At the Hunter Community Center, Clawson / Cindy La Ferle
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October's grand finale is Halloween, my favorite holiday. People who don't know me well are often surprised when I tell them I enjoy scary movies and horror films (slasher films being the exception) in the fall. In the weeks ahead, I'll be pulling old favorites from the shelf -- The Haunting of Hill House, Practical Magic, The Witches of Eastwick, Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Exorcist, The Addams Family, and, of course, John Carpenter's Halloween.
|Cindy La Ferle|
So, why do some of us like scary movies? Psychologists have several theories. The way I see it, horror films provide harmless thrills -- a jolt for the senses -- and typically offer a catharsis at the end. When "victims" in the films regain their power over ghosts, monsters, and other supernatural entities, we feel validated and relieved. Or, as Stephen King aptly put it: "We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones."
This month, I'll be posting a couple of previously published magazine essays I've written about October. In addition you'll be seeing plenty of quotes celebrating mystery, magic, and the riches of the harvest season -- plus a few spooky photos from my collection. Don't say I didn't warn you. ~Cindy La Ferle