On the 5th day of Halloween, Me, My Shelf and I gives you a super great look at Halloween in BELGUIM from blogger Bee of Istyria Book Blog.
Halloween in Bee-land
First of all, this is my first guest post. Ever. That is quite exciting. Too bad I'm gonna have to bore you with my boring life, though. Honestly, I'm not that interesting. Especially around Halloween. Well... -thinks- No, not really. So... Where should I start? Oh right, it's about Halloween, right? Okay. Let's talk about Halloween, then!
Halloween or Hallowe'en (a contraction of “All Hallows” “Evening”), also know as Allhalloween, All Hallows' Eve or All Saints' Eve is a yearly celebration... No. Let's not go there. That'd be infinitely more boring, right? That's what I thought.
So, Halloween. Pumpkins, skeletons, witches,... All that good stuff. Though here in Belgium it's actually not that big of an event. It's not a real event at all, honestly. We don't go out on the street to go Trick or Treat-ing with friends in silly costumes for candy. We don't even decorate all that much. The only ones really decorating are amusement parks that suck some more money out of our wallets by organizing the same old stuff wrapped in Halloween. So boring (and expensive).
So what did I do for Halloween? I sat at home. Because every year there were a couple of good horror movies on TV to watch and keep me awake at night. Well, there used to be anyway. Last year there wasn't a single horror movie on TV on Halloween. Not even a thriller. So boring and so disappointing. Halloween in Belgium is NOT fun. I wish I lived in the USA so I could celebrate it more. But for now, this'll have to do.
So every year we did decorate the inside of our house a bit. Fake spiderwebs with fake spiders, pumpkins,... All the good stuff. And then on Halloween, we put on a movie. Usually it were the same movies every year. They were my brother's favorite and over the years, with all the stupid and dumb horror movies coming out lately, they became my favorites too.
What do you picture when you think about horror movies?
For me a good horror movie doesn't mean gore and jumpscares and shaky cams. A good horror movie chills me to the bone, creeps under my skin, keeps me up at night, haunts me for days. And lately there haven't been a lot of horror movies that did that. I do have a couple of favorites, even though I'm actually a big wuss. My all-time favorite horror movie remains the original A Nightmare on Elm Street. Yes, it does have gore I mean... Johnny Depp gets sucked into a bed, after which a fountain of blood comes out of it... But it's more than just a slasher movie. Freddy can kill his victims in a heartbeat if he wanted to. But he plays with them first. He gets to them on a psychological level. Which, to me, is much more frightening than someone like Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th), who just hacks everyone up with his blade. The Elm Street movies are classics and if you're a true horror fan, they're movies that are not to be missed. My favorites from the series as a whole are the first, original one and the last one, Wes Craven's New Nightmare, both made by Wes Craven. And the third one, Dream Warriors. Other movies like that, that do more than just throw gore and jumpscares at you, are Sinister and The Conjuring (based on true events, aahhh!). And of course, I also LOVE the Scream movies. (R.I.P. Wes Craven!)
So on Halloween, I take a bag of potato chips and put on one of my favorite horror movies. No, I never dressed up. I was way too shy for that. Not that that mattered since we never went outside on Halloween. I did dress up at Carnaval. Which is I think similar to Mardi Gras and the Brazilian Carnivale. I hate it, but every year we had a parade with the school so I had no choice but to dress up. So here are the only two pictures I have of me dressed up for Carnaval.
Aren't I cute? Not really. You see all those girls around me on the right picture? All stupid... girls. They weren't very nice to me.
So that's Halloween in Bee-land. It's nothing special and probably not even interesting. And while most of you go decorate your homes and prepare for a month filled with Halloween-goodness, I make myself a hot chocolate and wait for that day to arrive so I can snuggle up on the couch with that bag of chips and watch A Nightmare on Elm Street for the hundredth time. Cause why mess with tradition? That's just stupid.
And thus comes the conclusion to my first guest post. Now it's your turn to talk! What do you do on Halloween?
What's Halloween like where you are from?
Tell us in the comments!
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