I can still remember the houses that went “all out” for Halloween when I was a kid. In a neighborhood of about 100-200 homes, there were 3-4 houses that stood out amidst the crowd. The majority of them left their porch light on, and had a delicious assortment of Snickers bars and mini-Twizzlers that I begrudgingly had to share with my brother once I got back home. But every so often, we’d approach a house that stood out. Creepy music was playing as we walked up to the door, and it felt like we walked through cobwebs to get there. The house was lit up with scary candles, and the host usually opened the door wearing some freakishly bloody mask that scared … and scarred me … as a young child.
Although I was scared in the moment, it was always a thrill to return to the “scary” houses. Maybe that’s why a big Halloween trend has picked up and more houses are starting to decorate for Halloween. Instead of the “porch light means we’ve got candy” mantra, nowadays home owners are really getting into Halloween and transforming their homes into haunted houses on the evening of Halloween parties and trick-or-treating. Whether it’s outdoor lighting, frightening music, pretend spiders and black cats, or even freaky costumes – it’s become a family affair to celebrate Halloween and scare children. And it’s great.
If you’re looking for a way to celebrate Halloween this fall, consider decorating your house with lights and other Halloween decor. You’ll be a trick-or-treater’s favorite, and be the envy of all the neighbors.
I am looking forward to Halloween this year. And although the little girl inside of me still gets scared when I approach a house that’s obviously going to feel “haunted,” I push through it for the thrill of being scared, and for the chance to get a mini Snickers bar.