Creative works by author Dan Foley.

Can You Eat It Before It Eats You?

Deena Warner, wonderful artist and friend creates a new Halloween card each year. She does the illustration and invites an author to create a story to go with it. This year I was honored to write that story. Here it is for your enjoyment.


“Oh, man, neat! Dad, look at this!” twelve year-old Billy practically squealed as he looked over the assortment on items in the produce bins at the Halloween Fair.

“Oh. Gross!” fourteen year-old Suzie muttered, practically gagging at the selections.

“Dad, can we get some? Can we?” Billy begged before his father even had a chance to see what had grabbed his son’s attention.

“No way! Mom would have a fit,” Suzie shot back at him.

“Okay, what is it?” their father asked as he made his way over to the bins. Looking inside he was both fascinated and repelled. They were filled with realistic looking body parts. Fingers with the bone sticking out of one end sat next to a pile of eyeballs.

Then there were a bunch of hearts and, last but not least, a bin full of brains. Dad had to agree with Suzie, Mom would pitch a fit if he brought any of those home.

“I don’t think so guys. Let’s find something a little more . . . traditional. How about a few pumpkins. We can carve them and put them on the porch.”

“Aw Dad, come on, pumpkins are boring. Everybody has pumpkins. If we got these, we could really scare the trick-or-treaters.”

Dad thought for a second, then said, “No. Definitely, no.”

“How about some nice corn then?” a voice from behind them asked. When they turned to look, a scarecrow was holding an ear out for them.

“Corn’s good,” Dad said, reaching for it.

“Careful,” the scarecrow warned as the husk pealed back and large, sharp teeth snapped at him.

“Nope, no corn. Let’s go kids,” Dad said pulling his hand back.

Billy was devastated, but as they left he heard the scarecrow whisper, “Don’t worry Billy, we know where you live, and we deliver. But, I have to wonder, can you eat it, before it eats you?”