If you’re on Facebook then you’ll be familiar with my yearly October tradition of posting the most fanciful, cheery and entertaining clowns every day as my profile picture. I like to think that I’m adding a creamy dollop of sunshine to someone’s otherwise dreary day. I also think that I’m helping people deal with debilitating cases of Coulrophobia by familiarizing them with the wonderful circus scamp responsible for so much childhood laughter. I’m kind of like Dr. Phil in that regard. The other reason I do it is because Halloween is rapidly approaching and everyone knows that you can’t have Halloween without some clowns gaily skipping down the street and looking in your windows.
Of course watching scary movies goes hand in garbage disposal with Halloween and, thus, I will begin my celebration of the greatest of holidays with a viewing of Ju-On. I’m hoping to watch one horror movie every day and marathon a few only to culminate the experience with a screening of The Descent just prior to the premier of The Walking Dead. This is my mission and I will disembowel anyone who seeks to prevent me from attaining its gory success. Unfortunately I will be enjoying the splatter and terror all on my own as my wife isn’t a big fan of the genre and my kids are wusses. My eldest got through half of the opening credits to Zombieland before she had to tuck tail and run. In the video below, the greatest parents in the world’s kids obviously don’t have the same problem. I have to give mom and dad mad props for really putting the severed head on their viewing experience the next morning.
You know you’ve done your job as a parent when your kid asks, “What’s wrong with you?” Bravo.