"It's the most wonderful time of the year" and I don't mean Christmas! For me, Halloween IS Christmas. I love the falling leaves and crisp air. I love the early twilight that falls upon us, and planning scary decorations for the trick-or-treaters. Mostly, I love to be scared.
It was a Halloween tradition in my house for the last twenty years to watch the entire Evil Dead trilogy after returning from a massive candy haul. Lately, and as much as I love Ash, I've been looking for some new and unique ways to get the hairs on my arms to stand at attention.
In some extensive research, I have finally found some legitimately scary avenues to travel down that will become a new tradition for the scarefest that this Hallow's Eve will bring...
1. Paranormal Witness
I stumbled across this show a few years back on the SyFy Channel. At the time it was one of several paranormal shows I was watching, and currently the only one still standing. Why? Because it's scary as hell!
What makes it scary? Each story told is supposed to be based on actual events. It is shown through first person accounts of those who lived it, along with recreations that are actually well acted. The show has a definitive pace and production that amps up the intensity of the story and has caused me to sleep with the lights on on several occasions.
Don't have it saved on the DVR? No problem! You can find episodes of Paranormal Witness on SyFy Online.
2. Read Anything by Edgar Allen Poe
This may be a bit cliché, but sitting down with one of Poe's anthologies of Poetry and Tales is a splendid way to scare up some excitement for Halloween! With literally hundreds of passages to choose from, there is a story for everyone. If you had experience with Poe on a mandatory basis in school, forget everything you've heard, and go back... you won't be sorry, but you may be scared.
What makes it scary? The man is a master craftsman at putting together a heart-stopping tale that, as adults, is hard to not shudder at. Re-reading The Fall of the House of Usher, or The Tell-Tale Heart has terrified me more now than ever before. Not exactly sure if it is because I am older, and the consequences that the characters experience in these tales hit closer to home, or that I can just really appreciate a good scary story. Either way, picking a Poe tale every Hallow's Eve is now a must!
3. Find & Play the Original Silent Hill Video Game
This one may be a little harder to come by, as the original version of Silent Hill was released in 1999 for the initial Playstation console. However, if you don't still have that precious piece of machinery, fear not! YouTube has got you covered! Of course actually playing the game and anticipating all the terrible horrors that reign down on you is half the fun!
What makes it scary? Well, everything! The first time I played this through long, long ago, my then boyfriend (now husband) and I jumped out of our skin on more than one occasion while traipsing through this game. Forget the creepy music, absolute desolate scenery, or lack of interaction with living things; the storyline of the game itself is enough to bring upon nightmares for years to come. Just wait until you get to the school. No spoilers... you'll just have to find out for yourself!
So, there you have it, three new ways to get yourself into the Halloween Spirit!