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  1. #1
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    Default When do you start setting up your Halloween decorations?

    I wanna know when you guys start setting up your decorations. Is the second week of September to soon? I'm adding a lot this year & I change things around as I'm setting up. Plus I get more ideas too! I also am still building & working on other projects for my decorations too. Last year I started the last week of Sept. & was stilling adding a few final touches on Halloween! I want to be able to put everything up & be done so I can enjoy the last week of Oct. & not be working down to the nitty gritty.

    Thoughts please!

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    I usually start in the beginning of Sept. I don't have a walk through haunt set up like most here...so I just start early because I enjoy having everything out. I usually put some lights out first and then kind of add on from there.

    Depending on how much you have to put out I definitely don't think the second week of Sept is too early. Not for me anyway

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    Our traditional start date for decorating the front yard is Sept. 1. Like Trinity1, I have a display not a walk through and I want to enjoy it as long as possible. And like you, Hearts1003, I tweak everything as I go along. I commend your intention to have everything done so you can relax the last week of October, but I always seem to find "just one more" project that keeps me busy until the big day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hearts1003 View Post
    I wanna know when you guys start setting up your decorations. Is the second week of September to soon? I'm adding a lot this year & I change things around as I'm setting up. Plus I get more ideas too! I also am still building & working on other projects for my decorations too. Last year I started the last week of Sept. & was stilling adding a few final touches on Halloween! I want to be able to put everything up & be done so I can enjoy the last week of Oct. & not be working down to the nitty gritty.

    Thoughts please!
    I put up my first decorations (a Lemax village) last week when I bought a new building. I normally wait until Labor Day weekend to put up everything else except for the yard decorations. We typically in the past put those up the last 2 weeks of September as long as there are no Hurricanes or Tropical Storms bearing down on us. In my region of Florida the end of September is the busiest period for Tropical Weather.

    However now that we finally have a house... we were living in a town home before this... I might put the yard stuff out early and I will finally get a chance to do a small house or garage haunt with what little money is left over. I plan to do this during the 2nd week of October.

    I'm currently working on a full cemetery display and I have already constructed 2 full size toe pincher coffins.

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    Usually I begin to put up all of my decorations on October 1st. However, I've come to realize that it's taking me a lot longer to set up.

    So this year I am planning to start decorating inside starting Labor day weekend. I will still wait until October 1st to set up outside so my neighbors don't think I'm a bigger weirdo than they already do.
    Is it Halloween yet?

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    I used to start October 1st. Then a few years ago we got a new neighbor who starts mid September. Once she starts I get the bug and I start, too. The best part? My hubby can't stand her (she brought it on herself), so ever since the first Halloween she decorated, not only does he want to help now, but he looks for ways to improve our setup every year to out-do her.
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    The kids started school here today, so to me, that means it's Fall. I plan on hanging up some Autumn wreaths this week. Start decorating inside. By the middle of September we'll start putting up lights and smaller things. The first of October we'll really start in on the Halloween decor. I save my cemetery for the latter half of October. And a few years ago we used Gorilla Glue to secure our headstones to cement blocks. No more chasing tombstones in the Texas winds.

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    1st week of October.

    Any sooner and it feels weird. Just because I love Halloween all year doesn't mean I want Halloween all year. It would become mundane.

    Granted, I'm not running a high-end haunt...

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    Wow! I so love this forum! I'm really not alone!

    Trinity1 & Piraticalstyle I too have a display with a path cleared in the middle to walk up to the porch.

    Grimm Halloween congrats on the house & 2 toe pincher coffins! I too will be building my 1st one soon! I hope you post some pics of your haunt!

    Mommyto3 my neighbors think I'm a weirdo too!

    Jenawade my neighbor may be related to your neighbor! She too brought it on herself! Our family's compete on lawn care! However this year not going so great with the huge lack of rain! Everyone's yards look awful! I'm ok with it cause it works well with my Halloween decorations!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spats View Post
    1st week of October.

    Any sooner and it feels weird. Just because I love Halloween all year doesn't mean I want Halloween all year. It would become mundane.

    Granted, I'm not running a high-end haunt...
    How weird...this is the conclusion I came to this year, too. (The bolded part.) I want it to feel special...and with setting up on Sept. 1 in the 95-plus degree weather, by Halloween it just...didn't. (This is the past several years I'm talking about.)

    Funny, I don't decorate for Christmas either until one month before...usually right after Thanksgiving. It needs to be its own separate, special thing. Anticipating it all year is loads of fun but actually being "decked out" for it is a smaller time frame, for me anyway.

    However, I do like the development into fall, the gradualness of it...Like one poster above said, as soon as school starts, that's when it feels like fall is really coming.

 

 
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