23 September 2006

Six Weeks of Halloween: 2006

Six Weeks of Halloween

  1. 23 Sep-26 Sep: one - two - three - four
  2. 27 Sep-03 Oct: five - six - seven - eight - nine - ten
  3. 04 Oct-10 Oct: eleven - twelve - thirteen - fourteen - fifteen
  4. 11 Oct-17 Oct: sixteen - seventeen - eighteen - nineteen - twenty - twenty-one
  5. 18 Oct-24 Oct: twenty-two - twenty-three - twenty-four - twenty-five - twenty-six
  6. 25 Oct-31 Oct: twenty-seven - twenty-eight - twenty-nine - thirty - ---

I love Halloween. Falling in the heart of autumn, Halloween smells of harvest foods, shivers of cool days, and sounds of dry leaves rustling in the wind. Traditionally, it marked the point in the year when the veil separating our world from the spirit world was the thinnest. In modern American culture, this is the time of year during which everyone feels free to celebrate the horror genre. Little old ladies hang ghosts from their trees, children dress as bloody-fanged vampires, grocery stores stock plastic severed heads, and normally mundane sitcoms air quirky, spooky episodes.

As is obvious from my choices of chronocinethon subjects, horror is my favorite genre. I love that it gets its own holiday (eat it, sci-fi). In recent years, I've extended this horror holiday from one all-too brief day into a six-week celebration of movie and candy consumption. From the Autumnal Equinox to Samhain, I watch nothing but horror movies (with the exception of MST3K episodes this year).

For the 8th year in a row, I will be watching Halloween on October 31st. Outside of that, I don't have a set movie schedule. Friends and spouses will influence movie choices during their occasional participation. Things I may watch include:

Plenty of horror movie trailers, Treehouse of Horror I-VII segments, horror-themed music videos and other Halloweeny bits will also be thrown into the mix. In closing, the immortal words of the worlds' spookiest narrator:

Man lives in the sunlit world of what he believes to be reality.
But, there is -- unseen by most -- an underworld.
A place that is just as real, but not as brightly lit...