Okay, so this day, October 31st, is my favorite day of the year. I’ll admit it – I’m a horror junkie. I love all things spooky, scary, and ghoulish. In fact, I think it’s simply delicious to be frightened. Nothing like a hefty dose of adrenalin. And I know exactly where my addiction to Halloween and all things terrifying comes from.
It was 1980, I was 9 years old, and a brand-new movie hit the drive-in – Friday the 13th. My older sisters (both teenage – and one who could drive) wanted to check out the film, but they were stuck babysitting me, my brother, and my sister (there were 5 kids in total). That presented a problem because the three of us were much too young to get in to watch it. So, they crafted a master plan.
We all piled into Kim’s car, and she drove like a madman to the East Drive-In. We stopped a few blocks away, and she made the three of us get out and get into the trunk. She grabbed a blanket, threw it over us, and then slammed the trunk shut before continuing to the drive-in. Once we parked, she freed us from the darkness of the trunk, and we all sat in the car, watching the horror unfold on the movie screen.
It was then that I fell in love with the macabre, despite the horror I was witnessing, and probably despite the trauma inflicted upon my psyche. This love affair has lasted a lifetime for me, and now, I absolutely adore Halloween. Especially seeing my family dress up. Every year I look forward to seeing their costumes, and Carl and his family always look fantastic. Of course, it’s my grandchildren who make the day. Cutest things ever.
I look forward to the brisk weather (even though it brings me great physical pain). Spooky pumpkins and their glowing sneers. Horror movies. Documentaries about real horrors. Haunted houses. Ominous moons against dark, cloudless skies. Trick-or-treaters that mill over the roads, dressed in costumes that range from unbelievable cuteness to evil incarnate. Indulging in candy corn, pumpkin everything, gummy worms, and chocolate.
Bottom line – Halloween is, in my opinion, the best holiday of the year! And in the spirit of ghouls, I hope your Halloween is terrifying, fun, and full of amazing experiences!