"I've never seen it, either!" Karen said. "There's some other things appearing out of no where in the Ice Cream Parlor. Come and see!"
Ivy threw threw her arms up in surprise. "Bea! This state of the art kitchen showed up out of nowhere! And someone made all this yummy stuff!"
Bea looked around in wonderment. "It all looks so delicious! But this kitchen isn't state of the art."
"It was in 1930," said Ivy, "but you are missing the point! I think we might be haunted!"
"Oh my goodness," Bea squealed, "LEMON MERINGUE!"
"Bea, this is serious! There could be ghosts... is that a torte? And COOKIES!!!"
Later, upstairs in the bedroom....
"No," Ivy wailed. "My whole costume went missing! I was going to be the Story Fairy, but now I have to be a cheerleader!"
Then in the living room....
Lissie, Kitty and Karen were getting ready for the big Halloween party when suddenly a lobster jumped out of the fireplace! And all would be lost, if it weren't for Mini-Josie and PDQ Bach charging to the rescue.
"Get behind me!! I'll save you! Just get the butter and garlic ready!"
And in the parlor....
"Oh my cow's potatoes!!!" exclaimed Rose. Where on earth did this monkey come from!!"
"Get it before it eats the bird" yelled Mini-Kirsten.
"Don't let it get me!" screamed Mini-Samantha.
Bea looked at Rose and said, "This is crazy! Ghosts don't explain this! What IS going on here?"
"Ivy, did you find anything?" asked Karen.
"Well, I'm not sure. There's not much about ghosts that helps us. We have no way to check EMF readings or find cold spots, and I for one don't want to find bones to salt and burn."
"But, there has been three blue moons, a blood moon and an eclipse lately, and I found an account of a little girl who was pulled into another dimension by the magnetic pull of an eclipse. She switched places with an invisible being from that dimension."
"Do eclipses have a magnetic pull?" asked Mini-Ivy.
"I'm not sure that matters," mused Karen, it's the only lead we have."
"Right." said Ivy. "It says here we need to look out for people talking backwards and we need to play ring-around-the-roses to send the person back to their dimension."
"So you think invisible inter-dimensional beings are sewing cosstumes for us, making gorumet desserts and sending lobsters and moneys to attack us?" asked Mini-Isabelle.
Mini-Kirsten screamed. "The monkey knocked over the pitcher and Mini-Marie-Grace is down!"
"We cant get to Mini-Marie-Grace! The lobster has us pinned!!"
"How does it go again?" Karen said, "Ring around the roses, pocket full of posies..."
Well, the monkey and the lobster ran away, to everyone's relief. With everything quiet, the girls decided to go trick or treating as planned.
"Wow, what a creepy night to go trick or treating!" exclaimed Bea.
"Do we dare go to that house up on the hill?" asked Ivy. "It looks haunted."
"I'm game, if you are!" said Lula.
"Umm..., girls," whispered Kitty, "Don't look now, but I have this funny feeling we are being followed."
Queitly, slowly, the girls turned around and saw two mysterious strangers.
"Happy Halloween!" they said.
"EEEEEEKKKK!!!!" Karen screamed.
And thus we see, a roller-skating car hop costume may not have been the best choice of one who is so easily startled.
Later, at the Paws on Keys Halloween Party Extravaganza....
It was nice of Karen to invite the two new friends to the party, although she couldn't understand why they kept calling her Nerak. And Mini-Marie-Grace seemed leery of the Mysterious Strangers' monkey.
And that is how Nannerl with her dear little pet monkey, and Marissa with a lobster came to be students at Paws on Keys.
Vivian Guest & Karen Bush .............................................Story
Karen Bush ...........................................................Photos
We recommend as a good read, the book A Watcher in the Woods by Florence Engel Randall
for our older fans as well as the Disney movie, Watcher in the Woods
starring Bette Davis and Lynn-Holly Johnson. Both may be too scary for children under 8.