Aug 102012

How to Make the Oogie Boogies teaches children they can create their own fear and they can make it go away through prayer and faith!

The Creative Creation is part of a series of free Christian stories for kids brought to you by The Kid’s Book Group.  The series brings Bible stories for kids into real life situations in a fun and entertaining way.

How to Make the Oogie Boogies

It rained outside, Tommy’s mommy didn’t feel well and the car broke down on Tuesday, so Tommy played quietly inside all afternoon. He had his own little tv and his own little video games in his own little room, so he really didn’t mind the rain at all. The Oogie Boogies chased each other all over the tv screen, whacking each other over the head! Clip clop, clip clop, clip clop went their big black boots. Swish swish swish swish swish went the white sheets they wore on the rest of their ghostly little bodies. Squeeeeeeeeek they said every time they pounced. Tommy played and laughed and giggled at the silly little video game ghouls until bedtime.

“Lights out Tommy,” Mommy said as she waddled into his room to give him a kiss goodnight. Tommy’s little sister would arrive in a few short weeks and until then, Mommy’s belly would get bigger and bigger and bigger. “Oh, my back,” she said as she bent over Tommy’s bed to tuck him in. “Here’s Teddy.”

“I don’t need Teddy anymore,” Tommy said. “I’m a big brother now.”

“Well,” Mommy said, “You will be in a few short weeks, but for now, here’s Teddy.” She tucked the little bear in next to Tommy and walked out of the room, turning out the light behind her. Tommy’s little blue night light came on automatically lighting the room just enough for Tommy to see shadows and shapes and strange little things. Tommy’s eyes didn’t close for sleep, they got bigger and bigger and bigger!

Mommy had just put a load of clothes in the dryer. As soon as they were dry, she would go to bed. One of Tommy’s tennis shoes had sneaked its way into the laundry basket, through the washer and into the dryer, unnoticed.

Clip clop, clip clop, clip clop went the little shoe as the dryer turned around and around. Swish swish swish swish swish went Mommy’s house shoes as she walked to the laundry room to see what the noise was about. Squeeeeeeeeek went the door to the dryer when she opened it.

“MOMMY, MOMMY, MOMMMMMMMMY,” screamed Tommy from upstairs.

Mommy raced up the stairs as fast as she could to see what was the matter. “The Oogie Boogies are after me!” Tommy’s head was barely peeking out from under his old comfy blanket as he screamed and screamed and screamed for his mom.

“Oogie Boogies? There are no Oogie Boogies in here,” mom said as she turned on the light. She walked all around the room, checked behind the door and inside the closet.

“Don’t forget to look under the bed!” Tommy’s eyes were still as big as they were when Mommy had entered the room. He just knew the Oogie Boogies were after him. His mom checked under the bed and under his desk. While she was checking the room, she tidied a bit, moving Tommy’s black rain boots out from under his little white curtains and into his closet where they belonged.

“See Tommy, no Oogie Boogies,” she said. Then she noticed the video game case next to Tommy’s television set. “Oh, I see!” She took the Oogie Boogie dvd out of the set and put it back in its case. “No video games for you tomorrow. Tomorrow, we go to the park!”

“But I heard them, Mommy, I did!” Tommy was still afraid.

“Tommy, I know you heard something, probably the dryer, but you did not hear Oogie Boogies. Trust me, ok?”

“Ok,” he finally said, “but don’t tell Dad I was afraid.” He really wanted to be a big boy.

“Don’t you think your Daddy gets scared from time to time?” Mommy continued to tidy the room as she spoke quietly to Tommy. She was always tidying these days.

“No,” Tommy said. “Big boys don’t get scared and Daddy is a big boy.”

“Well, just between you and me, big boys, including your Daddy, get scared.”

“What do big boys do when they are scared?”

“I don’t know about all big boys, but your Daddy talks to Jesus,” Mommy said taking Tommy’s hand. “So, let’s agree not to play with things that stick in your thoughts and scare you. And let’s talk to Jesus together.”

Tommy climbed out of bed and kneeled down to pray. Mommy didn’t kneel, but Tommy knew Jesus would understand. Together they said their prayers.

“Jesus, please take my fears away and help me become a big boy like Daddy. Please hug Mommy through the night and rub her back where she hurts. Please bring Daddy home from his business trip safe and sound and don’t tell him I was scared. Please chase the Oogie Boogies away, even if they are only in my head.”

Tommy climbed back into bed and drifted off to sleep. Mommy slept peacefully too. Daddy came home very early in the morning to find them safe and sound in their beds.  Jesus watched over them with love in His heart and never let them go. The Oogie Boogies never came back.

Part of the Creative Creation stories, Copyrighted in 2012 by Denise Davidson Mistich, author of The Great Majestic Fortress, a book for kids from one to one hundred!

Denise Mistich

Denise is an author as well as spiritual mentor to many people. She writes from her heart to help little ones find their way in life.