It’s been a bit sparse around here this week, I know. With work, my freelance writing, losing an entire night to doing All the Updates and solving All the Problems on mine and hubster’s phones, and Nutcracker season kicking back up, I was just caught off guard with how packed my schedule was this week. But, I couldn’t pass up writing about this week’s Fandom 5 prompt: the things I love about Halloween. Growing up, my family and I didn’t celebrate Halloween, so now that I’m an adult, even though I’m the LAST person you’ll catch downtown partying on Halloween night because, well…
But really, partying in general isn’t really my scene (#TeamHomebody), but partying, in the cold, in a costume all night seems so much worse. So my Halloween plans more frequently center around more low-key celebrations. But like I said, I didn’t celebrate Halloween as a kid so I really enjoy getting to engage in spooky festivities now as an adult. Here are a few of my favorite Halloween things:
Watching and Reading Horror Classics
I love horror in general, from the actually fantastic horror stories and films to the craptastic. However, around Halloween season, I really like in indulge in the genre’s classics. Nothing beats watching my favorite classic horror flicks like Psycho, Rear Window, or Wait Until Dark in October, and like my October reading plan would suggest, I love reading those timeless tomes of horror. If I’m honest, I read and watch horror year round, but I love to be sure I at least get some of the classics in this month. I’m working my way through Nosferatu for the first time this month, which has turned into quite the experience, as watching a silent film always is.
Learning About New Urban Legends
Oh, I’m a sucker for urban legends (including the fantastic 90’s movie Urban Legends). I just cannot get enough when it comes to learning the lore behind an old building, or hearing the story of a nearby place that is said to be haunted. I love urban legends so much that, when I graduated high school, I had every intention of starting an urban legend that claimed an area at my high school was haunted (though if I learned anything from #THINMAN on Supernatural, I should know that’s a bad idea). My high school was quite new, we were the third graduating class, and when I graduated we had been in that building for only four and a half years. The freshness of the locale was ripe for starting a quality urban legend. However, I was unable to find any sordid stories from my school’s location (I wanted it to have some basis in truth, because #spookiness), and never was able to come up with anything. But nearly a decade later (man, I’m old), and I’m still obsessed with urban legends, especially around Halloween.
Passing Out Candy to Trick-or-Treaters
Full disclosure: I’ve never been able to hand out candy to trick-or-treaters, even though I desperately want to. I live in apartments, and kids just don’t really trick-or-treat in apartments (especially when your apartment backs up to an actual neighborhood). My first two Halloweens living in apartments, I naively bought a big bag of Halloween candy (not full bars), practically vibrating with excitement over the incoming kiddos in costume, but they never came. So I’ve still got a bit to wait until I have an actual house where I can leave a porch light on and let kids stop by for treats, but I’ve always been weirdly excited for that.
Avoiding Haunted Houses Like the Plague
You would think a horror fan would love a nice haunted house, but not this lady. There’s just something about the haunt happening to me rather than watching it happen to others that freaks me out. In the last haunted house I attended for the rest of my life, I went with an equally freaked out friend who not only ran into me when trying to escape the monster, but she actually climbed on top of me while I was standing, using my body as both a safety perch and a shield for her. However, since I was paralyzed from fear, the monster just walked up to us and acted creepy around us (thank goodness we weren’t at one of those haunts where they can touch you). Eventually the actor realized we were physically incapable of moving, so he broke character and said, “Right this way, ladies,” pointing us to the special emergency exit that got you out of the room without having to go through another scare. Then I came up with the brilliant idea to simply not fully raise my head, and only look at the scares in my periphery. This worked well until another haunt-goer walked too close to me in a section of the haunt with literally zero scares. I thought she was a monster, so I screamed like an idiot and backed away until hubster grabbed me and told me that not only was there not anything there, but the normal human who scared me was a classmate from my college. That was a low moment.
Discounted Candy The Next Day
I love holiday-themed candy. I don’t care what the holiday is, but if your regular candy is shaped in an egg, a pumpkin, a turkey, a Christmas tree, or whatever else, count me in. The thing is, I’m also a cheapskate. So I tend to wait until the day after the holiday. You can bet on November 1 I’ll be scouring the candy aisles at my grocery store for all kind of spooky snacks.
Bonus: The Next Day is November 1
I’ve said before that October through New Year’s is my favorite time of year, but November through the end of the year is when I get crazy excited. Once that calendar officially turns to November 1, this is me, unabashedly, for the rest of the year:
What are your favorite things about Halloween? Let me know in the comments, and as always, check out my other Fandom 5 posts, and follow the #Fandom5 hashtag to see what everyone else is talking about today! Also, be sure to check out my Instagram to see what I post for Megan and Kristen‘s 5 Fandom Friday photo challenge. You can see what everyone’s posting there by following the hashtag #5FFPhoto.