I swear London’s 90-degree+ heatwave was only last week. How have we landed in autumn already?
This year is a weird time paradigm. It’s both going incredibly fast, and yet anything that happened before March literally feels like a lifetime ago. So believe it or not, Halloween season is already upon us.
Calling to me this week was the familiar and comfortable. And where best to start than with an episode of my forever-favourite Are You Afraid of the Dark? (Still waiting on getting those episodes of the 2019 miniseries over in the UK. Hint-hint.)
Turns out episode 1 of the third season is very Halloween-y indeed.
In the third season, we see the exit of two members of the Midnight Society, David and Kirsten. Weirdly, I always remembered Kirsten being around a lot longer than she was. This episode introduces us to Tucker, Gary’s brother and one of the more memorable kids from the show.
It’s his responsibility to prove he has what it takes to be a part of the society. He begins with a classic ghost story: a twist on the Legend of Sleepy Hallow.
In modern-day Sleepy Hallow, Ian is the new kid at school. He quickly befriends Katie, a classmate with a seriously obnoxious ex-boyfriend. They bond as they get ready for the Halloween dance together, much to the chagrin of the ex, Brad.
The night of the dance both Ian and Katie arrive in their finest colonist gear. They hit it off and dance together, but soon Brad gets involved. He tells Ian that he has to retrieve the pumpkin from the bridge in order to be “initiated”.
Despite Katie’s insistence that no one has ever done this, Ian decides to take on Brad’s challenge. Only of course when he arrives, he falls for Brad’s Headless Horseman prank. Despite looking foolish at overreacting to Brad’s prank, Ian still wins over Katie. The two decide to walk home together.
Before they can leave the woods, Ian helps a lone horseman with directions – the man is lead away from the bridge.
When Ian and Katie are later back at the school, they come face-to-face with the real Headless Horseman. They must use their wits and knowledge of the legend to beat the spirit.
This episode of Are You Afraid of the Dark? isn’t a particularly memorable one. Though it is still a crowd-pleaser with both the society and me (and that’s what truly matters). It certainly puts you straight into the Halloween mood.
Children’s shows can often be the best source of Halloween fun. And I think this episode really is a prime example of it. Sure it’s not ground-breaking, but the slightly-silly costumes and the use of one of America’s best ghost stories are excellent.
So Halloween season is officially off to a good start. While I normally don’t go for Halloween content this early on the blog, why the hell not this year? What are your favourite shows or films to revisit for Halloween?
I’m quarantining with my sister for two weeks in October, and it will be up to her what we watch. So, I guess look forward to that?
(Ps: Shudder are currently celebrating 61 days of Halloween. Join in!)