No Trespassing

On the street where we grew up, there was this derelict old shack on a heavily wooded lot. My sisters and I spent endless hours wondering about it and trying to get a better look inside. It was a great mystery and remains a mystery to this day. If you happen to know the story behind this little abandoned shack, please do not tell me. I’m sure the stories we invented about it are much better than the truth.

The girls stare at the shack

"I wonder who used to live there?" "I wonder why they left?"

"I wonder why they left all their stuff!" "WOW, Really??"

"Let's break in!" "Let's look for clues!"

"We can't. Read the sign." "No Trespassing. Violators Will Be Prosecuted"

"Prosecuted. What does that mean?" "I don't know. I'll go ask a grown up. Don't do anything until I get back!"

"Mrs. Z! I read a word, but I'm not sure what it means. Can you help?"

"I'll try, Sweetie. What's the word?" "It's, um... pros... pors... persecuted..."

"Oh, dear... hmm... how best to explain...?"

"Well, you know what they did to Jesus, don't you?...Well, that's what that means!"

"Well?" "You guys, we can NOT go in there."

That the punishment for entering this shack was so severe only strengthened my belief that there was something hugely significant about this rotting, broken down little building.

52 thoughts on “No Trespassing

  1. There was a shack like this near my best friend’s house when I was growing up! The wonder was too much for us…we totally broke in! But sadly never discovered to truth behind the abandonment. The stories our imaginations made up were probably way cooler than the truth.

  2. Wow! Who knew we lived in a country where you were crucified for trespassing? What do we do to murderers? Great post! I was one of those kids who totally would have thought the same thing!

  3. Ha, that’s funny because I actually thought as a kid that the phrase “violators will be prosecuted” meant you would be shot to death. I have no idea where I got that idea, but needless to say I was terrified of most of the houses/properties I came across.

  4. Ha! I used to think the exact same thing about the sign in dressing rooms that read, “Shoplifters will be prosecuted.” That was more than enough to keep me from stealing!

    1. Yes, I was quite certain this one was haunted because when you peeked in the window, you could see a faint green glow. It was only later I realized there was just a hole in the green fiberglass roof.

    1. I remember the tea cup and saucer left on the table as though someone had been just about to sit down for a spell when Something made them get up…. and never return. The tea evaporated in time and the cup was left to gather dust. If only tea cups could talk!

  5. I absolutely remember an intriguing abandoned house like this. Near my grandparents’ home. My brother and I took it upon ourselves to take notes about the scary things we spotted. We wrote down that we saw a black cat walk by it, a tree branch next to it shaped like a monster, and then we ran out of scary things and started writing things like “paint is chipped”. We were less detectives and more home inspectors.

    Sorry for the cheese but I don’t think any blog brings me as much joy as yours! It’s perfect!

  6. I really hope I don’t say this every time – but even if I do, I really mean it – this is your best one yet! The perfect combination of creativity, humor, and childlike innocence! Awesome job!

  7. Thats so cute. We had a similar shack.
    People said it was haunted and a drunk saw a ghost one night.
    Altho the real story was it was a double homicide of an elderly couple… the lot is still vacant.

  8. Your posts are always so stinkin’ adorable!

    When I was growing up we had no trespassing signs all over our property. It’s because my father grew and sold drugs for a living (bad!) X-) glad no little kids ever stumbled upon his “stash”

  9. There was an old abandoned mansion near my friend’s place, and we shot a music video there. I only dared to go there during the day though, and even then it freaked us out! Old abandoned places are creeeeeepy!

  10. That shack totally creeped me out! I love reliving our childhood through this though, you do such a great job!

  11. There was a house like that in my neighbourhood too. I always wished I had the guts to sneak in, there wasn’t even any signs warning against it, we just knew we would have our butts kicked if we were caught. I don’t live anywhere near there anymore but drove past it a couple of years ago to find it was gone and there was a group of units there instead. I felt so cheated! I wonder if the new residents are haunted by the ghost we were convinced lived in the house?

  12. Hahaha! No, you can’t go in there with that kind of threat hanging over you. :)
    I love how your illustrations are getting more and more detailed. Perfect choice of materials, too, especially for the tree trunks and moss.

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