This is me too. Not something I'm proud of actually but I have a real tough time letting things go, and it's not a case of being a perfectionist. I'm just not as organized as I'd like to be.
Sometimes I'll be working on stuff and just keep working. It's the clock on the wall that lets me know whether I'm working on a project for THIS year or getting an early start on next year. But I'm hoping to shut things down by maybe 4pm on Halloween so I can focus on the TOTers. I always miss the first...
I just want to say thanks to whoever it was who originally came up with the PVC/rebar method of securing tombstones. The first few years we did Halloween displays stuff was always getting blown over - often breaking when they fell. I used to get up in the morning and wonder what would need to be fixed.
We're making tombstones with PVC sandwiched between two pieces of foam and these things are darn near immovable in some fairly serious wind. Between that and moving to PVC armatures for our...
I'm sure you saw this but I'm moving it to where I SHOULDA posted it just in case.
I'll decide if your haunt is crap. Or the kids will. ;) You're probably judging it really harshly because the process has been so crappy for you this year - doesn't make for much positivity.
Yeah, I don't remember it ever being THAT cold when I was little. There were definitely years wear we had our winter coats on. And regardless of how cold it got, I still sweated like crap under those crappy plastic...
We used to mostly set up the day of. And we always, ALWAYS took it down Halloween night...I'm usually up until 2 or 3am bringing everything in. A couple years ago we started putting things out a little earlier...we got our tombstones out a week before this year. And this year, for the first time, because it's a weekend, we're gonna do take down probably late, late Saturday. It'll be nice to not have to worry about that Halloween night.
I usually try to, but generally it's a post-mortem kinda thing. Mostly to compare ToT numbers and stories. We're allways running behind which makes it tough. That's the sad thing about the forums is when October actually arrives, things generally get pretty quiet here because there's so much to do elsewhere. I'm sure there's new members joining right now that think this place is a graveyard, not realizing how busy it is in September.
Really!? No fire?! That's a surprise. I'm anxious to see your whole haunt. It always looks amazing and you take great photos. Hopefully the clouds will scatter at least for the couple hours of trick or treating and for the last minute setup time. I remember one year it was something like -5 here with ice rain and a -15 degree wind chill, and as soon as 10pm hit, things warmed up and the fog rolled in. Man that was annoying (although it did make taking stuff in a lot more pleasant).
We're doing pretty good. Got all the lights out tonight. The reaper is actually working - right off the bat. We'll see if it holds up. Still a couple of new projects to finish. Not gonna stress if they don't get done though. Pretty happy to be where we are though. Usually do the lighting Halloween day or the night before. And it actually looks mostly decent although the extension cords are a death trap.
How about you? Still no improvement in the forecast. (My phone corrected that to "fire...
Wow! Looks great! I love the movement on the huge shaggy pumpkin creature at 1:35, the pumpkin kids at 2:41, the crate creature, and "Itsy Bitsy Spider" - that's fantastic. Thank you for sharing that (and doing all that work - I hope the people who get to see it in real life appreciate how wonderful it is!)
Hey champ! How are you holding up? :) We got a bit more out tonight. I keep thinking, "almost done... just have to..." and then the list gets really long. But we've got a lot out. If I get hit by a car tomorrow, I'll know the yard was passable. I'd prefer not to get hit by a car though.
So we have the fire and ice red spotlight from Spirit shining on our witches gathered 'round their cauldron and we love the effect. Really does look like fire although when I video it, it doesn't look near as impressive.
Bonus functionality...it scared the hell out of the neighbour's cat - an awful little creature that leaves dead animals scattered around the neighbourhood. I wish I had bought a dozen when I had the chance. ;)