Since the prompts are open, could we get all the grumps as little kids dressing up and going trick-or-treating?
Ahh, this is such a sweet prompt. I loosely based this off of @legendofgrump‘s Kid!Grumps AU, so you should check their stuff out if you want more kid goodness. Anywho, here you go!
Vernon and Jack had their hands full. With seven rambunctious kids running around all willy-nilly, it really was kind of a scary night for them.
Holly scampered past Vernon, feathers trailing behind her as she said in a nasally tone, “Guys, there’s a house this way that has full chocolate bars! Come on!” It hadn’t even been an hour and her harpy costume was falling apart.
Jack shed a single tear for all his hard work.
“Dad and pop didn’t, um…” Dan said softly, voice smothered the cheers of the others. His cape billowed behind him as he nervously rubbed his arm.
No one seemed to hear him except for little Ninja Brian, who only shot a slightly dirty look his way for trying to speak up. He really seemed committed to the whole silent thing.
“Okay!” Vernon called, clapping his hands together and grabbing their attention. “Everyone, huddle! We need to make a plan!”
They all huffed and grumbled, but followed orders nonetheless. Good. It would make his job a lot easier.
“So,” he began cheerfully, a grin on his face. His kids were so cute in their costumes! “We’ve got about an hour until we should be heading home. Dan, Brian, since you two are old enough to be on your own, you can do whatever you please.”
“Just stay on the road where we can see ya,” Jack chimed in.
“Right! Thank you.” Vernon cleared his throat, taking in all the younger kids. “You all either have to stay with us, or with your oldest brothers.”
“That’s so lame!” Ross said, plastic teeth making his words a bit garbled. “Why can’t we go on our own too?”
Barry shuffled nervously, pulling on the hood of his bear costume. “Don’t argue, Ross…”
“It’s ‘cuz there’s creepy clowns,” Arin said bluntly. He reached up to wipe at his face, but stopped short of smudging his green makeup. “They’ll eat us if we wander off.”
“Kids,” Vernon cut in, unheard.
“No there’s not!” Suzy argued. “And if there are-” she waved her broom high in the air- “I’ll cast a spell on them and make them go away!”
All eyes turned to Vernon. He breathed out a sigh of relief. “Thank you. How about we just all calm down? There aren’t creepy clowns, and you aren’t old enough to walk around alone. End of discussion.”
Dan stole a glance at the younger kids, and upon seeing their pouts, said, “Brian and I can stay behind this year. We don’t mind.”
Of course, Brian glared.
“That’s awfully sweet of you two,” Vernon said with a smile. “Everyone, thank your big brothers.”
Silence, followed by Dan’s awkward shuffling.
Then Arin gave him a sweet smile. “Thanks, Danny Spacebang.”
Despite his face going red, he grinned and took up a superhero like pose. “You’re very welcome, citizen! It’s nothing for a hero like me!”
A chorus of giggles rang out, and Vernon knew that the night would be a spectacular one.