Monday, October 31st began as an ordinary day.
Zoe, Phoebe, Yvette Marie and Emily were getting rather tired of studying Geography.
In fact, Zoe had laid out her Halloween buttons on the bed and was quietly playing with them, when suddenly...
...everyone heard such a strange sound from the room above.
There was no one up there, yet they were sure the sewing machine was running. Thump...thump...thump...
Yvette Marie raced up the stairs to the sewing room, with the others following close behind. They crowded around the sewing machine, which indeed was thumping up and down, up and down.
Zoe bravely stepped up to the machine, ignoring the buttons scattered everywhere.
Phoebe sat down to examine the Halloween fabric piled on the floor. The other girls couldn't believe their eyes or ears.
The sewing machine abruptly came to a halt.
Yvette Marie took an embroidered felt pumpkin from underneath the needle. There was an embroidered message on the back:
"Please visit the pumpkin patch this afternoon for a clue in a witches hat."
Yvette Marie was very puzzled.
She turned to the others and announced that they would be visiting the pumpkin patch right after lunch. Everyone cheered!
Zoe had noticed the buttons by this time, and began gathering them into the container.
It was a warm day for October, and the girls hurried straight to the pumpkin patch once lunch was finished. The pumpkins were marvelous, all shapes and sizes.
They looked about for a witches hat and Phoebe spotted it first, laying behind a tree.
"Oh!" she said, "there it is! What should we do with it?"
Emily thought maybe Phoebe should try putting it on, to see what would happen next. So she did. She felt a very strange sensation.
"It's talking to me!" she exclaimed.
Phoebe quickly pulled the witches hat off her head.
"What did it say?" the others shouted.
"It's very odd. It said to gather up the pumpkins, and take them home, and make pumpkin pie to share with the less fortunate people in our neighbourhood."
Phoebe looked puzzled.
"But I don't know how to make pumpkin pie!"
"I do!" said Yvette Marie. "It's lots of fun. I'll show you how! And we can carve Jack O Lanterns with the shells."
Emily, Yvette Marie and Zoe helped load the pumpkins into the witches hat. It held all the pumpkins they could carry.
The ordinary school day had turned out very exciting and filled with unusual events. Who would have thought that a haunted sewing machine had been in their house all this time?
The sisters and cousins agreed that making pumpkin pies and sharing them, and carving Jack O Lanterns, was a different way to spend Halloween night. The sewing machine was very quiet, but the girls decided to keep it busy that week by sewing the Halloween fabric and making new dresses for themselves.
PS: The above dolls are reproduction Bleuettes and Jumeaus, made by various artists in the USA. I collect dolls, as most of you know, and enjoy setting them up in scenes and creating stories. My friend, Sara Jean, made the dresses the Bleuettes are wearing. The Jumeau dolls, Phoebe and Emily are from her. Bleuettes are fun to sew for, and are always wanting new clothes! I hope you enjoyed my Halloween story, and thanks for dropping by!
Please visit Vanessa's Blog for many other Halloween parties!
You will especially enjoy Vanessa's photos; she creates amazing scenes!
Some of my favourite parties so far:
This one is my special favourite so far:
I don't like anything pagan, so when I come across a site with paganism in it, I scuttle out as fast as my fingers can fly!
I enjoy the cute aspects of Halloween, not the frightful ones.
It will take me a while to visit everyone's party, so I'll enjoy myself this week.
By Loretta Houben