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BOO! Would you rather be scared or feel silly this Hallowe’en?

Published about 1 year ago by Alexis Alexander

Hallowe’en is just over a week away so there are ghouls, ghosts and goblins everywhere you look. Creepy as the sight of witches and vampires may be, many of us love a good haunted house - but you may wonder, why is it so much fun to be scared?

Well, science tells us that when coupled with the knowledge that we’re in a safe environment, fear is actually a lot of fun. That explains why so many of us scream and then laugh when someone jumps out and startles us! There’s a significant difference between being scared for your life and feeling scared by a prank, a horror movie or a haunted house. With the latter, you have the intellectual knowledge that you’re safe in a controlled environment. When a “ghost” jumps out and frightens you, there’s a subsequent rush of adrenaline, endorphins and dopamine - a neurological reward for experiencing fear. Dopamine is a pleasure-associated hormone that can be totally addictive - a fun fact for you horror movie buffs!

Of course, many of us don’t like to be scared at all. This is particularly true for many children - their imaginations run wild enough without introducing zombies or other creatures of the night. Knowing this, many parents make Hallowe’en all about the silliness instead of a big scare. Ghosts can arrive in the form of cookies instead of props, and your Jack-o-Lantern may wear a big smile. Whatever makes your family happy this Hallowe’en, go for it! There can be treats now and tricks later, when your kids are old enough to appreciate them (and not end up with nightmares).

So no zombies for your toddler, we say. Monsters, though...those can be pretty cute. Especially monsters that love cake!

In How to Bake a Monster Cake, little Peter wants to make something special for his monster friend, who is definitely more silly than scary. This sweet story is all about kindness, friendship and thinking of others. It’s got a spooky Hallowe’en twist, but this book will be causing more giggles than shrieks!

To get your copy of this sweet tale, please place an order on our website or visit our page on Amazon. Want even more stories? Sign up for one of our monthly book subscriptions to get this and other great Friendly Fables titles! We put the BOO in BOOK...but in the end, we’re all about silliness and smiles.

Hallowe’en is just over a week away so there are ghouls, ghosts and goblins everywhere you look. Creepy as the sight of witches and vampires may be, many of us love a good haunted house - but you may wonder, why is it so much fun to be scared?

Well, science tells us that when coupled with the knowledge that we’re in a safe environment, fear is actually a lot of fun. That explains why so many of us scream and then laugh when someone jumps out and startles us! There’s a significant difference between being scared for your life and feeling scared by a prank, a horror movie or a haunted house. With the latter, you have the intellectual knowledge that you’re safe in a controlled environment. When a “ghost” jumps out and frightens you, there’s a subsequent rush of adrenaline, endorphins and dopamine - a neurological reward for experiencing fear. Dopamine is a pleasure-associated hormone that can be totally addictive - a fun fact for you horror movie buffs!

Of course, many of us don’t like to be scared at all. This is particularly true for many children - their imaginations run wild enough without introducing zombies or other creatures of the night. Knowing this, many parents make Hallowe’en all about the silliness instead of a big scare. Ghosts can arrive in the form of cookies instead of props, and your Jack-o-Lantern may wear a big smile. Whatever makes your family happy this Hallowe’en, go for it! There can be treats now and tricks later, when your kids are old enough to appreciate them (and not end up with nightmares).

So no zombies for your toddler, we say. Monsters, though...those can be pretty cute. Especially monsters that love cake!

In How to Bake a Monster Cake, little Peter wants to make something special for his monster friend, who is definitely more silly than scary. This sweet story is all about kindness, friendship and thinking of others. It’s got a spooky Hallowe’en twist, but this book will be causing more giggles than shrieks!

To get your copy of this sweet tale, please place an order on our website or visit our page on Amazon. Want even more stories? Sign up for one of our monthly book subscriptions to get this and other great Friendly Fables titles! We put the BOO in BOOK...but in the end, we’re all about silliness and smiles.