Two boys crept into a farmer’s field as the full moon glowed through the dark, velvet sky.

“Over here,” said Liam, “I’m next to the scarecrow.”

He had found a ginormous, orange pumpkin. Perfect for Halloween.

“Wow,” said Asher, “It’s huge.”

“Here, pass me your knife so I can cut the vine,” said Liam.

But Asher didn’t hear him, he was staring at the scarecrow with his stitched eyes and mouth and hands like branches.

“Liam, get away from there.”

“Are you crazy,” said Liam. “This is mine.”

But Asher didn’t move. The scarecrow’s eyes had blinked open and the stitching around the mouth unwound. The lips curled into a grin as one arm pulled away from the stake.

“Liam, it’s moving.”

Liam looked at Asher’s bloodless face, then looked at the scarecrow as the snapping of rope freed his other arm.

As the boys ran across the field, a thick mist swallowed them.

“Which way,” shouted Liam.

“I don’t know. I can’t see anything,” said Asher.

“Where are you?” cried Liam.

There was no response. All he could hear was the wind moving across the land. Liam ran and kept stumbling into the deep furrows where the farmer had been ploughing.

“Asher, where are you?”

Before the mist thickened into a dense fog, he saw the stake where the scarecrow had been. Only the rope remained. Liam shook and trembled with fear. Where had it gone?

“Asher.”

The fog swallowed everything. Liam shivered as icy, vapourised droplets dripped down his neck.

Then he saw a shape through the fog and ran towards it. It was another scarecrow. Impossible. There had only been one before. He moved closer. The face familiar, the clothes like Asher’s. Then something touched his shoulder and he turned slowly.

“Asher?”

Before he had time to scream, two branches covered his mouth.

The next morning the farmer was shocked to find three scarecrows surrounding his prized pumpkin. He took his knife, ready to cut the vine.

“This is perfect for Halloween,” he said.

As he started cutting, something touched his shoulder.

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Fiona Lemmon
Fiona Lemmon (@fiona-lemmon)
1 year ago

Spooky, eh?! Brrr… It sent a shiver done my spine. I’ll never look a scarecrow in the face again….

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary (@carrie-oleary)
1 year ago

Great story Genya. You’ve kept the tension well balanced throughout. Love the ending.

Linda Rock
Linda Rock (@linda-rock)
1 year ago

Loved the ending Genya, really spine chilling and didn’t see that coming at all. That scarecrow wasn’t exactly Worzel Gummidge was he!

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Inderjeet Deusi
Inderjeet Deusi (@inderjeet-deusi)
1 year ago

Great story and great ending. I enjoyed reading the spine chilling story.

Emily O'Leary
Emily O'Leary (@emily-oleary)
1 year ago

Not quite the happy looking chaps you usually see stuck in a field! A very chilling tale Genya!

Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe (@eric-radcliffe)
1 year ago

Hello Genya, you told this story well. I could picture everything that you described, and the farmer wasn’t getting away either!

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Susan Dawson
Susan Dawson (@susan-dawson)
1 year ago

I really liked the last 2 sentences. The repetition is very matter of fact yet carries the story

Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof (@christer-norrlof)
1 year ago

This is the kind of scary stories we expect and like for Halloween, Genya! Well written and very effective!

Chris
Chris (@chris)
1 year ago

Greetings – Just ran across this great scary story! I learned a new word “ginormous”, and I also really like your line that reads “The fog swallowed everything”, great imagery. Hope to read more of your stories here in 2021!

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Katy Bizi
Katy Bizi (@katy-bizi)
1 year ago

What happens next? This is the question that all of us are asking ourselves and it’s really funny how all of us will think about a different continuation to your story. Nicely done, Genya!

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
1 year ago

The best and scariest story I’ve read here so far. The goosebumps I feel are at the higher level. Very effective. Nice one. Congrats, Genya. Hope to read more stories from you here.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
1 year ago
Reply to  Genya Johnson

I love it. Hope to read more from you.

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