Never Stay at a Halloween Store Past Midnight

Never Stay at a Halloween Store Past Midnight

Joel Toledo-Varela, Creative writing

  The Halloween Store

Once there was an 18 year old boy named Jack who worked at the Pumpkin Town Halloween Store. He worked all week from 8:00 AM to 9:30 PM with his friends. Jack’s boss Timmy told him and his coworkers that once it is 9:30 they have to close the store and leave and they can’t stay past that time. Jack never knew why but he also never really cared. It was Halloween night and Jack and his friends got off of work early since it was Halloween. Jack was heading out of the store to go home to pass out treats while one of his friends named Jamie asked if he would like to stay at the store and hangout with her and the rest of Jacks friends Jamie so they can hang out at the shop while it is closed for a bit. Jack said okay and followed Jamie to the costume and mask aisles where the rest of Jack’s friends were. There were five of them Lucas, Chris, Thomas, including Jamie and Jack. They began to laugh and talk and Jack never realized that it was already 9:30. Jack took a look at the watch and was in shock. ¨We gotta go!¨ Jack said. ¨Why?¨ Thomas said, baffled. ¨Is it because it is 9:30?¨ Chris asked. ¨Yes!¨ Jack said timidly. ¨We planned on staying here past midnight when the store closes¨ Jamie said. ¨Past Midnight, are you insane!¨ Jack said furiously. ¨Why would you stay here past midnight, we could get in huge trouble?!¨. ¨We want to see why Timmy doesn’t want us to stay here so late, you could join us Jack but you have to promise you won’t tell him we were here okay¨ Chris said. ¨But what if there is something we are not supposed to see, or what if there is something dangerous¨ Jack said nervously. ¨Something dangerous here, at a Halloween store?¨ asked Lucas. ¨Never mind¨said Jack, ¨But if we get caught you guys have to take the blame for it¨ ¨Now lets see why Tim doesn’t want us here¨. Jack followed the others around the storage and they all looked to see if there was something unusual but they found nothing, a couple of hours had passed and they didn’t see anything unusual anywhere so they decided to look in Timmys office. ¨does anybody have a hair clip?¨ asked Thomas. ¨What for?¨ said Jamie. ¨Timmy’s door is locked¨,  ¨Your gonna break in!?¨ asked Jack. ¨Do you want to see what Timmy is hiding or not?¨asked Thomas in a frustrated voice. ¨Here Thomas¨ Jamie says while handing him the hair clip. Thomas unlocks the door then opens it. They all begin to walk inside of Timmys office. They all started to search around the office to see if they could find something strange. Jack searched Timmy’s drawers and found something a little unusual. ¨Hey guys¨ Jack said slowly. ¨What is it Jack?¨ they all said, ¨Why does Timmy have a revolver and matches in his drawer¨ ¨Whoa, what do you think he needs that here for?¨ asked Jamie. ¨Maybe he has that to protect himself from something¨ Jack said. ¨Thats nice and all but we still don’t know why we can-.¨ suddenly,Thomas was interrupted by a loud bang sound. ¨What was that!¨ they all said. They left the office to check and see what it was, it was a displayed animatronic that had fallen over. ¨It’s Just an animatronic that fell over¨ said Jamie. ¨So what if an animatronic fell, weren’t we going to see why we can’t be here late at night?¨ asked Lucas. Suddenly there was another loud bang sound in one of the aisles ¨What now, another animatronic fell.¨ Thomas said with frustration. ¨You can go see why we can’t be here Thomas, but I’m gonna go see why things are falling ¨ Jamie said. ¨I’m gonna stick with Thomas¨ the rest said.  Jamie split up from the group to look and see why things had fallen but when she had gotten to the aisles of where the sound of falling had come from, there was not a single Halloween decoration on the shelfs of that aisle. Jamie started to get freaked out and ran back to the group. She told them about what she saw and they all went back to that aisle and were all in shock. ¨Why are things falling and now disappearing?!¨ Thomas said, scared. Suddenly there were sounds of giggles, scratching on the walls, and chains rattling on the floor. ¨I think it’s time to leave!¨ Jack said. ¨I agree with Jack!¨ Chris said. They all ran to the doors to leave. ¨It’s locked, who has the keys.¨ Thomas demanded. ¨I had them in my pocket, but now they are not there!¨ ¨Why would you not keep an eye on the keys¨ Thomas yelled. While they argued and yelled, there was a tiny Halloween decoration that was giggling and looked like a clown doll with pitch black eyes and a red and blue striped shirt with a blue affro standing feet away from them and staring. They all turned around when they heard the giggling. Everyone froze in fear. The little clown doll started walking slowly but then started to pick up his pace. The little clown was now running towards them. Chris, Jack, Lucas, and Jamie turned and tried to open the doors to get them out but Thomas started running towards the tiny clown and kicked it across the store. Then suddenly he turned around and started kicking the door and the windows to break it open so they could leave but while they all tried to get out of the store, there was a loud screeching sound coming closer and closer to the group. It was a big skeleton bird decoration and it was staring at Lucas with its dark cold empty eyes and swooped down from the shelf and jumped onto his face and started pecking at it. Lucas yelled in pain and grabbed onto it by the wings to pull it off, Thomas, Chris, Jack, and Jamie grabbed it and threw it on the ground and stomped on it till it was dead. Lucas was bleeding on his face because of the skeleton bird pecking him. They all ran to Lucas who was lying on the floor. They crowd around Lucas but suddenly the rattling chains sound from earlier got closer and louder every time it did so they all picked up Lucas and helped  him run to Timmy’s office. They all got inside the office and put Lucas down on the floor. ¨Are you okay Lucas!¨ ¨I’m a little fine, the cuts just sting. ¨What just happened!¨ Jamie said. ¨We got attacked by Halloween decorations¨ Jack said. ¨What are we going to do with deadly Halloween decorations looking for us, all around the store¨ Lucas said. ¨We could fight back¨ Thomas said. ¨How are we going to fight back Jamie and Lucas asked ¨The revolver and matches we found earlier and anything else that can harm the living Halloween store¨ Thomas said. ¨Is this why we could never stay past 9:30?¨ Jack asked. I’m pretty sure it is.¨ said Jamie. ¨That doesn’t matter right now, what matters is that we leave the store alive, so we’re gonna need a plan, does anyone have any ideas!¨ Thomas said. ¨I got one¨ Jack was telling his plan until it was interrupted by the animatronic Halloween decorations going off. ¨What’s that?¨ Jamie asked. ¨I think it’s more decorations waking up¨ Chris said. ¨Alright so we all remember the plan right? Jack asked. ¨Right¨ they all said back. ¨Aright Thomas, do you have matches and the revolver?¨ Jack asked. ¨Yeah, I got them in my pocket¨ Replied Thomas. They slowly creek the door of the office open to see if the coast is clear. ¨Clear¨ Jack whispered. They all walk out of the office and crouch so there chances of being seen are low. They could hear the sounds of chains rattling on the floor and loud roars and screams in other parts of the store. ¨Follow me¨ Jack whispered. They all followed Jack to an empty aisle and hid there. ¨Alright, I’m gonna distract them okay guys?¨ Jack whispered. ¨Alright Jack¨ they all said ¨Be ready Thomas and Lucas¨. Jack ran from the hiding ding spot and went to the middle of the store and yelled. ¨I’M OVER HERE!¨. The sound of chains rattling, scream, and roars filled the silence. Jack ran to the emergency exit which was straight down from him and where the rest were waiting but 3 of the spider animatronics were catching up to him. ¨Move to the left Jack!¨ Thomas yelled. Jack moved to the left and all he saw was Thomas pointing the revolver to one of the spiders and Jack right away covered his ears and then there was a loud gunshot and screeching coming from the spider that was shot then there were two more gunshots and even more screeching. Jack made it to the rest and ran behind Thomas where the rest were and the only thing that anyone could hear was more gunshots and screeching but then there were no more gunshots and instead just clicks Thomas threw the gun and pulled out the matches. The screeching was getting louder and closer because the living Halloween animatronics and decorations were charging straight for them. ¨Hurry Thomas!¨ Jack yelled then Thomas pulled out a match and lit it on fire. ¨Happy Halloween¨ Thomas said while putting the lit match in the box with the rest of the matches and threw it on one of the animatronics with cloth and the fire grew off of the cloth and the group slammed the emergency exit door and ran away from the store. They stared at the Halloween store burning down and heard screeching, screaming, roars and sirens in the distance. There were cops and firetrucks in the parking lot. The group of friends walked away from the scene, The horrible smell of melted plastic filled the air around the store. Jack checked his watch,,It was 6:00 AM. We had been here all night, Jack said in his head. ¨Let’s forget this night ever happened yeah?¨ Jack said to his friends, they all agreed with Jack and walked different ways to get to their homes. Jack and the rest learned their lesson to never stay at a Halloween store past midnight.