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First one step...then another. Slowly...cautiously...Sal crept down the steps into ____________ dark basement. He blinked his ____________ as the bright orange jack-o-lantern lights flickered on and off.
"Happy Halloween" ____________ friends yelled.
"Welcome to our ____________ party," ____________ his best friend Jill, who was dressed ____________ ____________ a(n) Ape.
Jill's family thought it would be fun to celebrate Halloween with ____________ party. And all the friends and neighbors ____________ there.
After Sal's eyes adjusted to the festive ____________ he looked around at the Halloween decorations.
Little ____________ ghosts swayed eerily from the ceiling.
Glittery silver moons sparkled in the darkness.
And a fat black cat ____________ contentedly in the corner.
"Come join ____________ fun!" said Jill ____________ a(n) Clown kind-of-voice.
____________ adjusted his Clown costume ____________ walked over to a large kettle on ____________ floor.
"Close your eyes," Jill said. "And put your hands in the witch's cauldron."
Sal lowered his hands into ____________ pot. Cold, wet, noodles slid through his fingers.
____________ one friend joked. "For ____________ witch's feast!"
Sal giggled. He recognized the feel of ____________ moist spaghetti right away.
Soon it was Halloween snack time, ____________ Jill's mother invited the children to eat powder doughnuts, ____________ were suspended, from the ceiling with long ____________ The party-goers reached for the tasty treats with ____________ mouths. The doughnuts swayed, and the children wound ____________ with powder all over their faces!
"This is ____________ to do" announced ____________ little pirate.
____________ it's fun," Sal added, his lips ____________ with powder.
____________ the children sponge-printed Halloween placemats. Sal carefully dipped a ____________ sponge -- shaped like a pumpkin -- into a pan of orange paint. He ____________ pressed the sponge onto his black construction paper. Sponges shaped like cats and witches' hats and skeletons ____________ wonderful Halloween decorations on the placemats.
____________ their ____________ dried, one of the grown-ups told ____________ children a spooky tale. At one time, the story might have frightened Sal. But ____________ ____________ ghouls and goblins are make-believe Halloween stories, and Sal wasn't afraid at all!
By the party's end, ____________ placemats were dry enough to use. Sal looked admiringly at his own sponge-printed ____________ as he sipped hot apple cider and nibbled on the best chocolate brownies.
Jill's mother clicked snapshots of the costumed children. ____________ stars and gypsies and cowboys and clowns smiled brightly for the camera.
Sal started to yawn, and he was secretly pleased that the party was ____________.
"Goodbye!" the friends shouted to Sal, who was standing in the doorway. He could see neighbors turning off their porch lights, signaling the end of trick-or-treat. A cat, ____________ off in the distance, let ____________ a big meow.
"Happy Halloween!" ____________ said, with all the energy he had left. And the sleepy boy walked ____________ home, to his house across the street.
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