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  1. #1
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    Hey all. Just curious, have any of your neighbors started decorating ďbigĒ after you started, or after you moved in? Iím sure some of you are lucky enough to live on the same block as other haunters, but Iím curious if anyone here has inspired another nearby to start their own excessive Halloween decorating? It hasnít happened here. Iím just asking because I wish another home on the block would go all out and decorate big. It would be inspiring. The nearest house near here that decorates pretty big is about a mile away.

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    Define 'going big'.

    There's been a marked increase over the last 7 years. I don't think it's coincidental at all that my carving party started 8 years ago. But, I had a haunt for many years before that as well that didn't quite elicit the same response as getting the neighborhood involved with the party seems to have.

    No, no one 'goes big', as in cover a yard in a haunt, but they 'go small'. They actually decorate. Bats in trees, a couple props here or there, light projections, etc. Even the neighboring HOA has started turning a blind eye to decorations, and you might see a blow up or a couple props on a porch over there.
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    There are some older folks a few blocks away who do it up bigtime. I actually spoke to them a couple of years ago, during my first October in this neighborhood. They told me they used to be in charge of the big Halloween haunted house for their church, until the church decided to go for a softer 'harvest fest' event rather than going for the scares. So, they ended up with all the Halloween stuff. They have a small yard, and every square inch is decorated come October.

    As far as getting immediate neighbors to decorate? Yeah, I've been hoping they'd get on board, but so far it hasn't happened. The old fella across the street from me is a Seventh Day Adventist or something, and doesn't do up any holiday big. There are a number of neighbors that go big for Christmas. I figure I don't want to be the lone Halloween loon, so I've started decorating for Christmas a bit, too. Nothing like what I do for Halloween, though.

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    In my town we have a few people that "go big" to some degree. However, I live in an isolated section on the far end of town. I used to have neighbor two blocks over that had a big display, but they moved a few years ago. There's one a few more blocks over that seems to be doing something every year, but nothing too big. On my street no one really does much despite the fact that I've been there for seven years and had a big display for six (first year was Super Storm Sandy).

    We've had some turn over in housing the past year and I'm hoping some people move in that like Halloween or at least have some kids. People in the main sections of town can get 100-300 ToTs and I struggle to even get 50-ish. People have figured out where I am, because they literally come just to see my house and don't even bother with my neighbors. The bad part is that I'm "so far away" that most kids probably don't think it's worth travelling just to see one house when there's a ton in their own section to visit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kuroneko View Post
    In my town we have a few people that "go big" to some degree. However, I live in an isolated section on the far end of town. I used to have neighbor two blocks over that had a big display, but they moved a few years ago. There's one a few more blocks over that seems to be doing something every year, but nothing too big. On my street no one really does much despite the fact that I've been there for seven years and had a big display for six (first year was Super Storm Sandy).

    We've had some turn over in housing the past year and I'm hoping some people move in that like Halloween or at least have some kids. People in the main sections of town can get 100-300 ToTs and I struggle to even get 50-ish. People have figured out where I am, because they literally come just to see my house and don't even bother with my neighbors. The bad part is that I'm "so far away" that most kids probably don't think it's worth travelling just to see one house when there's a ton in their own section to visit.
    What about making your house a week of trick-or-treating spot? If they are not making the journey on THE night maybe make it a destination the week leading up to your place also and give out candy to the kids who come and see it? Do you have a neighborhood FB page? If so, it would be a great place to announce your haunted location, etc. We have a similar issue (but only by a block or so) the next neighborhood over gets about 1000 kids. Literally. We decorate and give out full size bars but were only getting about 20-25. I posted that to our neighborhood FB page and doubled the amount or ToT's we received from the year. before.

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    While my few neighbors have enjoyed my decorating for YEARS I'm still the only one. Live in a mostly ruralish area only a few houses on my little dead end road and the only one that has street viewable property. There has been a slight up tick on Christmas lights however... I'm thinking it's because it's more normal and more "city" folk have moved in to the area and built on their little 3 acre plots.
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    Nope, not at all. In fact, there are less people doing it now than there were the first year we were here. The vast majority of people who do it at all are just inflatables and store-bought stuff. We are the only ones that make our own props and certainly the only ones that add to the display every year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Joker View Post
    Hey all. Just curious, have any of your neighbors started decorating ďbigĒ after you started, or after you moved in? Iím sure some of you are lucky enough to live on the same block as other haunters, but Iím curious if anyone here has inspired another nearby to start their own excessive Halloween decorating? It hasnít happened here. Iím just asking because I wish another home on the block would go all out and decorate big. It would be inspiring. The nearest house near here that decorates pretty big is about a mile away.
    The opposite effect happened in my neighborhood, every one dialed it down. They told me if I was doing it then they did not have to. Now they all bring their TOTs around with a beer wagon. The sad part is that less people come down my street now, since most of the neighbors are out with their kids.

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    Wow... this is discouraging to read. I wish people would be inspired rather than get more lazy. That's crazy! Many people stop by to say they love the decorations, or alter their normal walking routine to pass by the house every day, but I wish some would get more into the spirit.

    UnOrthodOx - That's great that you've had some success inspiring others!

    One of the reason's I asked this was because I came across some videos about a neighborhood in Romeo, Michigan... Tillson St. Man I would love to live on a street like that. That street looks like what would happen if a dozen HFers decided to all move to the same block. Check out some of the videos I found. So cool!

    Btw, I don't want to change the intent of this subject. Just wanted to share my dream neighborhood.






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    Oh...my...God! I'm with you, Joker. Not trying to derail the primary topic, but man, what a great street that would be to live on!

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