Maybe I'm overly sensitive to it because Halloween has long been my favorite holiday, followed closely by Thanksgiving. While I'm dreading the inevitable cold spell and mornings where I leave for work bleary eyed and needing to scrape the ice from the windshield, this seasonal stretch that runs until the end of November makes me never want to leave the colorful landscapes of New England (shorts and hoodie weather as I like to call it). I should also factor in that I'm in a weird sort of limbo right now. With a five month old daughter at home, my free time isn't really free to hit up the various local haunts and attractions like I normally would these past few weekends. At the same time, despite dressing Ada in an outfit that makes her the cutest ladybug in the universe, she's way too young to go out trick or treating, leaving me a couple years away from living vicariously through her.
So if Halloween is on its way out as a holiday, what are the reasons why? I've got a few ideas
|You kids want candy? I have some right|
downstairs, in the murder pit, er, I
mean the basement. Follow me.
Traditional Halloween Spooks Just Don't Seem That Scary
|Every day is Halloween for this clown|
Lack of Modern Holiday Themed Movies
Not all horror movies invoke the spirit of Halloween. It takes a certain mood and atmosphere to get the setting right. Give me abandoned old houses, fog rolling through tree lined streets, and homes decked out in scarecrows and jack o lanterns. While studios trip over themselves each December to release Christmas inspired pap into cinemas, the only Halloween inspired flick I can think of is Trick or 'Treat, and even that got withheld by studios before getting dumped straight to video.
I hope I'm just feeling run down and a bit gobsmacked this year, and things will be back to normal next season.