Thank you, Hilda. I am really worried about so many big props. Actually, they will probably be impossible for my party and I will have to sort of stand them everywhere instead of having set scenes for many. However, I can use the screened patio and backyard then too. I won't do much out front that night due to us all being engaged indoors.
However, for Halloween night I will utilize the front yard for 3 stirring witches over a big cauldron.
The front walk and down by side of garage and little courtyard area in front of my double front doors will be for fortune tellers with table and props for each. I will have to recruit people to help so my stuff doesn't disappear. I will have palmistry, tea leaves, Tarot cards, divination board, crystal ball, maybe crystals or Runes, numerology, etc. I plan to have a TV out there playing the DVD séance (the very tame one for TOTers hopefully looping so it will continue to play over and over.
At least one of the tables will have a live fortune teller giving out the fortunes that are like the Magic Fish, only I am going to use one that is a clover leaf shape. It is a plastic clover leaf and curls responding to the heat of the hand and has a legend of what the curls mean. I think it will wow the kids.
Across the front of house will be some crashed witches in the bushes with signs about not Hexing and Flying and Flying School Lesson ads, etc. and something that I have not thought up yet to sort of guide TOTers to the side of the house and between it and neighbors headed to the back yard. Since this is supposed to be a Conjurers Consortium, maybe a sign guiding them to another room or presentation.???? Maybe a big sign pointing the way and listing what is around the corner??? Maybe my table with Constella the Oracle would be good for this. I have not finished the table yet, but here is the graphic. Saki gave me a beautiful box last year in a Reaper with this on it. It can be found online and download for your own use.
Between the two houses I will utilize my tall red witch (can't remember if she is Helga or Hilda) who holds a crystal ball. She will sort of transition to the witches area. I think I may also have one of the wizards there maybe looking into a big mirror or gazing ball. My neighbor will sit or stand at the entrance to her backyard area to make sure they don't go that way since her yard is not fenced. She will be in costume and do or say something appropriate. Not sure what (open for suggestions) Maybe one of my big witches hanging above the outside Central Air compressor for effect.
They will enter the back yard through the open gate and immediately see the cemetery which is under a huge Ornamental Pear Tree. Cemetery will have some groundbreakers and the usual. I have a new Cosco skelly that I think will be used wearing a witch hat. I have a headstone for the Wicked Witch of the West and hope to do a couple more witch ones that kids can recognize. I may borrow Bethany's idea for a fortune teller one, too. I love the white spinning ghost that TheHalloweenKing posted about and saki's white witch, but not sure if I have room or funds for either. Either would be great there. Maybe the hanging one would be better since I don't want it too congested and cluttered.
After the TOTers take this in in a quick glance while continuing into the yard: to the immediate right is an area about 15 feet long or so until the end of the screened porch. I will set up some scene there with either witches or wizards. Again not sure what yet. Could be where I exhibit wands for sale with displays. I hope to make tons of wands so that I can give one to each TOTer.
To the right of the cemetery and along the back fence will be another mini scene of wizards and/or witches. and another from that back fence area along side our shed, which is pretty big. Possible a long table either here or along the fence line to hold and display whatever is used. I may even invest in a painted backdrop for it or scene setters. Again one of the large hanging witches that I have will go here hanging from the tall peak of the roof. Probably the 8 foot one. I would like a large cauldron with dry ice and live witches mixing up a brew. I hope to find the candy that is in small potion bottles that Sam's Club carried in 2013. It was awesome.
On the front side of the wooden shed which is painted and shingled to look just like a small house are two double wooden doors. I plan to have my Sanderson Sisters here either on the ground or maybe one of them suspended in the open door. I need a wooden sign that says Sanderson Cottage for it.
Then along the edge of the screened patio I will have our outdoor smoker and outdoor grill and a stainless steel small table with something. Maybe a grill????
Last but not least is the screened patio area. It is a big area and will have the rest of the witches and wizards. It has a small refrigerator that I have a scene setter for that looks ghastly. I also have a metal baker's rack out there for a witch's kitchen and a patio table. All of that is in close proximity and will be one scene yet to be designed.
On top of the fridge is a TV that I will have the Magic Crystal Ball Party Game playing. It is like a big Magic 8 Ball where you ask the witch questions. I will have the floating witch moving around in this area. We may even put that TV on something shorter so all the kids can see better.
On the other end of the patio area is a large patio bar that we will empty and turn around backwards to that the two shelves are exposed to use for props and accessories. It will make a great place to display Witchy Wares "for sale" like brooms, crystal balls, cauldrons, clothes, wands, etc.
I will have to have a scene on the end of the patio too I think. Again not sure. Or with the full size props maybe not.
I forgot to mention the back door into the house. We will leave the wooden door open so that they can see into the living area that will have all the 3-4 foot witches suspended from the wooden beams on the ceiling and other decorations. The front yard/porch will also have the double doors open where they can peer in. The kids always love this.
Well that is the plan! Now to see if I can get it all done and get enough peeps to help mann the spots in costume that night!
Oh yeah somewhere I want to have a live fortune teller encouraging TOTers to choose their fortune from a large crystal ball. It will be filled with positive futures and comments.
I also hope to squeeze in an interactive game idea that I picked up from someone on the other Forum. Where the ask if they are a witch or not? I will add witch or wizard? Here is a photo that sort of explains it.
This will probably be one of the tables in the back yard.
I also have the Are you a Good or Bad Witch or Wizard game that I use at my parties that I could use. It is on a spinner and kids love it.