Why I Love Halloween

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My mom came to visit this weekend. We went to a nearby town, which is also known as an artisan colony, and did some shopping. They have an incredible amount of artisan, local stores and it was just packed with people. I bought a wine stopper. Out of all the stores we went to, that’s what I bought πŸ™‚ I think there was just so much to look at that I eventually got tired of mentally processing it all. Anyway, this little town is incredible. You can see handmade goods of all kinds and things you’ve never seen before. Not to mention, it looks quintessentially American. I actually have a hard time believing it’s in the Midwest because it looks so Salem-y (I’ve never been there, but it’s what I imagine). I love going there in the fall because it really gets me in the fall mood. I tried to take some good pictures with my phone.

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I hardly ever actually do anything on Halloween. Of course, when I was a kid, I would dress up and go trick-or-treating, but even that is a rather fuzzy memory. I actually have never given out candy myself since I’ve lived on my own. Actually, that seems stressful to me. I’d probably just not turn on my porch light and hide if it came to that. Luckily, I don’t have a porch right now πŸ™‚

I like Halloween because I like the spirit of it. I love to be scared! Β I do not like horror movies (e.g. Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Nightmare On Elm Street). Nothing gory and nauseating like that. I love to be creeped out, mainly by watching ghost or demon videos. I’d rather watch a “real” video than a fictional movie. Recently, I’ve been watching “scary” “real” ghost videos on Youtube. I just love that kind of stuff. The unexplained is totally fascinating to me and it really always has been. When I was a kid, my sister and I loved watching the X-Files. We’d watch it in her room, cuddled up in her bed and try to be scared.

K hates being scared, so I usually do these things alone and he just doesn’t understand why I like watching scary stuff. Neither could my grandma. She’d always say, “Megan, why do you like watching scary stuff?!” I love the thrill and it seems really abundant this time of year, so I’m going to try to make the most of these next couple of weeks and just try to enjoy the spirit of it all. Maybe drink some cider or make a pumpkin pie and watch ghost shows πŸ™‚

Do any of you feel the same about this time of year? I’d love to hear! Post a comment or send me a message through the form below πŸ™‚

Megan

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14 thoughts on “Why I Love Halloween

  1. Halloween is so good, one can hide their insanity in other peoples chaos and freak them out with mind boggling craziness. Which is practically being myself except now I am allowed.

    Somehow it is a warm feeling during the creeping. yeah it is a shame I am not living in the US.
    Keep on smiling Super Megan, have a wonderful time. and maybe if K helps decorating he won’t mind so much.

  2. I like the horror genre of short stories and TV shows (X-files and Millennium were my favorites). For me, a great horror story is like a joke but with an opposite intention. There’s nothing like getting frightened and then having that feeling afterwards that it’s all going to be okay.

  3. Only one photo looks like Salem (the first one). It’s hard to describe the traditional portions of Salem that haven’t been renovated, because most of it has been re-done with fancier store-fronts, so it could be anywhere and you wouldn’t know it. There are some incredibly old portions of town though, obviously, and the older parts are quite haunted, especially the burial grounds and the memorial for everyone that was killed during the Witch Trials. During this time of year when the veil thins, it’s not the place to be if you’re spiritually sensitive.

    I do go there and it’s a bit too tourist filled this time of year. During the off-season it’s easier to navigate everything and there’s an awesome restaurant I always go to, right on the water. It’s a lot less artisan and craft oriented though, but they do have some cool shops. It all depends on what one is looking for.

    I don’t give out candy on Halloween any more. I used to make up really cute bags to give out to the younger kids, they were decorated with spiders, ghosts, or bats and were filled with candy, but I have since lost the urge to do it. It’s a holiday for me, so I keep my lights off and that tends to keep everyone at bay.

    There’s nothing wrong with a good scary movie every now and then. There are a few that make me jump.

    I’m glad you had a good weekend. πŸ™‚

  4. I think it is the pure adrenaline rush you get. You are entering fight or flight but purely due to your over active imagination and not because you are actually in immediate danger. I really do share you love for that sort of entertainment and I wish more people understood how good it feels to be creeped out in that manner haha. I love Autumn weather. No more unbearable heat and the amazing earthy colours that are everywhere. Everything feels like a fairy tale. =]

    1. That’s a good of of describing it: a fight or flight response without the actual danger. It is quite a rush when you get to that point. The colors of the trees right now are really incredible. I will post a picture of the trees outside my balcony because they are really stunning. It’s so good to hear from you πŸ™‚

  5. I like fall because of the colors, being able to wear hoodies again, and honestly, it’s probably because of my birthday and all the holidays that happen this time of year also. I like cooler temps because it’s much easier to put clothes on when you’re cold, you can only take so much off when you’re hot. I love warm fires and snuggling. I used to love all the scarey movies but found that I was becoming a bit paranoid so I’m not into scarey movies that much. I do love real life stores though, even if they are strange…real life is stranger than fiction..and more interesting πŸ™‚

  6. Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street aren’t horror films. They are just about shock and gore and require little creativity. The Holloween tradition in our household we turn off all the lights in the front of the house and hide in the back and watch scary movies. We always have a great time and don’t have to worry about leftover candy.

  7. I got tired of processing all of the items there too…it was nice to know we could buy what we wanted to but in the same sentence we are both very frugal because money isn’t something that’s easy to come by so we watch our pennies.
    xfiles, lol…you too are funny. I might have to try watching some real life ghost you tube videos, thanks for the idea.

  8. This is one area in which you and I are opposites. I don’t like anything scary, even if it has only a hint of scariness. Movie previews scare me and even hearing creepy music in the background. I’m such a chicken. πŸ™‚ Costumes are cool though. Well, except for the little 3′ tall “Scream” character who pounced against the side window of my car a few years ago. I almost needed a diaper.

  9. I agree with your dislike of the gore-fest, torture porn schools of theatre, but I love a real scary movie such as “The Haunting” (the original 1963 not the sordid remake) or more recently “The Others.” I can watch stuff like that all year long.

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