Halloween night, 1943, Jimmy's big brother wakes him up to sneak into a meeting of the Secret Society at the funeral home. Jimmy is 12 years old, and he doesn't manage to find out exactly what the Society is until another Halloween night six years later after another funeral. Every Halloween in betwen is a diffrent adventure, from the big football game when he broke his leg to the night a prank went wrong and a sheriff's car got squashed. After the war ends Jimmy grows closer to his dad and wants to work for the railroad just like him, his father's insitence that he leave town after high school graduation. Technology brings changes to Jimmy's town and to his family that make him grow up faster than he wants to.