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    Default Spirit Haunted trees/stump set

    http://www.spirithalloween.com/produ...and-Stump-Set/

    Does anyone have this? Wondering what you think of it, (other than it's cardboard/probably overpriced) I want to create a haunted forest type scene in our front yard this year and while I could get really creative and fabricate some type of trees/stumps myself, I could also pop for this set and save myself a lot of work/time. I remember seeing it in the Spirit store a couple years ago and actually thought it looked pretty decent, albeit cardboard and not very sturdy. I would drape Spanish moss and creepy cloth over the branches, and hide the "roots" with large jack o lanterns, etc..The scale is perfect for what I need and I'm sure I could rig it to stay put for one night of the year. Any input from anyone who has it would be appreciated!
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    I have seen them in person (at the spirit store) too and I thought they were pretty sturdy. I always try to get them half off the day after halloween- but the manager says those are not 50% off. The problem would be if they got wet...

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    I am with you jdubbya, trying to get it all done looking for a spooky tree...I was tempted by them. I may just do the plywood panel cutout like from my Spooky Tree blog post

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    I could coat them with something to waterproof them to a degree. They would only be out on the actual night of Halloween so over-exposure to the elements is not a big worry. Again, the scale and shape are what I'm looking for and these fit the bill. I could actually get by with just one tree and the stump, since the space we use is small. This would allow me two trees in reserve for future years use. Hmmm...need to think on this a bit.
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    I remember seeing them as an in-store display ~2 years ago. Thought they were neat for that purpose, but that seems like a lot for some cardboard.


    Anyhow, back to your haunted forest scene...

    Have you considered looking around to neighbors/friends/companies that are trimming their trees?

    Big enough trimmed branches make for great 'trees'. I did something on a smaller scale with them a couple years ago, just rebarred up a bunch of trimmed tree limbs to make a quick 'orchard'.





    If you get them now, you could even shape the green limbs wierd shapes and let them dry over the summer before 'planting'.

    Not saying it wasn't an insane amount of work to bring in truckloads of limbs and haul them back out...
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    Default haunted tree info

    Here is the good and bads with mine. (I bought 1 off the floor, as they were out of the set)

    The Good:
    -Thick cardboard. Pretty sturdy to hang "some" stuff from
    -Folds down and easy storage
    -Looks good in light, but better in the dark
    -Fast set-up and fill up a scene if limited on prop building time, at a good price ( I only have one)

    The Bad:
    -I bought a floor display, so the cardboard was torn from the set-up and take down. I am sure if someone took a little time, the cardboard would not have torn.
    -I would not leave outside too long. I would think that any kind of humidity and for sure rain would lessen the lifespan. (Not sure about anykind of coating, but I would not get wet.)
    -Branches tend to be a little flimsy in the wind.
    -The folds where you bend it will eventually be a weak spot in the side and branches. (see red arrows. not sure about how old and how many times mine was taking down before I bought it, but I see that being a weak point down the road.)


    Over-all, great product. Just keep dry and don't tear the tabs where it connects and it should last for a good while. Can't beat the price for how much space it helps with in a scene and how little space you need to store.

    Hope this helps some.

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    Thanks very much for the responses. Unorthodox, I have used old tree limbs before and they look great. This would actually be my first choice due to the fact it's natural, I can discard it or use it for firewood after Halloween, and it's free. The drawback this year is that I want something sizeable to frame the space, so I'd be looking for a good sized limb. Not really a problem, other than having to dispose of it afterwards. No room to keep it year to year. I know a guy who has a tree service and I think he could hook me up with some nice stuff.

    PB, glad you weighed in on this since you own them and know the downside. They would be used only n Halloween night and in dim lighting. I'd likely not hang much more than creepy cloth and Spanish moss, maybe a couple of bats from the branches. I had thought to rig up a 4 foot section of sono tube and anchor ths to the ground, then slide the tree base over it for added stability. I can see where you highlighted the weak points and I suppose this would be a problem after a few years of use, but I'm also looking long term and thinking this particular scene might be used only a few times over the next several years so They'd only be set up/taken down once each time, in other words, minimal wear. The weather is always a factor and we've had windy and rainy Halloween nights so it would be a gamble but not one I wouldn't take. I may see if Spirit uses them in a display this year and try to buy one, before shelling out the $ for a set but if not I might spring for it. I'm looking at some of the awesome trees members have fabricated, but the older I get, the less time I want to fuss with certain things and again, I don't have space to store another large prop so a break down tree would be perfect. Thanks again everyone!
    Truly appreciated!
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