Disobeying your parents, listening to strangers, lying and just being selfish can get you into a peck of trouble.
Just ask Pinocchio.
A nearly packed house on Saturday at Hagerstown Community College's Kepler Theater followed the misadventures of the wooden puppet as the National Marionette Company brought them to life.
Or as near to life as a marionette and would-be boy can get.
From his ever-protruding nose to the sinister shenanigans of a fox and a cat, to being turned into a donkey and then swallowed by a Really Big Fish, the crowd of children in the audience saw that actions - good and bad - have consequences.
The lesson wasn't lost on 11-year-old Rebecca Dice of Greencastle, Pa., and her 8-year-old sister, Sarah.
"Listen to your parents!" said Sarah, "and don't go with anyone unless your parents say it's OK."
The scariest part of Pinocchio's tribulations?
"The sea monster," Rebecca said.