Fall is my favorite time of year. The cooler weather, the leaves changing from green to yellow to red before they fall onto the grass and the sidewalks. I relish the crunch of the dried leaves under my feet as I walk my dog around the neighborhood. The scent in the air is different, headier and crisp, and until the weather changes to winter, I get outside as much as possible.
On top of my love of fall, there is the excitement of going into the last part of the year. So instead of celebrating Halloween for just one day, we do it the entire month. On the first of October, my husband starts his 31 days of Halloween horror movie marathon in which every night, he chooses a horror movie to watch. It could be a classic like the original 1978 John Carpenter’s Halloween or the more recent movies from the Conjuring franchise. And while I spend most of these movies with my hands covering my eyes and peeking through my fingers at the exact wrong time, which means I tend to pick the exact moment someone is killed, there are some movies where while scared, I enjoy every moment.
The horror movies I enjoy most are the ones where there is one brilliant person, usually a strong woman, who always figures out a way to outsmart the killer and live at the end of the movie. Movies such as You’re Next, Hush, The Descent all have strong female leads who are thrown into situations where they literally have to fight to survive and come out stronger because of how smart they are. These movies come with plenty of tension and jump scares, but in the end, I root for the intelligent person who outsmarts the killer.
And because of Halloween and the change of seasons, there’s excitement in the air. Kids are thrilled to dress up and get as much candy as they can in one night, while adults want to be scared. They want that adrenaline rush and as much as I hate being scared, I truly enjoy this time of year. So this year, my husband and I look forward to the newest Halloween movie coming out in theatres as well as all of the others we binge watch at home. Some we’ve seen many times, some for the first time, but it’s the celebration of the season that makes us thrilled for this time of year.
Fall for You