FRIGHTFUL FUN: Things to do this Halloween!
I'm often asked what to do for fun during the Halloween season. My instant go to is scary movies, but I also enjoy haunted attractions when I want to be thrilled, haunted places when I want to learn about dark history or maybe see a ghost, and of course, there's the parties, costumes, and trips to the tarot card reader!
Do You Like Scary Movies?
I'm a horror movie geek and watch hundreds of movies every year (check out my Letterboxd profile). Horror is art and art is subjective, but here are my recommendations for the best scary movies organized by decade:
Señor Scary's Halloween Playlists
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Listen to My Scary Halloween, the official theme song composed for Señor Scary's Halloween site!
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Is Being Scared a Good Thing?
Fear is subjective and we all have a threshold whether that's high or low. The act of being afraid is actually good for you with both positive physical and psychological effects. When you are scared, adrenaline is released, your heart rate increases, and your body gets a little cardiovascular workout. Being scared also reduces stress (just like laughing reduces stress), and by surviving a little fright, you can achieve the ultimate satisfaction of overcoming anxiety and maybe even cheating death. It’s all very empowering. San Francisco State University professor Jeff Leroux, said:
"We build up tension in our lives and we need a way to release it. Being scared or scaring others is a way to release that tension. Especially around Halloween you see people testing their boundaries of fear. The further those boundaries are pushed, the greater the payoff.” (Oakland Tribune, 10/26/05)