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All too soon Halloween is gonna be here, and I'm in a tizzy trying to get my-well-- you-know-what together. I've been searching around, and found a boatload of DIY Halloween decorations. I started on one this evening; a dilapidated fence, getting two sections done. Cost? My favorite: $0. We have this gawd-awful stockade fencing that is truly dilapidated, and falling apart. We had planned to replace it this year, but with Ken and his accident at work, all projects were benched this year. Won't be able to even build our front deck, which was the cheapest of all the projects. So, I figured I would take planks off of the end, and re-purpose the wood for my fence. How To Build Old Fence Panels for your Haunted House or Yard on Halloween - How To Halloween Now I had to modify it just a bit, because my planks weren't gonna survive being pounded in the ground, so I took two pieces of good wood and made stakes. They were actually fun to make, came out great, and Ken even liked 'em. (picture to follow tomorrow.)

Next is the ghost, the "pit" (aka pallet with lights) the skeleton in a coffin coming out of the ground, and probably some head stones. I found a pattern to "board up" my windows (gonna do the front bedroom) and looking at some silhouettes for the living room window; or I might cover that window too in "boards", and have some zombies coming out the window. Haven't decided yet.

Can you tell I love Halloween? Getting scared? Not on my list of favorites. But I love decorating for it, and always have. To have my own yard and house to decorate after 13 years? Priceless!
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Egads. Reminds me of some I made for my son years ago. He still puts them out every hear. I never made any more, they are one of the types of things I found out I absolutely hate to make. Same with the Xmas yard reindeer.
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I keep thinking I'd like to make some Christmas decorations, but my plan to turn my business over to my daughter and a lady we've worked with for 25 years has slowed down dramatically, so I'm still traveling much more than I want. I've been thinking about making a sleigh I can break down and store flat and/or a low fence of some kind to corral my illuminated reindeer. I buy more lights every year. Someone around here has made a couple of wooden soldiers that I like. Ah, for a little more time.
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looking forward to seeing the end project. We don't do decorations at our house but I usually help my mom put some things up.
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Used to live in the woods on a dirt road at the end of a cul-de-sac. No street lights at all.
I had about 3 acres of woods between my house and the road. I Would each year clean out a winding path through the woods and exiting on the opposite side. I hung black plastic on a wire to form a enclosed pathway. It began at a door set between two trees. Every 10 to 20 feet, I widened it out and built a display, such as something scary. I had 12 of these "stations" through the woods.
They included but were not restricted to, a Zombie, Frankenstein's monster, a grave yard with dry ice machine working and the dead rising out of the ground, a guillotine, that really worked, wild animals, (folks dressed in costumes) a mad scientists performing an operation, a vampire in a coffin, and the list went on. Each year we ( the locals) would get together and decide who wanted to do what. Each display was built by the folks that worked it. The whole what we called, "the Spook Walk" began a few miles away with a hay ride to the door set in the woods. People were allowed to enter in twos and threes spaced out.
The last station at the end was where folks could sign in and make donations and where the kids received bags of candy.
By the way, the hay ride and entry were free.
It began with just the locals and soon we had people coming all the way from the Austin area and further. It ran for about 10 years. We finally shut it down and moved for my wife's health.
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@Bushwhacker That sounds like a terrific community involvement project and I bet you miss it sometimes. It sounds like everyone enjoyed working on it.

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Lived in a development that did similar things on the vacant lots. It was great for the kids (of all ages) and ended with a bonfire, cider etc. great memories.
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@Bushwhacker That sounds like a terrific community involvement project and I bet you miss it sometimes. It sounds like everyone enjoyed working on it.
It started out that way but soon became like the Little Red Hen story. Everyone wanted to play in it, but no one wanted to help build it.
Then after it was all done, you could never find anyone to help tear in down and put it all away for the next year.
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So four panels are made, and I need (technically) 7 to get the length I want, but I'll have to be happy with six, which will make it roughly 18' long. (wanted at least 21'.) Only the first two I made have their stakes in them to put into the ground, and I'm thinking I may have to rethink the stake portion to make it easier to put in the ground.

Also went and found a few pallets yesterday to make my pumpkin decoration for Thanksgiving, my American Flag, and possibly my coffin that will be "coming out of the ground;" found out that when pallets are wet, they come apart a little easier... less breakage. Then I thought: "DUH.... there's moisture in there, making them a bit more pliable!" So, I think I'll soak the other two down that I want to use, and see what happens. I had a couple that still cracked, (at the ends) but for what I'm using them for, it's not a big deal. It will add character to the piece. Once I have the pumpkins done, on to the Christmas Tree.... saw a design or two I'd like to try.
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One year when my kids were young, they made a scare crow kind of thing for Halloween using some of my old clothes stuffed with straw. It sat on my front lawn for about 2 weeks before Halloween, so everyone in the neighborhood had seen it. On Halloween night, as soon as it got dark, I took the scare crow away and put the clothes from it on. It had a face made from an old T shirt with eyes, nose, and mouth drawn on it with markers, so I cut holes in appropriate places so I could breathe easier and see. I put some of the straw in my sleeves and around my neck and some at my wrists to let it hang out around my gloves. Then I went out to the front yard and sat where the scare crow had been.

A short time later a bunch of kids of different sizes came by and one of them said "that sure is a real looking scare crow". Another said "nah, it isn't real" and he kind of kicked me. I moved a little as if the kick had caused it, but didn't let on that I was real. They went on to the house where my wife was waiting with candy, but one little guy kept watching me. Then, as he began to turn to follow them, I moved. He let out a yell and told the rest that I had moved. They ignored him, so he joined the rest at the front door.

I got up and walked up behind them as the little guy was reaching through the crowd to get his candy. When he turned around, I was right behind him. He let out another yell, and ran past me. With his yell, they all turned around and started yelling, then ran past me on both sides.

When they were gone I went back and sat down. A few minutes later, my neighbor's wife and her two young kids came down the street. When they had almost reached me, I stood up. She yelled and ran for home, letting go of her kid's hands, for them to run home on their own. I chased her all the way up to her front door. I didn't see her the rest of the night, but I let the kids know who I was. She wouldn't talk to me for weeks after.

There were other groups and fun sessions with them that night, but these were the highlights. Sitting on the ground all evening made me very cold. I had fun, but never did it again.

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