And we’re off!

I can’t believe it. We’re here. It’s September. In my last post I mentioned how I was kind of stretching the launch date for this year’s Halloween festivities a bit, but now it’s all LEGIT. At least it is for me. Two months isn’t an excessive amount of Halloween celebration is it?¬†

Let’s run down what Phase I (that’s a Roman numeral, seems more sincere) is all about shall we? Right about now is when all the stores start clearing all the stationery and backpacks out of their seasonal aisles and in their place, we start to see skulls and spiders and pumpkins and candy. Even decades out of elementary school, I can appreciate that as an upgrade. The dedicated Halloween stores start gradually cutting the ribbon as well. Last year I jumped the gun slightly and went to a Spirit Store on this day. They were open but still in the process of unpacking and putting everything out. I think I’ll give ’em a few days head start this year. A cursory glance at this here page¬†shows that two Spirit stores in the valley are open as we speak. One in Mesa and the other…… in my neck of the woods! Oh man….

I love this stuff. I love changing my phone and computer wallpapers to Halloween images, and the ringtone to match. I love hearing about people thinking up costumes. I love seeing pumpkins appear in grocery stores. And pumpkin-flavored beer in liquor stores. I can watch horror movies day and and day out. I can start planning the party.

I swear I can smell Halloween when I go outside. My nostrils get scorched when I do that as it’s currently 111 degrees out, and that may seem counterintuitive. I don’t know if the feeling is purely psychological or if I’m perceiving something real, just above the subconscious. But I can feel the changing of the season. Here in Phoenix it feels like Summer well through September, at least temperature-wise, but we’re all ready to move on to Fall. More than ready.

I used to worry that if I started celebrating Halloween on September first that I was bound to burn myself out on it before the real Halloween even arrived. I used to worry about that. But if the past few years have proven anything to me it’s that two months almost isn’t enough time. And as I get older and busier that two months seems shorter and shorter. There’s always so much I want to do. This year? Well, check:

  • Watch between 30 – 45 horror movies
  • Sample every kind of pumpkin beer I can get my hands on and review them in a blog post
  • Throw a “bad horror movie” night sometime in October, as a sort of “pre-Halloween”
  • Build a life-size wooden coffin
  • Carve two jack-o-lanterns
  • Assemble two costumes. One for work, one for the party
  • Watch Cinemassacre’s Monster Madness videos every day in October
  • Keep up with X-Entertainment‘s Halloween countdown
  • Visit haunted attractions (going to try to brave Fear Farm before it becomes a Woodstockian mob)
  • Figure out new ways to make my house look like a haunted attraction
  • Write reviews for horror movies I love
  • Post regularly on this blog
  • Throw a party

I WILL do each and every one of those things, except perhaps the coffin building which I have failed to follow through on before. The rest are non-negotiable.

As for today, I’m going to celebrate by listening to The Misfits exclusively. Let’s raise a glass of pumpkin beer together for Halloween 2011!

The zombies were having fun, the party had just begun

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