I get how Halloween is fun for kids. There's the haunted houses and trick or treat. There's a lot of cool candy to be had for merely dressing up in a costume.
I get the whole costume thing. Who can resist putting on something different and becoming someone new for a few hours. We actors do that all the time. It can be addictive.
What I don't get is why people will spend perfectly good money to go to a "haunted house" where actors are running around dressed in scary (or mostly gory) costumes. It seems like the more blood and guts the better. The victims walk though hallways where they're grabbed, and surprised and frightened by chainsaws, scary music, or they're own adrenaline.
What is it about that adrenaline rush that lures us? Is the fear of death something that makes us feel more alive?
If you really want to be scared, you don't have to wait for Halloween. You can live on this adrenaline all the time. It's simple. It's called life. Here are some things I find pretty frightening and none of them involve actors with painted on body parts seeping.
1. Write a rent check four days before you have the funds in your account to cover it. About that third day you'll be making deals with God to make sure the deposit goes in before the check gets presented.
2. Let the condom break, or don't use one at all. That's enough to keep you on your toes until you or your partner come back with a clean bill of health.
3. Don't stop at a gas station out in the middle of nowhere when your gas gage reads empty. You'll be doing some praying as you approach your destination.
4. Tell your boss you want a raise and if not, you'll be turning in your resignation. This will have your heart pounding for a few days until you receive your answer.
5. Have a teenage daughter. This will provide an endless supply of fear.
So, you see, there are things a lot more scary than actors in bad makeup. Think of them next time you feel the need to run for your life.