I've got witches and goblins, spider webs, grave stones, shrieking bats, Jack O' Lanterns, black cats. By then, the leaves will start falling in earnest so we'll have the crunch and crackle of them as sound effects too. I've got dogs that dress up. The cats, including my alien kitten, Wookie, refuse to partake in the fun though. They're fine being part of the decorations.
Around here, the littlest kids come out at 5 PM. It's not even dark yet. When I was a trick or treater, we weren't allowed to go out until it was dark. And no matter how embarrassing it was, we always had a parent tagging along. To be sure, Mom or Dad kept a discreet distance but one of them was there.
But that made me start thinking about Halloween and some of my fonder memories of it. Ever since I was a little kid, Halloween has been a mixture of scary anticipation and yummy treats. Way back when, we used to sit around trying to top each other's scary tales. I know you've heard the variations of the serial killer with a hook hand stalking teenagers at some remote point or monsters stalking teenagers in some remote or teenagers left at home by themselves...uh, I see a theme here. Teenagers apparently wander around with targets on their backs, lol.
After we did the spook walks and gorged on sugar, we'd sit in front of the television and watch monster movies (if it wasn't a school night - Mom was pretty strict about school night routines). If we couldn't watch on Halloween night though, we'd make a production about watching either before or afterwards. Popcorn, Potato Chips, Coke, Dr Pepper, Milk Duds, Sugar Babies, Red Hots...we all had our favorites. We needed them to keep our strength up for a night of terror ;-)
We'd watch movies like Godzilla (and/or any of the variations-Godzilla vs Mothra, Godzilla vs Ghidorah, the Three Headed Monster, etc), The Thing (from outer space), Creature from the Black Lagoon, Wolfman vs Dracula, The War of the Worlds, This Island Earth, The Time Machine, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, I Was A Teen aged Werewolf, The Day The Earth Stood Still, Them, The Day of the Triffids. Those were good times, lol.
A lot of these have been re-made (a couple have been re-made several times over!) or they spawned quite a few knock offs that were pretty forgettable.
I always cringe when I see a re-make is coming out. To be honest, The Thing from outer space was one of my favorites for years...then I read the short story it was based on. Totally different and not just scary but downright terrifying. A few years back, there was a re-make starring Kurt Russell that was so true to the short story, I sat in terrified awe watching it. I still love the original movie, but The Thing with Kurt Russell was phenomenal. I see there's another re-make coming out soon. I want to see it but I'm afraid it won't be as good as either of the other two. I'll have to keep my fingers crossed. But I'll watch it anyway, lol.
So...what do you plan on doing for Halloween? Are you having a party? Wearing a costume? Or just chilling while you watch your favorite scary movies? How do you plan to put your scare on this year? It might be early yet but, if you're like me, you probably have as much fun planning for Halloween as celebrating it ;-)