Here is a short story for Halloween!
Wallace lives alone. He doesn’t like children.
He hates Halloween. He doesn’t want any children coming to his door for Trick or Treat. He doesn’t want to give them candy.
When the children ring his doorbell, Wallace gets very angry. He doesn’t open the door. He stays inside and shouts “Go away!”
One Halloween, Wallace has an idea. I will scare the children. They will be too frightened to come to my door.
Wallace is very smart. He knows a lot about electronics. He goes to the electrical shop and buys everything he needs to scare the children. He buys a sensor, a mini sound player, speakers, batteries and switches.
He finds audio files of screams and groans on the Internet. He makes a recording.
Then he sets up his system in his mailbox. He tests it. It works very well.
If anyone walks towards his gate, the recording will start playing. There will be very loud screams and groans. Wallace thinks the sounds will frighten the children and they will run away.
This year, Wallace is looking forward to Halloween.
He waits until it is dark. Then he goes to his mailbox and turns the sensor on. He turns the volume on the recorder up to maximum. He goes back into his house and waits by the window.
I will see the children in their costumes, he thinks. I will see them come to my house. I will see them run away because they are so scared.
About 30 minutes later a group of children walks down the street. They are dressed as ghosts, princesses, and super heroes. Their parents are with them. The parents are dressed up too. They walk to Wallace’s gate. The sensor works. The sounds of moans and screams are very, very loud. Wallace can hear them easily inside his house.
The children shout. They jump up and down. Wallace cannot believe it. The children laugh. They do not run away. They run towards Wallace’s door. They ring the bell.
“Go away!” shouts Wallace. The children are still laughing and talking outside his door. He waits for a long time. Finally, it is quiet. The children have gone.
Wallace does not understand. I thought my plan was very clever. Why didn’t my plan work?
The next morning, Wallace goes out to his mailbox. He takes everything out of the mailbox.
Lucy Parks, who lives next door, comes into the street. “Wallace!” she shouts. “Thank you so much! The children loved your surprise!”
Wallace shakes his head and walks back inside.
It’s not surprising I don’t like children, he thinks. I don’t understand them at all!