The first Halloween memory of the season comes from fellow horror blogger Joe aka Wings aka Caffeinated Joe and it's not so much a single memory as it is a few memories - Halloween memories i'm pretty sure we can all relate to.
"Being a kid and trick-or-treating for HOURS, in the dark, with just myself and other kids. Adults didn't go with us then, it was just us and we went until our feet couldn't do it anymore. We had HUGE bags of candy by the end of the night. My cousins would come over and we would trade stuff we didn't like for stuff they didn't, and vice-versa. Fun memories.
Older, I remember handing out candy to the kids who came to our door. And already feeling sad then that the amount of kids was diminishing. Sad.
Watching horror all night long, or as long as I could stay awake. These days, I love that channels devote weeks to Halloween and horror films. Love it, and I have caught so many things I missed as a kid. Fun stuff. And there is definitely something different about watching movies airing on TV than just throwing in a DVD. Not sure why that is so, maybe it comes from remembering a time when we HAD to just watch what was on TV, rather than watching what you wanted, when you wanted.
Now, I have memories of my kids and their trick-or-treating fun. We used to go to our friends' home and travel around their neighborhood with their son. I remember one year some idiot kid decided it would be funny to jump up from behind a parked car to scare the little kids. Yeah, NOT a good idea when you have toddlers with you! Idiot.
This year, I hope to have some new, cool memories. For the first time, we are going to Florida the week before Halloween, and my daughter and myself are going to Universal Halloween Horror Nights. Should be fun! We will miss Jason and Freddy, but will still get to see some cool stuff. We are also taking them to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, which my son is looking forward to, since he doesn't like the real scary stuff. And on Halloween night, my daughter and son get to trick-or-treat in Florida. Can't beat that, for a change, anyways. I will miss the Fall leaves and feeling of the season from up here, in New England. But it will be a great vacation!"
Ah, the days when kids were actually allowed to roam around without parental supervision on Halloween night. How sad is it that the world is so fucked up nowadays that parents have to drive their kids from house to house to go trick or treating? Sucks all the fun right out of it and i'm so glad I was able to wander around with my friends when I was a kid. Definetly cherish those memories. And i'm total agreement with ya, Wings - there's just something about watching horror movies on TV that's more exciting than tossing in the DVD. I see a flick like Halloween 4 come on TV and I get all giddy, yet i've had it on DVD for years and never bothered to pop it in the player. And I think you're spot on in your reasoning as to why this is the case. It's pretty much the same reason I still collect and like to watch VHS tapes of horror movies. It's all about trying to recapture those feelings you got when you were a kid. By the way, i'm INCREDIBLY jealous that you're going to Halloween Horror Nights. That's one of those things I must do before I die. Have a great time and I can't wait to read the coverage on your blog!