Jack and Jane, a teenage brother and sister, were trick-or-treating by themselves one Halloween.
They were dressed as Ghostbusters.
They saw a black house with red lights at the end of a long street. They decided to investigate.
Jane rang the bell. Before the door opened, she was so excited that she shouted, “Trick-or-treat!”
The door swung open, but no one was there.
However, there was a gold plate filled with candy on the stairs.
Jane stepped inside without a second thought. Jack followed her into the house.
Jane reached for the candy.
“Looks like the trick is on us,” Jack said.
The door slammed shut.
“Not funny!” Jane said.
The lights went out.
At the top of the stairs, they saw a ghost. It had bloody eyes and sharp white knives for teeth.
The ghost snapped its fingers. The red lights turned on, and dozens of ghosts appeared.
“Get ‘em!” it shouted.
The ghosts chased the ‘Ghostbusters’ around the house.
Jack and Jane hid upstairs in a closet.
“Something’s wrong here,” Jack said.
“No kidding,” Jane said. “We’re trapped in a haunted house!”
“Wait a minute,” Jack said. “I have an idea.”
He turned on the closet light. The light was red like the others in the house.
He grabbed two white sheets. He used his pocket knife to cut eye slits in each. Then, he stuck a sheet over himself and his sister.
“Stay close to me,” Jack said. “We’re heading for the door.”
“I hope this works,” Jane said.
Brother and sister, hand in hand, exited the closet. As they walked downstairs, a ghost approached.
“Hey, did you see those kids?” it said.
Jane pointed upstairs.
“They went that way,” she said.
As the ghost floated away, it turned back toward them.
“Wait,” it said. “If the kids went upstairs, then where are you going?”
“Out of here!” Jack said.
He and Jane yanked off their sheets.
Jack opened the door, and brother and sister fled into the street. They ran all the way home.
When they arrived, their mother couldn’t believe their wild tale.
“Sounds like the Ghostbusters got busted,” she said with a wink. “Good thing you’re safe now.”
But as she spoke, she noticed something staring at them through the kitchen window.
It had bloody eyes and knives for teeth.