The local teenagers played a lively version of hide and seek inside the abandoned church, eventually catching the attention of a former parishioner.
Hoping to deter any trespassing, the elderly churchgoer cut a few holes in a white bed sheet and hid within the choir loft before the youngsters arrived.
What the pretend spirit didn’t know was that, as the result of an earlier round of truth or dare, the youths had graduated to arson.
Instead of hiding, the kids quietly poured gasoline up and down the aisles.
When the old man stood and ghoulishly howled from near the dilapidated organ, the children shouted and ran.
“Hurry! Drop the match! That ghost is trying to stop us from torching the place.”