Friday, October 1, 2010


Huzzah!  The day has finally arrived.  The day I've been waiting for all month long.  It's the first day of Octoboween and I am so excited!

Seriously, not a lot of things excite me.  But the first day of October does.  It really, really does.

For most people, one day of Halloween is plenty.  For some it's too much.  But not for me.

I love the dark and scary stories.  I love the rats and spiders.  I love the macabre.

I grew up on scary movies, some much scarier than my children have yet to see.  Edgar Allen Poe movies with Vincent Price.  Stephen King.  All the original scary movies of the '80s (Halloween, Nightmare On Elm Street, Friday the 13th) and then some.  Plus lots of Hitchcock.

I don't go in for the hard stuff anymore.  Nothing R.  I just can't stand the gore.  And I've found that a good scary movie doesn't need it.  A really scary movie can freak you out without showing you anything.  It lets your mind scare you.  That's where the fear happens.

So a few years ago I decided I wanted more out of Halloween.  Thus, Octoboween was born.  Every day in October we watch a Halloween movie.

Halloween movie is a somewhat loose term.  If it has ghosts or monsters, it qualifies.  If it has Halloween in the title, it qualifies.  If it's scary, it qualifies.  So we end up with quite a broad range.

We will watch several M. Night Shyamalan movies (Signs, The Sixth Sense, The Village, Lady in the Water); probably a few Hitchcock movies (Rear Window, Rebecca); some more recent classics (Young Frankenstein, Labyrinth, Disney's Haunted Mansion, Ghostbusters, The Addams Family); definitely some Vincent Price (Fall of the House of Usher, Pit and the Pendulum); some original classics (Dracula and Frankenstein from the '30s); possibly Monsters, Inc. and Jaws; and we will end with Disney's Legend of Sleepy Hollow on Halloween.

It will be fun.  It's a great family bonding time for us.  Some days it will be just us; other times we'll have friends over.

It's the way we welcome fall.  It fits our family.  We revel in the ways we are weird -- together.  And isn't that what family traditions are all about?


Carol said...

I used to be a big fan of scary movies. Not so much anymore. If I do watch, I want to do it during the daylight hours.

The movie What Lies Beneath was one I still remember scaring the socks off me. I also followed Child's Play and Chucky the doll. For the life I've me I don't know what the attraction with that one was.

Enjoy your Octoboween. What a fun tradition!!

Dawnelle said...

How fun and what a cool idea! One of my faves is the Peanuts--Great Pumpkin show. Classic!

Cheryl D. said...

What fun! Halloween is my favorite holiday! It's great that you make it a month-long celebration!

A.Marie said...

Oh gosh...scary movies are just too, errr, SCARY for me!!! I am such a weenie!!!

I watched Children of the Corn with my college roommate, and ever since then, if I have to drive down a dark road, with corn on both sides (lucky me...I live in a rural area), I'm like locking my doors, talking to myself to stay calm, etc...! HAHAHAHA

MaggieJo said...

I want to come to some! I want to come to all except the truly scary, I get scared too easy. Can I come for Rear Window, Dracula, and Jaws maybe?

Just Another Person said...

I can not watch horror movies. My poor heart can not take so much heartbeat in a minute. I like to let it pump nice and slow. Anything that gives me shock is a no-no.

Running Circles said...

I love this idea!! I might have to steal it!

Libby said...

I wish I could join you for your macabre and spooky fun! The whole time we lived in Atlanta we didn't have a single trick or treater rap on our door and our first year back we had a whole bunch on them. Wait... we don't even celebrate Halloween, has the world gone mad?

Day said...

I recently realized that a lot of my favorites are horror movies that discuss domestic violence and abuse. Hard Candy, The Shining, and Carrie are in my top five.

Needless to say, I think your tradition is awesome.

jenn said...

what about aliens? i watched the astronaut's wife. that was kind of creepy.

as for sleepy hollow. you should do the one with christopher walken and johnny depp. it's COOL!.

when i was in college, my seniors put together a haunted house in our dorm. one of them read the boogie man to us (i've since, still, not been able to go to sleep with my closet door open...and this was twenty years ago!) while we waited for another to collect a group of us to be escorted through the basement. good times.

Hope Despite Depression said...

love, Love, LOVE this post! :) October has to be my absolute favorite month of the year! Halloween - my favorite "holiday"! :) Like you, my husband and I spend most of the month watching scary movies - my FAVORITE genre of movies. He never really cared for them (the classics, sure) but I really got him into liking scary movies more than ever!

That's one thing I hate about my depression - it has lessened my love of the month/Halloween - but like I had recently posted myself - I'm starting to get back those feelings of joy slowly! You've in a way "jump started" my love of October again :) Thank you for that! Reading your post and feeling your love for what I do to has made me want to run out and rent every single horror movie I can find!! lol!

The Dolls Are Alright said...

Creating memories like this is what family is about for sure. Your little ones will tell their little ones and on and on. What incredible fun! You definitely rock Halloween.

Stephanie @ Our Marriage Adventure said...

Sounds like fun - well minus the scary movies. :P I'm a total wimp and have no problem admitting it.