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Do you like to visit haunted houses at Halloween, or put on a scary costume and roam your neighborhood collecting candy? Apparently lots of people do. According to a survey by TLC Discovery Company, over 85 percent of American families go Trick-or-Treating!
A co-worker told me she likes to hide in a closet when the house is dark and leap out at her husband screaming Boo! Afterward they laugh hysterically while he threatens her with how he's going to get her back.
I listen to this and shake my head. I wondered, why do people love to feel scared? So I did a little digging on one of my favorite websites called Howstuffworks.com to find out…...
Why people like to be scared?
Addicted to the "Rush": According to Howstuffworks, some of you are addicted to the adrenaline rush that happens when your brain knows you are actually safe but something scary is about to happen. If you want to see a hilarious example of this, click on this YouTube clip from the show “Ellen" where she sends her producer out to find the scariest haunted house in Los Angeles!
The Control Factor: For others it's a control thing. C'mon people...you know who you are! Howstuffworks says, "By dressing up as our fears, we embrace them even more closely, taking control of them to some extent." If I dressed up as one of my fears, I would put on a cockroach costume. Or maybe wear all black and carry an ice chest- because there's nothing scarier than driving on black ice in Denver.
Inhabiting a character is fun!: Putting on a mask can transform people. It gives us permission to put aside our normal inhibitions and be silly. Kids like to become their favorite superhero and parents like to magically turn their kids into perfect little angels -- just like the cutie who visited my 93-year-old mom at the nursing home last weekend.
I found out even more on this fun Halloween quiz. See what you know!
If you are dressing up for Halloween, REPLY and describe what you are dressing up as and why? If you'd like to share a picture of your spooky night send it to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Spooky Photo.” We will be posting your photos on Instagram and will share the link via the Forum. Make sure to list your name and the names of the ghouls in your photo.
Happy Halloween to all, and remember- Life is short, so eat the best treats first!