“I was just thinking about the life of a pumpkin. Grow up in the sun, happily entwined with others, and then someone comes along, cuts you open, and rips your guts out.” ~ Buffy, “Fear Itself”

Giles in Fear ItselfI have a confession to make: I’m just not all that into Halloween.

I’m not sure why. I remember some fun costumes from my younger days, such as getting permission to raid our high school boys’ uniforms to create a (gulp!–I now live in green-and-gold Wisconsin) purple Fran Tarkenton Minnesota Viking costume, or hosting a college Halloween party with my apartment roommate: I was a Purple Rain-era Prince, complete with a puffy white shirt and high-heeled black boots found in a local thrift store. No way do I want to psychoanalyze those choices.

Now, though, the holiday can come and go, and I hardly notice it.

However, I am a huge fan of my friend and fellow writer Kelsey Ketch, who is very much into Halloween and is doing something fun for her birthday: a Halloween-style Blog Hop! Be sure to visit her site this weekend and join me in reading and following other bloggers. You can learn more about the talented and generous Kelsey, one of the most patience and disciplined writers I know, in an interview she did here on “Finishing Your Novel.”

One thing related to the fall holiday that I have enjoyed is watching the Halloween episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and, if I were to dress up this weekend, it was be in the costume that Oz wore in the episode Fear Itself,” an episode rated by Television Without Pity as the best Halloween-themed television episode of all time. If you want other ideas for what to watch this weekend, check out their full top ten list.