The Jambar Column: Halloween: Past and future frights

By Hailey Rogenski

As fall nears its end, one of the most exciting times of the year approaches: Halloween.

There are a plentiful amount of fun activities to do for Halloween, whether it be pumpkin carving, handing out candy — or eating candy — and watching Halloween movies by a fireplace. 

I really enjoy handing out candy to trick-or-treaters. I never had trick-or-treaters growing up as I live in the suburbs, so I’ll be handing out candy at my boyfriend’s house this year. 

When I was 12-years-old, I handed out candy for the first time at my friend’s house. The look of joy on children’s faces when given candy made me the most excited.

Another part of Halloween that fuels my excitement are seasonal movies. I love watching movies such as “Hocus Pocus” and “Halloweentown.” My two favorite Halloween movies are “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “Hubie Halloween,” which is a hilarious film starring Adam Sandler. I also really like “Edward Scissorhands” because nothing beats a Tim Burton film. 

Despite loving Halloween movies, I’m not one to watch horror films since I suffer from vivid nightmares. The horror films that gave me the most nightmares were the “Insidious” movies. 

I always look forward to pumpkin carving during this season. I have been drawing animation-style art since I was 13-years-old. Pumpkin carving is just another art form, even though it’s harder than drawing and takes more time and focus. 

When I was a little girl, I would start off carving something simple, such as a smiley face, into a pumpkin. As I got older and began getting into art, I wanted to challenge myself by trying more difficult carvings. One of my favorite carvings I did was of Jack Skellington from “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Unfortunately, my dog ate the pumpkin and I didn’t have a chance to put it in the front yard that year. 

I have always been in love with Halloween. I would host Halloween parties every year growing up. 

When I was 9-years-old, I got a scary pumpkin mask from the store. During a party that year, my mom wore the mask and jumped out of the woods with a leaf blower and scared everyone. I ran away along with them even though I knew it was mom because I didn’t want to ruin the surprise. 

The best Halloween party I’ve had was in 2011 when my grandfather put together a hayride and drove us down the country roads near my house. 

I took pride in hosting those Halloween parties, so I always put tons of effort into dressing up. It’s fun to dress up for Halloween, whether it’s for a party or not because being able to be someone else for a day is what makes Halloween special. 

Unfortunately, I have not decided on what costume to wear this year, but I would like to do a couples costume with my boo. 

Have a happy Halloween, ‘Guins! In the meantime, I’m going to keep brainstorming some costume ideas.