Emily tagged me for a Halloween meme. I was going to save it for Friday but my Bookman and I will be at a Halloween party at our ballroom dance studio. We still haven’t figured out costumes. I jokingly suggested I could go as a sexy librarian and he could be a book nerd, but frankly, sexy is not part of my toolbox–chipper, cheerful, cute, perky–sexy, not so much. We’ll see what magic or lack of magic we can make from the closet.
Anyway, so back to the meme.
- Answer the questions on your own blog
- Tag 13 others to answer the questions on their blogs and link to them
- Which urban legend ghost scared the bejeesuz out of you when you were a kid?
It’s been a long time since I have been to a slumber party, but I seem to recall the story about the young couple whose car broke down at night in the middle of nowhere out in the desert an hour’s drive from where I grew up and the guy who got out to walk to the gas station they passed ten miles back. There was something about a serial killer and a hook. Yeah, that one always got me.
- Which horror movie has the best premise?
When a Stranger Calls Teenage babysitter keeps getting phone calls from a guy with a creepy voice who asks her “have you checked the children?” She finally calls the police who trace the calls to the very house she where she is babysitting! If your intent it to scare teenage babysitters and scar them for life, then this is the best premise ever. It still gives me the chills just remembering!
- What is the most disappointing “treat” to receive in your bag on Halloween night?
Apples, but only because we weren’t allowed to eat them. Otherwise, number 2 pencils were pretty disappointing. There was a lady in my neighborhood who gave them out every year.
- What’s the best non-candy item to receive?
There’s a good non-candy item? Man I was all about the candy and anything that wasn’t candy was worthless. Except the lady who gave out little plastic bags of pennies was fun until you got back home and counted all those pennies and discovered it was only 25-cents.
- Did a monster live in your closet when you were a child?
Oh yes. I could never, ever sleep with the closet door open even a fraction of an inch. This fear hung around until about ten years ago when I moved into my current house where the closets are so small there isn’t room for a monster.
- Which supernatural creature sent chills up your spine when you were ten and still does?
Ghosts, not the friendly Casper kind, but the mean, emanating evil kind that write in blood on the walls and slam doors and pop up out of nowhere. I can’t say more or I won’t be able to sleep tonight!
- Which supernatural creature makes you yawn?
Werewolves I guess. There isn’t much scary about them unless you are about to be disemboweled, then I might be a little worried.
- What’s your favorite Halloween decoration?
Jack-o-lanterns, hands down. But they have to be original creations not the ones that you paste a store-bought template on and then carve the outline.
- If you could be anywhere on Halloween night, where would you be?
Because, as I have gotten older, horror tends to give me nightmares, I’d like most to be snuggled under a blanket with my Bookman, sharing a big bowl of popcorn and watching a movie, preferably something smart and funny.
- What’s the scariest book you’ve read so far this year?
I was going to make some snarky remark about a book I abandoned because it was so horrifyingly bad, but I shall refrain. Since I don’t do scary well as mentioned in the last question, the scariest book I’ve read is Neil Gaiman’s M is for Magic which wasn’t even really scary at all even though it has ghosts and trolls and other creatures in it.
- Haunted houses or haunted hayrides?
Haunted houses every time. Though I have never been on a haunted hayride so technically I can’t make a fair assessment.
- Which Stephen King novel/movie would you least like to find yourself trapped in?
The Shining. Those twin girl ghosts FREAK me out, and then there is the writer-dad who goes crazy and chases everyone around with an axe. Good thing I saw that movie when I was a teen otherwise I’d not have been able to sleep for weeks.
- Which is creepiest: evil dolls, evil pets, evil children?
Evil dolls, especially if they are evil clown dolls. Remember the movie Poltergeist? My sister hated clowns to begin with and that clown doll probably scarred her for life. The doll was made by someone in San Diego and one weekend we were out shopping and walked into a store and atop a glass display case, there it was! We immediately turned around and walked out of the store.
How’d I do? I’m going to break the rules and not tag anyone, but if you feel like doing this one yourself, you’re tagged!