"What theme are we doing for this year's Halloween Party?" I ask Bev, "I hope we won't be trawling the holographic Parisian sewers like we did last year, looking for the Phantom of the Opera."
"Relax, Jean-Luc." Bev assures me, "This year we are all going to a holographic smalltown named Haddonfield in Illinois set in the year 1978."
Somehow this makes me feel a little uneasy. I seem to remember something about the name.
"Come on, Jean-Luc." Bev says, dragging me along, "It's a special type of party."
"What do you mean?" I ask, "You mean we're not having a music and dance evening?"
"No." she answers, "We're all going on a hunt."
I change into 20th century garb, as does Bev, and we enter the holodeck
"It looks so authentic." comments Bev. The other senior staff approach.
"This is going to be fun!" exclaims Riker, "You can be sure I'll be the one to catch him!"
"Catch him?" I ask, "Catch who?"
Everybody looks round.
"Beverly." Deanna asks, "Didn't you tell the Captain what we are doing?"
"Err..no" admits Bev, "I guess I'll tell him now."
A holographic figure approaches; it's a young girl about seventeen.
"Hello" she says to us all, "I'm Laurie Strode. I think someone is following me. Have you seen anyone?"
Deanna tells her that we haven't, but we will keep a look out. Realisation sets in.
"This is the ste of the Halloween films, isn't it?" I tell them.
"Yes." T'Pol answers, "We're all on the hunt for Michael Myers. The one that gets him gets a day pass on the holodeck."
"Who authorised this?" I ask, knowing it was Riker. He looks a little red-faced.
"All right." I say, "Let's get him."
We all go off our separate ways, armed with phasers ready to polish Myers off
A familiar figure approaches me.
"Have you seen Michael Myers?" I ask.
"He's come home." Dr Loomis says to me, "Michael Myers is pure evil."
"I'm here to kill him." I tell the Doctor.
"Very brave." he says, "But you can't kill the boogeyman!"
The town looks deserted; it seems the only people on the streets are the staff from the Enterprise with their phasers. A little different from the movie.
A scream rings out. Laurie Strode is running across the street, covered in blood. We all dash into the house to be confronted by an evil figure.
Even though it's a hologram, I'm scared out of my wits.
Two phaser beams shoot out from behind me and Myers vanishes.
I look and see Ensign Britney and T'Pol triumphant.
"I guess that's a day in the holodeck for us!" Britney says with a laugh.
"It sure does, Brit." T'Pol answers, "Shall we go to the Paradise Planet Beach Resort?"
"Sounds fabbo, soulsistah!" Britney exclaims.
What a way to spend Halloween!