Costume Competition

Photo by: Sandra Crook

Penny and Jacob dreamed of being FX specialists in Hollywood. Every Halloween they enjoyed friendly competition for the year’s best costume.

They met at the abandoned house to share their latest work.

Penny’s zombie looked great, but his tree was better.

“You like?” said the tree.

“You bet! Can your branches move?”

The tree’s branches enclosed her, lifted her up, and set her down again.

“Awesome!” Penny checked her watch. “Hey. I gotta go.”

As she walked down the street, Jacob called her cell.

“What up?”

“Hey Penny,” groaned Jacob. “Problems with my tree costume. Sorry I couldn’t meet you.”
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About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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32 Responses to Costume Competition

  1. bbryanthomas says:

    A real Halloween surprise for Penny

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  2. Varad says:

    Reminded me of ‘that’ tree from Evil Dead.

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  3. James says:


    True story. When we lived in Southern California many years ago, one of our neighbors worked in special effects in Hollywood. Every year he changed his home into the best haunted house ever.

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  4. Iain Kelly says:

    Wait, what? What the hell was the tree then? Funny and very sinister.

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  5. michael1148humphris says:

    Smiled then wondered what she was on.

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  6. Eeeek! Stayin’ out of that park now.

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  7. Vivian Zems says:

    Spooky! Who on earth was the mystery tree?

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  8. rgayer55 says:

    Sounds like a friendly tree to me. Nothing sappy about this story.

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  9. Dear Eric,

    Apparently the tree was friendly and has decided to branch out. Good one.



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  10. granonine says:

    Love the twist–took me completely by surprise 🙂

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  11. Saw the end coming when the cell rang – but it didn’t matter one bit! Excellent.

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  12. Joy Pixley says:

    Penny’s sure lucky that the non-Jacob tree is of the friendly variety. What gets picked up by a sentient tree is not necessary put back down again!

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  13. Dahlia says:

    Oh wow this was so cool!

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  14. subroto says:

    Ha! Ha! Now that was unexpected. I would avoid a tree costume if going to a dog show.

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