Hey! A Haunted Hayride..~BY Gabrielle Angel

This is a silly and fun memory that came back to me. It was triggered by seeing an advertisement for a Haunted Hayride. Well, when Autumn and I were younger we went on one of those. It was called a “Haunted Hayride”, but it was OK for kids…So not meant to be real scary.

Which is all well and good, unless you go on one of these adventures with boys. Autumn and I had good friends who were boys and also our neighbors. We were only about 11 years old and this ride was during the late afternoon and being held at a nearby farm. It also had a pumpkin patch, where after the ride we would be picking out a pumpkin.

It sounded like so much fun and our parents all agreed, our parents were dropping us off and picking us up. So Autumn, Tim, Alex and I were really looking forward to this outing. Our Dad dropped us all off and we were running for the big wagon filled with bales of hay,  a scarecrow anda few pumpkins…Looking so festive and Halloweeny.

It was Autumn’s and my first ever hayride and we were so excited! The boys had been on one the year before so they knew what was in store and what would be happening. They had assured us twinnies it wasn’t going to be scary. The nice driver and owner of the farm, Mr. G. who was a friend of our parents hopped up and got  behind the wheel…Off we went! There was a few other kids there as well, we knew a few of them. They were all nice, or so we thought.

Autumn and I didn’t know a couple of the boys were a little too rowdy. Well, we were  safe since we had our buddies Tim and Alex…We trusted those boys. On we rode and having a  very nice ride, Tim and Autumn were busy chatting to each together quietly. He seemed to be comforting her, ever since the “toad incident” he had been more protective of Autumn.

One of those rowdy boys started making scary sounds, and being annoying. Alex told him to stop it, but this guy wasn’t listening! His rowdy buddy was egging him on now and laughing. They were sitting kind of close to Alex and I, so I was getting a bit upset. Before I knew it, a big spider landed on my arm and I screamed! Next thing we knew another one landed on Autumn, she too screamed even louder! The spiders weren’t real of course, they were plastic.  Autumn and I didn’t realize this at first. We were both now being loud enough that Mr. G. pulled the wagon over. He was a very nice man, but not at all happy with these two rowdy boys. Mr. G. first calmed Autumn and I down with Tim and Alex’s help…Our heroes! 🙂 Autumn had been wondering about those two boys. That’s why Tim had been comforting her. Little did he know what was going to happen. 😦

We were nearing the end of the ride before we headed to the pumpkin patch. So Mr. G. had the two rowdy boys get out and ride up front with him for the next 5 minutes…Yay! The rowdy boys were in big trouble and their parents were being called…No pumpkin patch for those two! Justice prevailed, the ride ended and off Autumn, Tim, Alex and I were headed to the pumpkin patch.

The rowdy boys and the fake icky spiders now behind us, we went to pick out some cool pumpkins! 🙂


Love~by Autumn Sunshine


You touch my life

with gentle threads of hope and love

my heart is yours —

all of what is me

is free —

with you

I am alive …

I love you

so true —

Let our lives be entwined


You complete me

the answer to my question —

I promise to always

let you be you

and me be me —

Take my hand

Let’s dance through the shadows

into tomorrow …