Mike Rogers – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Halloween is the spookiest time of the year, where superstition and a creepy aura hang in the air. The ancient holiday that proudly celebrates humanity’s scary side is accompanied with countless iconic traditions that are deeply set within the culture.
Ghostly decorations, dressing up in costumes, trick-or-treating, mischievous pranks, and bobbing for apples are all age-old traditions we’ve grown accustomed to.
One particularly fun tradition is the classic Halloween horror movie marathons. Fitting in with the scary theme of the holiday, people have been scaring themselves senseless with horror movies around Halloween for as long as they have existed.
From the iconic slashers of “Scream,” “Friday the 13th,” and “Nightmare on Elm Street,” to the more ghostly, paranormal thrillers like “The Exorcist” and “The Sixth Sense,” or even to the lighter family friendly flicks like “Beetlejuice” or the “Addams’s Family,” people continually love to watch Halloween movies.
Here at LRHS, many students like to keep the spooky tradition going with some of their favorite horror movies.
“I always watch ‘Scream.’ It’s an absolute classic Halloween movie. It’s probably actually the defining thriller and it’s timeless,” said junior Caleb Briggs.
Senior Austin Smith said, “I like ‘Beetlejuice’ because it’s very positive, very funny, and it gives comical relief to me.”
Sophomore Issy Gomez said, “I’ve always been the most scared of ‘Rosemary’s Baby.’ It’s just so creepy and it’s perfect for Halloween. I don’t think there’s a scarier movie.”
Junior Emily Reid commented, “The movie ‘Halloween’ is my favorite Halloween movie. It’s kind of cheesy and not really that scary, but I love it regardless.”
Of course, not everybody loves horror movies.
English teacher Michael Wood said, “I gave up on scary movies after ‘Nightmare on Elm Street.’ It’s a joke of a movie these days, but when I was in 11th grade it scared me.”