The pumpkins are out. The haunted houses are open. Horror movie marathons invade cable TV channels. It’s officially Autumn, and it feels like it, even here in Phoenix where it’s still flirting with 100 degrees most days. It’s October 1st. It’s Phase II of Halloween season.
On this day, it’s now 100% acceptable to brandish jack o’ lanterns on your clothing, to talk about costumes, and to raid the shelves of Trader Joe’s of all their myriad pumpkin spice products, and no one can give you shit about it. October belongs to Halloween in the same way December belongs to Christmas (thanks to the existence of November, never the twain shall meet if you ask me, but reality doesn’t bear that out). Its position on the very last day of the month means there’s not a moment in this 31 days that mustn’t be Halloweeny. Celebrate well until 12:01 am November 1st.
By the way, I’ve long dreamed of this website being an October tradition for anyone in the same way other sites like Dinosaur Dracula and Cinemassacre have been tradition for me. If that’s you, dear reader… thank you! I hope I don’t let you down. The bread and butter of this site in my view is the Reviews page, where I’m gradually making my way through my entire personal horror catalogue and attempting to cover every haunted house and pumpkin beer I can get my hands on in Arizona. I also recommend checking out some of my favorite articles from Halloweens past:
As for today, I can’t think of any better way to ring in the “true” Halloween month than a ritual viewing of your personal favorite Halloween movie. You know what that is; you don’t need me to tell you. I’ll probably be watching the original Halloween for the ten thousandth time and drinking one of my favorite pumpkin beers. I’m nothing if not predictable.