2. The scariest Halloween I've ever had was the one I forgot all about. Halloween is, by far, my favourite holiday. I blame growing up in the States, where they do it properly. But last year Halloween fell between the Indian and Abu Dhabi grands prix, and I was so busy working that I forgot the date. Until I found myself confronted with a very convincing zombie with a realistic peeling face on my way to dinner. I'll admit it - there may have been a jump and a girly scream.F1Kate
3. The scariest Halloween I've ever had was spent watching The Exorcist. Not that the movie was scary - it has dated terribly, is filled with hammy performances, and if it was ever scary it certainly felt massively over-hyped to a modern audience. No, what made it scary was watching the midnight showing at theHyde Park Picture House in Leeds. A fantastic old building which has apparently never been redecorated, lit by flickering gas lights, and featuring a ticking eerily glowing clock in the corner of the screen. This is what made the movie for me.
The sense of terror only increased as I walked home. Alone. On a foggy night. Cutting across a dark park which was only illuminated by a gibbous moon.
Where I was promptly mugged. Now that was scary. Gareth
4. It still sends a chill down my spine. The horror. The fear. 'Compulsory fancy dress' - it's not, always, a horrifying phrase. But it is when you work in telesales and this is the latest in the long line of so-called team building exercises your idiot managers have devised in order to try and take some of the tedium out of the day, only to replace it with anger and embarrassment instead. Sure. In retrospect the Halloween theme probably wasn't as bad as the time they decided everyone had to wear school uniform and put our hands up if we wanted to use the toilet (that idea did not last the day, thank feck). But it was pretty horrific. Certainly scarier than any haunted house. Squeamish Louise
5. I hate horror films. So a teen sleepover where the plan has been to watch a horror has, well, filled me with horror. I used to try and fight sleep whilst at the same time not look at the screen. Once I didn't manage it and fell asleep. Gee, I hoped no one noticed that, I thought as I woke up a little later. A week later my friend showed me the photos we'd taken at the sleepover and there I was, fast asleep, with a tonne of Collection 2000 and 17 make up drawn on me. Boo. Squeamish Kate