Posted by: Calmseas (Mike) | October 31, 2013

Reggie’s Woods

It was many years ago on a Halloween eve.  My friend Paul and I volunteered to scare the living daylights out of some kids—small groups of middle school students, I think—as they neared the end of a church-sponsored, haunted trail out in the expansive woods behind a church member’s home, what I like to call “Reggie’s back 40.”

Dense autumn woods

We spent a good chunk of the afternoon with fellow high school teens setting up a walking path through the woods—a path that contained all sorts of Halloween horrors for anyone who dared to take the challenge.

Now it was time to lie in wait, prone on the ground, hidden out there in the dark and cold of a moonless late October’s evening.  As soon as a group of kids got near us, we jumped up from the brush and the leaves and started yelling bloody murder and running toward them quickly!

As part of our preparation, we had strung a line between two trees so that we could travel along it, thereby avoiding running into any other trees in the densely wooded area.  (I remember that we had trouble even finding the line in the cave-like, black darkness.)

We must have been dressed as zombies or ax murders or something—I don’t remember; maybe Paul does.  What I do remember is that the final joke was on us, or on me anyway.  When we emerged from the woods, I found that I was covered nearly head to toe with large welts—hives!

I’m not sure all of these years later whether or not Paul shared my fate.  There must have been something in the brush or the leaves or along the ground that got to me.  It was actually a bit scary, and it made for an unpleasant end to a very memorable evening.

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