I have a confession to make: I’m a horror junkie. I am an educated professional. I drive a Volvo with preposterously gigantic Britax car seats for my two kids. I wear Clark’s. But my favorite movie of all time is Halloween (fun fact: John Carpenter grew up in Bowling Green…his dad was a professor at WKU), I never miss the odd holiday Twilight Zone marathons, and I count Richard Matheson, Ray Bradbury and Shirley Jackson as some of my very favorite writers. Really, my mom’s to blame for all of this. The first horror movie I remember seeing is The House of Wax – the 1953 version, with Vincent Price. I was probably around 8 years old, and my mom let me stay up late one weekend to watch it. I was both terrified and fascinated. I immediately demanded to watch more. Elvira, Mistress of the Dark and all those old B horror movies she hosted dominated my Saturday nights as a kid. My parents were not the sort to dictate what books I could read (thank goodness), so Stephen King novels were a staple for a large part of my childhood and teenage years. Needless to say, I’m a sucker for Halloween.

When it comes to pumpkins, there is only one place to go if you live in Louisville: Huber’s . A few things: Joe Huber’s Family Farm isn’t actually in Kentucky; it’s in Starlight, Indiana. Huber’s is also way more than just a pumpkin patch. Over the last seven generations, it has expanded from a simple family farm to include a winery, a restaurant, a petting zoo, a farmer’s market, a gift shop, do-your-own apple and berry picking, and a venue for birthday parties, corporate events, and even weddings. In October, it morphs into a Halloween wonderland. Sure, there’s a wagon ride out to pick your pumpkins. There are other wagon rides to go feed the animals and to explore a corn maze. You can fish, take a wild golf cart ride through the woods, or ride a pony. You won’t find better home cooking away from home than at Huber’s. Even the grill line outside has a pot of the chicken and dumplings!

My hometown has the Halloween spirit too. This weekend Main Street Costumes sponsored its first annual zombie walk in downtown Greenville to raise money for the Muhlenberg County Children’s Fund. For those of you who have never heard of or participated in a zombie walk, it’s basically an excuse to dress up like a zombie and walk around with other like-minded people. Sometimes it’s even for a good cause (in this case, $5 from every t-shirt sale and 100% of all donations went to MCCF), but it’s always fun. Over 1,000 people attended the zombie walk and there were over 350 zombies, including my son and nephew. You know I had to inject a little UK basketball fever into it – that’s a Duke bear Robert’s holding.

Happy Halloween, y’all.