-Amanda Vick, Revive volunteer
How many times have you seen a scary movie and had your imagination run wild afterwards? Picture it for a moment- you’re sitting at home on your couch at midnight. The moon is full. You are alone. Having just watched a scary movie, you hear a rustling or something (or someone) at your front door. It could be the leaves being blown by the wind or it could be Freddy Kruger with his long knives for fingers hiding just outside your front door in the bushes. Or maybe it’s a culmination of all the scary movies you’ve watched over the years wreaking havoc on your imagination?
Ever since I can remember, I’ve had a very active and vivid imagination. When I was five, I saw an episode of Sesame Street on the letter “W”. They featured a bright blue puppet in a trench coat and fedora with a green dot nose called the “W Man” who was a detective. The funny thing was, the “W Man” didn’t bother me. It was the ominous music they played before he came on that scared me. My sisters laugh about it to this day. Music in a disharmonious minor key is very creepy. Have you listened to the Jaws theme lately? That kind of music usually accompanies that feeling you get when the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.
The other day at the thrift shop, I had the same hair-raising feeling but there was no music involved. I was rearranging some items on a shelf when I spotted a creepy doll in a frilly, ivory dress sitting on the shelf staring blankly back at me. Okay- I know it’s just a doll, but she was staring at me with those beady, glass eyes that blink when you move her. Just to clarify my point, there are several movies about creepy dolls.
It occurred to me that this doll would make a great Halloween decoration. How fun would it be to scare the trick-or-treaters Halloween night? Even better, she could sit on my front steps permanently scaring away those pesky solicitors. Darn those cable people trying to get me to switch back! They won’t come back to my house if they see this doll. It’s kind of like the modern version of a scarecrow.
Friends, if you’re stocking up for all your Halloween needs- Revive Thrift is your onestop shop! We have pieces for your costume, cassette tapes, records, cds (for music in a minor key!), movies and creepy dolls. Just be careful if you purchase a scary movie because we won’t be responsible for your imagination running wild. Insert Vincent Price’s evil laugh from Thriller……