Halloween Ghost Story Contest -- 2002
Middle School Winners

Second Place

Our second place winner in the Middle School category is sixth grader Kari Ackerson, who attends the Cockeysville Middle School in Cockeysville, Maryland.

Mysterious Shadow

Kari Ackerson

I jumped out of bed and looked around. There had been a loud crash in the basement, so I was going to see what had happened. I flew down the stairs, and when I got to the bottom I paused. No one was there.

As I walked around for a few minutes, I noticed that my dog's cage had been flipped on its side. That could explain why she was barking as if she'd seen a ghost.

"Lisa!" I yelled. My sister always hated our dog Skippy, and she loves to scare me. Furiously I ran up the stairs and stomped into Lisa's room. I walked into her room and almost screamed at what I saw.

There was a figure darker than the night sky staring at me. I slowly turned around and walked out the door. Then I darted toward my room. As I ran up the flight of stairs, I thought to myself, "Don't look back... don't look back." Even though I didn't want to, I looked back.

It was chasing me! "Get away from me!" I screamed as I ran down the hallway to my room. The object brushed against my shoulder, and my heart was pounding so hard that it echoed through the hallway.

At last, I ran into my room and slammed the door. "So you're the one that flipped over my dog's cage," I yelled. The strange, shadowy figure only grunted.

"Ahhgg! Gerrrrrr," it hissed. I started to cry. When I was in my room, my sister wasn't there.

"What did you do with my sister!" I sobbed.

"I didn't do anything with myself," I heard from behind me. It was Lisa! "Something kept banging on my window."

"It's really quiet. Let's go out into the hall and see if the ghost is still there," I explained. Lisa and I slowly opened the door, but the shadow ghost was gone.

"Oh well, I guess it's gone. Let's get breakfast, Jenny," replied Lisa.

Little did Lisa and Jenny know that the shadow ghost was still lurking around.

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