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! 🙂

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Carving Pumpkins…Guts and All ;) ~BY Gabrielle Angel


I had been looking over my recently purchased pumpkin. Trying to decide whether to carve it or paint on a face. That made this amusing memory pop right into my head. It really did make me laugh out loud! 🙂
 Autumn and I, with our friends and neighbor boys carving pumpkins one year. We were maybe about 9 or 10 years old and of  course doing this with a bit of supervision. We were having a nice fall day, so we were going to be working at our picnic table. Mom and Mrs A. were going to hang out and be helping us, they were always fun. Mom and Mrs A laid down a plastic table cloth that Mom brought out of the house.
We were all getting antsy, but trying to be patient. Autumn, Tim, Alex and me were all just wanting to unleash our inner artists. 😉 We all had special and specific ideas of what our pumpkins would look like. We got busy drawing on the faces we wanted, all laughing and chatting happily. Autumn and mine were more girly and going to have smiley faces. Not Tim and Alex’s, they had decided on scary and freaky ones. Well, they were boys after all.
 Time for the Moms to help carve, the boys were able to mostly carve their own. It was Autumn and I that needed a bit of help, Mom and Mrs. A got busy lending a hand. Everything still going well, no one getting cut or anything bad. Tim started getting a bit silly and teasing Autumn about her girly pumpkin. She had to set him straight with making sure girly was better than scary. After all Autumn told him, we didn’t want to scare our little sisters and so there! He had to agree and they gave each other a smile.
Alex and I as always chatting nicely, no arguing between us. After all, he was 18 months older than all of us. The pumpkin faces were nicely carved and the “guts” as Tim called them had been set aside. Our Moms like to take the seeds and later roast them, they were good too! 🙂 Tim just couldn’t resist, it was bound to happen…Tim drizzled some “guts” on Autumn’s arm. Look out, she was mad and before we knew it…Tossed a handful of “guts” in Tim’s face! Oh no, could they just never behave themselves! It’s just always how it was, those two put together were sometimes bound to pull something.
Nobody had gotten real messy yet and the Moms got them wiped off and settled back down. Tim and Autumn were saying their “I’m sorry’s” and making up with each other. They really were the best of buddies, for real they were. The Moms exchanged a smile and a sigh of relief, only a minor skirmish this time around.
Everyone’s pumpkins were done, Mom called Dad outside to take some pictures. Our parents did love taking pictures! 🙂 Dad made sure everyone was smiling and flash! Of course Autumn and Tim had made the rabbit ears or devil horns, behind each other’s heads. They claimed they were only doing peace signs to each other, what a chuckle that was. We all knew what they really meant! 😉
These are the things that make you laugh when looking at pictures later! It was a fun day, pumpkin carving…Guts and all! 😉 🙂