There was a time when I loved this time of year. The weather is cooler, the new fall fashions have hit the stores and Halloween is around the corner. That means ghosts and goblins will be running around, that means I have to find a great costume…oh, and a slew of horror movies are playing in the theatre.

I used to love watching those movies; the scarier the better! Not the gory parts, I’m not really a fan of the guts and blood. Let’s face it, I cringe at a paper cut, but I liked the kind of scary that makes you jump out of your chair, make the hair stand up on your arms and make your stomach hurt.

And then I became a mommy.

Now, I hate this time of year. I’m not paranoid, I’m just honest! I hate the commercials of paranormal happenings, possessed children, ghostly reflections in the mirror and baby monitors with a mind of their own. I. Hate. it. I think it’s the fact that I automatically think of my kids and go into protection mode. That or I’ve grown out of these silly movies! Yeah! That’s it! Let’s go with that one. I’m too old for these silly box office flicks.

Whatever the reason, I’m not watching. Not even the commercials. I cover my eyes, turn my head, start talking over it or just change the channel if I’m quick enough. I don’t want those images bouncing around in my head.

I have to laugh at myself sometimes for my reaction. It’s a complete 180 degrees to how I was five years ago. I watched everything, I’ll even admit to watching some silly ones. I do still like Carrie, by Stephen King. I don’t know what it is about that movie….it’s creepy, but I don’t find that I jump out of my skin or anything.

Don’t get me wrong, I still love Halloween. I have a bin of decorations and I am looking forward to dressing up, and getting the kids dressed up. I start thinking about costumes in July, so I make sure I have enough time to get them ready, if needed. I would just like to avoid all the commercials for the Halloween movie season. I’d much prefer to wait for the cheesy family holiday movie previews to start playing!!

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