I pulled out one of our many Skellies over the weekend because I am so ready for Halloween! This one I placed in our bedroom looking out the window that overlooks our neighbors back door. Hopefully, I did not scare them too much when they peeked out their window and saw this looking back at them! LOL
The weather cooperated for us on Saturday as we began to carry upstairs from storage, all of our Halloween prop boxes. Oh the many trips up and down the stairs with all of our wicked delights for the front yard. The detailed decorating has begun. (the photo below is a little ghostly effect that I used to enhance our yard)
As I worked on carrying up all of the props, Roy went to work unpacking them and positioning them in the front yard. Our Home Haunt has started to come alive!
With each prop carefully staked into the ground, a colored flood light was also placed in front of each item to illuminate it at night. It was like watching a synchronized swimming routine as we worked in sync putting the yard together.
Once we had all the props and lights set in place, Roy had to connect all of them with extension cords. Yep, you guessed it, we have “tons” of extension cords! So far, if we did not lose count, we have approximately 15 flood lights, 13 extension cords, 14 tombstones, and at least 15+ props right now in our front yard.
Our wickedly fun decorating weekend definitely caused a stir in the neighborhood, as people slowed down to look and/or stopped to say what a great job we were doing, and even our neighbors stopped by to check out our new prop additions.
Even our favorite police officer, Houston, stopped by say hello as he was patrolling the neighborhood for speeders on our side street. (he even ticketed about five speeders and stop sign crashers this weekend alone while we were outside!)
And, just so you know...WE ARE NOT EVEN CLOSE TO BEING DONE DECORATING WITH OUR PROPS! We still have lots more elaborate props to bring out in the yard, but we don’t display these until the day of Halloween because they are too expensive to be left out in the yard as they could be stolen. We have 6′ tall animatronic props like Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, a Ripping Reaper of Souls who rips open his chest to reveal all the souls he has captured, and Freddie Krueger, along with LED lighted ghosts, and metal orange lighted willow trees to light up our graveyard. Dapper Death and Count Dracula will also make their appearance too!
We have a new freakishly scary Halloween prop on order to add to our graveyard and we are certain that this prop will scare the pants off all the trick-or-treaters. It is called a Lunging Mad Demon Dog that growls then lunges forward when anyone passes by. Hee hee hee, we can’t wait to see the reactions of the parents too as they stand on the sidewalk and watch their kids walk past this guy!
The green guy in our front door is from WOW Windows and all that it is, is a piece of plastic that you hang over your windows and then just turn a light on behind it. That’s it! Nikita was peeking out the front door under the green guy to see what was going on outside.
If the kids want candy, they have to walk through our spooky Cemetery Gateway on our driveway (which we put up on the day of Halloween), walk through the low laying fog that covers the front yard, and past a few scary props just to get candy. Why make it easy on them, right? That is what Halloween is all about, scary stuff and things that go bump in the night, so beware if you are heading to our house on Halloween! (the photo below is from a prior year, and this is not yet up in the driveway)
Stay tuned for more Halloween posts and our final spooky post after Halloween, as we should be able to include a video of our yard in action, along with music too. Oh, did I forget to mention that all of our lights are hooked up to a Gemmy Light Show? Yep. Roy hooks up everything to this expensive piece of Halloween equipment and all of our lights “dance” to whatever spooky music is playing through speakers that are placed in the yard. He adds all the Halloween themed songs to his iPod and then hooks the iPod to the Gemmy Light Show. It is definitely a show that you don’t want to miss!
It’s official! We have started our Halloween yard decorating (one week late) and the first thing we always work on is the “Focal Point” of the yard. Keep in mind, that the photograph above is the start to what’s to come and I wanted to show you how empty it looks now…just wait. I did the last front yard mow for October because once we add of our lights, props, and extension cords, you cannot mow around anything. November 1st, everything is taken down and the lawn gets a much needed haircut.
The focal point is Skully and his friends carrying a handmade pallet coffin. Skully & Friends always attract a lot of “gawkers” that drive past the house, and also lots of people stop to take photographs. If you are new to Nikitaland, please take the time right now & subscribe as you don’t want to miss what we have coming up!
I have to remember to do this again this year, and tally for you how many things we have placed in the front yard. For example, a few years ago I did this and was shocked to find out that we used something like 17+ extension cords! It is amazing on how much time is involved in just setting up Skully & his friends. I had to stake up each skeleton into place, then get the coffin up and off the ground by more stakes, position the skeletons so they are doing what I want them to do, (they had other things in mind, but I had to tell them to knock it off and all Skully wanted to do was mow the lawn again), then tie-wrap them to the stakes, and then my Sweets came out and placed all the lights around each skeleton just perfectly! (he is my lighting and sound effect guy for sure)
We had to do a little surgery on the coffin yesterday, as it appears that it sagged a little sitting in the garage all this time. I rummaged around in the garage and found some nice scraps of wood to use as braces, grabbed my drill and electric screwdriver and firmed up that saggy coffin! It’s definitely the little touches that make or break a Halloween display! After we got Skully and his friends up, it rained, and rained hard. Phew!
I have one more of the huge pumpkins to paint yet that I paper mached, but it is lit up in the front window for all to see. I am in the process though of making a smaller pumpkin that I will place in the hand of one of Skully’s friends in the front yard. This pumpkin I will have to use Flex Seal on it (found at KMart & other hardware stores for around $13) to protect it from the elements and to make sure that the paper mache pumpkin does not rot if it got soggy. (Side note: In case you don’t know about Flex Seal, it is used a lot in gutters to seal up any small cracks to prevent drips, and I have seen it used to seal up a cracked flower pot, and much more!) I need to get a can anyways for our own gutters, and I will have enough left to cover the pumpkin inside and out. Flex Seal can be painted too!
Our living room has come alive and it screams Halloween! It has such an awesome orange glow that lights up the room. I never had a Halloweenish display before inside the house, and that is why I worked so hard to make something special for us. Now, I can enjoy our favorite holiday and have something to cherish every year! We even found a little stuffed Jack Skeleton at Walgreens yesterday and he now sits on top of the fireplace. So what do you think? Do you like how our living room turned out?
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It happens this time of year. The weather changes to that bone chilling can’t seem to get warm feeling, “I’m not ready for the weather to change” thought in your mind, and you wake up to see frost in your graveyard. Don’t worry, these corpses don’t feel a thing, or do they? Their faces and torsos are covered with a feathery-looking frost, the tombstones look furry, each blade of grass is covered in white, and you are glad that the flood lights don’t turn on now because they would all shatter. It’s that time of year, like it happens every Halloween, the weather gets worse while you are putting the finishing touches in your home haunt, the winds kick up making it impossible for the light weight items to not blow away, and you are bundled up in layers of clothing just trying to keep warm for the two hours you have to stand outside and hand out candy. Is it all worth it?
It’s funny, because we get excited every year for the arrival of Halloween and can’t wait for it to come, then when it actually arrives, we complain because we have to stand two hours out in the cold freezing, you can’t feel your hands because they’re numb, your nose runs….and then…it’s over. Halloween trick-or-treating is done for another year. Now comes the fun part of picking up all the props in the yard, all the extension cords, the flood lights, the stakes that you can’t seem to find all of them afterwards, and try to put everything back in its storage box for the next year. So, is it worth it? We would answer a definite yes!
This year for us, we were able to enjoy the home haunt a lot longer than prior years because we made all of those wood tombstones, primed them well, so they could withstand the weather conditions and not blow away and actually got our home haunt in the front yard setup weeks ago so we could enjoy it. We’re glad we did. Halloween is on Monday, and we can’t wait! We’ll be digging out the animatronic props this weekend and all of the other items we could not put in the yard as they are too expensive to leave out, so we only bring them out the day of Halloween.
It’s a lot of work we won’t deny that, but the look on the trick-or-treaters faces when they see Michael Myers trying to slash their necks, is priceless. Some of the kids won’t even come up the driveway for candy when they see him, so we have to walk down and hand them their candy, while others can’t wait to get a photograph with Michael or Freddy Krueger, they are the brave souls who venture near!
The time FINALLY arrived…. it was time to cut Daddy’s pumpkin! Daddy could not wait to finally get the chance to cut his own grown pumpkin this weekend as he was so proud of it. If you were following our story of our attempt to grow pumpkins in our backyard, you will remember that we had problems from the start. The rainy weather demolished the first packs of pumpkins planted, so re-planting was next. We waited impatiently for the first pumpkin plants to emerge from the ground, only to have them chewed off by chipmunks. Still, we weren’t worried because we had so many pumpkin plants planted and felt that we had a good chance of more little sprouts. Well, one after another little sprout appeared and we got so happy, until the next day they were gone – chipmunks again. We ended up with just a few pumpkin plants and we were uncertain if these guys would make it, so we waited. Well, one plant took off and grew to a vine of more than 19′ with approximately 17″ wide leaves. We thought that since this plant has grown so big, that nothing would touch it, we were so wrong. The chipmunks left this plant alone (finally), but the deer had a field day one night on our pumpkin vine and ate half of the main vine. Since they ate the main vine, it stunted the growth of the other vines with all of the unpollinated small pumpkins, so we were left with just our one pumpkin. We were so unhappy with all the damage that the deer did, but we are glad to announce that our one pumpkin made it to an amazing 20.4 pounds! After Halloween, Daddy is going to take all of the pumpkin seeds from his pumpkin, clean them, and store them away for next year and use them to plant more pumpkins.
Daddy & Mommy started pulling out all of their Halloween decorations over the weekend and Mommy went into overdrive painting all of the wood tombstones she cut with the jigsaw, while Daddy carried up props from storage for the front yard and started placing them in the grass.
It took them over three hours to get everything in the yard for now, but there is still a lot more props that will be placed outside, but they can’t put them out yet because these are the expensive ones, like Daddy’s animatronic Freddy, Jason, and his 6′ tall Ripping Reaper of Souls that rips open his cloak to show all the souls in his chest. Pretty cool, eh?
It was a long weekend and Daddy & Mommy are pooped from all the work they did. Mommy is still painting & staining tombstones, but the yard looks great. They even had Grandpa help fix one of their props, a 63″ Standing Ghoul that had a broken clamp, and we knew that Grandpa was the only one that could fix this, and he did! (Thanks Grandpa!)
I still don’t have my Halloween costume done yet, but Auntie Rene sent us some great photographs of neat costumes for pets (thanks Auntie) to help us get a costume idea. We still think that I might be a lion for Halloween, but you’ll have to wait and see what I end up as.
Monday was kinda crazy over here because Daddy & Mommy had eight items that sold over the weekend on their eBay store, so lots of Halloween products had to get wrapped up for shipping. I helped Mommy get everything done too, as I sniffed all of the product and chewed a little on each of the boxes, so if anyone of you get a box with a little chew mark on it – that was me! She spent the entire day getting all of these packages ready for the UPS man, and I had to take a break and I napped amongst all of the boxes in the kitchen.