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  1. General Halloween
    Last year, I hit the Walmart Clearance shelves after Easter in search of half-priced candy for TOT. While most of it was packaged for Easter, I was able to get Sponge Bob Gummy Krabby Patties, Sixlets, Razzles, Nerds, and a large bag of Skittles/Starburst mix in regular colored packaging. I...
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    Not one of my usual stores to check for Christmas clearance, but I happened to go there today and scored flicker-flame light bulbs (2 pack) for 74¢ each! They also had the steady candle bulbs (2 pack) for 24¢!!! I am sorry now that I didn't grab more than I did. 50' grounded outdoor green...
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    Do you ever feel that with all of the prep that we haunters do every October, that we are somehow missing out on the Halloween going on all around us? I sometimes do... feeling a little like Charlie Brown's sister Sally:"HALLOWEEN IS OVER AND I MISSED IT!" Don't get me wrong - I LOVE being...
  4. General Halloween
    After a long hiatus, I finally got to participate in our neighborhood's TOT! This year I went with more of a Harvest theme with our decorations. Some corn stalks, a small pumpkin patch, and retro-inspired decorations. Amazingly nothing was stolen or vandalized, which was the cause for the...
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    I usually give out a big size Goldfish snack bag (from Sam's) to any toddlers 2 and under and for the tots a full size KitKat bar. I can't afford the full size candy this year so I bought Mars chocolate assortment, Skitlles and Rice Krispy Halloween minis. I've never given out the small bars...
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    I moved earlier this year into my mother's home. She's allowing me to live rent free with her while I attend nursing school nearby. The good news is that she's totally cool with me decorating for Halloween! The bad news is that her township has TOT during the day the Saturday before Halloween...
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    Finally got around to posting pics from 2017 Halloween. This was the biggest façade I've ever built. It included a small walk through where the tot had to go into the ship and meet the "captain" to get their treasure map. By following their map they would have to sword fight a pirate, walk...
  8. General Halloween
    Being this is my first year I don't expect much but the usual ToT crowd, but for next year how can I get the word out about my haunt? I would think word of mouth will help a lot. (And our ToT night is Halloween night here)
  9. Halloween Props
    I have made my first talking skull. I used a micro pneumatic instead of a servo. I think it turned out pretty good. J-MAN sold me the parts and helped me out last year with it but i never finished it. I am putting it in my mad scientist lab that's going in the drive way. I hope to use a...
  10. Halloween Props
    Hey all. I've been searching for some information, and need some help. I've been gathering the supplies to create Sam from Trick r Treat. :mad: I've acquired the Sam mask, burlap sacks/material, an orange child's onesie, etc. The part I'm struggling with is the approximate height that I should...
  11. General Halloween
    Me and my kids for TOT last night...
  12. General Halloween
    As much as I try to get everything together in time for TOT- I always manage to forget one thing. Last year, I forgot to draw back the curtain in front of my FCG for the first hour of TOT. This year- I did better - I only forgot to turn on two Aldi's lanterns... disappointing - but npt the...
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    Wow! For the first time in YEARS, our local TOT is actually scheduled ON October 31st! 'Round here, TOT can only take place Monday-Thursday, 6pm-8pm (sharp!) - so it's been quite a few years coming. I know it's dumb - but I am super excited about it. Now if only we could fix the Daylight...
  14. General Halloween
    Since for the last 3 years or so, I've had less than 50 kids come to my house for ToT (of course I just jinxed myself and will have 700 this year!) so I am planning to give out full sized candy bars to the big kids and have other options for the littles. My question is....does it seem weird...
  15. General Halloween
    Do you expect less trick or treaters this year? I thought last year we had less because people went to parties on Saturday. I want to think more kids will tot this year. Thoughts?
  16. Halloween Music
    DOWNLOAD LINK HERE: https://app.box.com/s/6pxmq3ipvkx7xngbcwk0gisw3qdr199s A LITTLE BACKGROUND INFO CAN BE FOUND HERE: https://graverobbersfromouterspace.wordpress.com/2014/11/25/plan-9-soundtrack-album-music-by-quadriplegics/ Tot UNFORTUNATELY THIS RECORDING WAS DONE IN ONE LONG 70 MINUTE...
  17. General Halloween
    This will be my first Halloween without family nearby to help with TOT. I really do need at least one person to help. Unfortunately, my friends and workmates are over 20 miles away- or have TOT obligations of their own. I would love to find someone who would like to help decorate, (day of)...
  18. General Halloween
    TOT went very well. But... :mad: SECONDS before hooking up the outside speakers to the CD player, I pull the power cord and knock the player to the ground- breaking the CD carousel. So NO music or SFX. :mad: 20-30 mile wind gusts completely destroyed one of my Victorian gas lights and...
  19. General Halloween
    I always enjoy this thread...:D I did not have a really memorable tot last night but I was surprised at how many kids were afraid of Edward the Butler, who was standing by the front door. Little ones crying and screaming, older ones moving away and looking warily at him. One little girl...
  20. General Halloween
    Just curious how everyone is doing? Stressed out? Excited? Saturated? Over it? REALLY excited? Wondering why do you do this to yourself? I'm all of these things. I have a punch list of things to work on each of the next 4 days and it seems...doable. But it's going to be non stop for me...
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