Something Wicked This Way Comes
by Ray Bradbury
Will Halloway Timeline and Summary
- We learn that Will was born one minute before midnight.
- One October day, while Will is lying on his lawn with Jim, a lightning rod salesman approaches.
- Will encourages Jim to put the rod up on his house.
- The boys jog to the library; Will says hello to his father.
- That night, the boys see the handbills advertising the carnival.
- At three in the morning, the boys are woken up by the sounds of the carnival arriving. They sneak out and watch the carnival set up.
- The next morning, everything seems normal. The boys greet Mrs. Foley at the carnival and warn her not to go into the mirror maze.
- Will drags Jim home. On the way, they find the bag that used to belong to the lighting rod salesman.
- That night the boys investigate the carnival again. They watch Mr. Cooger grow young.
- They follow him to Miss Foley's house where they are framed as thieves.
- Back at the carnival again, Will has to stop Jim from trying to ride the carousel. They tussle and break the controls, which means that Mr. Cooger is stuck as a really old man.
- The boys call the police, and together everyone watches the performance of Mr. Electrico. The boys go home.
- Will wakes up later that night, realizing that the lightning rod is no longer on Jim's house. The two boys battle the witch and her silver slime. Will shoots her balloon down.
- The next morning, Will knows that the little girl running around is Miss Foley. He wants to rescue her, but the boys fail to do so.
- Both boys are terrified when the carnival marches into town. They hide in the grille and listen to Will's father try to stave off Mr. Dark.
- That night in the library both boys get a history lesson from Charles about the carnival. When Mr. Dark shows up, they run into hiding and are eventually captured.
- The boys are taken to the wax museum. Charles calls Will out to help him shoot the witch.
- Will searches for Jim, only to find him on the carousel. He and Charles work to rescue Jim.
- After the carnival has been defeated, everyone returns home.