I've discussed this before. I really, really dislike Halloween. I'm especially grumpy that I'll be missing out on the pumpking carving exhibit / interdepartmental contest at my old hospital. [Click here and here for photos from the past two years.]
6. Chocolate. Bags and bags of chocolate.
5. Costumes. I enjoy helping the kids create their alter egos for the night. And yes, I dress up too. Even half-heartedly getting in the spirit of things (mwa-ha-ha) takes the edge off.
4. Music. Time to break out the Giselle: Act II CD.
3. Movies. NOT the scary kind. I am a wimp - just reading about this year's blockbuster, Paranormal Activity, creeped me out. But I wouldn't mind something like Young Frankenstein, or a nice, benign ghost story, like The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, or even a slightly more sinister (yet somehow still wholesome) one like Lady in White (1988), starring Lukas Haas of Witness fame. Or maybe even Ghost this year, in memory of the late Patrick Swayze. And of course, there's the George C. Scott rendition of A Christmas Carol. Anything to Christmas-ize this.
2. Literature. There are some great books out there for this time of year. This year's big discovery for me was Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book. Clever, unique, well-written, right in the spirit of Halloween but somehow not scary at all. Perfect. Or maybe I should finally get around to reading Mary Shelley. Seems criminal that a physician-ex-English-major hasn't read Frankenstein.
1. The virtual pumpkin carving activity Lisa of Anali's First Amendment led me to a couple of years ago. I could do this over and over and over. This is at the top of my list of things I actually enjoy about this otherwise unbearable annual indulgence in our darker aspects. THANK YOU, LISA!