I’m coming out of the skeleton-closet and letting you all know that I love to be scared.
Give me horror movies (the non-gory kind), horror books (been reading Stephen King since I was an early teen), and let me entertain the idea that there’s a lot we don’t know out there, and I’m a happy camper.
That makes this time of year super awesome!
People like myself are allowed to indulge in all things scary without seeming…weird. It’s kind of like vampires being permitted out in the daylight. Or Werewolves being invited to the school dance.
So what are my suggestions for livening up this time of year with a little spookiness?
Liven Up Your Commute with a Spooky Audiobook
Your local library is not only the source for most any book or DVD (including the ones on your Netflix list through the use of Interlibrary Loan) you could want, but it also is stocked with audiobooks!
How fun would it be to check out a thriller audiobook and listen to it on the way to and from work? Our library has a seriously good stock of Stephen King audiobooks, as well as several other thriller novelists.
Take Part in Local Ghost Folklore
Search online for local ghost sightings and folklore. Take a spooky car tour by driving to these locations. Set it up ahead of time by printing out a little tidbit about the location to read onsite, or by looking it up on your phone upon arrival (I smell a hauntingly-romantic date night!).
You could also join a local ghost walk where you’ll walk around your city or town and learn about the “hot spots” (or rather cold spots) where ghosts have supposedly been found.
DVR Your Favorite Scary Movies
Our cable plan comes with a DVR box. At first I scoffed at it, but it’s become pretty useful to us.
One thing Paul, my husband, and I like to do is record things we think the other person would like to watch.
During October, Paul always snags a few horror films he records for me, and we watch them later on together in the dark (especially now that we’ve got a little one who likes to go to bed around 7:30 p.m.!).
By recording these movies, not only can you do a mini scary movie marathon, but you can fast forward through all the commercials. Win-win!
See a New Scary Movie in Theater
Inevitably there’s always an ultra-scary movie that comes out in theater around this time of year. I almost always miss going to see them (or think they look like something I wouldn’t want to go see). However, there have been a few in recent years that have caught my eye.
How fun (and scary) would it be to see a horror movie up on the big screen? Takes me back to my teen years when I went on a group date to go see Scream.
Choose a Scary Book to Read
Have you picked up by now that we’re a family of readers? Every year I pick out a new scary book to read leading up to Halloween to really make me feel like I’m participating in the spirit of the season. This year? I’m reading The Exorcist for the first time.
Visit a Haunted House
Haunted houses and hayrides pop up all over the place this time of year. Even Houston’s Funeral Museum has jumped on the bandwagon and has a haunted house you can go visit.
What are some ways you add spookiness into your October? I’d love to know in the comments below!