Saturday, October 31, 1992, 8:30 AM
"Kevin?" Lana asked, staring at him. "Are you okay? You haven't touched your breakfast." "Do you know what today is?" Kevin asked, looking up at her from his bowl of Cocoa Puffs. "Saturday?" Lana asked with a smile. Kevin shook his head. "That's not what I mean. It's October 31st - Halloween." Lana scratched her head. "Halloween?" "It's the day of the year when people get dressed up in costumes." Rick explained. "Kids go out door to door asking for candy, and people tell scary stories and have a great time partying." "So, what's the problem?" Lana asked Kevin. "Well, every year, Mike always scares me with something. This happened both when we were friends and when we were enemies. I'm sure he's come up with something again this year." "And you're preoccupied with it." Lana realized and laughed. "Don't worry about it, Kevin. Once Mike has his laugh, it'll be all over." "Yeah, until next year." Kevin said with a groan. He stared dejectedly at his bowl of Cocoa Puffs. "Not hungry?" Rick asked. Kevin shook his head. "Then gimme." the football player said, extending his left arm across the kitchen table to Kevin. Kevin handed Rick his bowl. "Take mine up, please?" Rick asked. "Sure." Kevin said emotionlessly. He took the bowl from Rick, got up, and went over to the sink. He threw the bowl and spoon into the sink and opened the cold water. "Keene!" a voice suddenly moaned eerily. "What was that?" Kevin asked, looking around. "What was what?" Lana asked. "Keeennneee!" the voice moaned again, slower this time, and louder. "That!" Kevin said. Suddenly, a purplish creature faded into view in the sink. It was a small monster with large yellow eyes - and it started growing! Kevin jumped back, yelling. The others stood up, and Stacey let out a shriek. "I'm gonna kick your aaaaaaasssssss!!!!!!!" the monster moaned. "Booo!!!" Kevin yelled again, drawing his Zapper. He fired at the monster. The monster suddenly disappeared, and the beam from Kevin's Zapper hit the side of the bowl. It knocked the bowl up against the wall. The bowl then bounced off the wall and landed on Kevin's head. Poor Kevin. The bowl was full of water! "Huh? Where'd the monster go?" Kevin asked. Mike walked into the kitchen, laughing. "Oh, yeah!" He was holding a hand-held holographic projector/microphone in his left hand, and a camcorder in his right. "Got ya again, Keene!" Lana, Stacey, and Rick laughed as Kevin frowned, took the bowl off his head, and shook his head rapidly to dry his hair. He threw the bowl back in the sink. Mike spoke into the microphone again: "Mike is the Halloween Scare Master of the Universe! Say it, Keeennneee!" "You got the 'Scare' part right." Kevin said. "You tape these things?" Lana asked. "Always have." Mike said, then laughed again. "I laugh my ass off every time I watch this tape!" He stopped recording and set the camera and holographic projector down on the kitchen counter. "So, anyway, guys," Mike said, "I'm throwing a really scary Halloween party at my house. It'll be cool. Wanna come?" "Like, I dunno, Mike." Stacey said. "Can you prove that it'll be cool?" "Yeah, and scary?" Lana added. "Well, sure." Mike replied. "I'll be there, and I'm cool. And we'll be listening to Michael Jackson, and he's scary." Kevin, Lana, Rick, and Stacey all looked at each other. "What the hell, I got nothin' better to do." Kevin said finally. "Count me in, Mike!" "Yeah, me, too." Lana added. "Like, ditto!" Stacey agreed. "Sure." Rick joined in. Mike grinned. "Great! Let's go to Earth and start decorating!"
So, they all went to Northridge. They went shopping and bought the most frightening decorations they could think of. When they got to Mike's house, they started decorating.
"Nice!" Mike said, nodding to Stacey in approval. "You like?" Stacey asked. "You bet! There's nothin' like a mangled corpse with automated arms to scare the crap outta people!" Stacey grinned happily. "Hey, Mike," Rick asked, walking over to him, "where do I put the bowl of apples and severed hands?" "Um,..." Mike thought, then pointed. "On the dining room table." "What a centerpiece." Lana commented. Kevin smiled. "Nothin' like bobbing for digits!" He laughed. Mike walked over to Lana, who was standing on a ladder. "How's the ceiling ornament coming, Lana?" he asked. "Almost done." Lana said. "There." She looked down at him. "You now have your very own hologram-projecting, red-and-orange disco ball!" Mike rubbed his hands together. "It's all mine!" He threw his head back and laughed: "Ah-ha-ha-ha!" Lana climbed down. "You worry me sometimes." Mike grinned devilishly. "I know." "Listen, can I invite Kristen to the party?" Lana asked. Mike smiled. "Sure." Lana smiled. "Thanks." Mike looked at all of them. "All right, guys, congrats! This place is really startin' to look scary!" "Too bad Julius is still in Kongoland with Romeo." Kevin said. "He'd add the final touch!"
Early that evening, Rick and Simon walked out of a shop on Castlevania. Rick was walking to Simon's right and was carrying a large paper bag in his hands. "Thanks for taking me shopping, Simon." Rick said. "These monster corpses will definitely add atmosphere to Mike's party." "Don't mention it." Simon said. "Where to next?" Rick shrugged. "I dunno. Where's a good place to get vampire clothing?" "Why, Fred's Freaky Flannels, of course!" Simon said. "This way!"
"Come on in, guys!" Mike said, inviting some of his buddies into the house. The guys came in, slapping Mike fives. "These are some of my new friends: Kevin, Lana, and Stacey." Mike said. Mike's buds nodded at them, and they nodded back. "Well, guys, the punch bowl is right over there. Help yourselves." Mike told them, pointing at the punch bowl on a nearby table. The trio nodded and walked over to it. "Well, Mike, I must say I'm impressed!" Kevin said. He looked around the room. "Dim lights, creepy music on the stereo, awesome decor - it's a blast, dude!" Mike smiled. "Thanks. Now if only Rick can hurry up and get here. A party just isn't a party without rotting, stinking corpses!" The four of them were definitely dressed for Halloween. Kevin was dressed as the Count from Castlevania. Mike was dressed as Trevor Belmont. Lana was dressed as a werewolf. Stacey was dressed as a mummy. Just then, the doorbell rang. "I'll get it." Lana said. She walked over to the screen door, unlocked it, and opened it. Another werewolf was standing there. "Is this where the party is?" "Yeah." Lana said. "Lana?" Lana nodded. "Yeah. Kristen?" Kristen nodded. "Yeah." She took off her werewolf's head. Lana took her werewolf's head off, too. Kristen smiled. "Hi." Lana smiled back at her. "Hi." "Ooh, nice!" Kristen said, rubbing Lana's werewolf costume. "Werewolves turn me on." she whispered with a throaty growl into Lana's right ear. Then Kristen howled: "Ooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwoooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" Lana was momentarily frightened. Of course, this being Halloween - and California - the other party guests thought nothing of it. Kristen came into the living room, where she said hi to Kevin, Mike, and Stacey. "Hey, matching costumes!" Mike noticed. "You two could be each other's date!" "Yeah, yeah, let's get our instruments set up." Lana said, changing the subject. Kristen put her left arm around Lana. "Dance with me later?" Lana nodded. "Fine. Now get your arm off me." Kristen did, and grinned, pleased. Lana, Kevin, Mike, and Stacey made their way to their instruments. Suddenly, the doorbell rang. "Trick or treat!" "Oh, excuse me, guys." Mike said, and went over to the screen door. He opened it and put a few wrapped goodies into each child's bag - from a cooler. "Thank you!" they said, and left. Mike rejoined Kevin, Lana, and Stacey by their instruments. He had a huge grin on his face. "What's so funny?" Kevin asked, then smiled as he remembered. "You did it again, didn't you?" Mike nodded. "Yep!" "What did you do?" Lana asked. Mike burst out laughing. "