Kelli's story, "Home for Halloween" was included in the October 2014 horror anthology, Moon Shadows. These 17
stories touch the unknown, the unseen, and the undead. Visit what we avoid.
Step into the shadows of the moon. An Excerpt from "Home for Halloween"
Kyle cradled the giant pumpkin in his hands as he walked down the street.
His thin arms jutted out from his black vampire cape, and he bit his bottom lip
as he concentrated. Not far to go, now,
he told himself. The heavy gourd stretched his aching muscles all the way to
the ground, but it was worth it.
MacLaughlin had thrown a Halloween party for his fifth grade class today. She’d
read ghost stories and talked about the history of Halloween while they made
paper cut-outs of ghosts and Jack O’Lanterns.
After lunch, they ate bat-shaped sugar
cookies with black icing and sang a Halloween song about five little pumpkins
sitting on a gate. At the end of the day, everyone got a bag of candy to take
home, and the king of all pumpkins was raffled off to one lucky kid. He couldn’t
believe it when his name was called. It was the first thing he’d ever won.
Kyle stopped to take a break and squinted toward the setting sun. A
breeze ruffled his hair, and his cape swirled in the wind. The maple trees had
tossed off all their leaves last week. Orange and brown husks skittered around
He loved autumn. The crisp air held a sense of magic and wonder. Part of
him longed to linger, to take it all in and make this perfect moment last
forever, but he had to hurry home. Tonight was special. It was Halloween.