Mel decides to go all out for Halloween just like Lennox and Ryder’s parents used to do with them. However, the kids are not interested in anything having to do with Halloween. They resist her every suggestion and even mock her costume choice although honestly I had no idea what she was supposed to be either. It turns out that the kids have another idea on how to celebrate Fright Night and it originates in the attic.
When Joey starts hearing scratching and scraping noises, he becomes convinced that there is a rat in the attic. He and Ryder check out the attic and find nothing. Then Mel’s neighbor, Myrna (played by the delightful Julia Duffy – where has she been?), tells them that many years ago an old man died while in the attic and rats ate him. Joey then becomes convinced it is a ghost. He makes a "play date" to talk with the ghost at nightfall. Joey thinks he will be confronting his fears but ends up confronting Lewis Scanlon, the children’s father and local celebrity convict on the lam. The children have been hiding him in the attic for days with the hope of spending one last Halloween together. Joey, always the softie, agrees to let them have that and also tells them to keep it from Mel.
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