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The Headless Horseman of HubNuggets Hollow

Updated on October 26, 2015
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Elle Fredine (RedElf), photographer, published author - strong supporter of pet neutering/spaying, fierce advocate for no-kill shelters

The all-time favorite scary Halloween treats of my childhood were the magical Walt Disney Halloween specials that aired in the week before October 31st. We looked forward to a full hour of "frightful fun" on Sunday night, hosted by theMagic Mirror, featuring trick-or-treating with Donald Duck, his nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, and those cheeky chipmunks, Chip and Dale.

Better yet, we might be treated to "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" , or "A Night on Bald Mountain", both fright-filled offerings. Other Disney gems featured our childhood-favorite, Disney cartoon villains - the wicked Queen from Snow White, the evil stepmother who was so vile to Cinderella, and the eminently chilling Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow.

The Headless Horseman - photo from missbimbo.com
The Headless Horseman - photo from missbimbo.com
KoffeeKlatch Gals hurries to the Inn - Image by RedElf, photo from jayne.eyre.ramascreen.com
KoffeeKlatch Gals hurries to the Inn - Image by RedElf, photo from jayne.eyre.ramascreen.com
Scholar Sci-PI - Image by RedElf, photo from rembrandtportraits.net
Scholar Sci-PI - Image by RedElf, photo from rembrandtportraits.net
Little de Greek Horner enjoying Plum Crumble - Image by RedElf, photo from smart-central.com
Little de Greek Horner enjoying Plum Crumble - Image by RedElf, photo from smart-central.com

HubNuggets Hollow for Halloween

Bare, twisted tree limbs loomed against the deepening blue of the autumn sky, clattering and groaning as they chafed together in the rising wind. KoffeeKlatch Gals hurried towards the Inn where the rest of the HubNuggets team waited.

"Hopefully, one of them has found the HubNuggets Wannabes list," she thought, pulling her collar higher against the cold. remembering how an urgent message from HubNuggets Central had sent them racing to this sleepy hamlet - HubNuggets Hollow.

"Manager Maddie was contacted by a local school teacher, Mr. Crane, who claims he can help locate this week's HubNuggets Wannabes. He says a clue is hidden with some old documents containing the legend of a headless horseman who terrorizes HubNuggets Hollow every Halloween." Master Marketer Menayan sounded tense. "You must recover the list in time for everyone to read and vote before they go Trick-or-Treating."

By the time Gals reached the Hollow Inn, a gracious Bed 'n' Breakfast nestled among ancient trees, and just down the lane from Ye Olde Church Yard, Sci-PI Inglish, the team's expert on ancient legends was already hard at work, poring over piles of dusty documents.

"I've found something!" Sci-PI announced, excited.

"What's that?" mumbled De Greek, around a mouthful of Plum Crumble, one of the dessert specialties of the Inn. "Did you find the recipe for this delectable dainty?"

Sci-PI laughed. She carefully warmed an old parchment in front of the fire. Gals and De Greek stared as spidery brown writing bloomed on the ancient surface...

"It's a list of six HubNuggets Wannabes!"

Which one of this week's Gender and Relationships nominees is your favorite?

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The path through the scary woods, from flikr.com
The path through the scary woods, from flikr.com
Enelle and RedElf - Image by RedElf, photo from io9.com
Enelle and RedElf - Image by RedElf, photo from io9.com

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A Wrong Turn...

While Sci-PI, Gals and de Greek were reading and voting, Enelle Lamb and RedElf followed a winding path through the nearby woods.

Ever-deepening gloom shrouded the forest, but the HubNugget hunters pressed on towards the lonely cottage rumored to hold a clue - one they hoped would lead to the HubNugget Wannabes.

At last, the path widened into a clearing, and they stopped, amazed to see a tiny, perfect, Gingerbread house.

"We must have taken a wrong turn back at the crossroads," muttered Enelle, unrolling an ancient map.

"This gingerbread isn't fresh." RedElf glared at the morsel she'd broken from the cottage. "And these peppermint patties taste like Styrofoam!"

"Hey, you kids get away from there!" yelled a voice from behind the cottage. "This is a closed set!"

A burly security guard rounded the corner of the cottage, and moments later, the intrepid duo was deposited on a brightly lit street near the Inn.

"Well, that's just perfect," grumbled Enelle in disgust, as she watched the security guard march back into the forest. "We travel halfway around the world searching for HubNuggets and end up on the movie set of Hansel and Gretel."

Enelle folded the map to stuff it back into her pocket, but, as if with a mind of its own, the map fluttered to the ground, landing on some damp leaves. As she bent to retrieve the faded parchment, RedElf grabbed her arm. "Wait, Enelle! What's on the back of your map?"

The two watched as the moisture from the leaves soaked into the parchment, causing the hidden writing to reappear - another list of HubNuggets Wannabes...

Which one of this week's Holidays and Celebrations nominees is your favorite?

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Zsuzsy bravely faces the horseman - Image by RedElf, photo from sodahead.com
Zsuzsy bravely faces the horseman - Image by RedElf, photo from sodahead.com
The Headless Horseman thundered towards us - Image by RedElf, photo from 123nonstop.com
The Headless Horseman thundered towards us - Image by RedElf, photo from 123nonstop.com
Ripplemaker arrives with the HubNuggets list - Image by RedElf, photo from cardcow.com
Ripplemaker arrives with the HubNuggets list - Image by RedElf, photo from cardcow.com

The Horseman Cometh....

Enelle and RedElf had barely finished reading and voting when Zsuzsy Bee came dashing towards them.

"Run! Get away!" she called, flapping her arms as if shooing a flock of geese.

Thick, wind-driven mist gusted around her, washing towards the thoroughly alarmed pair. Dead leaves swirled about them in the suddenly darkened lane. The hoof-beats of a galloping horse echoed eerily in the gloom.

"Run!" Zsuzsy panted up almost out of breath.

"Where's Ripplemaker?" Enelle clutched Zsuzsy Bee's sleeve.

"She's right behind me..." Zsuzsy's voice trailed off in horror as she stared over her shoulder into the darkness.

Wind-blown leaves pelted the trio. They braced themselves against the rising gale, shouting for their missing friend. As the hoof-beats pounded closer, a terrifying, maniacal laugh reverberated along the lane.

Out of the swirling fog, a midnight-black apparition raced towards them across the old church graveyard.

"The Headless Horseman!"

Zsuzsy Bee, gathered the kitties to her. The three clung together, rooted in fear, as the mighty, black stallion clattered across the lane to rear above them, his hooves striking sparks from the cobbles. His headless rider raised a glowing jack o' lantern aloft in one black-gloved hand.

"Thanks for the lift, Simone."

Ripplemaker smiled serenely, and swung lightly down from her perch behind the fearsome apparition. "Here's your sword," she continued, exchanging the huge saber she carried for the glowing jack o' lantern.

The dark rider waved her saber over the empty space where her head should have been, and spurred her horse back towards the graveyard with a swirl of fog and leaves that vanished in her wake.

Ripplemaker stared after the rider. "Hmmm - maybe that was Maddie. It's so hard to tell with no head to go by...Oh, well."

Smiling again, she held out a scrap of parchment. "I found the last of the missing lists," she announced calmly. "We can share this with the others before we all go Trick-or-Treating."

With that, she headed for the welcoming lights of the Inn, jack o' lantern and list in hand, leaving the still-trembling trio to stagger bemusedly in her wake. Her happy voice floated back in the still, crisp autumn air. "I'm so glad I brought some extra things - I know exactly what costume I'll wear this year."

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Epilogue

Zsuzsy Bee, Enelle Lamb and RedElf recovered from their fright in time to enjoy the Hubnuggets Team Halloween Masquerade Ball, with Gals, Sci-PI, De Greek, and all the HubPages staff. Ripplemaker won first prize for Most Creative Costume...

The Headless Horseman, er HorseWoman, took Ripplemaker's advice, and joined a support group for the Involuntarily Beheaded. Their motto is "Headless and Dead - Enriching Souls", or "H.A.D.E.S." She and her horse are active members of a Singles Square Dance Club, and I'm happy to report they are getting out more, and enjoying life...er, afterlife, er, whatever...though we're still not sure if she is Simone or Maddie as neither has showed up for work yet...

Happy Haunting!

BOO!
BOO!

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      I'll keep a wary eye out for him, Daemon Door. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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      Deamon Door 5 years ago from Warrington, Warrington

      yer, well done, but one mistake, i know the headless horsemen, so watch out when ur in the hollow.

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      RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

      You are very welcome, Mythilik. We are always very happy to find new writers and help them along!

      Congratulations to all the nominees and winners

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      MythiliK 6 years ago from India --> Switzerland

      Dear RedElf, thank you so much for the mail and I am still saying "Oh my GOD, really??? really??? did I win????"

      The credit goes to the HubNuggets team, to my friends and fellow hubbers who voted my hub. Thanks to one and all.

      Special thanks to the HubNuggets team, who are doing a wonderful job (I really envy you gals and guys. How do you have so much enthusiasm, reading 100s of hubs, find good ones and meanwhile, keep writing your own hubs... A long way to go and find the secret).

      Congrats to all winners.

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      RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

      Congratulations to all the winners!

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      RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

      Thanks so much, MG! It's always fun coming up with a new story line. So glad you enjoyed the hub.

      Thanks so much, Denise! ...and thanks to you both for stopping by to read and vote.

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Cool hub. REally enjoyable and entertaining. :)

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      Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

      LOL, I always get a thrill looking at how the HP Team is portrayed within these hubs. RedElf you've done an excellent job as always. Thumbs up! :)

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      RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

      Greetings, travel_man! Thanks for reading and voting!

      As long as you don't end up flying around in circles, Zsuzsy! :D

      ModernMom, Thanks so much - keep on soaking (soaking up the advice, I mean) and you'll do very well. You're already off to a good start :D:D:D

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      ModernMom 6 years ago from United States

      Red Elf,

      You are such a talented writer! I am flattered to have been nominated but quite honestly, I am just really enjoying soaking up all of the great advice from the wonderful writers in the Hubpages community. I am totally new to this but I have been made to feel so welcome.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Red Elf, as always great hub... I'm not sure what they are... but I seem to have some appendages stuck to my back... I find them quite up-lifting. Mind you, I keep looking over my shoulders to find out whoo's behind me.

      Congrats to all the hubnuggeteers, remember to promote your hubs.

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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Plum Crumble...hmmn..can you share it with me, too, De Greek? Great hub, Red Elf. I must vote first and leave comments to the batch of nominees.

      Congratulations! :D

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      RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

      She makes a lovely angel, don't you think? Thanks for reading and voting, bayoulady

      Thanks so much, MPG. It was fun to write. We make a pretty great team, I think ;)

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      Marie Giunta 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Well written RedElf and so much fun to read. Great hubnuggets too, wonderful job everyone.

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      bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

      thought you made Zsusyb look adorable!Read and voted...all done!

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      RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

      Thanks, Gals! I love these round-up hubs - they are always great fun to write. Thanks for the support!

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I agree with Patty, the cloak was very flattering. RedElf, I loved it from beginning to end. Wonderful job, it was very entertaining.

      Read, voted, voted up and awesome.

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      RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

      Patty, they had such a lovely selection, too. Glad you stopped by.

      Thanks so much, kids-toy-box. I love PhotoShop ;)

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      kids-toy-box 6 years ago

      Awesome Graphics..another finely crafted HubNugget Tale. I've just voted look forward to next weeks tale.

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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from North America

      I much admire KoffeeKlatch Gals' cloak this week - very flattering!. I must go shopping at Sleepy Hollow Cloak Haven soon.

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      RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

      Yes, that Plum Crumble was heavenly, wasn't it, Enelle? :)

      Ripplemaker, thanks so much. I really enjoy writing these hubs. It's fun to try and tell the story the best I possibly can, to frame the nominees in an interesting, exciting way.

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      Michelle Simtoco 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      REdElf, Yay, I won the best in costume! Hahahahahaha It was indeed a scary time for the Hubnuggets Team. LOL I always loved how you are able to make our favorite stories come to life and make us a part of it. I am always amazed! And the Involuntary Beheaded? That was so cool!

      It's time to visit the nominees...will be right back!

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      Enelle Lamb 6 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      That gingerbread was awful! Good thing that Inn was close by ;)

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      RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

      Thanks so much, Cags! Thanks for stopping by to support our newest nominees!

      Enelle - I am so sorry - I meant to say, "Thanks Hans-elle..." Silly me - I'm running around like a chicken with my head cut off...No! Wait! I didn't mean that! Not headless...!

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      Cagsil 6 years ago from USA or America

      Great hub RedElf. Congratulations to all HubNugget wannabes. :) Thank you RedElf. Voted up and shared. :)

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      RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

      Thanks, Gret-elle, er Enelle. It was monstrously good fun :D

      Good for you, MythiliK. Congratulations on your nomination - now go promote your hub.

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      MythiliK 6 years ago from India --> Switzerland

      The moment I got the notification that my hub is selected for HubNugget, first thing I said was "Oh my GOD, am I dreaming?"

      Thank you so much dear all :-)

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      Enelle Lamb 6 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      AWESOME hub!!! Loved the pictures :D

      Read and voted and voted:D

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      RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

      Thank you, kind sir De Greek - a pleasure, as always :D

      Thanks Sci-Pi. I'm sure the recipe is in that stack of parchments - somewhere...

      Thanks so much, Alternative Prime. Round-up hubs are great fun to write. We found a good crop again this week!

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      Alternative Prime 6 years ago from > California

      Excellent Nominees this week...As usual

      Also, Awesome job on the Hub to present the Nominees...

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      Sci-Pi 6 years ago

      Read and voted, rated up and shared! Now to find that recipe for marvelous Plum Crumble before the party weekend takes hold...

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      De Greek 6 years ago from UK

      Yes, give me Plum Crumble and take my soul. :-)))

      Well done Kid :-))