Once again, I assembled a list of Halloween activities and then followed my list. Here is what that looked like this year...
1. Decorate for Halloween
Here's my latest innovation...
2. Make Halloween mood table
This year's theme: Mcfarlane Monsters
3. Change phone wallpaper
This is from a 1970s blacklight poster
4. Seek out new Halloween decorations and spooky toys
This year I made a startling discovery that rocked the Twitterverse.
"Attention Spooky folks: these decorations from Dollar Tree are essentially the Silver Shamrock masks from Halloween III!"
5. Read one of my vintage horror paperbacks
I ended up listening to the first book of Blackwater by Michael McDowell.
6. Play a spooky video game
7. Watch pre-selected pile of Halloween entertainment
I found the bulk of these over the past year at thrift stores and flea markets. (Though a few are perennial watches.) My greatest score was the entire In Search Of series for $7. Over the past two months I've made it through all of these. Well, not all the In Search Of episodes.)
8. Subscribe to Shudder and watch stuff
9. Make a fire in the backyard fire pit
10. Create a horror playlist. Listen while walking/driving around.
I really just copied a couple peoples' existing lists, and then customized them to my liking.
11. Seek out some of the seasonal stuff that like-minded people are tweeting about
This year it was the Mountain Dew mystery flavor (i.e. Candy Corn), the blow mold decorations from Michaels, and the Universal Monster Bend-ems from Walgreens.
12. Write a blog post
13. and 14. Go on an October day trip/Go Halloween shopping in another town
I've been able to do a lot of this, thankfully. I make it a point to travel roads I've never traveled if possible, and go through towns I've never visited. Naturally I picked up lots of goodies.
15. Spend Halloween with my family
And this will happen Thursday.
For me, the scariest thing about Halloween is the thought of letting the season slip by without doing whatever I can to enjoy it. This year I have nothing to fear.