One of the reasons Halloween is such a fun night for us is because it is the night we make fun of things that are frightening. We put a face on fear, much the same as we do when we see a horror movie or read a Stephen King novel. It’s controlled, contained and entertaining. We get much the same rush as when we ride a roller coaster or rides like The Tower of Terror.
As someone who’s battled an anxiety disorder since childhood, I have to admit I’m not a fan of the thrill rides. I do, however, enjoy a good movie like Silence of the Lambs and I am a huge fan of Mr. King’s works. I suppose it’s a way to control fear and anxiety.
Maybe we shouldn’t wait until October 31st to meet our fears head on, look them in the eye and laugh in their face.