House of Mystery Halloween Annual 2 December 2010) is an Halloween Annual in the House of Mystery series. It features a series of short stories from four Vertigo series - Hellblazer, Lucifer, Madame Xanadu and I, Zombie - linked by a narrative involving the cast of The House of Mystery. The stories each feature - either in cameos or more prominently - four children who have been cursed to trick-or-treat throughout time and space forever.
The story takes place during the events of Hellblazer issue 272; John Constantine has just leapt from a window to contact Shade the Changing Man, who has kidnapped Epiphany Greaves. But the link fails, and as John picks himself up, he finds himself purused by Gloria, a succubus. He guesses that her sudden appearance isn't a coincidence. In fact, he says, he doesn't believe in the concept. And that reminds him of something in his past...
John recalls the days of his childhood, before Halloween became a big part of British culture. Back then the big pre-Christmas winter festival was bonfire night, when effigies of Guy Fawkes, the man who tried to destroy parliament, were burned. It was on bonfire night 1966 that John began to get close to Katie Morgan, a lovely posh girl whose dad had died in a fire, leaving her and her mother so poor that they had to move to John's part of Liverpool.
Katy, recalling her dad's death, asks John to take her away from the bonfire. He walks her home to her mother's house, where he's welcomed in with hot chocolate. Over the next few weeks the two get closer and closer, until John's headmaster, Mr Watson, intervenes and tells John that not only is he not good enough for Katy, if they're seen together again John will be sent off to borstal. Terrified of being locked up, John blanks Katy until she stops talking to him. That night he curses Mr Watson, imagining the teacher burning to death. That same night something happens to Mr Watson's house and it burns down with him in it.
Back in the present day John says that nobody knew what caused the fire - a faulty wire, arson or something else - but that it was an odd coincidence. Except, of course, that John doesn't believe in coincidence...
- This issue takes place during the events of Hellblazer issue 272.
- The title of the story for some reason omits the word 'Hellblazer', so that it reads 'John Constantine: Bonfire Night'.
- The 'guy' - named after Guy Fawkes - that is being burned on the bonfire has the same mask as V in Alan Moore's classic comic book V for Vendetta. V, who - like Guy - wanted to destroy the British government, had in turn based his appearance on Guy Fawkes.
- As backup content, the issue includes facts and biographies about the various creative teams.