Uncle John Halloween Stories

Halloween Pranks

One October Saturday afternoon, Grandpa stopped by the blacksmith’s shop to have a tire shunked on his wagon.  As he worked, Ed were tellin’ Grandpa how he were fixin’ up a real nice-lookin’ buggy to put up on the roof of his shop, but he ‘lowed as how he were gonna have to take it apart to get it up there.

Grandpa looked at the buggy and reckoned it weren’t such a big problem.  “Tell you what,” said Grandpa, “you be doin’ just as I say, an’ your buggy will git up there without no trouble or work for you.”

“How you gonna ‘range that?” puzzled Ed.

“I’ve got it all thunk out.  Now every night before you close shop, you put that there buggy inside, and every mornin’ you take it out and wipe it off good so it be all bright and pretty, sittin’ there for all to see.”

As Grandpa was leavin’, he spied some almost-grown boys over in front of the drugstore, watchin’ the ladies go by.  Grandpa ambled over and started jawin’ with them.  “Yep,” he told them, “I remember well when I used to chase after the women, but for the life of me, I can’t remember why.”

Then castin’ his eye ‘cross the street, he remarked, “Ed sure is proud of that buggy of his, so afraid something is gonna happen to it, he can hardly sleep nights.  But I reckon it’s safe enough, even with Halloween just about here.  Now when I was a youngun, given half a chance, we’uns would have that there buggy up on old Ed’s roof for him and the whole town to admire.”  With that, he sort of winked and went to fetch his team and wagon so as to be home in time for supper and chores.

Halloween fell on a Saturday that year, and about sundown Grandpa was back at Ed’s shop.  Ed was fixin’ to close shop, so Grandpa lent him a hand, tellin’ Ed, “Forget about the buggy and let’s be amblin’ over to the Plug Nickel for a couple of beers.”

After a few hours and a sight more than a couple of beers, they departed for the Log Inn for a bit of food.  Passin’ the shop, Grandpa said to Ed, “See, I told you I’d get that buggy up there without no sweat.”

Lookin’ up to the roof and seein’ the buggy right where he wanted it, Ed haw-hawed an’ had to admit that Grandpa was a slick customer right enough.  “Come on,” he said, ” the food and drinks are on me.”

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. storytellermary
    Jan 19, 2018 @ 23:32:57

    A friend just reported that the piano she couldn’t give away has just been stolen. It reminded of my father’s story about tricking teens into doing work, so even though it’s not Halloween, I posted the story.

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