Top 5 Halloweeny Things
(In no particular order because I’m indecisive.)

5.) 13 Nights of Halloween on ABC Family
There is something for everyone on during these 13 nights.  They show everything from ‘Edward Scissorhands’ to ‘The Addams Family’ to ‘Beetlejuice.’  My favorite, however, is ‘Hocus Pocus.’  I’m not sure what it is exactly that I love so much about ‘Hocus Pocus’, I just do.  In my opinion it just isn’t Halloween until I’ve watched ‘Hocus Pocus’ a couple three times.  I love everything about it from Sarah Jessica Parker as a ditz to Bette Midler’s musical number, ‘I Put A spell On You.’  I thought this was a movie that everybody everywhere had seen, but just in the last week I had mentioned it to a few co-workers and they didn’t know what I was talking about.  I set them straight real quick.  Moral of the story: check it out.

4.) Spooky TV Shows
The two shows I remember most fondly aren’t on anymore but around this time of year you can sometimes catch some reruns.  So be on the lookout for ‘So Weird’ and ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark?’  These two shows were pretty good at freaking me out as a kid.  ‘So Weird’ was on Disney Channel and ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark?” was on Nickelodeon.  I was a very bipartisan TV viewer as a child.  Erik Von Detten was on ‘So Weird’ and could quite possibly be the reason I watched the show.  Ryan Gosling did an episode of “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” That right there should be reason enough to make you want to catch a rerun just on the rare chance of seeing a young Ryan Gosling.

3.) Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’
Undeniably one of the best songs and music videos ever made.  I don’t feel I have to argue this point much further.  I mean its Michael Jackson, nuff said.  Plus, I know all the choreography from the video so it’s obviously awesome.

2.) Creative Costumes
Halloween is my favorite night of the year, besides New Year’s Eve maybe, to go out and see what people have put together for their costumes.  I am always surprised by people’s creativity.  I remember the Halloween after the Chilean miners were rescued I saw a bunch of guys with hard hats and t-shirts that simply said ‘Chilean Miners.’  Some might say this was too soon, but because everyone came out alive I thought it was a nice tribute.

1.)    Free Candy
I’m a little too old to go trick-or-treating, but I still remember how exciting it was to get free candy.  My favorite was anything chocolate, except Almond Joys or Mounds because I don’t like coconut.  My least favorite were Dots.  They don’t even taste that great and you end up picking them out of your teeth for days.  Seriously people, don’t give out Dots.  I remember having Halloween candy for breakfast until it ran out.  I had the best parents.  There wasn’t any rationing of our Halloween candy.  It was a free for all.  Thanks Mom and Dad.