Happy Halloween, by Lorie Sheffer Guest blogger

Halloween decorations
House decorations in Celebration, Florida October 25, 2012

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.

By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.