be with. Now we all go home to dress up in our home made Halloween costumes and parade around the neighborhood for treats and later when it gets dark all the weirdoes come out.