With Halloween right around the corner, it's been easy to get caught up in all the scary movies, spooky decorations, and hype of the holiday's themes. Skeletons take over front lawns, as pumpkins sit, carved, on the front steps of many houses. It's always been a fun time of year for me----though a while since I have set foot in a haunted house, I used to LOVE the thrill of running through the maze, never knowing what would pop out next. I would sit in the dark to watch the latest horror movie with friends, and dressing up was the absolute best. (Ok. Let's be honest. It still is!) The most recent scare-tastic thing I've been doing is watching Netflix's "Haunting of Hill House." I was interested from the previews alone, but after hearing that viewers were physically disturbed by the episodes...I was sold!
Since I work late nights, and binge-worthy series' obviously can't wait until the weekends ;) we have been watching a couple episodes before bed. Why I do this to myself, I have no idea, because I have had the WORST dreams for a week. I also can't stand the dark, and every time I need to get up in the middle of the night I am convinced I will see hauntings in my hallway.
So what's the catch? Why put myself in a position of fear and anxious energy?
I asked myself this question this morning (after hours of dreams about Michael Myers) and came up with only one, solid reason:
Because I know it's not real.
Putting myself into a haunted house that is full of citizens from neighboring towns. . . Watching a show about a haunted house, while curled up with my hubby on the couch. . .
Seeing the new HALLOWEEN movie, jumping 5 times, and laughing hysterically during the gross parts. . .
It's all fake. It's all something that I can walk away from at the end of it all. It's tricks of light and sound. . . Stories. . . Something to distract. There's a lot of *real* horror in this world, so indulging in tales of ghosts is far less creepy than channel 7 news.
Some people think Halloween is silly. A child's holiday. But indulging in the thrill and fun of this season allows us to face scary moments and then pass through them. And I like the thought of being able to do that, even when it's not Halloween. . .