Little Brother starts to cry, but there is no easy escape as we still have to get through another chamber with skeletons reaching out for us, clutching at our hair and our clothes.
Finally we burst out into the open air, where an old woman rocks calmly in a rocking chair, passing out candy and assuaging Little Brother's fear. The next night, when we discuss whether to take his other sister, Margot, who missed it because of her Japanese class, Little Brother says, "Yes, let's go again. But this time, let's go the Chicken Way."
[Originally published in October, 2009.]