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    Default Cool Halloween Decorations

    Well, it's about that time! Halloween is hands-down our favorite decorating holiday, and we go all out at our house. I thought it'd be fun to start a thread—kind of like Pete did at Christmas—where we post pictures of cool Halloween decorations. The outside will be going up this weekend, so for now I'll get started with a couple from inside the house. My kid has been obsessed with the "Skellies" ever since she was about two years old. She has to have them at the breakfast table every morning. She even takes them in the car on the way to school—all buckled into the seat belts. It's one of those things we'll always look back on fondly when she finally gets too old to play with them any more.

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    I love Halloween as well.

    Last year, I built a rear-projection screen that filled my garage door opening then looped a scary video with full sound system.

    Some of the kids were too scared to approach, so I had to turn down the sound a bit.

    https://fbcdn-video-p-a.akamaihd.net...1a6b206b54de78

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    Pete, you and my husband would get along great. I better not show him this thread or he's likely to try to rig up something like that from our garage. Can't let that happen...we have more than we can handle already. I hate to admit this, but we had to rent a storage locker after Halloween last year exclusively for the outside decorations. After Christmas came and went, we had to double the size of the locker. Very very sad. And fun.

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    Your stuff is amazing!

    Are you in Crown Heights or nearby? I know that some of those neighborhoods have incredible t-or-t traffic.U


    I'm sure you've already seen grandinroad.com -- they have fantastic Halloween gear.

    I have much more Christmas stuff but I have to fight to not do more for Halloween.

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    I take my Grandkids down Carey PL. and tell them that's where all the witches and wizards live.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete View Post
    Your stuff is amazing!

    Are you in Crown Heights or nearby? I know that some of those neighborhoods have incredible t-or-t traffic.U


    I'm sure you've already seen grandinroad.com -- they have fantastic Halloween gear.

    I have much more Christmas stuff but I have to fight to not do more for Halloween.
    Thank you, Pete!

    We live in Linwood Place. Halloween Central, as it turns out. We've been here 9 years now. I remember the first year we lived here, we had moved in right before Halloween. The neighbors warned us about the number of trick-or-treaters and how we needed to really stock up on candy. We kind of dismissed their warnings, thinking it was an exaggeration. Nope, not an exaggeration. It's like nothing you've ever seen before. Utter insanity. Kids are lined up all the way down the walkway to the street and out into the sidewalk. It's nonstop, starting at about 4:30 and going on as long as there's candy. We buy more and more each year but it's never enough. It's awesome, but also kind of frustrating because people in the neighborhood who live on the blocks that aren't so visible as ours have trouble getting enough trick-or-treaters. I always tell them to come help us and they'll get their fill.

    Yes, we love Grandin Road and Frontgate! The skeleton dogs came from Grandin Road, as a matter of fact. It's hard to get those catalogs each year and not go crazy.
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    We have our work cut out for us this weekend. This is what was in the storage locker, and there's more to add to it that we bought a few weeks ago. It's going to be hard this weekend, too, because of all the other stuff going on—Greek Festival, Heritage Hills tour, estate sales, etc. At least it's quiet today in terms of state football teams. This is such a fun and crazy time of year!

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    I envy you!

    My neighborhood is in transition, with most the kids grown and gone and some younger families starting to move back in. Some years I might get around 100 at the door but last year was depressingly slow.

    Look forward to seeing your photos when you are done.

    If you think about it, take some pictures of the kids lining up on the big night.

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    Love the bummer sign! I posted my Jack 'o Lantern, elsewhere, but here it is, again, because it seems to fit. Click image for larger version. 

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    We have Samoyeds - big white fluffy dogs (see my avatar). They love kids and when we lived in a neighborhood with lots of trick or treaters, they always loved it. Husband used to tell the kids they were "ghost" dogs (because they're white). One little boy, upon learning they were ghosts, went into a complete meltdown - not sure if it was from fear or grief but it was so alarming husband stopped telling kids that.

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    Penny, are you an artist? That's fantastic. It almost looks air-brushed. I couldn't paint something to save my life. I'm very good at arranging things and making them look pretty, but don't have an artistic bone in my body.

    The "bummer" sign is one of my favorites. And it was just a cheap Dollar Tree find, if i recall correctly. There's another sign with two arrows. One is pointing to "BOOLVD" and the other "PSYCHO PATH". There's another that says, "Witch Parking Only. All others will be toad.".

    Hopefully others will start posting stuff in the coming days and weeks. I didn't intend for this to be exclusively about OUR stuff. We're just off to an early start because our neighborhood home tour is next week and we don't want to have piles of boxes and junk in the yard during the tour. If we waited until the week after that, it'd be nearly mid-October, which is too late. I don't want to put the stuff up and have to turn around and take it down in that short of a time frame.

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    I really like those metal pumpkins!

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    Quote Originally Posted by turnpup View Post
    Penny, are you an artist? That's fantastic. It almost looks air-brushed. I couldn't paint something to save my life. I'm very good at arranging things and making them look pretty, but don't have an artistic bone in my body.

    The "bummer" sign is one of my favorites. And it was just a cheap Dollar Tree find, if i recall correctly. There's another sign with two arrows. One is pointing to "BOOLVD" and the other "PSYCHO PATH". There's another that says, "Witch Parking Only. All others will be toad.".

    Hopefully others will start posting stuff in the coming days and weeks. I didn't intend for this to be exclusively about OUR stuff. We're just off to an early start because our neighborhood home tour is next week and we don't want to have piles of boxes and junk in the yard during the tour. If we waited until the week after that, it'd be nearly mid-October, which is too late. I don't want to put the stuff up and have to turn around and take it down in that short of a time frame.
    Arranging stuff seems artistic, to me.

    I like to tinker around with artsy stuff, sometimes. I saw a photo of that style of pumpkin, online, and liked it. I also hope people put up more stuff. You've got a fabulous collection.

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    After two days and evenings of hard work, it's pretty much all done—that is, unless we find something else we can't live without.

    First, the skeleton crew:

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    As you can see, they're very naughty. They got into my liquor and got really out of control. And they're not even sorry about it.

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    Wow! Very impressive.

    Love that swing in your front yard.

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    Thanks, Pete! Actually it's the back yard. We have an iron fence, so it's fun to sit there and watch people and their dogs walk by on the sidewalk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by turnpup View Post
    After two days and evenings of hard work, it's pretty much all done—that is, unless we find something else we can't live without.

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    As you can see, they're very naughty. They got into my liquor and got really out of control. And they're not even sorry about it.
    Those are great!!!!

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    Inflatables and spiders:

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    This was our yard last year.. usually have a big spider in the cedar tree but didn't last year. Click image for larger version. 

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    I used to get into all the Halloween stuff quite a bit but now all the kids are on their own it's not as much fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullbear View Post
    This was our yard last year.. usually have a big spider in the cedar tree but didn't last year.
    Wowee! Very nice.

    What neighborhood? Lots of trick-or-treaters?

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    Quote Originally Posted by turnpup View Post
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    Holy cow!

    No wonder you have trouble storing all this stuff.

    Very, very cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete View Post
    Wowee! Very nice.

    What neighborhood? Lots of trick-or-treaters?
    Crestwood just about 7 or 8 houses down from Warreng88
    its hit or miss with trick or treaters. .seems we are getting less each year
    makes it hard to predict how many to buy for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullbear View Post
    Crestwood just about 7 or 8 houses down from Warreng88
    its hit or miss with trick or treaters. .seems we are getting less each year
    makes it hard to predict how many to buy for.
    I thought your style of house looked very familiar. We're all in the same area. If you need your trick or treat fix, come down to our neck of the woods, along the median street. It's a madhouse.

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