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« on: September 01, 2007 09:55:06 PM »

 Huh one of my favorite things about fall is decorating my house for halloween. but i don't like doing fake graves stones or playing the monster mash or anything like that, i believe it is my duty to scare the trick-or-treaters as much as possible, make them think they are facing death just going up to the front door because only then do they deserve they're treats.
i like to set up a week or so early, that way no ones really sure if its just decorations or if my family worships the devil or something.
in years past Ive done dolls hanging from my tree with real newses around their necks, with strobe lights, fog, death metal blasting from inside the house. 1 kid even started crying "i don't wanna go up there mommy" so when he did i gave him extra candy for his bravery.

but now I'm stumped on whats within my realm of doing(meaning not to pricey) but still scary and creepy enough to freak out the teenagers who come around.
so i ask you, what would creep you out to the point of not wanting to go to the door, or thinking twice about letting your kids go to the door? Wink
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« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2007 09:59:08 PM »

giant spiders.

zombies.

dark, narrow tunnels or passageways.

walking through spiderwebs is especially gross/scary, cause you never know if a spider was right there on the part of the web you walked through, and is now on you. maybe taking some fake spiderwebs and pulling out very thin sections of strands would work, so you could make them feel like real spiderwebs? especially if you can spray on something that would make them sticky (hair products of some sort?)
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« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2007 10:04:12 PM »

One fun thing to do is set up a dummy (dressed up like a zombie or something, with a big mask etc.) sitting in a chair on your front porch.  Leave it there for like a week before halloween so everyone in the neighborhood gets used to seeing it.
Then on halloween night, you sit there in the mask and costume instead of the dummy, and when people come up to the door you can jump up, yell, whatever).  I wouldn't do it to any really young kids, but it's fun to mess with the older ones/teenagers.

Also you can do a "body drop": rig up a mannequin in a tree where it's hidden, but so you can pull a rope and make it fall when someone walks by.

Make a really long "tunnel" out of hanging plastic or something to get to the door, like a maze, so you can't see what's around the corner.  You don't even have to have something scary in there, just the creepy tunnel and spooky music playing...

Dolls are a really good idea, a lot of people are pretty freaked out by creepy dolls and statues.
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« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2007 10:19:40 PM »

yeah Ive always wanted to sit on my porch on halloween and scare kids, cause i remember how much it used to scare me. but i have to take into consideration I'm normally doing something halloween night, so i cant count on me being able to be there.

i was thinking maybe realistic looking stuffed animals doused in fake blood and stuck on tall wooden posts? would that be creepy or just disgusting?  Undecided
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« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2007 03:22:04 PM »

 If you have the right type of pathway (a straight one from the street to your door), you can ask on freecycle, or look around (not sure where), but find some of those garden thingies that are an archway? get a couple enough for the length of your pathway, and get some trash bags, or black tarps, cover the entire pathway of arches,you may have to pin, sew, or tape the tarps onto the archways, and decorate that bastage till your hearts content! ALSO with those, I went to one as a kid and now I can't enter another one LOL, is to have people hiding on the outside, make it so when the kids can't see them before they enter, and have the people who are hiding scare the daylights by reaching threw the tarp and grabbing them! Also fun to hang plastic skellies in side, with black lights, they turn funky colors, giant spiders, ect. Have the archways lead to your porch, and possibly even see if a friend of yours can stand in as the "dumby" on your porch chair.  Hope this gives you a boost!!! I LOVE HALLOWEEN!!
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« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2007 08:27:39 PM »

To be honest, having a doll just right next to the door, no noose, or anything, just standing next to the door would be the only thing to really creep me out. The whole dolls hanging by nooses makes me happy. Dolls are creepy enough on their own. Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2007 10:17:12 PM »

i think the bloody animals on a stick would be amazingly fabulous. especially if they were made to look real.

if they were tall enough, i would looove if when people walked under them they dripped "blood" on the passerby.

maybe you could do some sort of a "butcher shop gone bad" motif. that would be cool...when i was little, that would have scared the bejesus out of me, if it was done well. even as a child, my tolerance for obvious fakeness was very low.

dolls still creep me out. dolls and deformed ghost children....
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« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2007 03:17:53 AM »

A lot of people get creeped out by scary clowns, so maybe a circus or freakshow theme? You could put up the bunting banners and make them look torn or shredded and paint some blood splashes onto them. Put clown masks around, peeping out your window(s), behind a tree, above the porch, in your bush/shrub plants. If you wanted to go all out you could make your own 'stall' and have a creepy game of some sort, maybe throw the hoop round the dismembered fake body part....
There are some great ideas in this thread.
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« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2007 04:27:43 PM »

For me it's anything demonic is really scary. It's not always what's right in front of your face that's scary, but what's implied or may lurking about. Over the years we have made quite a few great Halloween props that we use.  We've made some haunted trees. We paper mached pieces of fake skulls and bones onto a tree we made. Then painted it black and red. It looks like they are stuck in the tree. We made a faux fireplace out of skulls. We do set up a graveyeard, but it is more authentic than cheesy. With some of the tombstones moving. We have a ghost like creature on a zip line that flies down to the trick or treaters from the trees. This year we are going to have a woman that levitates. And some motorized rats that look they are feeding on a body. You can do a lot with small motors. This sight has some excellent ideas http://www.halloweenmonsterlist.info/textonly2.html
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« Reply #9 on: September 06, 2007 12:34:18 AM »

And some motorized rats that look they are feeding on a body.

Now that is really scary!

Has anyone got pics of their scary decorations to share? People over here in the UK aren't really into halloween so it's really awesome to see people putting loads of thought and effort into it.
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