"This Is Halloween"




October 30, 2009


Jack looked over at Bella and grinned.

"Well, what do you think?"

His face was painted a pale green color with black shading, but what made him look truly gruesome was the fake blood dripping down his cheek and one corner of his mouth. He was wearing clothes that were tattered and torn, as well as blood spattered.

Bella grimaced and shook her head. It reminded her of a poem from story book they had read a few nights previous.

Zombie Samba Zombie Mamba Mamba Mambo Zombie Zoo Rhumba Rhumba Zombie Samba Zombie zimbie Bambi boo

"Well, Alice certainly did a good job of turning you into a zombie." She wrinkled her nose. "Are you sure you want to do this?"

Jack nodded enthusiastically and ran back upstairs to admire himself in the mirror. Alice laughed loudly when she saw Bella shiver as Jack ran past her.

"Not funny, Allie!" Bella laughed.

"Oh my gosh, Bells! You should have seen your face. it was priceless."

"I can't help it. He looks so creepy. I'm glad this is just for school and not what he'll be wearing tomorrow when we go Trick or Treating."

Alice clapped her hands excitedly.

"I still can't believe you talked him into being Sally and Jack. He was dead set against it last year."

Bella laughed lightly. "He owes me. He's picks the costumes out every year. Remember the last couple of years?"


Boys and girls of every age

Wouldn't you like to see something strange?

Come with us and you will see

This, our town of Halloween

This is Halloween, this is Halloween

Pumpkins scream in the dead of night


October 31, 2008


"Jaaaack," Bella whined from the top of the stairs. "I don't wanna be Robin. Why couldn't I have been Catwoman?"

"Oh, come on down and stop complaining, Mom. I'm Batman, Alice is Harley and Jasper is the Joker. Catwoman would have totally thrown the hero to villain ratio out of balance, sheesh."

Bella rolled her eyes and made her way downstairs, tugging down the too short skirt that Alice had forced her in. At least she had given in and let Bella wear a pair of tight green leggings underneath. It was chilly as hell this year.

When Charlie caught sight of his little girl in a spandex red and green outfit, his eyes almost popped out of his head.

"Just what in the hell are you wearing?" he asked gruffly. "What are you supposed to be? An elf?"

Jack put his hands on his hips and rolled his eyes. "Didn't I just say that she was Robin?"

Charlie looked at the boy incredulously. "Last time I checked, Robin was a boy, kid."

Jack shook his head. "Not all of them. Stephanie Brown was Robin for a little while. Now she's Batgirl."

Bella turned and gave Jack an annoyed look. "Then why couldn't I have been Batgirl?"

The boy shrugged. "Batman needs a Robin."

Jasper did his best to stifle his laughter, careful as to not smudge his face paint.

"Well, the kid does have a point," he snickered and Bella rolled her eyes.

Alice flitted over to adjust her skirt and top. "You look great, Bells!"

"Okay, okay," Bella grumbled. "Let's get this show on the road."


This is Halloween, this is Halloween

Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween!

In this town we call home

Everyone hail to the pumpkin song

In this town, don't we love it now?

Everybody's waiting for the next surprise


October 31, 2007


"Jack!" Bella hollered. "Be careful with that bat!"

He smiled sheepishly and ceased his swinging of the small bat he was carrying as part of his Halloween costume. The Seattle Mariners jersey that he worse was two sizes too big and hung loosely off of him, falling almost to his baseball pant-clad knees. The cleats that he wore clunked loudly against the pavement as they went door to door. Charlie, who had been walking ahead of them, turned around and chuckled. Jack's hero-worship of his adoptive grandfather caused him to choose baseball as this year's costume. Charlie wore a black Mariners jersey and a pair of jeans, carrying a baseball glove and a large sack that Jack emptied his Trick-or-Treat bucket into as it filled up.

Bella rolled her eyes and shivered into her black jacket, which partly covered her black and white pinstriped baseball costume. Unlike Jack and Charlie's outfits, hers was generic and bought from a costume store. She wasn't as into the sport as the boys, so she was just fine with the un-originality. Fifteen minutes and a dozen houses later, they were almost at their final destination, Alice and Jasper's house. Bella trailed behind slightly and watched as Jack started to swing the bat back and forth in front of him.

"Jack, if I have to tell you one more time, I'm taking the bat and chucking it into the woods," she growled. Jack's eyes widened and he immediately clutched the bat to his chest.


Charlie chuckled yet again and Bella's annoyance grew.

"You think this is funny?" she called out.

"You're damn right I do, baby girl. I remember doing this with you when you were little. One year you had this fairy wand and kept twirling and smacking me in the leg with that thing. BY the end of the night, I wanted to snap it in half. The next day, I hid it and told you that the Halloween fairy took it back."

Bella shook her head and laughed. "That was a mean thing to do. I don't remember that," she mused.

He turned and shot her a pointed look and jerked his head in Jack's direction. "Sometimes not remembering things is a blessing."

Bella smiled sadly and nodded in understanding. They had been discussing memories just a few days ago in a family therapy session. She couldn't help but agree that some things were better off left alone.

When they reached the Whitlock's door, Alice creepily opened the door before they had a chance to open it. She was dressed in a black dress with vampire fangs.

"Velcome to our lair," she spoke as she motioned for them to come inside. Jack giggled and Bella rolled her eyes.

"How come you get to be a vamp, and I got stuck as an outfielder?" Bella grumbled.

"No, Mom, you're a catcher, not an outfielder."

Bella turned and looked at the boy as if he had lost his mind. "What's the difference? We're just in costume."

"Seriously, Mom?"

"Yeah, seriously, Bells?" Jasper laughed as he came out of the kitchen.

Bella threw her hands up in the air and walked over to commiserate with Alice, who was shaking her head in sympathy.

"Boys, you can't live with them, and you can't trade them for shoes."

Bella's eyes widened and she gaped at her best friend. "Oh my god, I'm surrounded by insanity."


Our man Jack is King of the Pumpkin patch

Everyone hail to the Pumpkin King, now!

This is Halloween, this is Halloween

Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween!

In this town we call home

Everyone hail to the pumpkin song


October 31, 2009


"Moooom," Jack whined. "The head doesn't fit right."

Bella closed her car door and looked over at her son. She cocked her head to the side, trying not to mess up her ragdoll wig at the same time.

"It looks great, Jack. It's not my fault you have a big head."

"Ha, ha, ha," the boy responded in a monotone voice. "Do we really have to be these?"

Bella walked around to the other side of the car and smiled at him.

"Come on, Little Bit, it'll be fun. You promised you'd be nice." She stuck out her bottom lip and pouted at him.

Jack snorted and giggled. "Fine, stop making that face though!"

Bella laughed and reached for his hand, before walking up the path to the Kingston Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch at Sunrise Hill Farm in Kingston, Washington, which was about a ninety minute drive from their house. They were planning on meeting Alice, Jasper, Ben and Angela here to attend the annual Halloween costume contest and then check out the haunted hayride and corn maze. She caught sight of Ben and Angela first, dressed like a pair of pirates. As soon as Angela caught sight of Bella and Jack, she waved them over. Sitting on the ground next to them was Jasper, decked out in a multi-shades of brown suit and a colorful scarf shapened into a bow around his neck, along with a brownish top hat. His face was painted white with pink around his lime green colored eyes and his normally blond hair was now frizzed out and orange.

Bella bit her lip and tried to stifle a laugh. "What are you supposed to be Jazz?"

He stood up slowly and brushed his bottom off. "I'm the Mad Hatter, my dear." He took off his hat and bowed with a flourish. Alice traipsed over in a light blue and white dress with a blond wig upon her head. Bella shot her friend a confused look and pointed to Jasper's hair.

"Umm, why orange?" she asked.

Alice let out a tinkling laugh. "That's what the new Mad Hatter is going to look like. There are trailers all over YouTube. Where have you been Bella? Johnny Depp is going to play him." Allie sighed.

"Okay then," Bella said and turned to Jack. "How about we sign in for the costume contest and then hit the corn maze?"

Jack nodded enthusiastically and they made their way over to the registration tent.

A few hours later, the six of them found themselves in cart will with hay being pulled by a tractor throughout the farm grounds. The sun was in the middle of setting as the driver started telling stories of how the the pumpkin patch was haunted by the ghost of a murdered farmer. Jack, who had long since removed the Jack Skellington head, rested his temple against Bella's shoulder. She turned her face towards him slightly and smiled.

"Are you okay, Little Bit? Not getting scared are you?"

When Jack didn't respond Bella looked down at him fully. His eyes were staring off into the distance, not focusing on anything in particular.

"Jack?" She nudged him and his eyes flew up to hers.


"I asked if you were getting scared."

"Oh," he responded before shaking his head. "No, I'm fine."


"Yeah. I mean, there are worse things out there to be scared of besides an old ghost story, right?"

Bella looked at him thoughtfully, wishing at that moment that she could delve into the boy's innermost thoughts.

"Are you okay, Jack?" she asked quietly. He gave her a bright smile and nodded.

"I'm fine, Mom. You worry too much."

"It's only because I love you, kid. It's my job as your mom to worry about you."

Jack smiled wistfully and nodded.

"I promise that I'm fine. I'm sorry I gave you a hard time about the costume. I had a lot of fun today."

Bella bumped him on the shoulder. "That's just because we won first place."

Jack smirked. "I think my cuteness helped out, too, you know."

Bella laughed. "I'm sure it did, charmer."

She wrapped her arm around his shoulder and sighed happily, kissing him on top of his head. As much as she hated what had happened to him when he was a child, she'd never trade a moment of her time with him.




AN: Happy Halloween!