For October Frights this year, I ask the question, why do we love Halloween?
Today I ask, why do some people love to be scared?
We all know one, or sometimes have been one. The junior adrenaline junkie.
I’m not talking about jumping out of a plane, climbing a rock face, or driving at 200 miles an hour. It’s everyone else. The person who wants the rush from a roller coaster. Sitting in a darkened theater watching the latest slasher film. Reading The Raven by candlelight.
Your heart begins to race. Your palms sweat. It gets a little harder to breathe as the anticipation builds.
If you’re lost in the woods and its starting to snow, you know you’re in trouble.
If instead, you stand at the doorway to the local haunted house with a date… well then, open the floodgates and let the adrenaline, endorphins, dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin and the rest of our body’s chemical cocktail flow.
We love the rush that comes from the old primordial fear, the tools that helped us survive in the past. Today, when we can experience this is a safe environment, it makes us feel alive.
Continued in Part Deux.
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