Candy House

by Katie Gibson



                       Cast of Characters

JOSH : A delinquent, 12 year old boy. Tech-savvy and

                                resourceful.

KIM : A cautious 11 year old girl. Uses big words she

                                doesn’t entirely understand
                                or know how to pronounce.
                                She tries her best to
                                keep her little brother
                                TOMMY out of trouble.

TOMMY : An impish 8 year old, with a knack for leading

others into trouble. HELGA : An old woman.

                              Place
                        Boston, New York
                              Time
                         Halloween, 2017

1

Scene 1

                             SETTING:
Halloween night, 9 p.m., in an alleyway behind a large house.
                             AT RISE:
Creepy nursery rhyme music plays as the children run in. TOMMY
is running ahead of the group. KIM is trailing behind,
irritated. JOSH is strolling between the two siblings. All the
kids are dressed in tacky, homemade costumes and are holding
trick-or-treating pillow-bags.
                      TOMMY(out of breath)
Here! Here! This is the one!
          (TOMMY tries to catch his breath while
          adjusting his costume.)
                              JOSH
Whoa buddy, slow your roll. We’re not all peppy eight year olds.
                     TOMMY(points at house)
This one! This one! Joey’s house! Screw Joey.
          (TOMMY crosses his arms and sulks around.)
Stupid Joey and his stupid legos.
          (KIM and JOSH share a exasperated smile and
          Kim rolls her eyes.)
                               KIM
Let me just talk to Joey’s mom and I’ll see if I can get your
legos back.
          (TOMMY marches over and gets in KIM’s face.)

2

                              TOMMY
They’re not just legos, sis! This is the limited edition Eye of
Sauron lego set we’re talking about. Better than any of the
stupid legos Joey owns. Screw Joey.
          (KIM walks over to the door and knocks.
          There’s no response. She knocks again.)
No one’s gonna be home. Katlin said that Mary said, Joey and his
family are at the McLafferty’s party.
                               KIM
Why did you drag us all the way out here if you knew they
wouldn’t be home?
                        TOMMY(deviously)
Well...I was thinking, there are other ways.
                               KIM
We are not breaking into Joey’s house.
                              JOSH
I mean, he did steal Tommy’s limited edition Eye of Sauron lego

set.

                              TOMMY
Yeah and if I don’t have it for my playdate with ChiChi tomorrow
she’s gonna think I’m a big fat liar.
                       JOSH(elbowing KIM)
Your mom did say you’d be grounded if you brought Tommy back
crying again. Come on. It won’t be that hard. I’ll pick the
lock, we’ll be in and out in a second.
                               KIM
Geez, I didn’t know you were training to be a juv-ennn-nile

delinquent.

3

Baby steps.

Crap.

You got it, Josh!

JOSH(winks)

(JOSH strolls to the door and pulls a multi-
purpose tool out of his trick-or treating bag
and starts fiddling with the lock.)

JOSH

                 (KIM sighs)
                    TOMMY

JOSH

Not so much.
          (JOSH gives up on the lock.)
Doesn’t look like I can pick it without breaking it. Anyone got
any other ideas?
                              TOMMY
We could call the police pretending to be Joey’s cousins and say
we’re locked out!
                               KIM
Any of you know how to act?
                              TOMMY
Well, remember when I played a rock in the school play!
Yeah, that was...

KIM

4

Solid?

So anyway, next plan?
     JOSH
      KIM
JOSH(pointing)
I could stand on that trashcan and hoist up Tommy to the window?
          (JOSH climbs on top of the flipped over
          trashcan and beckons to TOMMY. TOMMY
          climbs up onto JOSH’s shoulders. They wobble
          around until TOMMY tumbles face first onto
          the ground. He smashes the window as he
          falls.)
                         TOMMY(whining)
I think I broke my dick!
                          KIM(appalled)
Tommy! Language! How do you even know that word?

JOSH

So that didn’t work.
                               KIM
Are you idiots still committed to this B&E or are you ready to

go home?

                              TOMMY
But my dick-I think something is seriously wrong.
This is your problem JOSH.
He’s your brother!

KIM

JOSH

5

                        KIM(waving hands)
But you’re the one with the-the...you know?
          (TOMMY looks down his costume and
          gasps.)
I’m gonna die guys.
You’re gonna be fine-

TOMMY

JOSH

          (TOMMY stretches out the pumpkin suit so JOSH
          can see.)
Oh crap, maybe we need to get you to the hospital.
                               KIM
Can we just get out of here. I’m starting to reconsider my
choice in social circles.
                              JOSH
There must be another way to get back at Joey.
                    TOMMY(clutching privates)

Screw Joey.

                              JOSH
We could spray paint the door or something?
                               KIM
Yeah I’m real eager to add vandalism to my list of crimes.
                              JOSH
Tommy, don’t you still have the whipped cream from the weird
house who gives out whipped cream?
                              TOMMY
Sure, sure, yup. I’ve got that.

6

          (TOMMY fishes the whipped cream out of his
          bag.)
                               KIM
I will never think that lady is normal. Who gives out whipped

cream?

                              JOSH
Try spraying it on the house.
          (TOMMY wobbles over to the house, one hand
          still between his legs. He sprays the house.)
See, a natural.
Great another Josh.
Oh come on, it’s fun!

JOSH(cont.)

KIM

JOSH

         (JOSH plucks the can from TOMMY, fills his
         mouth with whipped cream and then sprays the
         walls of the house.)
Do something fun for once in your life!
          (JOSH holds out the can. Kim hesitates, then
          takes it. She steps onto the trashcan and
          sprays whipped cream around the door. After a
          few seconds she gets into it, spraying the
          boys and hopping around.)
See I can be fun!
KIM(laughing)

7

         (Sirens are heard coming down the street.)
                              TOMMY
Screw Joey.
         (End Scene)

8

SCENE 2

                             SETTING:
Halloween night, 10 p.m., at the end of a dark cul de sac. There
is looming doorstep at one end of the stage.
                             AT RISE:
There is a pill a day container on the doorstep, next to a bag
of candy. The kids run on stage as the lights come up.
                               KIM
Running from the cops is an actual crime! What are we doing?
We’re going to end up in jail!
                         TOMMY(prodding)
Mom says your real dad is in jail, so it must be a pretty cool
vacation spot.
                     KIM(shaking from cold)
You have no idea what you’re talking about, Tommy.
                              JOSH
Yeah, yeah, family issues and all that, but more importantly
where the heck are we? I’ve never been near this part of the
neighborhood. I wish we’d left a trail or something.
With what? Candy?

Candy!

KIM

(TOMMY notices the bowl of candy. He shuffles over. He
picks up the pill a day container and inspects it.)

TOMMY

9

                          KIM(to JOSH)
At least the cops didn’t follow us. I swear Tommy wants to get
us in trouble. This is way worse than the time he stole the
neighbor’s cat.
                     JOSH(teeth chattering)
This place feels weird. I skate all over this neighborhood, how
come I’ve never seen this street?
                         KIM(irritated)
It’s not like you’re real-
          (KIM has difficulty pronouncing observant. Meanwhile
          Tommy takes a handful of pills from the pill-a-day
          container.)
ob-serve-ant.
Guys! Taste this candy!

TOMMY

          (TOMMY shoves pills into KIM and JOSH’s mouths before
          they have time to think. He eats one as well.)

KIM

Ugh, Tommy!

                              JOSH
This doesn’t taste like candy.

TOMMY

It’s like swallowing M&Ms!
          (The lights become colorful and fairytale-esque music
          plays quietly. The kids look around in wonder. The
          world has become a magical place.)

10

Whoaaa!

All Children

                         JOSH(pointing)
That tree is smiling at me!

KIM

Do you hear that music?
                              TOMMY
This must be a fairy’s house!

KIM

That’s per-posss-tur-es.
                              TOMMY
I bet she led us here to show us talking mice! Look there’s one!
         (TOMMY scampers to the other side of the stage and
         kneels. He waves at nothing.)
                               KIM
Okay this place is weird, we should try to find a way home.
                              TOMMY
That’s no fun! Mom says if you’re always a grump Josh is the
only friend you’re ever gonna have.
                              JOSH
Tommy! The mice don’t like it when you’re mean.
Don’t encourage his lies.

KIM

11

                              JOSH
The mice don’t like it when you're mean either, Kim.
                               KIM
There are no talking mice and there’s no fairy!
          (KIM covers her ears.)
I wish that stupid music would stop.
                         TOMMY(standing)
I think we’re in candy land.
          (JOSH uses his hands to lift up one leg at a
          time like he’s pulling himself out of the mud.)
                              JOSH
Yeah. That would explain why the road is made of pudding.

KIM(to JOSH)

Don’t be so stupid.
                              JOSH
You ARE a grump. Usually I’d say fairies are a load of crap but
maybe this one can help us find our way back.
                               KIM
I just want to get us home in one piece. I don’t feel safe here.
          (In a clash of thunder HELGA enters onto the doorstep.
          She looms over the children.)

12

                              HELGA
What are you children doing out so late?
                              TOMMY
It’s not a fairy! It’s a witch!
                              HELGA
I don’t mean to frighten you. Come in for a while. I’ll get you
children some warm soup and hot chocolate.
                              JOSH
We’re not going anywhere with you witch!

TOMMY

Hot chocolate!
                        HELGA(beckoning)
Yes, yes little boy. I’ll give you some sweets and we’ll call
your parents. There are delinquents out at night. It’s not safe
for little children.
          (HELGA exits. TOMMY skips after her. JOSH and KIM
          are frozen in place.)
                        JOSH(struggling)
I can’t move! I’m stuck in the pudding!

Tommy, no!

Tommy! Tommy!
KIM(struggling)

JOSH

13

          (JOSH keeps shouting as KIM starts crying.)
                               KIM
He’s so stupid! Why can’t I move? Why couldn’t I stop him?
                         JOSH(bitterly)
Maybe if you weren’t so mean all the time people would stick

around.

                               KIM
I just wanted to stop him from acting so dumb. I was trying to
protect him. Maybe if you hadn’t encouraged him-
                              JOSH
Someone should encourage him, he’s eight.
                               KIM
I was trying help him be good.
                              JOSH
Well, what about that whole thing with catching more flies with
honey? And something about vinegar.
                               KIM
I want a way out, not a recipe.
                              JOSH
Maybe if you ask the the mice to help.

KIM

That’s dumb.
          (JOSH scowls. Kim sighs.)

14

                           KIM(cont.)
Fine. Here mice, here micey-mice-mice!
           (She look around for the talking mice.)
Please help us get out...and I’ll give you...cheese and candy
and stuff.
          (KIM and JOSH struggle against their imaginary bonds.
          As the struggle it becomes easier to move.)
It’s working!

We’re free!

JOSH(jumping)

KIM

Now let’s save Tommy!
          (JOSH and KIM race off stage.)

(End Scene.)

15

 Scene 3
SETTING:

16

11 p.m., HELGA’s kitchen.
                            AT RISE:
TOMMY is sitting on the ground playing with a toy. Occasionally
he sips hot chocolate. He is humming to himself. HELGA enters
shaking the pill-a-day container.
                              HELGA
Little child, did you take my medicine?

Nope.

Why do you lie?

I’m not.

Boy?

Well...it wasn’t just me.
Lying is a dirty habit.
It’s fun and fun is good!

TOMMY

HELGA

TOMMY

HELGA

TOMMY

HELGA

TOMMY

          (HELGA picks up the toy.)
                              HELGA
No toys for liers. Now would you like some cake?
          (JOSH and KIM rush in.)
                               KIM
We’re gonna get you out of here Tommy!
                              HELGA
No one is leaving. It is dangerous for children on the streets

at night.

You can’t make us stay!

JOSH

HELGA

I have cake.
          (JOSH’s feels his stomach.)
                              JOSH
Well maybe a little. My mom can’t feed me all the time.

KIM

Josh!

                              HELGA
Don’t you want to be fun little girl?

17

                               KIM
Well yeah, but getting kidnapped isn’t purr-size-ly what I’d

call fun.

                              HELGA
Kidnapped! We’re just sitting down for some tea and cake. I
promise you, my cake is so delicious, if you leave now you will
regret this experience.
                              TOMMY
Please, sis? It’s all I want! You’ll be my hero.
                               KIM
I-I...I guess just a little cake won’t hurt.

TOMMY

HELGA

Yay!

Good boy.

Ah! I have an idea! Good little children deserve a special
treat. I will return, children. Don’t eat your cake without me.
          (JOSH and KIM sit down next to TOMMY. HELGA stalks off
          stage.)
                              TOMMY
She’s the nicest witch I’ve ever met. And earlier she gave me
some gingerbread men that were talking to me! They told me to
leave...but I ate them.
(HELGA shuffles around and lays out four pieces
of cake.)

18

          (TOMMY laughs.)
                               KIM
Just one slice of cake and we’re out of here. Josh, do you have
any ideas?
The walls are moving.
JOSH(in wonder)
                               KIM
Great. Well, what do people usually do in these situations? I
guess people don’t usually get in these situations.
                              TOMMY
In stories they cook the witch.
                               KIM
That seems a little inhumane.
                              JOSH
She sure is taking awhile to get that cake. I bet it’s magic.
Like a cake that turns into a princess or something.
                         TOMMY(giggling)
Maybe it’s poison.
Why would you say that.
KIM(frightened)
                              TOMMY
We ate her special candy. She told me she knows we did it and
she was NOT happy.

19

                              JOSH
Maybe we can poison her piece of cake with magic?
          (JOSH stands up and looks around. He picks up a
          salt shaker.)
This fairy dust might work!
                               KIM
What if it doesn’t work.
                   JOSH(pouring salt on cake)
Then I’ll distract her and you get Tommy out.
                               KIM
But you have to get out too, Josh.
                              JOSH
Then you’ll just have to believe in the fairy dust.
          (HELGA renters carrying a box. She puts it on the
          Ground. She picks up her slice of cake and takes
          a bite.)
                         HELGA(chewing)
Good children. You may eat now-
          (HELGA starts to choke and falls down. The children
          scream.)
                               KIM
Oh my god! She’s actually dying!

20

Crap!

JOSH

                               KIM
I can’t believe we did this.
                              JOSH
We need to get out of here!
                         KIM(jumping up)

Oh my god!

                              TOMMY
Ahhh! I never should have lied to her! Lying is bad! Bad! She
can’t die! Dying is bad! I shouldn’t have brought us here!
                               KIM
We need to turn ourselves into the cops! Oh my god.
          (KIM squeezes TOMMY in a hug.)
I’m never calling you stupid again. If we get out of this I’m
going to be the best sister ever!
          (The children run out. HELGA sits up.)
                              HELGA
Scares kids straight every time.


KATIE GIBSON is in her second year at the University at Albany. She is pursuing a bachelor's degree with a major in English and a double minor in psychology and education. She's never submitted her writing anywhere before so this is super exciting!