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1. Have you ever played with a Ouija Board?
Not that I can recall. I’m not a big believer in the “supernatural”. More a person of science, I guess. Although, to be fair, I am a nurse, and have been honored and privileged to be at the bedside of many people who have died. I have witnessed things I can’t explain, even with my own Dad. But Ouija Boards—nah.
2. Favorite horror monster or villain?
Hmmm. This one is hard. I have to say….Morticia Adams. I mean, you can NOT go wrong with the campy horror of that show. One of the last nights out with my parents I had before my Dad got so sick was a local playhouse production of The Addams Family. My Dad was having SUCH a good time, singing along and tapping his feet and snapping his fingers. It was big fun and a wonderful memory.
3. If you were dared to spend the night in a “haunted house”, would you do it?
Not unless it was a five-star hotel, lol. I’ve always wanted to take a trip back to Estes Park, Colorado and stay at The Stanley Hotel for Halloween. I’m told it books years in advance. The Shining is one of my all time favorite horror movies, although it’s way too long. The Stanley was the inspiration for The Overlook Hotel in the book and the early movie, but oddly, Kubrick's movie didn't use it, opting instead for another location.
4. Are you superstitious?
I can be. I’ve been more and less superstitious throughout my life. Here’s a crazy, but true story. When I worked in ICU back in the day, we still charted on paper. I would NEVER use a black pen, convinced that if I wrote in black, my patient would crump. I literally carried a bag full of blue pens to work to ensure I never ran out. Crazy. I don’t even know where I got the notion. But for 8 years, I wrote in blue.
5. Do you ever see figures in your peripheral vision?
Not that I can recall.
6. Ever made a potion of any sort?
Nope, I don’t think so.
7. Do you get scared easily?
Not really. I mean “get scared” is really broad. I “am” scared at times, about a lot of things, but I don’t think that’s the point of the question. Overthinking, as usual.
8. Have you ever played Bloody Mary?
Is this the one with the mirror? Hmmmm. I have no clue on this one. Maybe?
9. Would you ever go to a graveyard at night?
I have. Mom and I did one of those “ghost tours” of Savannah, Georgia, years ago. We went one of the yellow fever graveyards. It was poignant and sad more than scary—so many little graves.
10. Would you rather go to a Halloween party or go trick or treating?
Neither. I’m not a fan of parties, and the idea of going around to people’s houses and knocking on doors is pretty scary these days if you think about it. I’m not anti-Halloween, just not interested much.
11. Whilst watching scary movies, are you the person who yells at the characters, the person with their eyes covered the whole time, or the person who falls asleep?
It depends on the movie. Horror comedy? Hubs and I are both yelling at the characters, lol, especially if it’s something we’ve seen a million times. DON’T OPEN THE DOOR!!!!
The Shining, by Stephen King. Although, to be fair, Stanley Kubrick and
Jack Nicholson really did that movie justice, even though I've read King hates it.
I don’t know which I like better. Oddly, I have a hard time re-reading older Stephen King works these days--I just keep thinking, "dude, you could have used like 10 less paragraphs and still said what you needed to."
13. How old were you when you saw your first horror movie?
Elementary School, I don’t recall what year. It was Creature from the Black Lagoon at the Drive-In in Biloxi.
14. What was your first Halloween costume?
A ghost. With the requisite sheet with cut out eyeholes and black eye shadow around my eyes. My brother and I were a pair of tiny little ghosts. There’s a picture in one of my Mom’s albums.
15. If you could have a spooky Halloween pet (black cat, owl, bat, rat, wolf), what would you pick?
Definitely a black cat.
I used to have one that I adopted from the shelter, then I moved and
couldn’t have a cat, and he spent the remainder of his long life with my
parents. He was stunning, and his name
was Binx (from Hocus Pocus). My parents
loved that cat with all their hearts. He
had a good life. Thank God my parents
were in a position to take him on.