Why do we love to dress up and get scared?

It’s nearly that time of the year when televisions start running marathons of scary movies, haunted houses pop up everywhere, homes get decorated with pumpkins, skeletons and other frightening objects (some just go entirely too far with it in my opinion) it’s pumpkin everything to eat and drink, and sweets start taking on a bit of a macabre look.  Why do we do this? I know there are historical and cultural reasons for All Hallow’s Eve and Dia de los Muertos but what is it in the human psyche that makes us want to dress up to scare and be scared?

I really don’t have an answer, do you?  All I know is that it is fun to see the little ones dressed up and to be one of the “big” ones who dress up to go out to have nice fun; not the mean egging and TP tricking that is sometimes perpetuated.  I remember being very pregnant and taking my then 3 year old out for Trick or Treating; he wearing just a little mask and holding a plastic pumpkin that was bigger than his head.  When asked what I was dressed up as I replied…”A beach ball!”

All of my comic con costumes come in handy around this time of the year and I hope both the weather and my vertebrae cooperate and let me go attend the local Highball Halloween celebrations again this year.  If not it will be staying indoors for us and maybe making pumpkin pie or pumpkin bread.


Zombie9115-Edit zombie9120-Edit

About imagesbytdashfield

Fine art photographer who loves to see and capture the amazing things in this world. Owner of Images by TDashfield photography. www.imagesbytdashfield.com
This entry was posted in event, family, fun, life, photography, street photography and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

27 Responses to Why do we love to dress up and get scared?

  1. Timothy Price says:

    A bloody mess it is!

  2. We really enjoyed going to Salem, Ma last year for Halloween. It is so much fun to see all of the costumes, etc. Nice captures here Teri. We all seem to enjoy the scary stuff.

  3. Nice series. No answer on why. I hope you are progressing in a positive direction.

  4. GP Cox says:

    I personally think we only like being scared if we already know we’ll be safe. Movie theater scary movies, or on TV, Halloween costumes, etc. It’s all in good fun.

  5. Maybe dressing up and celebrating is a link to our youth and happier times…

  6. Nancy says:

    What a bloody mess! Hope you are feeling better. I have returned to bloggyville. I am finally feeling rested after a whirlwind of a summer. I will be posting about soon. Take care of yourself! You are in my thoughts!

  7. Great captures! I love seeing all the different costumes…that bacon costume is brilliant!


  8. A. Blake says:

    I was never big on Halloween and am glad the sons are too old for it.

  9. Mark Myers says:

    You nailed it above. I think it is a controlled adrenaline rush. I never have loved it, but I have friends who love to go to haunted houses and such.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.