As a kid, I lived for Halloween. Not so much for the candies, but for the movies. I loved those old style horror and sci-fi B-movies. Especially when they were on all the independent stations. Now those independents are gone, all bought up by network and cable.
And while those movies can still be seen, it's not quite the same. There's no host in goofy make up on a graveyard set that's barely holding itself together, chucking out bad puns during commercial breaks.
Maybe it's not so much the missing the main course, but missing the appetizers.