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  1. #61
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    By "No Contact" I meant visitors will never be touched. If they want to get touchy-feely with our props we can't stop 'em. But it's all built to withstand that. Nothing store-bought but lights and fog machines.
    Wolfman

    "Because a Child's mind is a Terrible Thing not to mess with."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meadow View Post

    On the nobody gets touched comment, last year we had a lot of people wanting to touch our displays, which were behind fences. I had a small child stomp a light as well and then said.. that light isn’t working. What do you do to deter touching? I mean don’t get me wrong, I want people to enjoy it and at the same time I’d like to not have things destroyed.
    We put up a Halloween Fence which I’m trying to improve this year.

    Maybe you could post a sign. I just saw a cool link from Chilubstuff on
    “Need ideas for Best Decorated House Winner Sign” thread. I’m planning to use it for something similar.

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    I don't like gore...it's too meah ... usually with little story value. I want to entertain the young ones not scare them. That's the reason I stick with Disney themes. I do have some games so there's a bit of interaction with the crowd.

    Putting up a Halloween fence this year too. I had over 300 TOTers and it killed my lawn with a few things being accidentally kicked and damaged.

    Is it too tacky (not in good taste and decency) to do a fundraiser on facebook? I really have a lot of things I would like to do but run out of money fast.

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    I'm with most of you, I try not to use gore in my haunt. In fact several of you brought up good points about strobes and other items that could be perceived as insensitive. However, I'm a little concerned about one of my props I have planned for this year. The prop was the demonic nun from the Conjuring. She pops out at people and this will be our first time using her. I wasn't going to get it at first since I was concerned those with religious beliefs would be offended. My son and daughter both convinced me to use it this year and after seeing some of the post from here, I'm wondering if I made a bad decisions. We get upwards of 400 kids during Halloween. A lot are trucked into our neighborhood which I believe the more the merrier. I've also made it a point to buy my neighbors extra bags of candy since the crowds have increased because of the display each year. It seems like kids and parents alike enjoy the decorations. I've only had one person, a FedX driver, question me during the daytime whether the display was too scary. That's why last year I began using a remote to shutdown the props that pop out. I also set up two paths from the street to the door. One for little kids and parents with strollers that bypass the scarier props and another that is for those a little more brave. I also give out candy out in the street for any little tikes that might be too scared to walk up to the door. But to be honest, I'm really surprised by how many small children aren't easily scared. I try my best to keep it fun for all each year but I also don't want to alienate anyone because of our props and display.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Booda View Post
    I'm with most of you, I try not to use gore in my haunt. In fact several of you brought up good points about strobes and other items that could be perceived as insensitive. However, I'm a little concerned about one of my props I have planned for this year. The prop was the demonic nun from the Conjuring. She pops out at people and this will be our first time using her. I wasn't going to get it at first since I was concerned those with religious beliefs would be offended. My son and daughter both convinced me to use it this year and after seeing some of the post from here, I'm wondering if I made a bad decisions. We get upwards of 400 kids during Halloween. A lot are trucked into our neighborhood which I believe the more the merrier. I've also made it a point to buy my neighbors extra bags of candy since the crowds have increased because of the display each year. It seems like kids and parents alike enjoy the decorations. I've only had one person, a FedX driver, question me during the daytime whether the display was too scary. That's why last year I began using a remote to shutdown the props that pop out. I also set up two paths from the street to the door. One for little kids and parents with strollers that bypass the scarier props and another that is for those a little more brave. I also give out candy out in the street for any little tikes that might be too scared to walk up to the door. But to be honest, I'm really surprised by how many small children aren't easily scared. I try my best to keep it fun for all each year but I also don't want to alienate anyone because of our props and display.
    it sounds to me like you've gone out of your way to accommodate as many people as possible. i wouldn't worry at all.

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