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I've been bouncing backwards and forwards to doing anything again this yet. Obviously with everything covid, it makes people you don't know coming and knocking on your door a bit frowned upon, that's before they take sweets too. What is everyone's thoughts on it?
 

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In 2018 we had several front garden props either stolen or broken, this was the first time this sort of thing had happened to us in the six years that we had been doing a Halloween display. It did put us off for the following year.

In 2019, I had to work on Halloween itself, so we just put a bowl out with sweets and let the ToTs help themselves. This was a partial success as some ToTs would take more than indicated in our "help yourself" poster but greedy ToTs are to be expected I guess.

In 2020, I think that we will not decorate the outside with props. I will just have one or two projections running in the windows at the front of the house and give out treats whilst standing in the front porch.

I think that as long as we're not in a national or local lockdown then Halloween can be used as a positive community thing with the knocking on the door being OK as long as PPE such as maks and perhaps gloves are worn by all parties. Our treats are always wrapped sweets from tins so they should be safe.

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There's too much uncertainty regarding Trick or Treating. The prospect of having to self-isolate or a second/local lockdown during the period let alone social distancing is a big headache. I may just go full Jack Skeleton and skip Halloween in favour of Christmas decorations lol, if only

Hope you're all keeping well
 

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Agreed there's a lot of uncertainty around ToT'ing this year. Said elsewhere but if you put stuff up it's only reasonable to expect the possibility for people to show up, so best to prepare for that.

I'm conflicted - I'm thinking there'll be a lockdown second week of October. Hopefully it's just pessimism though.

My plan is to put a display out, and then individually wrap bags of treats on a camping table.
 

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I agree. If one of those unfortunate situations comes to fruition I will probably remove whatever decorations I have up (if any) and put out a "see you next year ToTers" banner to discourage visitors. As it stands I plan to buy treats a week before, probably soft drinks again and hopefully a gutter slide will work to distribute them. Hopefully the upcoming two months will be kind to us all.

Good to hear about Home Bargains! I did read Poundland are having stock delivered, not on sale ywt tho.
 

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I've been looking in stores for the last month or so hoping to see things being put out... Nothing appeared. But then this last week or so, everything has started making its way onto shelves.. If you have a Home Sense or a TK Maxx near you they have plenty in. Grab it early before the good stuff goes and keep checking every week or so as they change stock. I bought a few items at bargain prices.. (y) ;)
 

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^ I'd disagree about TK Maxx having plenty in - it seems to vary from store to store but a lot have very little in. I am in some Halloween FB groups and there have been a lot of complaints from people about the lack of stock at TK. I would never order and have delivered from TK as it seems to arrive broken more often than not.
 

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I think I must just get lucky with my local branch then as they always seem to have plenty in. But it is a bigger store. Got some lovely little items last year and picked up some bargains at Home Sense the other day for very little money. 👍
 

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Going to be a strange year indeed and hard year to predict the next few weeks to months. I'm going for it this year with a haunted maze but I will be most likely be doing bookable time slots. Allocation of time for cleaning touch points in the maze and disinfectant fog. Scare actors with face coverings and behind plastic screens. I may change this to no actors but will see how the days leading up to Halloween go. Sweets in packets and in individual bowls or bags. If we lockdown I don't mind moving the date into November or I will do a virtual tour of the maze with Family members experiencing the Haunt. Would be a shame but if that's what we got to do then I will do it. We don't normally get many TOT around here, I think I had one or two children arrive last year lol.

Progress so far
 

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Costco have added the scarecrow pumpkin head (£129.99)

2ft Ghost (£57.99)

Hardly anything on Home Bargains site, but the skeleton butler is back for £29.99
 

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B&M have started to get their stuff in now. They have some cheap polystyrene tombstones, some nice Halloween hessian bunting and a fairly decent lights selection.

I bought some orange curtain lights (£4), se orange string lights (£5), orange purple and green string lights (£5) and a set of 50 'micro' flickering orange lights (£3).

The latter are going to be perfect for a glowing fire effect
 

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Went to B and M and got the orange flickering lights for £3 (thanks Hogyween) - also the ghostly phantom projector. Have done a bit of an experiment with back projecting this one onto a shower curtain to see how it looks. Not bad - will need to stretch the sheet tight to get a better effect. My main problem with doing this is the front bedroom windows get a lot of light from the street light directly outside our house. That's where I want to put the show on so I'll have to a trial run there at night.
 

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@alexmc you nailed the lighting, very effective!!

My local Poundland has a small section inc. the new lantern which has 3 different designs. Nothing else worth a mention. Possibly more to come in October like previous years but this year is cursed, so...who knows.
 

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If anyone is looking for a decent fog machine, I highly recommend the crenova 500 LED sold on amazon... it just filled my entire house in a few blasts!


I can't figure out how to set the lights to one colour though (green for my swamp) , so if anyone out there has this machine, I'd appreciate some advice!
 

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Just seen a post on one of my FB groups that Argos has H stuff online - I can find the "Spooky" sign but the rest seems to be costumes?
 
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