It has begun!

Boys and ghouls,

-No, scratch that. I’m not doing Crypt Keeper puns. It is a fool’s errand.

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Halloween Phase I. With the coming of September, we have the first day of a slow build-up to The Day itself, and the hedonism it represents. Summer is over (although it’s still hot and the calendar says Summer doesn’t end until the 22nd, colloquially Summer is over), and stores are beginning to pack away the back to school supplies and Slip N Slides and bring out the skulls, spider webs, and pumpkins. It is a glorious time, and it only gets better.

Expect to see much more frequent updates on this site. Throughout the next two months I will be posting horror movie reviews, updates on the progress of Halloween out in the city, reviews of the Haunted Houses I go to, and plenty of obsessive musings such as this. Starting in October I plan to host little “mini-Halloweens”, in which horror films are viewed and pumpkin-flavored beer and baked goods are consumed. That is, if I can drum up enough interest. At the very least I’ll be watching tons of horror movies and all are welcome to join me. I’m finally going to round out my horror palette by watching some of the classic, important films of the genre that I never got around to seeing (the original Dracula, Frankenstein, Wolfman and so forth).

The start of Phase I is a good time to make sure you are narrowing down your costume choice if you haven’t done so. This gives you enough time to find and order components you may need to buy online, and to grow hair and beards if necessary. I feel great shame for this, but I have not the slightest clue what I’m going to be. Paradoxically, I’m often one of the last people to decide on a costume. Please feel free to give me suggestions. Please.

Tonight – Nightmare Before Christmas.

Pumpkins scream in the dead of night

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