Today is Halloween, the start of the winter holiday season, and the marker that the end of the year is well and truly here. Retailers will now go into full-on holiday mode, because, hey, there’s only seven weeks left until Christmas!
The holiday improves as one ages. Sure, getting candy and dressing up is fun when you’re a kid, but as an adult there are many more options. There is an awkward ten years between puberty and legal drinking age when you’re too old for trick-or-treating, and too young to participate in the adult scene. Many cities have public festivals to give teenagers (and adults) something to do besides wreak havoc on the town.
I’m not much of a horror fan in general. A few movies I do enjoy:
- Curse (Night) of the Demon (1957) The demon mostly stays off screen until the end, building tension throughout the film.
- Halloween (1978) I’ve never seen the other movies in the franchise, and don’t intend to.
- The Shining (1980) “Heeeeere’s Johnny!” with his REDRUM.
- The Exorcist (1973) Probably the most frightening film I’ve ever seen.
There’s only one:
- It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966) This show is nearly as old as I am, and has held up better.
- Poe, Poe, and Poe. A few of my favorites: The Cask of Amontillado, Hop-Frog, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Tell-Tale Heart.
- Steven King. I read a fair amount of his work when I was a teenager, including: Carrie, The Shining, The Stand, Firestarter, and Cujo.
If you have a few hours to kill, check out this Halloween-themed collection of lists.
A Perplexing Question
The holiday is devoted to ghosties and ghoulies and things that go bump in the night. Why, then, do people say ‘Happy Halloween’?