Halloween is a fantastic time for horror, monsters, scary stories, good eats, and all sorts of late night shenanigans. In the spirit of togethers and perspective, we’re going to go through some of our favorite things about Halloween!
What is one of the things about Halloween that creeps you out?
Yeksson: Google image search Halloween from back in the day. Those kids in costume look creepy.
Brian: I don’t like clowns.
Shayna: Nothing. Halloween is by far my favorite holiday. Each year I try to scope out the best local haunts and find something scarier, but it seems to get more difficult as I get older.
If I had to pick though, something for this year in particular that terrified me was a ride called the “giant swing” at a local haunted trail. Basically, it was a tall, skinny wooden pole with metal pegs in it that you had to climb up. You’re attached to a bungee cord. At the top there’s a creepy guy waiting. You sit on a small wooden slab, he counts to 5, and the wooden slab drops. I was the first of the night to ride it so I wasn’t sure what was going to happen. I plummeted to the bottom then it fell into a swinging motion. It was pitch black outside and at the top all I saw was people waiting for me to drop to my death (ha).
Erin: I am quite frightened of anything in the dark, so haunted houses and tours and stuff scare the shit out of me.
Alex: Getting food and candy from random places. I was a young eyed innocent who enjoyed trick or treating until one fateful Halloween when I was told to check the candy to make sure it’s new. Knowing that people giving you free food one a special holiday can lead to serious harm ruined the event for me.
Do you believe in the supernatural and do you have any favorite ghost stories?
Yeksson: Yes, and I thoroughly enjoy reading supernatural stories. La Siguanaba is a classic ghost story in Central American folklore. She appears to weary male travelers at night as an attractive woman. Then, she lures the traveler into danger by revealing herself to be a skull or a horse head. Either death or insanity are certain.
Brian: I do believe in the supernatural, as I think there are some things that simply cannot be explained otherwise, but no I don’t have any favorite ghost stories.
Shayna: I go back and forth on it. The only time I’ve really gotten close to believing in the supernatural was when my dog, Coco, was alive. Every now and then, maybe once a month, he’d bark and growl at the corner of a room or at “something” on the stairs. It creeped me out a bit.
Erin: I honestly do believe in supernatural/spiritual phenomenon. There are lots of crazy and interesting ghost stories about Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, and those will keep you up at night.
Alex: While I’ve never been witness to any event, occurrence, or evidence, I think the supernatural exists in ways we cannot understand. There’s plenty of good stories in a book series called Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, so do yourself a favor and check it out; the art has haunted me forever.
What is your go-to Halloween tradition?
Yeksson: Lately, it’s been haunted houses/trails. I also enjoy a good costume party.
Brian: Dress up in a badass costume.
Shayna: I wish I kept a yearly tradition, but my Halloween festivities change every year. I seriously envy the people who live in neighborhoods/cul-de-sacs. I’d be one of those neighbors who would decorate my whole lawn and house and compete with other people in the neighborhood for the best Halloween display. When I own a house, that will be my tradition.
Erin: Take lots of pictures of people in their costumes.
Alex: Trick or treating has been a fun tradition and while I enjoyed it as a kid, I love giving back. Setting up the yard and giving out candy is a lot fun and scaring kids out of a creepy looking house is well worth the effort.
Let’s say the world has as we know it as gone and some type of monsters have taken over. Picking the lesser of all evils, what world would you want to be in (living in a zombie apocalypse, trapped in the land of the dead, stuck in Transylvania, working with a dial-up modem, etc)?
Yeksson: I’m going to go on a limb here and say I fear a world run by idiots (The Kardashians). However, a lesser evil would be living in the world set in the Last of Us video game. You’re basically confronted by a whack job government or evil, decaying monsters.
Brian: Hmmmm, the dial-up modem sounds pretty rough, but depending on what kinds of zombies roam the planet, I might go with that. If we’re talking World War Z zombies, that’d be pretty damn scary considering how fast they were running and swarming, but The Walking Dead zombies are slow but kill/turn you in such gruesome and horrible ways. Meh, maybe I should just pick something like being a werewolf.
Shayna: My attempt to be original here: All of the sea turtles in the ocean rise up to seek revenge on humanity. They become land-walking, extremely fast mutants, triple in size, are covered in green ocean-gook, and ferociously scour the earth for every last being, ripping them apart with their razor teeth. As the turtles’ lifelong friend, I would be in a turtle-shaped tank and fight for their honor.
But the real, honest answer: Zombie Apocalypse, obviously.
Erin: I think I’d be down for those weird, zany aliens from Mars Attacks! to come here and take over government and stuff. It would be pretty hilarious seemingly easy to get rid of them so would be pretty calm in terms of all “world take overs”.
Alex: If I could be thrown into the world of Castlevania where I get awesome powers for defeating the creatures of the night, I’d sign up immediately. Sure, everything is grim and my bloodline would be doomed to hunt Dracula ad infinitum, but it would be worth it to do cool stuff like….
In your opinion, whether it be in a movie, a game, a show, or a book, what is the scariest scene of all time?
Yeksson: There is a scene in Season 5 of The Walking Dead where a character named Bob is captured by a group of cannibals. See for yourself.
Brian: Off the top of my head, I’d probably have to go with the Killer Croc sequence in Arkham Asylum, the amount of butt clenching that happened when I was playing that part could have produced diamonds.
Shayna: The first thing that comes to mind is that scene in The Ring where Samara actually comes out of the TV (if you haven’t seen The Ring, you must watch it this year for Halloween!).
Erin: The first ones that come to mind are scenes from Bioshock or Silent Hill and honestly like the entire The Shining movie.
Alex: I don’t think I’ve ever been more terrified in a single moment than when I was playing the first Resident Evil. Early in the game, you are exploring a mansion on a stormy knight. As you walk one of the hallways, you see lightning and a zombie infected dog bursts through the window. I immediately dropped the controller and witnessed my character mauled to death. Even hearing the chainsaws in the recent iterations is frightening, but nothing is like the shock and terror of the dog in comparison to the slow zombies that perpetuate the games.
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