Teresa Babblebrook has prepared a special surprise for her youngest children. Since they love to celebrate Halloween, she has made a Halloween pudding and bought some candy. She has also made a Halloween mobile by hanging a pumpkin paper garland and a paper ghost from a string above the dining table.
All is ready and she is waiting for Tim and Tegan to come back from school.
Here they come. "Mom, what's this??" The siblings ask with astounded looks on their faces.
"Surprise!! I thought we could have a little Halloween party this afternoon, since tomorrow you are going to go trick-or-treating!"
"MOM!" exclaims Tim, "You are AWSOME!"
As Tim and Tegan sit down at the table, their mother turns on the light in the living room and wakes up Toby who has been taking a nap in the bedroom.
"Mrs. Periwinkle and Jemima will be joining us, too. I hope that's alright with you, children."
"That's fine with me," replies Tim. "Jemima is coooool!"
Mrs. Babblebrook puts Toby into the baby chair. Tegan leans toward him and places her party hat on his head. "There you go, Toby. Why don't you wear the pumpkin hat?" "Thanks, Tegan!" Toby says excitedly and stares at the wonderful Halloween pudding his mother has made.
Soon, there is a knock on the door and Teresa Babblebrook gets up to welcome Julie and Jemima. Julie is wearing an orange pumpkin mask and little Jemima is pretending to be a ghost.
"Hello Jemima!" says Tegan. "How are you?" "I am not Jemima," responds Jemima matter-of-factly. "I am a ghost. I have eaten Jemima. Mmm... She tasted very good, you know!!"
"Oh, okay. Well would you like to sit down with us, ghost, and have some pudding and sweets?" "Yes please!" answers the ghost.
All are seated and enjoying the party. Julie and Teresa are drinking coffee. Tim is already sucking on his second lollipop.
"What a great way to spend the afternoon", everyone is thinking. Toby is looking at Jemima eat and wondering how such a little person can eat so much sweets and pudding.
Soon everybody's sweet-tooth is satiated and all has been eaten but one piece of blue candy. Tim has invited Jemima to sit on his lap. He has given her his party hat. "Mother, look!" Tegan giggles, "Now she is a ghost wearing a ghost hat."