Here's a Halloween story I've always wanted to do! I was inspired by the Haunted Mansion attraction at Disneyland for this story! Enjoy and Happy Halloween!
And Happy Friday the 13th too!
At Auradon Prep, Ben, Mal, Doug, Evie, and Jane, were trying to decide what to do for the Halloween dance. It was the night before Halloween and things weren't going exactly as planned.
After a science experiment of Evie and Doug's, an experiment of a new hair gel gone very, very wrong, the gym was covered in blue slime and was still under cleanup.
"There's got to be a place to have the Halloween dance." Ben said. "But where?"
"It has to be a place super scary!" Doug said. "Uh, but not too scary. I mean, something like-" Doug's face suddenly became twisted with horror and he let out a scream.
Everyone in earshot jumped a mile long.
"Sheesh, Doug! If you want to do sound effects, just ask!" Evie said.
"Uh, he's not screaming at us." Mal said. "He's screaming at her!"
Evie spun around and screamed even louder than Doug.
It was Julie Skellington, daughter of the Pumpkin King and ruler of Halloween, Jack Skellington. She was smiling and holding a jack-o-lantern with a scary carved face.
"Hey, you guys!" Julie greeted with great exuberance. "Happy Halloween! And good lung power!" she said, impressed. "You make great screamers!"
"Julie?! This is a surprise." Ben said. "What are you doing here? Did you consider my invitation to live here?"
"Well, actually, Ben, I'm not here to stay in Auradon." Julie said. "I did get your invite, but I can't leave Halloween Town." She smiled. "But I decided to visit you guys anyway!" She handed Ben the pumpkin. "This is for you!"
"Thanks," Ben said. "First time anyone's ever given me a jack-o-lantern."
Julie waved her bony finger. "It's not just any jack-o-lantern! It's haunted!"
Ben looked at the pumpkin and saw it's face glow green and hiss at him. Ben screamed and almost dropped it. "Uh, great...maybe we can use this for the Halloween dance."
Mal snapped her fingers. "BEN! That's it! Julie can help us with the Halloween dance!"
"Halloween dance?" Julie said in a curious manner. "Come to think of it, we've never had one of those before! Are you having it here?"
"That's the problem!" Evie said. "We can't use the gym and we don't have time to set it up outside! We need a new location!"
Julie scratched her chin bone. "Hmm, well, actually, I think know a place that I wanted to ask you about." She pulled out a old book from her bat shaped purse. "A haunted mansion called Gracey Manor."
"Did someone say haunted mansion?!" An excited Lonnie said as she, Jay and Carlos walked by.
Jay just scoffed. "Haunted mansion? Really?"
"Really!" Julie pointed to the book. "My daddy says it's here in Auradon! Do you know about it, Ben?"
"Actually I have." Ben said. He looked a bit nervous. "And I heard it is haunted. Very haunted."
"You don't really believe in ghosts, do you?" Jay asked Ben.
"Huh? What kind of question is that?" Julie questioned. "Everyone knows ghosts are real!"
"And there is such a thing as magic." Mal added. "So, ghosts could be a distinct possibility."
Lonnie looked excited. "Well, I'm intrigued! Let's check out this haunted mansion!"
"Yay!" Julie clapped her hands together.
"Uh, how about no?" Carlos suggested.
Julie started pouting. "Come on, guys! It'll be fun! Life's no fun without a good scare!"
"Julie's right. I'm going." Lonnie said.
"Same here." Mal said. "Who knows? It'll be interesting."
Evie shrugged. "I'm in too. This is for the dance."
Lonnie curved a smile. "You big, strong chickens don't have to come. We damsels can handle this."
"Hey! Who says we're chicken?!" Jay snapped. "I'm going too!" He grabbed Carlos and Doug. "We're all going!"
Carlos and Doug went pale.
Ben held his girlfriend's hand. "There's no way I'm letting you go alone, Mal."
"But I won't be alone." Mal said. "I've got Evie, Lonnie, and-
"I know, but...I want to go with you." Ben admitted.
"Awwwww!" Julie cooed. "How romantic!"
Jay cringed. "Now that's scary..."
"Alright! We leave at night!" Julie announced.
"What?! Why night time?!" Doug asked nervously. "Why can't we go now when there's daylight?!"
"Because ghosts don't show up in the daytime." Julie said matter of factly. "If we're lucky, we'll see the ghosts that haunt the mansion!"
"Who says we're seeing any ghosts?!" Doug blurted out.
"Relax, Doug. There won't be any ghosts." Ben said.
"Yeah, there will." Julie said. "You'll see! This is gonna be great!"
The kids were a bit put off by Julie's morbid enthusiasm.
With the sun set and night has risen, everyone piled into the limousine. The trip to Gracey Manor began.
"I'm so excited!" Julie squealed. "This is going to be the most horrible Halloween yet!"
Jane scooted closer to Carlos. "And that's what I'm afraid of."
Julie slapped her on the back. "That's the spirit, Jane!"
"Uh, she's afraid in a bad way." Ben said. "Are you sure this is a good idea?"
"Of course." Julie patted her black book. "In here is a list of ghosts that occupy the mansion. I got it from my family's library."
Doug swallowed. "That's a big book..."
The limousine pulled in front of the old wrought iron gates. "We're here!" Julie was the first to jump out, the others calmly followed carrying boxes of decorations.
"Everyone remember the plan we talked about?" Julie reminded them.
"Good!" Julie clapped her hands together.
"Whoa..." Mal and all her friends stared in amazement of Gracey Manor. It much more massive and imposing than they expected. It was a three story tall gothic nightmare with grayish, white columns in the porch, green balconies and dark windows that seemed to tease the kids with curiosity. Next to the house was a garden filled with withered flowers and gravestones.
It would make any Auradonian run in terror.
Jane gulped. "Great. They have dead people in the yard..."
"It's glorious!" Julie said, breath-taken.
"It's something alright." Jay said. "But I don't think 'glorious' is the word..."
"Scared?" Lonnie said with a smirk.
"NO!" Jay barked. "Let's just get this over with!"
The gang walked down the stone brick path. Ben was impressed by how Julie could keep a smiling face.
"You sure are pumped about this, aren't you?" Ben asked Julie.
"Sure am!" Julie said. She went up the steps and opened the ancient door. Everyone walked closely together as they walked inside.
The kids were surrounded by darkness. Julie went to a light switch and turned on a giant antique chandelier above their heads.
"Alrighty! Let's start setting things up!" Julie announced rather loudly, her voice echoing. "We'll split up and decorate it for the big party! Ben, Mal, Doug, Evie will cover the upstairs. Jay, Lonnie, Carlos and Jane will take of things downstairs."
Everyone took their decorations they needed and went their separate ways.
Jay sighed as he took out plastic pumpkins and skeletons. Lonnie decided to find out he was being a downer. "What's the matter, Tough guy?"
"I just don't think it's a good idea having the party here." Jay said.
"I'm with Jay." said Carlos. "Right, Jane?" He looked around. "Jane?!"
Carlos saw Jane staring at a hallway. She was white as a sheet.
Carlos, Jay, and Lonnie looked down the hallway Jane was staring at.
There, down the hall, was a floating candelabra gliding towards them.
Jane immediately panicked and ran away down a different hallway.
"JANE! WAIT!" Carlos called as he, Jay, and Lonnie followed them.
Meanwhile, Evie and Doug were exploring the attic. Evie was fascinated by the old antiques among the dust and cobwebs. There was furniture, teacups, dead flowers, but the most interesting of all, portraits of beautiful brides being married to their handsome husbands.
"This place is amazing!" Evie said in awe. "It's like stepping back in time!"
"No, it's creepy." Doug said. "I'm okay with living in the present."
Evie smiled and put her arm through Doug's. "But look at these beautiful perennials and couples happily married. Doesn't that give you any ideas?" She cooed, batting her sultry dark eyes.
Doug blushed terribly. "Uh, well, I, um..." But his face lost it's color when he noticed something strange. "Evie, t-t-the pictures..."
Evie turned and saw the portraits lying around and noticed what Doug noticed.
The brides in the portraits were the exact same woman. And the grooms were missing their heads...
Suddenly, a piano in the corner began to play slowly. The sound of a heart beating filled the room.
"I do!" a voice shouted, making Evie and Doug jump.
"I do! Hahahaha!"
Evie and Doug huddled close together, fear gripping their bodies.
"In sickness and in...wealth..." a chilling voice came from behind.
Slowly turning around, the two teens came face to face with a glowing white figure in a wedding dress and veil. In her hands was a shiny, sharp axe. The ghostly bride gave a twisted smile and heaved the weapon over her head...
"RUN!" Doug screamed.
"AAAAAAAAAAAAAH!" Evie shouted in terror as she and Doug ran out of the attic.