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'Tis the season for all things frightening, and I've always loved a good horror film. If you're looking for a good scare, my top choices are "Alien," "The Shining," "Insidious" and "Ghost Ship" (this last one is purely for the cheese factor).

Horror movies aren't for everyone, but for those of us who do like them, we enjoy being scared for all sorts of different reasons. Some enjoy the thrill as their hearts thump a little harder, and others like the feeling of relief that comes after the fear is over. Some like the escape while watching a movie that takes us out of our comfort zone. My boyfriend likes horror movies just so he can watch my reactions and make fun of me later.

Whatever your reason for enjoying a good scare, or even avoiding one, October is the month to do it.

Much like the various thoughts behind self-inflicting terror, people join the Bellevue Club for myriad reasons, too. Some enjoy the world-class athletics, while others join for the social or wellness aspects. Some want to raise their families here, while others want to network and make new friends.

Beyond the initial anxiety of being new, we hope there's nothing scary about the Bellevue Club. While I personally think the Pilates reformers look like medieval torture devices, I've been told that's not the case. In tennis, the ball machine might elicit fear in first-timers, but once they hit a few, it's no big deal.

The scariest thing of all, though, is the Wellness Department, where we learn the one thing that frightens us the most: the truth about how healthy we are.

No matter why you have chosen to be a member of the club, you get to enjoy all the different aspects once you're here. It can be scary to try something new, but once you've taken that first step, you'll be glad you did.

If you're not too scared, you can recommend the club to a friend or colleague who might enjoy the experience, too. You can also try that Pilates class or get a wellness evaluation to assess where you are in terms of fitness and health.

Or, start small. Taste something on the specials menu in Polaris or Splash, or sip a new drink in Luna. Or, try the scariest thing of all: meet someone new at one of our many member events. We have several "frightening" member events this month, including a Family Magic Show Oct. 10, a networking mingle Oct. 15 and a Charity Casino Night Oct. 18.

I recommend the most-fearsome event of the month—our Murder Mystery Dinner on Oct. 11. Join other members to dine on an excellent five-course meal prepared by Executive Chef Paul Marks, and try to figure out "whodunit."

Who knows, it just might be you.

Membership Director

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