The Hallotober Tag

It’s Almost Halloween!

Today we’re looking at the Hallotober Tag! Thanks to @Ofaglasgowgirl for tagging me! ☺

The Rules:

Thank the person who tagged you and link to their post 

Put the rules at the beginning or after introduction 

Answer the 13 questions 

Tag 13 people to do the tag 

Delete Question 13, add a new number one question of your own 

You are free to use the tag image somewhere in the post

Credit: Tag created by @Ofaglasgowgirl 

The Questions:

1. What’s your favourite thing about October?

Honestly, it might be the cool weather. Fall leaves, chilly temperatures, this palatable feeling that something is lurking right around the corner…the weather really sets the mood.

2. Are you a big celebrator of Halloween? 

I used to be! Although in recent years, not so much.

3. What’s your favourite horror movie?

I can’t really think of one.

To be honest, the type of stuff that scares me is usually psychological-thrillers or those exorcism films. Regular horror movies (like Texas Chainsaw Massacre or Friday the 13th) don’t really scare me.

But while writing this I just thought of a good one: Jeepers Creepers.

Scared the shit out of me when I first saw it years ago. Mainly because I can see it really happening, somewhere in a desolate cornfield or apple orchard or something. Also, I’ve gotten really into etymology over the past few years and when looking up those words – Jeepers (like what Daphne says from Scooby Doo) is a “euphemistic alteration of Jesus” and Creeper is “one who creeps” or “a cripple”.

Then you can take into account that one of the first sequences in that film is (I believe) in a church basement.

Jeepers Creepers is in a church basement.

Creeping Jesus, or Cripple Jesus is in the church basement.

I tried a quick google and YT search to see if I could find an opening scene, but found one with Darry in the damn hole in the ground basement. He is grabbed by a dying body and yells “Ah, Jesus! Get off me”.

So, I rest my case. Ahaha.

4. Would you rather a cosy night in watching horrors or a big night out in a costume?

Maybe a big night out in a costume. Because at the end, we could always end up watching horror films or something, somewhere on a rooftop. After partying, or trick or treating, or whatever cool hip thing the kids do nowadays.

5. Which has been your most favourite costume to date? 

In high school during my junior year I went as a candy corn witch. There was nothing special about it, but it was the first time I was able to wear a costume like that with confidence. I just remembering being happy and also bummed out that I couldn’t find my old ‘toy’ broom from years earlier to go with it.

6. Bobbing for apples or pin the hat on the witch? 

Is pin the hat on the witch like pin the tail on the donkey? I’ve never played that before.

I remember years ago in elementary school (or middle school – I forget) I got invited to a class party and they had that there. The thought of everyone putting their mouths in a pool of water and swishing their teeth around on an apple grossed me out.

So… definitely pin the hat on the witch. I’d rather risk getting stabbed than do that.

7. How do you celebrate Halloween? 

I used to decorate the house, go out trick or treating, and read/watch spooky stories all throughout the month. Now, I think I’m just going to (re-)watch/(re-)read some of my favorite scary stories and shows and write about them on the blog.

Might even spice it up and drink hot coco while I watch the kids outside read my “No CANDY, SORRY” sign in the window. It’s way too crazy to open your doors here for anything, even if it’s just for one night.

8. What’s your least favourite horror? 

Maybe anything to do with spiders or insects?

Like those people who have inflatable decorations on their lawn and then the next day the wind blows them over and they look terrible but they won’t go outside and clean it up.

9. Do you have a favourite trick or treating memory? 

I do, but not for the right reasons.

I think it was either my junior or senior year (again – it all kind of blurs together after 10 years) and we (as in my core friend group who drove at the time) were going trick or treating. It was unusually hot out, and after hitting up one of our friends neighborhoods we decided to drive to a better one.

A rich one. With full-sized candy bars.

We had scoped the area out a few weeks prior, but it was a cul-de-sac and before we even hit an area to turn around it seemed like the residents had called the cops on us. Every blind of every house on the street was ‘peeked’. A few large men even came outside toward the end of their driveways to see why this, admittedly ordinary, car was driving around ‘their’ area.

Obviously we didn’t go back to that particular street, but stayed in the area.

After a few houses of people coming out looking bored and throwing us full-sized candy bars we came to this particular house.

It was very pretty.

This huge sprawling home, with a lake on one side and high reeds and other flowers abound. The wrought iron gate was open and there was one lone light above the grand double door entrance. The rest of the yard was pitch black beyond our view.

We rang the doorbell.

A woman shortly appeared in the distorted glass on either side of the door. She peeked at us, looked startled, and then cracked the door.

“How did you get inside my yard?”

We all looked at each other in silence before I answered

“Your gate is open.”

She looked at the gate in horror, then back at us.

Someone else chimed that we just came for the candy.

The woman looked disoriented, then mindlessly grabbed the candy and handed it to us in a robotic manor. She then took one last glance back around the yard with a fearful look in her eyes and slammed the door shut.

Walking back, our friend with the car said “well, that was odd” as we all solemnly agreed.

We then decided to never go back to that area, despite it being our last year to “acceptably” be able to trick or treat as 17/18 year olds.

To be honest, I think about that night a lot.

I wonder if that cul-de-sac area was a drug area, and those people were lookouts. I wonder if that woman who answered the door on Halloween night was okay, and why she didn’t know her enormous wrought iron gates were open.

Surely, she had an alarm system, right?

And if she answered the door and looked distraught, it meant she was alone. Afraid of something, or someone coming to harm her.

Was she in witness protection? Was her husband beating her? Were her kids away at a boarding school? Did someone hide in her yard and wait until the excitement of the night was over to break in?

What happened?

I’ve always wondered.

I don’t remember the address, or I would have googled it by now for any news stories surrounding that night.

Guess I’ll never know.

10. What’s your favourite thing about Halloween? 

It used to be dressing up, but now it’s the stories. I love hearing stories around this time, and all of the strange things that might happen due to the veil between worlds being thinner around this time of year.

11. Scary costume or Silly costume? 

Maybe silly.

12. What’s your favourite Halloween candy? 

 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups! I miss them.

13. Ghost decorations or skeleton decorations?

Ghost. Skeleton’s scared me for the longest time for some reason. I don’t even know why.

I Tag: (in no particular order)

Twirling Book Princess, @Mehsi_Hime

Crow’s World of Anime, @CrowsAnimeWorld

Of Midnight Ravings, @chizurue

Biblio Nyan, @yonnyaan

Vocalized Thoughts, @msabigaba

I Drink and Watch Anime, @Irina_the_Great

Evening Tea Musings, @anniesaurusx

Jei’s Kulture Notes, @jeiyeol

Quibbles and Scribbles, @meagan_lambert

The Light Is On, @mitchel_ring

The Queen Sights, @queensightsblog

Smarter and Harder, @IAmNotSamStone

Mechanical Anime Reviews, @MechAnimeReview

Here are the Questions!

1. What’s your favourite thing about October? 

2. Are you a big celebrator of Halloween? 

3. What’s your favourite horror movie?

4. Would you rather a cosy night in watching horrors or a big night out in a costume?

5. Which has been your most favourite costume to date? 

6. Bobbing for apples or pin the hat on the witch? 

7. How do you celebrate Halloween? 

8. What’s your least favourite horror? 

9. Do you have a favourite trick or treating memory? 

10. What’s your favourite thing about Halloween? 

11. Scary costume or Silly costume? 

12. What’s your favourite Halloween candy? 

13. What is the spookiest thing that has ever happened to you around this holiday, or the month of October in general?

Thanks again to @Ofaglasgowgirl for the tag! It was a lot of fun to partake in!

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Author: In Asian Spaces

I write in my personal time and I haven't published much at all. I don't know if that qualifies me as a writer or not, but I'd like to change that. I have a deep passion for travel, cinema and (mainly) East Asian things, but I plan on writing various things to keep it spicy. Let's prosper together ~ よろしくおねがいします。

7 thoughts on “The Hallotober Tag”

  1. Thank you so much for taking part! I love your answers, your trick or treat memory is so intriguing, I would have have been running home ASAP lol there’s so many possibilities it could have been, but for the sake of keeping my mind hooked, I want to assume it was witness protection.

    Jordanne ||

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