Don’t get scared, #CurrentEventFriday is all about October’s favorite activities.
The calendar has turned over to another month, and the weather is finally starting to feel like Autumn. Today’s #CurrentEventFriday deals with some of the most popular interests during October. After taking last week off by accident, I panicked when I got up last Friday, and today’s topic scares me too.
October for most means that it’s a time to plan for Halloween, which is perfectly fine for me. In addition, it’s a month dedicated to haunted houses and horror movies. That brings us to today’s focus — Scare-tivities of October.
I’ve never been a fan of horror movies or haunted houses. Darkness and death being glorified just doesn’t appeal to me. If someone reading this can explain the appeal of either haunted houses or horror movies, I’ll listen and play the part of Steven Crowder and you can change my mind.
I’m especially more ambivalent about horror movies and haunted houses thanks to my ex. She and her mother harangued me about not wanting to watch horror movies. Probably somewhat fittingly, the memory of my ex is much like horror movie favorite Freddie Kruger. Every time I think I’m rid of her memory it comes back and wreaks havoc in my life. I just can’t seem to kill it off.
I can sometimes tolerate haunted houses thanks to working the local haunted house in Paoli when it was sponsored by the Optimist Club. Since dad was a member in good standing of the organization, he recruited Ross and me to help as talent for the haunted house for two seasons. Working behind the scenes helps demystify and mollify all the scary stuff. Admittedly, that’s why Ross and I could go to haunted houses as adults and be more jocular and sarcastic with the characters trying to scare you. I’ve actually considered going with family or friends to haunted houses this year. (Crosses fingers for invite.)
To be clear, I enjoy watching films like Ghostbusters, Hocus Pocus, or Rocky Horror Picture Show with friends and family, plus a bowl of popcorn. That’s mostly because these titles aren’t legitimate horror movies. I jokingly will tell folks that if I’m watching a horror movie it’s one of these movies, but somehow most don’t count them as horror movies. For what it’s worth I don’t watch Twilight, Harry Potter, Vampire Diaries either. While they don’t glorify gore and murder per se, there is a glorification of sorcery and the after-death mysticism.
Besides the October activities associated with terror, death, and darkness I do enjoy the more family friendly and pro-living activities. I enjoy bonfires and fire pits, football, hayrides, fall festivals, apple butter making, etc. In fact, last weekend I went to Oktoberfest with my nephew monsters and sister-in-law, and fireside hangouts and a hayride with Dad’s family. The only thing scary about those activities was that I was getting home at 11:30 p.m. or later. I’m reminded of driving that late at night that I’m not in my twenties or my teens any more. Admittedly, I’ve never been a fan of driving that late at night even when I was younger.
The good news in all this, is that October is also now my nephew’s birthday month, so parties can be about his birthday and the only monster running around is his big brother scaring everyone in his dinosaur costume. RAWR!
Here’s a song commemorating an actual fun and scary party to leave you with a smile and something positive instead of my negative attitude:
What about you, do you enjoy Haunted Houses and Horror Movies?