The kids played with the CVS talking Headless Horseman too much, and killed his batteries. I didn't know it until I put him out on the 30th, and a ToT's parent wanted to hear him talk. Figures that it was super dark, and I lost my tiny screwdriver the day before!
My talking Home Depot witch also pitched forward and a piece of plastic snapped off of the tube that holds her head on. It didn't seem to make a difference, but I wonder how long it will last, now. I'll have to reinforce it somehow next year, as well as fix up my Bucky and Wally, both of which have broken bones.
As far as things that I could have controlled...I putzed around and didn't get a lot of projects done.
We had to scrap the fence and tunnel idea at the last minute due to budget constraints. I overspent on crap, basically.
I also did not get to enclose the porch with the sheets that I bought, because I messed that up, too. I bought four white sheets, and one very light off-white sheet. I bought one pack of black dye, thinking that it would make all five sheets grey. It made the white ones varied shades of kerry blue, and the off white one tan. So, I had no sheets.
Then I didn't put up the Scene Setters, because of the wind. I also didn't get the decorative pieces done for the fireplace, but I did get it done well enough to actually use it. I don't think that many ToTs noticed it, because they really didn't come up the wheelchair ramp. Most used the stairs, which is around a little bend on our porch. Soon, the ramp will be gone, so we won't have it for 2016.
Also negative...last year, the porch was too bright with regular bulbs in the porch light. This year, it was too dark with flicker bulbs. A lot of parents were driving by, and slowed down like they wanted to stop, but realized we were "open" after they were too far away to park and come back (hey, try slowing down, maybe? speed limit is 25!). So now I have to find a happy medium type of light.