See, I’ve been suspecting that I’ve got a low-grade Funk going on lately (and not the good kind, with platform boots and giant hair). I’ve been kind of listlessly thinking about Halloween, but I have no idea what kind of costume I’ll wear and I’m just feeling kind of…meh. And really, my mood about this should have tipped me off that something’s up (well, and my total lack of motivation to blog lately), because I am a Person Who Loves Halloween. And I can *kind of* feel the Halloween spirit, but it’s buried pretty deep this year.

But that’s another post, I think, because I just saw this Halloween meme over at the Lovely & Charming CRSE’s place, and I thought it might help. Or at least let me procrastinate another 10 minutes, since I don’t even know what to work on first today.

1. What’s the scariest movie you’ve ever seen?
Okay, I *love* scary movies. At least while I’m watching them…at 4:00 the next morning, I’m generally less thrilled with the whole genre. Movies scare me for different reasons…sometimes it’s just one scene that will fuck me up for months. The first Nightmare on Elm St., when I was 12–I remember some long, sleepless nights for weeks after that. And Blair Witch Project fucked with me, but only about a week after I saw it–though I was, unbeknownst to me at the time, going through a drawn-out nervous breakdown right around then, which probably didn’t help. I’ve realized, though, that the horror movie trope that fucks with me Every. Single. Time. is when people don’t realize they’re dead. Seriously–even that episode of M*A*S*H scared the crap out of me as a kid.

2. What was your favorite Halloween Costume from childhood?
Hmmm…I don’t remember any super creative costumes as a kid. I enjoyed my witch and vampire years, I think.

3. If you had an unlimited budget, what would your Fantasy Costume be for this Halloween?
See, I don’t even know what to do this year. My favorite costumes are generally the understated ones–like, a few years ago (and I just spent way too long trying unsuccessfully to find a picture of this) I wore regular clothes and a drugstore mask, with really awesome slit-throat makeup underneath…so when I took off the mask, people thought I was out of costume until…AAAAH! Slit throat! So, yeah, this year? I have no idea. Should I just break tradition and do something totally over the top? Any suggestions???

4. When was the last time you went Trick Or Treating?
I think 9th grade.

5. What’s your favorite Halloween Candy?
Like crse, I’m a fan of the KitKats. When I was a kid, my sister–who was 10 years older, and so wasn’t trick-or-treating the years that I was–would go through my bag when I got back and take all the Mallo Cups (and oddly, there were always a lot of them). To this day, I have no idea what a Mallo Cup tastes like.

6. Tell us about a scary nightmare you had.
Most of my nightmares in the past few years involve something awful happening to GB or the cats. Can’t think of any classic nightmares recently, and I’m not going to try very hard.

7. What is your Supernatural Fear?
That I’m dead and don’t know it (see #1 above).

8. What is your Creepy-Crawlie Fear?
Bugs. And anything in larval form.

9. Tell us about a time when you saw a ghost, or heard something go Bump in the night.
The Yogini and I briefly lived in a haunted house. It wasn’t over-the-top haunted–no ghostly apparitions (though there was, once, literal bumping on the ceiling above us, with no one living upstairs). Just that general chill, and the sense that something was Terribly Wrong there. Oh, and basement stairs that no one–not us, not friends, not random visitors–would willingly walk past. That was a long six months. [Secret note to crse: I would have held our bonding talk somewhere else if I’d realized it was *actually* haunted at the time.]

10. Would you ever stay in a real Haunted House overnight?
See above. Though when we heard the bump on the ceiling, that was pretty much it–I seem to recall that the Yogini and I found somewhere else to sleep that night.

11. Are you a traditionalist (just a face) Jack O’Lantern Carver, or do you get really creative with your pumpkins?
I’m pretty basic with the carving. It’s not an integral part of my Halloween enjoyment.

12. How much do you decorate your home for Halloween?
This year, not so much. Last year, we had a great Halloween party at our house (we do most years, actually–but this place is too small to host this year, I think). Most of the party was in the basement (which was decorated), but I did some extras too:

13. What do you want on your Tombstone?
Is anyone *not* making the pizza joke here?