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October 24th 2005, 21:57 CEST by wingwalker

The witching hour is upon us. Halloween is absolutely my favorite pagan ritual. What scared the crap out you on some long forgotten Hallow's eve. Your best ever halloween costume? Favorite scary movies? Most frightening time of your life....I mean really, really scary here! Boo ya bastards!
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#1 by Hugin
2005-10-24 22:00:13
lmccain@nber.org
I've never been frightened by Halloween related things.  Don't really much like the holiday.  Well, the candy people bring in to work afterwards is nice.

It's not that I don't get scared by anything.  I'm just not generally scared by Halloween style scary stuff. And I don't care for horror or ghost stories, so that part doesn't work for me.  And I hate dressing up in costumes. Really, the whole thing is meh for me.
#2 by Hugin
2005-10-24 22:01:31
lmccain@nber.org
Hm.  I didn't expect this would be the first post.  Sorry for starting things off on a downer not.  I just never really "got" Halloween, except maybe when I was a very little kid.  Post-7 years old or so...enh.
#3 by Hugin
2005-10-24 22:01:45
lmccain@nber.org
Jeez.  Someone else post something?
#4 by McBain
2005-10-24 22:02:59
I look forward to Halloween when I have kids.

Kid: Because you went to the bathroom on mommy's dishes?
Willie: What the fuck? No!
#5 by Jibble
2005-10-24 22:03:12
Honestly, The Ring scared the shit out of me for some reason. I saw it alone and went back to my empty apartment and couldn't sleep that night.

I remember one year when I was much younger we rented Poltergeist 3 (or whichever the one was that was in the high-rise building) and it scared my brother so badly he wouldn't go outside after dark for a month. The one time he tried he came running back in, screaming and crying.

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#6 by Ergo
2005-10-24 22:03:13
I love a good horror story or movie, though most horror movies suck. I also hate dressing up in costumes.

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#7 by Eric T. Cheng
2005-10-24 22:03:55
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I look forward to Halloween when I have kids.


You're going to allow your kids to practice such a pagan (albeit very commercialized) ritual?

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#8 by anaqer
2005-10-24 22:05:24
Honestly, The Ring scared the shit out of me for some reason.

Seconded.

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#9 by Ergo
2005-10-24 22:05:30
The only movie I can remember that outright scared me was a terrible, awful monster movie back in the 70s called Slithis. I was about 8 years old at the time. Horrible, horrible film that I shouldn't have seen at any age.

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#10 by Ergo
2005-10-24 22:05:53
#7 Eric T. Cheng
I look forward to Halloween when I have kids.


You're going to allow your kids to practice such a pagan (albeit very commercialized) ritual?

Yes. Why?

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#11 by Eric T. Cheng
2005-10-24 22:07:29
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Didn't McBain make a fuss about kids and Christmas?

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#12 by Hugin
2005-10-24 22:08:03
lmccain@nber.org
For the record, things that scare me:  Spiders.  Not big fake rubber or plastic spiders, which are what you get at Halloween.  Uhm..the first chestburster scene in Alien scared the crap out of me when I was a kid.  Hm.  I had a bunch of nightmares when I was a kid, chronic nightmares, but none of them were "scary" in the ghost story sense. Mostly they related to a sense of abandonment or a loss of control.  Lots of being alone in stressful circumstances and lots of being helpless in stressful circumstances.  In fact I'd say what I fear most of anything is loss of control, in general.  It's one of the reasons I'm pretty determined to never get drunk, ever.
#13 by CheesyPoof
2005-10-24 22:08:16
I look forward to Halloween when I have kids.

Halloween good, Santa bad?

OK, I haven't caught up yet and don't even know where the Santa discussion went after I left so i apologize in advance.

I don't care much for Halloween. I wouldn't mind if it fell off the face of the planet, but the pumpkins are nice.

The Exorcist scared me good.
#14 by Shadarr
2005-10-24 22:11:12
shadarr@yahoo.com http://digital-luddite.com
Best halloween costume ever.
This year's winner.

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#15 by Ergo
2005-10-24 22:12:25
#11 Eric T. Cheng
Didn't McBain make a fuss about kids and Christmas?

He dislikes the idea teaching kids that Santa Claus is a real person. Other than that, I imagine he celebrates Christmas the way I do--completely secular.

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#16 by Matt Perkins
2005-10-24 22:16:55
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Alien scared me but good.  The thing bursting up out of the guys stomach.  I never expected it and I was little kid...  Couldn't sleep well for a month.

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#17 by gaggle
2005-10-24 22:17:58
I saw some vampire movie that might've scared and scarred me for the longest time. Well at that age I was probably afraid of the dark or some shit regardless of movie input, but it acted as a powerful catalyst in the least. Good times.


And when the hell will people get that McBain doesn't hate christmas..

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#18 by McBain
2005-10-24 22:18:40
Alien and Aliens both left me feeling wrung out and weird afterward.

Actually, I think seeing Legend of the Overfiend when I was around 13 frightened me more than about anything else I've seen.

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#19 by gaggle
2005-10-24 22:20:22
And by good times I'm refering to literally hiding under my blanket, feverishly ensuring that no part of my body was allowed into the open air. Apparently I was a big subscriber to the notion that all blankets have innate anti-monster capabilities.

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#20 by Jibble
2005-10-24 22:21:15
I think we're all forgetting the best part about Halloween: women in slutty outfits. Can't be just a nurse...have to be a slutty nurse.

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#21 by Greg
2005-10-24 22:24:30
When I was 4 or 5 I watched Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster and was scared for months. However, this has no bearing on Halloween at all.

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#22 by Jibble
2005-10-24 22:25:34
I think there was only one time in my life that I was truly scared shitless. I was a kid, and I'd gone to sleep on the floor down by the foot of my parents' bed. After I fell asleep, they moved me into my bed. I woke up and wanted to go to the bathroom, remembering which way I was facing in my parents' room, but now there was a wall there. I freaked right the hell out, started screaming and banging on the wall for a minute or two before they woke up and came in there to calm me down. It's one of few things I really remember vividly about my early childhood.

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#23 by Shadarr
2005-10-24 22:29:28
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Also, ditto to everything Hugin said except the part about Alien, because I didn't see it till I was 20 or something.

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#24 by Penguinx
2005-10-24 22:35:53
Make Them Die Slowly came out the year I was born and was on constant reply in my house for as long as I can remember. That, and my dad had a strange liking for Starman, Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things, and the Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street flicks.

The only two movies that scared me as a kid, was a horror flick that started out with a hermaphrodite Jesus nailed to a cross (dude with tits and a vagina, beard, crown of thorns, the whole gettup), and Willard.

As a result, I love SFX, horror movies, and Halloween.

The blackbird whirled in the autumn winds.
It was a small part of the pantomime.
#25 by Penguinx
2005-10-24 22:37:42
For the record, Starman was the scariest of them all.

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It was a small part of the pantomime.
#26 by gaggle
2005-10-24 22:40:45
Jeff Bridges acting goofy had you scared? Man, talk about diff'rnt strokes.. [/insensitive asshole-ish friendly comment with smiley implied]

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#27 by Penguinx
2005-10-24 22:42:17
Lois Lane was holding magic balls. Take it from there.

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#28 by Hugin
2005-10-24 22:45:31
lmccain@nber.org
That wasn't Lois Lane.
#29 by LPMiller
2005-10-24 22:51:56
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Yeah, dumbass, it was the chick from raiders of the lost ark.

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#30 by Marsh Davies
2005-10-24 22:55:37
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Halloween is kind of fruity these days. I never really went trick-or-treating as a kid. Don't remember why.

As for things that scared me... I vaguely remember mentioning Alien and the Alien War interactive experience at the Trocadero before, and the mighty Crapsifter shows it to be so:

Probably watched it [Alien] at a tender age or something, because I had nightmares about it for years. Even now, a lot of my nightmares involve Alien-esque elements, and I think a lot of my waking fears of Alien I had as a child have warped into morbid fascinations. Generally, the thing disturbed me severely. It was probably contributed to largely (if not wholly) by my traumatic experience on the Alien War interactive-experience-thing at the Trocadero. They should have had an age limit on that - I was only 11 or 12 - and being chased around collapsing space stations by highly realistic slavering aliens (they used prosthetics from the movies) whilst our marine chaperone blasted them with a pulse rifle, having face-huggers land on you, creeping over eggs, and having planted members of the group snatched and eviscerated, is probably a little more than your average pre-teen kid should experience. At one point our marine told me to open a door for him, and I refused, so he tried to drag me off, and I was clinging on to a bulk head, screaming, "You're the one with the gun - you do it!"


In retrospect, I think the reason that a lot of my nightmares continue to contain Alien-esque elements, is less to do with having seen Alien, and more to do with the fact that Alien tapped into the fundamentally unsettling imagery from which nightmares are born.

I still can't watch Alien (and, to a lesser extent, Aliens) without feeling a taut horror which is different in some way from any other feeling of fear I've experienced whilst watching a movie. McBain's term is right. I felt wrung-out by it. Thankfully, I think the crapness of subsequent Alien films has had a cathartic effect.

The Ring shitted me up good and proper when I watched it the first time, but rewatching has dulled the fear. I wasn't able to see it through to the end the first time - on my own in the house at three o'clock in the morning. Shortly after I gave up watching, and resorted to browsing the Crap in the hopes of forgetting enough of the film for me to be able to sleep, there was a power cut. Timely, huh? I don't think I did anything but whimper uncontrollably for three hours, waiting for Sadako to come and eat my soul.

The Blair Witch Project really scared me at the time too. The sound of the baby crying. Eeeeee!

I'm irrationally afraid of wasps.

#31 by Marsh Davies
2005-10-24 22:55:53
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#32 by Penguinx
2005-10-24 22:56:46
Hugin, wow. My memory failed me.

I was practically a fetus at the time.

The blackbird whirled in the autumn winds.
It was a small part of the pantomime.
#33 by jjohnsen
2005-10-24 23:01:48
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Halloween sucks around here.  If you go door-to-door with your kid everyone thinks your crazy, and most don't even have candy to give out.  Instead everyone in the neighborhood goes to a local church, library or city office parking lot.  They park all the cars in a circle and open the trunks with candy inside.  Then the kid walks from car to car asking for candy.  The whole process takes less than 30 minutes.  To make it worse they usually start this travesty around 5 p.m. when it's still light outside.  Trunk-or-treat they call it, and it's boring as hell.

We'll probably take my daughter to my parents neighborhood where they still do it the right way.

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#34 by Jibble
2005-10-24 23:04:43
I'm irrationally afraid of wasps.

Me too. Bees not so much because they can only sting you once, but wasps are assholes. At least bees make honey and earwigs make chutney, but wasps just make nests to breed more stinging assholes.

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#35 by Jibble
2005-10-24 23:05:48
jj, that's the lamest Halloween I've ever heard. I'm sorry you have to put up with that.

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#36 by Penguinx
2005-10-24 23:06:33
The rural area I live in really appreciates the harvest and as a result Halloween gets played up pretty well. The suburbs I work in are another story. 4pm curfews, approved homes only -tons of bullshit.

The blackbird whirled in the autumn winds.
It was a small part of the pantomime.
#37 by Hugin
2005-10-24 23:06:41
lmccain@nber.org
#32 by Penguinx

Hugin, wow. My memory failed me.

I was practically a fetus at the time.


Don't feel bad Peng.  I only remember because I had a huuuuugggge crush on Karen Allen back in the day.  Huge.
#38 by gaggle
2005-10-24 23:06:48
Wow sounds like they went all the way to town and back with that Alien War interactive thing. Sounds pretty neat (well, in theory at any rate).. alright so the soul-scarring doesn't sound so much fun though. I wish you had videos or pictures of your endevour.

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#39 by Shadarr
2005-10-24 23:08:45
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When I was a kid, there were only about a dozen houses to go to and they were all really spread out, with lots of theoretcially spooky dark woods in between.  However since I walked through the dark every day of my life it didn't really bother me.  All the kids went more or less together, and since people knew how many kids there were we usually got pretty good loot.  Once the kids visited a house, the adults would head to the school for a party.

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#40 by Penguinx
2005-10-24 23:09:04
Don't feel bad Peng.  I only remember because I had a huuuuugggge crush on Karen Allen back in the day.  Huge.


I don't feel bad, but The Dude and Lois Lane made a much better childhood-scarring story than The Dude and that one chick from those two movies and Raiders of the Lost Ark.

The blackbird whirled in the autumn winds.
It was a small part of the pantomime.
#41 by Marsh Davies
2005-10-24 23:09:50
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Bees not so much because they can only sting you once, but wasps are assholes.

Strangely, I'm not afraid of bees. That's not to say I'd be happy with having them crawl all over my face or anything, but, by contrast, wasps unnerve me even if I can't be hurt by them.

#42 by Penguinx
2005-10-24 23:11:51
We recently had a bag of sugar make its way outside (it must have fallen out of a grocery bag or something) and the ensuing swarms of bees I had to walk through on my way out every morning broke me of my bee thing. I don't mind them anymore. There were literally hundreds of them between my car and I every morning and not one stuck me.

Weeks after the bag was removed they still came. Tenacious little bastards.

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It was a small part of the pantomime.
#43 by bago
2005-10-24 23:12:21
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I dig halloween. A great excuse to get everyone in costumes. Sexy Costumes.

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#44 by Penguinx
2005-10-24 23:12:53
The only things that make me afeareded (as eluded to a long time ago in a thread far, far away) are heights of the natural variety. Cliffs, rock edges, shit like that.

The blackbird whirled in the autumn winds.
It was a small part of the pantomime.
#45 by Shadarr
2005-10-24 23:18:01
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There was a period of my life where I got stung by something every year for about seven years straight.  That cured me of my fear of being stung.

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#46 by gaggle
2005-10-24 23:24:05
Oh I have a thing about heights I guess. That's another limit in me I'd like to test and push somehow, I mislike my reaction as it stands currently. Crappy human software.

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#47 by Chunkstyle
2005-10-24 23:27:54
When I was a kid we still had the old, plastic flammable costumes.  They were really stupid looking and we loved them.  There was always some kids whose moms could sew, and they would show up in some elaborate get ups, and we'd all have to console them.  "No plastic mask?  Aw, that sucks."

All the houses were really close together, in an incredibly safe neighborhood, so we'd go to all of them.  We had months worth of candy every year, even when it snowed on Halloween, which it seemed to do a lot.

Now, I barely notice Halloween.  This year I'm leaving for a business trip, so Halloween is going to annoy me as it will probably be crowded in the bar.

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#48 by Squeaky
2005-10-24 23:31:08
I notice Halloween only because it was apparently my responsibility to make sure our store was sufficiently stocked with halloween candy. Of course, "communication" is something of a dirty word in my store.

Now I'm a half-million dollars in the hole, and I'm sucking dicks in the bathroom at the Olive Garden. Thanks a lot, Nintendo!
#49 by Chunkstyle
2005-10-24 23:31:47
And other than the fear of living the rest of my life alone, I'm not scared of much.  And I'm getting over the first one through a process of intense exposure therapy.

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#50 by Eric T. Cheng
2005-10-24 23:32:01
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I'm not afraid of heights per se (I can look over a balcony and not get freaked out) but rathing falling (I can climb up a ladder but I get nervous if I look down). I can swim but open water (even on a boat) makes me nervous (this fear stems from an incident when I was a toddler and I nearly drowned after falling into my grandaunt's swimming pool in Hong Kong).

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