Rainbow Brite Saves Halloween
a fan fiction written by Katy Cartee Haile
Brian awoke early on Halloween morning. He wanted to finish his paper route as quickly as possible so that he could put the finishing touches on his Halloween costume. He was dressing as his favorite, and sometimes not-so-favorite, villain, Murky Dismal. He knew that none of his friends would recognize this gloomy character, but he didn’t care. He laughed to himself every time he pictured the real Murky Dismal seeing someone else dressed in his clothes!
But as dawn began to brighten the streets and houses on his route, he noticed something odd. The black and gray of Halloween decorations peppering the neighborhood looked as scary as ever. There were big black spiders guarding massive webs. There were spooky gravestones surrounded by skeletons. Translucent ghosts hung from trees. But something was missing. What was it? It took him only a moment to realize that it wasn’t an object that was missing, but a color! There was no orange!
The Jack-O’-Lanterns, Halloween flags, mums, fall garlands and wreaths…even the leaves on the trees themselves had lost all of their orange! Instead, they looked gray and withered. It was a dim sight indeed. Brian had a good idea who was behind this color thievery, and knew exactly what he had to do. He finished his paper route in record time, rode home, grabbed a shiny rainbow key from a secret compartment in his room, and placed the key in his closet’s lock. He opened the door to make sure his connection to Rainbow Land was still working, and when he saw the bright rainbow rising before him, he whistled as loud as he could and called out “Puppy Brite!”
As he waited for the dog to arrive, he scribbled a note to Rainbow Brite, telling her what had happened in his town. As soon as the pup appeared, he gave him a scratch on the head and said “Take this note to Rainbow Brite right away. It’s urgent!” Puppy Brite gave a bark of understanding, and bounded off again.
Brian’s nearly-complete Murky Dismal costume lay on a chair nearby. He thought it might come in handy, so he hurriedly glued lightning bolts in their proper places, attached the cape, painted his face green and stuck on a fake mustache.
Elsewhere in the town where Brian lived, the real Murky Dismal and his assistant, Lurky, were hiding behind some tall bushes. “I’m a genius!” shouted Murky, once his plan was complete. “These silly Earthlings put so much importance on color in their ridiculous holidays. Let’s see how they enjoy a gray Halloween! Hehe!”
Back in Brian’s room, he was just about finished putting on his costume when he heard the sound of hooves coming from his closet. He opened the door just in time to see Rainbow Brite, Red Butler, Lala Orange and Canary Yellow hop off of Starlite’s back.
“Murky!” cried Canary Yellow as she caught a glimpse of Brian.
“Oh it’s just me!” said Brian. “It’s my Halloween costume!” he explained with a grin.
“Well thank goodness for that!” sighed Rainbow Brite.
“This room looks a bit small for me,” said Starlite. “I’ll go back to Rainbow Land and make sure that everything is in order. Call me if you need me!” And with that, all four kids jumped down into the room and Starlite galloped away.
“I got your letter Brian. It’s a good thing that you told us right away!” said Rainbow. “Halloween just wouldn’t be the same without orange pumpkins and fall leaves! Lala is running low on orange Star Sprinkles, so Red Butler and Canary Yellow volunteered to come along and help us out. But how are we going to restore the orange without being seen?” she asked.
“I don’t think you need to worry about that,” said Brian. “Everyone dresses in costume on Halloween, so you’ll fit right in! But what can I do to help?”
“I’m sure that Murky Dismal is behind this,” said Rainbow. “Come with me and we’ll track him down while the Color Kids restore the color.”
All of the kids snuck out of the house, and then went their separate ways. “Good luck!” Rainbow called to the Color Kids.
“Thanks Rainbow!” said Red Butler. “We won’t let you down!”
Rainbow and Brian walked towards the town center. That would be the easiest place for Murky to pull off a stunt like this. It didn’t take long to spot a grimy contraption that could only belong to Murky Dismal, pulsing out a dingy beam in every direction. The beam hit the kids and Brian exclaimed “Rainbow! Your Color Belt!” Sure enough, the orange in her belt had faded to gray.
“Don’t worry about that now,” said Rainbow. “We need to figure out how to turn off that machine!”
“I’ve got a plan,” said Brian. “You draw out the real Murky Dismal, and I’ll find Lurky. He’s not too bright. I’m sure I can convince him that I’m Murky and get him to turn off the machine.”
“Brilliant!” smiled Rainbow, and she confidently strode into the town square. “Murky Dismal!” she called. “Come out here this instant!”
“Oh no, it’s that Rainbow Brat!” Murky whispered to Lurky. “I’ve got to make sure she doesn’t find the machine! You stay here and stand guard. I’ll be right back.”
“Ok boss,” replied Lurky.
“Well well well, if it isn’t Rainbow Brite herself,” Murky cooed as he stepped out from behind a tree. “As you can see, you’re too late! All of the orange is gone, and Halloween is ruined!” he laughed.
“Oh really?” she snidely replied. “I think you missed a few spots.”
“What? Where?” he said in a panick.
“Come with me and I’ll show you,” she said.
They rounded a corner, and as soon as Murky was out of sight, Brian dashed over to the grove of trees Murky had come out of. He knew Lurky couldn’t be far. It only took a few seconds to see the top of Lurky’s large head sticking out of the bushes. He walked over and changed his voice to sound as much like Murky as he could. “That Rainbow Brat was lying. All of the orange is gone! We have succeeded! Let’s grab the machine and go home.”
“Are you sure Murky?” Lurky asked. “You sound a little funny.”
“Yes I’m sure banana brain! Get moving!” said Brian, trying his hardest to mimic the enemy of Rainbow Land.
“Oh ok. That sounds like you,” said Lurky, and he walked over to the machine and turned it off. He brought it over to Brian, and set it down. Brian immediately started pulling it apart, snapping wires and breaking buttons as fast as he could.
“What are you doing Murky?” asked Lurky innocently.
“Uhh, well we’re done with machine. There’s no point in using it again,” replied Brian. “Give me a hand, you nincompoop!” With that, Lurky punched it with one of his overly large hands and the machine was destroyed. “Nice one!” said Brian, but he forgot to disguise his voice. Just then, the real Murky Dismal came back around the corner and Lurky’s eyes became wide as saucers.
“But…uhh…you just…ummm…Murky?” stumbled Lurky, as Brian ran away.
The real Murky saw what had become of his Gloominator and began yelling at Lurky, even louder than usual. It was clear that Murky was not getting a treat this year, but a trick, just as he deserved.
Brian found Rainbow, and together they ran down the street to find the Color Kids. As they ran, they saw bright, bold glimpses of color in front of every home. The pumpkins, leaves, flags, flowers, garlands and wreaths had all been restored to shades of light, bright, and darker shades of orange.
“Oh it’s beautiful!” exclaimed Rainbow Brite as they caught up with Red Butler, Lala Orange and Canary Yellow.
“Thank you Rainbow!” blushed Lala. “But I never could have done it without the help of Red Butler and Canary Yellow! It’s a good thing that red and yellow make orange! Would you like me to fix your belt?”
Rainbow looked down, having forgotten all about the gray streak in her Color Belt. “Oh yes please!” And before her eyes, the orange returned and glistened in the sunlight. “What should we do now?”
Brian exclaimed, “Go Trick or Treating of course!”
And so all five kids visited houses together, gathering enough candy for all the residents of Rainbow Land to enjoy. It was their first time experiencing Halloween as Earth children do, and they loved every moment of it.