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Escaping the Spookhouse: HAUNT and the Lingering Trauma of Abuse

The Nightmare During Christmas continues with another guest article, once again courtesy of Jessica from the brilliant We Who Walk Here blog. In this one, she discusses the recent slasher Haunt and haunted houses in general, but more importantly, she frames it all within a very reflective, cathartic story that I think highlights the visceral, intensely personal reactions we can have to horror movies and affirms the individual nature of how we experience Halloween. I highly, highly recommend checking this one out even if you haven’t been keeping up with the rest of this series. This is exactly the kind of thoughtful, personal content I was hoping for when I started this series and encouraged other writers to contribute.

Continue here to read the full article!

I’ve got more Halloween goodies coming your way very soon (including the second half of the two-part article I posted two weeks ago and never followed up on…d’oh) and all throughout the rest of the year! Until then, Happy Ongoing Halloween, kiddies!

To catch up on The Nightmare During Christmas (or to find out what it’s all about if you’re just joining us), here are the rest of the articles in the series thus far:

Welcome to The Nightmare During Christmas: Two Full Months of Halloween

92 Days of Halloween: The First 31 (Part 1)

The Halloween Costume Contest, or: In Defense of “So Bad It’s Good” Movies

Why ‘Satan’s Little Helper’ Should Be Part of Your Annual Halloween Lineup

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