How to Survive Halloween
You wake up in your bed, groggy as usual. You pull yourself up and stumble towards the door of your room. You can hear activity going on outside. Curious you open the door and peek out.
The area outside is busy with people decorating. Pumpkins, orange and purple lights. Black cats and skeletons. You suddenly realize it is Halloween. It is fall and seasons are changing between fir to air. The leaves are changing to various shades of red and orange. As you are gazing at all the activity, Mrs. Lyn comes walking towards you. Dressed in a long white gown with wings and a halo. In her arms are three bags. “Good morning sleepy head.” She says in a too cheery for this early in the morning voice.” We are getting things ready for tonight. We only have three costumes left. Which one do you want?”
She hold out the three bags. One is marked as a knight, it has plastic armor and a wooden sword. (Both grant a +1 to body each) The second is marked as nerd, Has glasses and suspenders (Both of which grant a +1 to mind each) The last one is marked monk and has a robe and a large golden cross on a chain (grants +1 each to spirit) You may choose any costume you wish and receive the bonus that goes with it.
Many people, me included, love Halloween. I don’t go for the dressing up and begging for candy from strangers any more, but i love to see costumes and specials on tv. I usually have to work during this time, but i also love the mysticism of this time of year. Halloween is a pagan holiday that falls between the fall equinox and the winter solstice. It was a day that they thought the spiritual barrier probably called the p-brain was thinnest and spirits and supernatural creatures could cross over easily and be seen and interact with the living.
There are actually four such festival days that fall half in-between the seasonal cycles. This one is called Samhain and is celebrated by lighting large bonfires believed to be protective. People would set out food for the spirits of their departed loved ones who were thought to come back to visit on this day. A good celebration was thought to ensure a good harvest and livestock season. This day was thought to be a good day for divination as the mystical energies were strongest.
Some view this day as a day for small pranks that are not meant to harm anyone But, this day has become very dark, not because of some supernatural evil, but a very real human evil. People take this opportunity to take advantage of others, to destroy property, kidnap children, attempt to physically harm or poison others. So how to survive Halloween, It is said that dressing up in costumes were a way to hide oneself from the bad spirits that cross over and carving a jack o lantern with a candle inside is meant to ward away evil spirits. That is a start.
However the real things you should worry about are the human predators out there. This is a time for bad people to do bad things. Especially if you have kids. Watch them close. There will be a lot of kids running this way and that. Watch for traffic and don’t let them get out of your sight. This is a good time for kidnappers to try to make off with stray kids. Disguises will be common and make them hard to recognize. Make sure they wear something to make them easy to see in the dark. Like glow sticks or those flashing bands. Put reflective take on the outside of their costumes or hang it in strips. If they are millennial kids let them carry a cell phone and turn on it’s location tracker so you can look it up and find them if you get separated.
Also, it use to be just an urban legend about people putting razor blades in candy, but a year or so ago someone actually did this. Bad people will take things like this and actually do them, so watch out. Inspect the candy before you or your kids eat them.
The way the world is getting, we are going to see more and more crazy crap going on and Halloween is a good time for these bad people to get away with crap. We already have these creepy clown sightings going on. Clowns popping up trying to get kids to follow them into the woods. It started out as just this one sighting posted on the Internet that alot of people thought was a hoax or a publicity stunt for that up coming movie that is about to hit theaters, but then they started getting all kinds of sighting everywhere. Some came forward and said they did it just as a joke because of what they saw on the Internet, but some will be genuine trouble. Sickos seeing it and getting inspired to carry it out like the slender man killings. It was just an Internet character someone made up, but people got caught up in it and actually started killing people for the slender man. So we all will have to play it smart. Maybe place a cross around your kids neck and pray for a guardian angel to watch over them.
Trick or Treat Challenge
Everyone at the academy is going to to trick or treat. Now that you have your costume, you are ready to head out. You are entered in the trick or treat challenge to see who can get the most candy. You are headed to Apple Grove cul de sac. It looks extra creepy in fall. It is a single road that loops around with about 11 houses and a circular stream that surrounds a small cluster of apple trees that look skeletal in the fall. Their twisted dead branches reaching towards the sky as if trying to cling to life. You may hit each house only once. Spin your spinner to see which candy you get and roll a four sided die to get the number of pieces you get for each. There will be battles, but the good news it since the candy is fun sized you can eat as much as you wand during battle to get the modifiers. This doesn’t take away from the total number of pieces you collected. You may not want to use all your candy though as whatever you collect from this game you can save and use in other adventures. There will be other things to collect as well.
You have emptied your backpack and are carrying no gear except for your costume, so you can fill it full of candy. You enter the grove and proceed to the first house.
This is the house of Jace Smears. The owner of Jace’s auto in the inner city. His house is lightly decorated. A few cobwebs and spiders. He answers the door wearing a sombrero and poncho and for some reason an eye patch.
As you approach the house of Velma Myers, you can hear the sound of meowing. It almost sounds like a chorus. She answers the door wearing too tight black spandex and cat ears. Inside you can see at least a dozen cats covering every surface.
As you are walking towards this house someone steps out from behind the bushes. They are wearing a mask over their face and a hoodie pulled up. They pull out a knife and make a threatening motion with it.
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After dealing with the bully you head up to the house. Matthew knoks is there he stumbles to the door. He is drunk as usual and has eaten most of the candy. Whatever you roll reduce it by one.
A. As you are walking down the path, you hear a little cry for help. There is a small path leading to the left. (This is optional) You follow the path and find a small clearing. There are two wild dogs there bawling at a tree. You can see a small kid has climbed up the tree. They call out to you to drive off the dogs. After it is over he climbs down. He thanks you and says they were probably after these. He pulls out three dog biscuits. He gives them to you. They give a +2 to your dog in combat.
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You walk up to door of a small yellow home. Ryce Roads answers the door she is wearing a nurse’s orderly outfit. However this is not a costume she must be working tonight. She has deep bags under her eyes like she has been up all night at the casino again. She hands you some candy and heads on her way.
E1. The path comes to a bridge that crosses over a small stream. There is no other way across and the bridge is damaged. You can swim across with a body challenge of 5. If you are dressed as the nerd you can use your suspenders to repair the bridge with a mind challenge of 6. You can convince others to help you by forming a human chain across the water with a spirit challenge of 7. If you have to swim you get wet and get a -1 to body for the rest of game.
Harold Ocmear the dentist answers the door dressed in his lab coat and equipment. He drops a toothbrush in your bag with a big grin.
B. There is a path leading towards the old dumps. You find yourself drawn towards it. Do you go and explore? (optional) You walk along the path up a little ridge. From here you can see the the huge piles of junk from the junk yard. It towers in the distance. For a moment you think you can see something moving. Then it gets closer. It looks like a flying head. It is Hassy’s Head. She has escaped from her refrigerator. If you are dressed as a monk you can drive her off with the cross, however she does not drop anything. If you defeat her she drops a Lumina eclipse soda from her neck hole.
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You approach the house of Missy Dripps. She is decked out in pink a s a ballerina. She gets a little to excited and drips two hand fulls in your bag.
D. There is a path heading towards the center of Apple Grove. That is where the apple tree cluster is. You feel compelled to go there. (optional) As you walk along the bridge you can see movement in the shadows. There is something moving among the trees. It is tall and slender. It moves with a bit of a jerking motion. You are about to turn an leave, when Hans Trapp the living scarecrow leaps from the shadows. If defeated he drops a large knife +1 to body 2 lbs
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As you head towards this house a small street gang shows up. It is the Punkies. Halloween bullies lead by the punkie king and queen. There are five of them. The king, Queen, and three gang members. You can do battle or give them each a piece of candy to go away.
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You walk up the path to Max Potts house. It is over the top with decorations and he answers the door dressed as Elvira Mistress of the Dark. He does his best to be seductive, but fails miserably.
E2. As you walk down the path the way is blocked by thick bushes. If you are dressed as the knight, you can use your wooden sword to break through with a body challenge of 5. A spirit challenge of 5 can convince someone to lend you their ghost costume to cover yourself and crawl under. If not you will have to crawl under and find out that there is poison ivy growing there and take -1 to body and -1 to mind.
C. There is a path leading to the right. (optional) As you walk down the path you notice a white van with it’s doors open. There is a strange man in a skeleton mask talking to some kids. He looks like he is trying to get them into the van. He drops two hand fulls of candy. (roll for each)
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You approach a bright orange house. The house of the pumpkin lady. So called, because no one knows her name. She keeps pumpkins on her porch all year long and always dresses in orange. She comes to the door with a big orange t shirt that looks like a jack o lantern. She has a green stem sticking up from her bright orange hair. She drops two Reese’s peanut butter pumpkin candies into your bag. (That is all, don’t roll)
As you walk up to the door you hear screaming inside. The door flies open and a man falls to the ground with a knife sticking out of his chest. A woman stand in the doorway covered in blood watching you. You start to run when you notice the man on the ground is also watching your reaction. They both begin to smile. He gets up and hands you your candy.
As you approach the last house three large wild dogs come into view. You can either do battle with them, or give them to dog biscuits to pass by them. There are three do battle for each.
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After that you are eager to get your last house done. You run up an knock and Ethan Jacksin answers the door dressed as a disney princess. He give your you candy and you head out of Apple Grove.