Sunday, October 16, 2011

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (hold the zombies)

Everyone's got a favorite holiday and a favorite season.  Most people I know are either Christmas or Thanksgiving enthusiasts, and spring/summer seem to be everyone's go-to seasons.  Not me.  Autumn, or more specifically the month of October, is one of my favorite things about being an earthling.  Although the long summer days are over, the flowers and trees are dying, the kids are back in school and frigid weather is just around the corner, October always breathes new life into me.  Foliage & sweaters really do it for me, I guess.

As far as holidays go, I've always loved Halloween and I get seriously jazzed about pumpkins, haunted hayrides and costume parties.  Oh, and Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Lattes - there's no better way to ingest the season.  For me, there's something really magical about Halloween.  I suppose I've always been fascinated by the supernatural and mythical creatures (in a Harry Potter/Twilight kind of way, not in a Dungeons & Dragons/Lord of the Rings kind of way).

But I'll tell you what I don't find fascinating:  ZOMBIES.  Those brain-eating bastards ruin my Halloween spirit.  Unlike vampires, werewolves, ghosts, goblins & witches, there's no magic, mystery or fun with zombies.  They just walk around aimlessly looking for more brains.  I find them boring and totally unattractive, and I take issue with the fact that the networks show so many zombie movies during October.  Unfortunately, my kid LOVES zombie movies and believes that under the right circumstances, a zombie apocalypse is a perfectly plausible outcome to a "vaccine gone wrong" or a "rogue virus" (I blame X-Box).  Debating this issue has proven to be exhausting so I told him that if zombies ever come knocking in our door, I'll tell them that his brain is WAY more tender than mine. FYI, did you know that Ty Burrell (Phil Dunphy from Modern Family) starred in Dawn of the Dead?                                                               
       "YOU take out the garbage, Claire!"