PARSIPPANY — The staff at Parsippany Focus has chosen three winners in our “Halloween Story Contest” for young readers.
The first winner is a student at Knollwood Elementary School; Julia Bruggeman, 11 years old, in the fifth grade. Julia received a plaque from Parsippany Focus, lunch for Julia, her parents and her teacher and a $25.00 VISA gift card.
Frank Cahill, Publisher and Nicolas Limanov, Photographer, visited Knollwood Elementary School and congratulated Julia.
The Ghost Phone
by Julia Bruggeman
Natalie was in her house, ready for school. She closed the door and hurried out, but she heard a voice. “Come with me to the Lost Woods. Come with me to the Lost Woods.” Natalie stopped, turned around, and screamed her head off. There wasn’t anything there. So, she walked into what seemed to be the woods that her parents wouldn’t let her into. When she walked in, it wasn’t a normal forest. There was a blast of light and everything changed. Instead of light shining down through the trees, the trees were covered with gigantic cobwebs. It smelled like dust and mold. Natalie, who was filled with fright, looked around. She was lost, but she was in luck. A small payphone that looked like it was from a million years ago was right in front of her. She called her mom, but it sounded like someone else.
“Hi the voice said. “To request this caller, press one.”
Natalie thought this person must be very famous to have a great voicemail like that, so she pressed one. “AAAAAAAAAAAAAAH” Natalie screamed. “Don’t yell. It’s okay,” said a ghost figure that slowly began to appear. “Hi, fm Marcie!” Natalie was surprised about this.
“How do I get home?” she asked.
“Just come with me and you will see.”‘ So, Natalie followed Marcie into an immense stone castle that seemed bigger inside. “This,”‘ Marcie said “This is the Castle of Ghosts! Natalie thought this was crazy. Inside, was a golden throne, surrounded by terrifying ghosts. Soon, a ghost with a gold crown with rubies on it came out. “I am King Ghost,”‘ he said “If you want to go home, you have to defeat me in a battle. Marcie, you know what to do.”‘ Marcie went through Natalie’s ear and into her body to give her powers. ZAP! ZAP! ZAP! Natalie and King Ghost battled until Natalie had one blast left inside her. ZAP! She did it! Marcie· can now show Natalie the way out, but Marcie told her something important. “I’m your sister, Natalie. I died when you were little.”‘ Natalie’s jaw dropped, but she didn’t have time to think because Marcie already blasted her back home, where she belongs.