Well, it took weeks of back-burner thinking, and two days of implementation, but my front yard Halloween graveyard hit the mark again! Parents, teens and kids alike were all very impressed with the set up, from eerie lighting, to fog, to ground-breaking undead and tombstones.
Of course, the true acid test is the scream. You know the scream, right? That first, terror-riddled cry from a spooked child as they walk up the driveway and see that first shrieking ghoul, lit by bolts of lightning. In all, 3 or 4 children either refused to approach the house at all, or had to be carried tot he door. One little girl was so scared, she gave me a hug!
In all, we had over 130 kids (and borderline adults) ring the doorbell on Halloween night. We actually ran out of candy and resorted to raiding a stash of mini Lindt chocolate bars so we could keep the porch lights (orange and black light) on a little longer. Ad even then, we had to turn kids away well before 9 pm.
Halloween oozes its way into the house as well, with a Creepy Towne village set up on the mantle.
While it is a lot of work, I do enjoy setting up the indoor and outdoor displays. It’s fun and relaxing in its own way. And I can get picky with placement, too; I’ll do the basic outdoor set up, then view the graveyard from a few positions and tweak object locations. When the main set up is locked down, I rough in the lighting during the day and at night, position the lights to be more effective (while not blinding any kids as they make their way up or down the walkway.
Which brings me to the one thing that really ticks me off on Halloween night.
<rant> I really wish that older kids would at least take the time to dress up in some way if they plan to trick or treat. It bothers me that they think they can just show up in a hoodie, carrying a pillow case, and expect to get candy. I mean, come on! Make an effort for Pete’s sake. I don’t care if you’re 7 or 17, if you have some kind of decent costume, you have proven you’ve earned the treat. Otherwise you’re just a lazy parasite, taking advantage of a fun holiday. Too cool to dress up, but not too cool to ask for candy. Give me a break.</rant>
OK, I’ve got that off my chest for the year. Seriously, we had so many comments from kids and adults alike, that it makes the time and effort well worthwhile. And while I’ve promised myself not to buy anything else for next Halloween (one storage shed is almost full of just Halloween stuff), I’m sure I see something gory or scary next October, that I just can’t live without.
Only time will tell . . .