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!