It turns out that the real monster was reinforcement of rigid gender roles through youth-targeted marketing all along.
Recommended listening: Lost Cherees – Living in a Coffin (from A Man’s Duty, A Woman’s Place EP, 1984)
Maybe I lucked into an typical situation, but it seems like the women in my social circle are far more fervent horror hounds than the lads tend to be — and I know plenty of dudes really into spooky season stuff.
It’s true even on the domestic level. I enjoy various scary diversions, but Maura truly adores them (to the point of dragging me into the street to see the plastic jack o’lantern display she put together in our attic window).