My Favourite Six Things About Halloween
Halloween is such a special occasion in the life of a horror writer. It’s the time of year where we can let our hair down and revel in all things spooky and scary. Not that we don’t do it the rest of the year, but something about the month of October just makes it easier for us to publicly spread our glee. And it’s with this thought in mind that I share with you a list of six things I absolutely love about this time of year.
CANDY – C’mon, you all knew this was going to be somewhere on the list so let’s just get it out of the way. I love Halloween candy and you can get much of it year round these days, but there’s just something about the mixed boxes of little chocolate bars that brings me back to being young again. If you’re wondering what my favourites are, they’re Twizzlers, Tootsie Rolls and Reese Peanut Butter Cups.
KIDS IN HALLOWEEN COSTUMES – If you cannot look at a group of kids in costumes and gush at how adorable they are, there is something fundamentally wrong with you. I’m with you that it’s not scary, but you’ve got to admit all those witches, goblins, pirates and superheroes make you smile. And if they grow up loving the holiday, they just might develop a love of horror and join the dark side with us.
PUMPKIN CARVING – I wish I had pictures of the pumpkins I carved last year. While scraping out the guts and seeds isn’t my favourite job, I love to create scenes to display on my front steps. And I’m not going for the typical frightening face; I want something that showcases my love of Halloween and my knife skills.
WATCHING SCARY MOVIE MARATHONS – Every year different channels have them. Whether it’s a marathon of Halloween or Friday the 13th, there’s just something about watching the classics at this time of year that makes them much more satisfying.
IT’S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN – Who doesn’t love this classic from our childhood? And yes, I realize I’m dating myself here, but every Halloween I make a point of sitting down and watching this classic just for the nostalgia of it. I’d even suggest it’s a little bit of a cult classic in some circles.
HAUNTED ATTRACTIONS – I love being scared. It’s such an exhilarating feeling! And I’m lucky enough to live close to many different Haunted Attractions open during the month of October. For those of you that may also live in and around Toronto, there are many things you can check out. Canada’s Wonderland has its Halloween Haunt, Niagara Falls is home to Nightmares Fear Factory, Kinston has Fort Fright, and Whitby scares patrons with its Scream Works. If you don’t want to leave the city, Toronto is home to The Power House of Terror and Screamers (at the Exhibition Place). There are also a whole host of kid friendly adventures too.
I love Halloween!
Julianne Snow is the author of the Days with the Undead series. She writes within the realms of speculative fiction, has roots that go deep into horror and is a member of the Horror Writers Association. Julianne has pieces of short fiction in publications from Sirens Call Publications, Open Casket Press, James Ward Kirk Publishing and Hazardous Press as well as the forthcoming shorts in anthologies from 7DS Books, Phrenic Press, and the Coffin Hop charity anthology Death by Drive-In. Be on the lookout for her contributions to a number of collaborative projects to be announced shortly.
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