And I speak as one who’s never been ‘trick or treating’ and never carved a pumpkin. 😦
Am I alone…?
Here’s a little Hallowe’en story for you:
Once upon a time, I went to see the American novelist Alison Lurie give a talk at the Midlands Arts Centre in Birmingham.
There must have been a couple of hundred people there and towards the end of the evening, she read us one of her short stories. I can still remember some of it. It was about a group of children going ‘trick or treating’ on Hallowe’en. There was one child, dressed in a pink rabbit outfit, that no-one seemed to know. None of the other children – or the parents at the houses they visit, knows who he/she is… Anyway, it was getting quite spooky and we were all ‘rapt’, as they say, when – BAM! Alison Lurie got to the end of her sheets of paper – but hadn’t finished reading the story!
Da da derrrr!
We sat there squirming as she flicked through the sheets, over and over (as you would) until she had to concede that no, she hadn’t got the final page of the story after all. But she managed to remember it – just – and so, saved the day – and everyone’s embarrassment!
Scary things don’t have to be ghouls and spooks, do they? Public speaking is most people’s idea of the scariest thing you can do. And then, to lose your crib sheet…! Aaaaaagh!
Results of the Times Ghost Story competition
Firstly, the bad news – they had over 1,500 entries! Eeek!
Oh, and more bad news – I didn’t win and as I didn’t recognise any of the names, I’m guessing none of you did either.
Never mind! Have a look at the winning entries here (note that one of the runners-up is humorous and probably stood out because of that! I think it’s clever, actually and made me smile).
But the good news is, at least they printed the results promptly and within a few days of the competition (hmmm, which makes me wonder, did they really have time, in just 4 days to read all +1500?!! Nah, that’s just sour grapes on my part, isn’t it?).