Halloween, the witch magic

It’s Halloween! My favorite holiday. I could explain why, but that’s not the point of this post.

Here are some answers to some spooky Halloween questions culled from the web. Feel free to take any and use them on your own blog, or start a conversation in comments!

1. Name some of the Halloween costumes you’ve worn throughout your life.
~ Little Red Riding Hood, a cat, a mouse, a ballerina, a witch, an angel, a pirate wench, a spider queen, a Renaissance bar maid, and several others I’m sure I’ve forgotten.

2. What do you plan to dress up as for Halloween this year?
~ I had planned on dressing up as Vanellope Von Schweetz from “Wreck-It Ralph,” but that isn’t going to happen. Maybe next year.

3. How old is too old for trick-or-treating? At what age did you stop?
~ I think fifteen and up is too old (parents, of course, are the exception). I stopped trick-or-treating when I was eleven, or whatever year the Disney Channel stopped showing “Witch’s Night Out.”

4. Do you believe in ghosts?
~ Yes. I’ve seen things, both on TV and in real life, that have me convinced of their existence.

5. Has anything creepy or ghost-related happened to you or someone you know?
~ Yes. And it’s a long story, for another time.

6. What fictitious monster or creature do you fear the most?
~ Zombies. I believe in the saying ‘Rest in peace,’ so whatever causes zombies to go on a flesh-eating rampage is beyond me, and I hope I never find out.

7. Have you ever tried to contact the dead by using a Ouija board or some other medium?
~ No. But during kiddish sleepovers, we’d play games such as ‘light as a feather, stiff as a board;’ that was as morbid as we got.

8. What is your favorite horror movie?
~ I went through a phase where I loved any and all horror movies. “Suspiria” was once my favorite. But I grew out of that phase. “Carrie” and “The Fury” are two of my favorite scary movies. “The Craft” is another good one. And I like the “Ginger Snaps” trilogy.

9. What’s your favorite Halloween TV special?
~ “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” I also like the Garfield Halloween special, and “Witch’s Night Out.”

10. What is the craziest Halloween prank you’ve ever pulled?
~ I haven’t. But the craziest prank ever pulled on me was the trick-or-treat stop where there was cold pasta in a bowl, so it felt like reaching into a bowl of brains. Ew!

11. Would you stay overnight in a haunted house?
~ Sure. But it’s the one time I wouldn’t want to be alone. Someone else or a group of someones would have to be with me.

12. What’s your favorite Halloween candy?
~ Smarties. They were usually the first candies I ate after trick-or-treating. And if I ran out, I’d snitch from my siblings. Smarties were like kiddie cocaine!

13. What’s your favorite spooky song?
~ “Monster Mash.” It’s not spooky, it’s just great fun.

14. What’s the best Halloween costume you’ve ever seen?
~ The best Halloween costume? Oy. That’s hard. I’ve seen several. Two were when I was in college – my friend Holly dressed up all punk and orange and called herself the ‘lost orange Oompa-Loompa,” while my friend Amy Prokopowicz dressed up as a red Crayon with the tip bitten off. My cousins Brian and Gina once dressed up as an old man and an old woman, respectively, with frosted gray hair and typical dowdy clothes. My aunt Ellen once dressed up as the Mad Hatter from the animated “Alice in Wonderland;” that was also the year my uncle Steve dressed up as aunt Ellen. But perhaps the best Halloween costume I’ve seen was also the funniest – my aunt’s neighbor Kenny dressed up in blue jeans with his underpants outside his jeans, a leather aviator cap, and a gray sweatshirt turned inside out with a big ‘D’ emblazoned on the front in black marker. He called himself ‘Dorkman, Defender of the Beer.’

15. What are you doing this Halloween?
~ Nothing. We didn’t decorate or anything. We’re not even handing out candy this year. It’s not that we’re stingy – it’s just we have a dog that barks at and charges at anyone who comes to the door. So.

In closing, here is a picture of me at my very first Halloween, courtesy of an uncle:

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Yes, the resemblance is striking. =)

Happy Halloween to all, and to all a good fright!

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