Outstanding, Intermediate, Young Adult, Elijah Wood, Collin Dean, Melanie Lynskey, Fantasy, Halloween, Haunted, Skeletons, Mystery
TV Show Review
Hard Times at the Huskin' Bee is the second twelve minute chapter of Over the Garden Wall. Having taken The Woodsman's directions, Wirt and Greg are heading up the path in search of a town. The town is apparently empty, until they find a bunch of people dressed up as pumpkins while hay dancing. Wirt and Greg are sentenced to a few hours of manual labor for trespassing and trampling a couple of pumpkins. After helping with the harvest, they are instructed to start digging. A bird that has been following them, Beatrice, suggests that they are digging their own graves, which makes sense after Greg digs up a skeleton. Beatrice picks the locks on the boys' chains and they start to escape, but Wirt is left behind. He watches as two skeletons crawl out of the holes and put on new pumpkins, revealing that all the people in town are actually just skeletons. The large leader offers to let him stay, but Wirt says no and quickly runs to the woods where Beatrice and Greg are waiting.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
"Over the Garden Wall: Hard Times at the Huskin' Bee,"
Children's Book and Media Review: Vol. 38:
11, Article 9.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cbmr/vol38/iss11/9