a sign - something special or different will happen.
banquet - dinner.
barn - on a farm a building for the animals and their food.
beast - animal.
breeze - wind.
buggy - it has a seat and 4 wheels and an animal pulls it while you ride in it.
champion - winner!
commotion and hullabaloo - lots of noise and things happening.
cottontail - a rabbit.
countryside - not the city, where farms are and not many houses or cars.
deserted - no one lives there.
despair / weary - sad and tired.
eery - scary, frightful!
exclaimed - to speak out loud and suddenly with feeling.
fame - you have done something special and everyone knows about it.
feast - meal.
flopped - dropped down on something.
frost-bitten - as cold as ice.
galloped / in a flash - ran fast.
gloomy - dark and scary.
great height - very tall.
greedy - they have a strong need to eat him.
hay - a yellow tall grass that farm animals eat.
helter-skeleter - run fast and not sure of where going, confused.
hide-and-go-seek - a game to look for someone or something, like the hunters looking for Harold.
howls and shrieks - ghostly noises and sounds, scary.
hunt / hunters - to kill animals, people who kill animals to eat them.
mansion - very big house.
modest and humble - nice, shy, quiet.
prediction - to say what you think will happen.
ravine - a small low place between 2 mountains.
spooky - scary.
thoroughbred - a fine race horse.
trotting - a slow run.
vegetable patch - the garden where you grow vegetables.
wailed - cried.
whoppin' - very, very, very!