When I was really young, my Mom’s younger brothers and sisters loved to scare the living crap out of me by putting me in a dark room, playing the Phantom of the Opera theme music, and shutting the door leaving me by myself in the dark. I still hate hearing that song to this very day. Then a few years later, my Mom took me to a haunted forest in Ogden, Utah and she literally had to pull me out of the car to get me to go. There are probably still claw marks on the door of that car from that experience. What I’m trying to say here is that there is no reason for me to love the thought of a holiday solely based on “the day of the dead” and getting scared in a number of different ways.
Now let me be clear . . . the greatest thing about Halloween is that the World Series is also happening at the same time every year and baseball is my life. It was especially an exceptional Halloween last year when my beloved Chicago Cubs had just won game 5 and eventually went on to win the next two games in Cleveland to win their first World Series in 108 years.
Putting aside the World Series for only a moment, I turn to the intense desire I have each Halloween to take my absolutely amazing/creepy old man mask out of its box in the cold storage room so that I can go do to others what others have done to me. Because that just makes sense, right?! I love the thrill of putting on that mask (along with a big old brown overcoat I bought from a local Deseret Industries) and scaring the living bejeebees out of kids/adults/whoever crosses my path. I’ll never forget the time my brother and I were driving around Main Street as I was sticking my head out the sunroof with the mask on and seeing the faces of people that suddenly saw some horrific old man staring at them. I’m glad I never caused a car accident, hopefully nobody had a sudden heart attack either.
Halloween is also the time when we decide to unearth those massive orange circular vegetables from our gardens just to stick a knife in them and make them look like these angry faces that are guarding our front door. Our family LOVES carving pumpkins. I sometimes wonder if maybe we are taking it too seriously every year in this tradition of carving pumpkins. We don’t just settle for the regular old jack-o-lantern faced pumpkins, we go all out. One year I carved an eagle with an American Flag behind it (probably the creation I’ve been most proud of so far). My older brother gets on photoshop to create his own design to carve into his pumpkin. It’s legit.
I also love going through corn mazes during this time of the year. I can’t think of a better way to spend an October night then leaving your warm comfy house to go out into the chilly fall air, wander around a local corn field, and get chased around by a maniac with a chainsaw. Yes, it sounds insane, but it’s the thrill of it all that makes it so much fun! If you haven’t ever gone through a corn maze in the fall, you haven’t even lived life yet.
And lastly . . . Halloween is awesome because my birthday is the very next day. Can’t beat that!
So if you think you want to give Halloween a try-out spot on your team of top holidays of the year, you need to start with this classic video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqGsT6VM8Vg To see the ghost by the car you’ve got to look very closely and pay extra attention when it goes behind the trees.
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