Usually, we decorate the front porch and that's where I hand out candy. This year, we wanted to try something a little different and have the trick or treaters come to the back yard. We live on a corner and have an arbor with a gate that opens to the sidewalk; the perfect place for handing out candy. We lit a fire in the fire pit and cranked up some Halloween music, so it was the perfect place to hang out, too. To keep anyone from coming to the front door, we roped off the entire front yard with "Danger" tape and hung a sign with an arrow that said "Ghosts and Ghouls and Treats Await, Around the Corner at the Haunted Gate".
We draped the arbor with Halloween lights.
And added a greeting to the gate.
There were some surprises in the windows that face the sidewalk.
Ghosts and bats hung from fishing line across the yard. The wind kept them fluttering all night long.
A strange glowing liquid sat on the patio table.
There were some scary pumpkins leading the way to the Haunted Gate.
Karen Cooper from Night of the Living Dead.
A creepy skull.
Jack Torrance from The Shining.
Dr. Bernardi from The Twilight Zone.
We also made a stuffed dummy and hung him from the tree next to the arbor.
He looks pretty real, doesn't he?
We rigged him to dance to music. See for yourself.
Sorry, I couldn't figure out how to rotate the video!
I'm sure you've guessed that it's not a dummy. It's my son (with a nylon stocking over his face).
And yes, that's me laughing at the end.
He was hanging from a climbing harness so he was in
no danger of falling and huring himself.
He scared and amused lots of trick or treaters.
You want to know what question he was asked the most?
"How's it hanging?"
I hope you had a great Halloween, too!!