I love October – That statement is one people who read my columns have heard before. October is my favorite month, and for various reasons. Most notably is Halloween, as well as the 31 days of horror movies on television.
I like October even more when it contains a Friday the 13th. I had this intense urge to stay home and watch horror movies all day on Friday. It didn’t take much thought for me to realize that action would be frowned upon. I can imagine me saying “I’m not sick, but I want to watch horror movies instead of working.” Never going to happen.
Some people believe that Friday the 13th is an unlucky day. I don’t think so. However, thousands live in fear of it. According to statistics, at least 10 percent of the U.S. population have a fear of the number 13, and even more people fear Friday the 13th.
Did you know that more than 80 percent of high-rise buildings in the U.S. don’t have a 13th floor, and many hotels, hospitals and airports avoid using that number for rooms and gates? That’s just weird.
Alfred Hitchcock, the master of suspense, was born on the 13th. Friday, Aug. 13, 1999 would have been his 100th birthday. How bad could the day be?
Some people fear black cats. I had a black cat and she gave birth to six black kittens just before Halloween. A friend freaked out and told me that it was unlucky. How can that be? They were adorable. She urged me to keep them indoors because someone might snatch them and kill them. That did concern me.
My love for this month has been passed down to my children. My daughter and I go to haunted houses together. We go every year. My son loves working at Cedar Grove Fire Department’s Haunted Trail. His intent is to make someone pee their pants out of fear. He goes above and beyond in that endeavor. He hid in a port-a-potty once. When the door opened, out he came with a chainsaw. I reprimanded him for that. That’s just wrong. Play fair or don’t play at all, even at scaring people.
I do like to dress up at Halloween. I toyed with the idea of being Bride of Frankenstein last year. I found a wig. I still have it. However, I did not find a dress that I liked. A bride needs a dress. It did occur to me that I could revisit that idea. However, I’m leaning more towards being a witch this year. We shall see.
Also yet to be decided is what I’m making for our dessert contest at work. Last year I made a spider cake. It had about 30 spiders crawling all over it. I won first place. Maybe I’ll make yummy mummies. I have a bit more time to decide.
Whichever your favorite holiday season is, I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy mine.
Standard reporter Lisa Hobbs can be reached at 473-2191.