I wanted to do a Halloween-related post every Monday this month, but I decided to go with something not bookish today because I always end up talking about the same books in those types of posts. So this is just about Halloween in general and will maybe give you all a chance to get to know some really random and insignificant things about me since I have included lots of stories from my life :-P
The original can be found here at Anna vs Life! And I tag everyone :-)
What’s your favorite horror movie?
I don’t like scary movies, so I have seen very few horror movies in my life. I seriously think I could count them on one hand. And some of them might have just been thrillers or something, not true horror. So instead I shall go with my favorite movie that was scary to me (because I’m a wuss), and that would be Sunshine. Funny story though, I was freaking the f*ck out during this movie, so much so that my friend watching it with me kept telling me to calm down, and no one else who saw it seemed to feel the same way I did either. But then, years later in college, a nearby Blockbuster was closing so I went and bought this movie and rewatched that night with one of my roommates (who was seeing it for the first time). And guess what? SHE WAS FREAKING THE F*CK OUT TOO. At one point she was literally sitting on the floor watching the TV through the slats of a chair. I felt so vindicated.
*hits self on forehead* I wrote all that, and then I remembered that Sweeney Todd is one of my favorite movies lol. Does that count? I know it has singing and all that, but it’s also very bloody and murderous. Whatever, here’s the trailer for Sunshine anyway since probably not a lot of people have heard of it.
If you were in a horror movie, how far do you think you would get? (Five minutes, halfway, all the way to the end credits…?)
Realistically? Probably about five minutes. I like to think I’m pretty smart, so I probably wouldn’t just blatantly wander into the murderer’s traps, but still.
Favorite scary video game?
When I was a kid, I had this computer game called Ned’s Nightmare that was pretty damn terrifying. I mean, just look at that chair at 29:48 and the whole dentist round that comes after that. And I specifically remember one part where Ned turned into a slug and salt got poured on him.
Favorite scary story?
I used to read those Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books as a kid, but I had a love-hate relationship with them because I was always completely creeped out when I read them.
What’s one unusual thing that you’re afraid of?
FURRY CATERPILLARS. Ok, I don’t know if it’s a true fear per se, but it’s the most unusual one I got. Ok, see, once as a kid I was being babysat by this woman on a farm in Nebraska. I went to the barn to get one of the kittens to bring inside, but of course I picked the wriggliest, squirmiest one, and I had to put her down for a moment on the way back to the house to readjust my grip on her, but there were hundreds, maybe even thousands, of furry caterpillars everywhere, and I really didn’t want to be near them, and I don’t know, it just traumatized me? And then many years later I was at my grandparents house, and I was taking a picture of this bird…
…and I was trying to get as close as possible without spooking it, so I was leaning forward and my heel was lifted off my flip-flop. But when I leaned back to put my heel back down, this little $#&%@!…
…had crawled onto my shoe, and I felt its furriness on my foot, and I freaked out, kicking my leg, nearly kicking the poor bird standing like a foot away. And yes, I took a photo of it to document my trauma.
What’s your first memory of Halloween?
To be honest, my early childhood years have just kind of blurred together lol.
What’s your favorite Halloween memory?
The first that comes to mind is this one year in high school when there was kind of a MRSA (staph infection) scare, a nearby school had some incidents, etc. I went trick-or-treating with friends, and this one woman was giving out handfuls of M&Ms. Not little bags—she was just sticking her hand into a big bag and giving out handfuls of loose M&Ms. And I don’t know about you all, but I was always taught not to eat loose candy. ESPECIALLY WHEN MRSA IS GOING AROUND. Yet some of my friends were just eating them! I literally ran around the group smacking M&Ms out of people’s hands as they were bringing them to their mouths. Anyway, those ended up being dubbed MRSA M&Ms.
Best Halloween costume you’ve had?
My second year of college I went to a party with my roommate, and I was dressed as a flasher. I wore skin-colored clothes and a trench coat. When I first got there, I held the trench coat closed until someone asked about it, and then I “flashed” them, and from then on, whenever new guests arrived, someone would be like, “Show them your costume!” and then I’d “flash” the new people once they were looking. Every single person had a split second of shock in which they thought I was actually naked, haha. And, ok, I had met some of my roommate’s friends numerous times and they never bothered to really speak to me or even remember me, but after that night they suddenly liked me and started saying hi to me when I walked past them on campus. That’s how great my costume was, apparently lol. But regardless of that, it was definitely the most fun costume I’ve ever worn ;-)
Worst Halloween costume you’ve had?
One year I was out of town, and I’m pretty sure my parents just put some Barbie pajamas I had on me and said I was Barbie. There was also this one time in middle or high school when I went with three other friends and we dressed as the Fantanas. It was cute as an overall group thing, but I put so little effort into my costume that it was laughable. I wore yellow Soffe shorts and a tiny yellow barely-there tube top thing. I wasn’t even trying to be sexy, I was just lazy, and that was the closest thing I found. I was a disgrace to the Fantanas. At least I was the one who brought white tape to wrap around our legs… I think.
(Those are the actual Fantanas for anyone who doesn’t know, not me and my friends.)
Which is Scarier?
Werewolves or vampires?
Werewolves because I can’t help but think of vampires as being sexy ;-)
Ghosts or zombies?
I’m tempted to say zombies because I do in fact believe in ghosts and have encountered one but have thus far managed to coincide peacefully with them, whereas zombies seem terrifying. But then, if I were ever to encounter a malicious ghost… it’d probably be a lot scarier to fight something that doesn’t have a solid form!
Creepy dolls or creepy clowns?
CREEPY CLOWN DOLLS. They’re the worst of both worlds, and there used to be one in my house when I was a kid in a display case. All my friends were creeped out by it. I was creeped out by it. Eventually I told my mom that it had to go and made her put it somewhere that at least no one had to look at it.
Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers or Leatherface?
I’ve never seen any of the movies, so I’ll choose Jason just because I used to play this Jason video game on the Nintendo, except I actually can’t handle stressful video games and would instead just freak out and shriek at my grandma things like, “AHHH IT’S JASON! HIT HIM WITH YOUR WEAPON!” or whatever while she played :-)