Halloween is the time of year for hours of scary movie marathons, unavoidable candy comas and coming up with funny homemade costumes. But if you're anything like me, even the thought of Halloween has you trembling in your cute little fall booties. For everyone else, Halloween means walking through corn mazes in the dark and trying to fit as many horror movies as possible into one night. For me, it's the only day of the year I refuse to leave the house.
I'm not some sort of Halloween Hater. I used to love watching "13 Nights of Halloween" on ABC Family and dressing up as a Disney Princess every year. I even bought an oversized Halloween sweater from Goodwill once. The thing is, I just really don't like being scared.
The undeniable truth is that Halloween is pretty darn scary for people who don't like scary things. We have zero interest in visiting haunted houses and we don't want to feel threatened by terrifying clowns every time we step outside (seriously, what's up with that?!). We don't want anything to do with being in the dark and we hate being home alone because every little sound immediately means that our house is haunted.
People call me a scaredy cat when they find out the extent of my scary movie list includes Hocus Pocus and The Nightmare Before Christmas. I would rather do a million other things than watch anything remotely scary. All my friends say that scary movies "aren't even that scary," but I've seen enough horror movie trailers to know how this ends. Every year without a doubt, my friends manage to sit me down in front of the TV to get me to watch a scary movie, and every time I end up holding a pillow in front of my face begging to watch something funny afterward so I don't have to go to bed scared.
Forget about getting people like me into a haunted house. Whoever voluntarily goes inside a building to be scared on purpose is crazy. We would rather avoid the whole situation and practice our Grammy acceptance speech at home. My only experience at a haunted house involved me being chased around by a man with a chainsaw on the outside of it (needless to say, I didn't even end up going inside). And a haunted corn maze? That's scary enough in the daytime. Our brains wouldn't be able to manage finding our way out of there and trying to avoid all the people jumping out and scaring us.
I avoid Halloween parties like the plague, for the sole purpose of not being dragged to something that will absolutely terrify me. My friends try and prank me with fake spiders (because spiders are everyone's biggest fear) and you won't ever find me in a seasonal Halloween store, but I'm OK with that. Some people like Halloween and some people like it a little less. And while you're out doing all your scary Halloween shenanigans, I'll be at home wearing my Halloween sweater, stuffing my face with candy and watching Disney's Halloweentown like the scaredy cat I am.