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Last year was the first Halloween in a new house, heck, New town. I played it cool last year just to get an idea of what people do here. People here are more, conservative, if that is the right word. I mean, you can't buy alcohol period on a Sunday and they don't even sell alcohol in the few restaurants. So not so surprisingly, nobody in my neighborhood decorated for Halloween.

Do any of you live in a town like that, but still go all out for Halloween. I am this year, regardless, but I was curious as to how your neighbors reacted. Was it a good thing, bad thing....? I surely do not want to make enemies, haha.
 

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Did you have a decent amount of trick-or-treaters? I would let that dictate the amount of decorating done, not go by what others did (or did not) do. If the other folks want to remains sticks-in-the-mud, that is their choice:rolleyes:
 

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My neighborhood is pretty much the same. HOA dictators make it a bit tough to go all out. My saving grace is if they aren't happy with what I do, I have 30 days to comply before any action can be taken. That's why I take everything down after the ToT's are done. Out of 250 homes in my community, probably only 10-20 do decorating. My next door neighbor and myself do the most stuff. It's kind of like a competition between us each year. Since I've started doing projection the last couple years, he's given up. Lol. Every year for the past seven that I have lived here, the neighborhood greeting committee has mentioned that maybe they should do a decorating contest ( of course while they are standing and watching my show), but haven't gone further. Instead they do yard of the month right up till September. Sorry I'm babbling. I'd so go for it and do what you like. Either way, people will come see it. The ones that love it will want to return every year, the ones that don't will still talk about it, telling others, that will still want to come see for themselves.
 

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My neighborhood is pretty much the same. HOA dictators make it a bit tough to go all out. My saving grace is if they aren't happy with what I do, I have 30 days to comply before any action can be taken. That's why I take everything down after the ToT's are done. Out of 250 homes in my community, probably only 10-20 do decorating. My next door neighbor and myself do the most stuff. It's kind of like a competition between us each year. Since I've started doing projection the last couple years, he's given up. Lol. Every year for the past seven that I have lived here, the neighborhood greeting committee has mentioned that maybe they should do a decorating contest ( of course while they are standing and watching my show), but haven't gone further. Instead they do yard of the month right up till September. Sorry I'm babbling. I'd so go for it and do what you like. Either way, people will come see it. The ones that love it will want to return every year, the ones that don't will still talk about it, telling others, that will still want to come see for themselves.
Wow, that's a huge neighborhood! I think there is between 100-150 in mine, plus tons of lots for sale. Luckily no HOA.

I know a lot of people who don't live in here do ToTing here, I would love to attract people to come every year. That would be a dream!
 

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I say decorate until your heart's content!!!! I am the only one for blocks that does Halloween. They still manage to find me! LOL. I don't have the turnout some do on here but I have enough to make it worth it.
 

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I say decorate until your heart's content!!!! I am the only one for blocks that does Halloween. They still manage to find me! LOL. I don't have the turnout some do on here but I have enough to make it worth it.
I have seen two other houses decorate, on the other side of town. I need to befriend them or something.
 

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If I got all crazy about Christmas I am sure I would have a competition on my hands. But I don't get too crazy with that Holiday
I do a little bit for christmas, with a projection show for that too, but a house not to far from me goes all out with the musical lights, and gets a lot of donations for local charities. I don't go near as all out as to not steal his thunder. He runs his show for about 3 hours a night, each show being 15-20 minutes, and people line the street for the entire 3 hours every night for the month of December to see it. They've been doing it since 2006 and now are up to 488 channels of light controllers. His display covers not only his home, but his neighbor allows him to extend it onto theirs.
 

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If I got all crazy about Christmas I am sure I would have a competition on my hands. But I don't get too crazy with that Holiday
I do a little bit for christmas, with a projection show for that too, but a house not to far from me goes all out with the musical lights, and gets a lot of donations for local charities. I don't go near as all out as to not steal his thunder. He runs his show for about 3 hours a night, each show being 15-20 minutes, and people line the street for the entire 3 hours every night for the month of December to see it. They've been doing it since 2006 and now are up to 488 channels of light controllers. His display covers not only his home, but his neighbor allows him to extend it onto theirs.
I bet that is a sight to see! Reminds me of a place here, actually two places. Mcadenville is a town that goes all out, and a subdivision called Tanglewoods does something similar. I've never been, the lines are crazy!
 

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I bet that is a sight to see! Reminds me of a place here, actually two places. Mcadenville is a town that goes all out, and a subdivision called Tanglewoods does something similar. I've never been, the lines are crazy!
I've been to Mcadenville a couple times. While it is incredible, I have to agree the lines are too long.
 

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I think I may have gone to Mcadenville once as a kid, but back then lines didn't phase me. Now its like, no. Who knows, I might go again.
 

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We've lived in our neighborhood for its entire life - we were the first occupied house in a newly built subdivision. It's rather small, probably less than 50 houses, but until last year we were the ONLY house to decorate for Halloween. One put up a single sign to let ToTs know they had stuff, but that was it. Last year, a new family moved in and had a nice little set up. They, like most in this area, are military so they didn't have all they wanted (I talked to them when it wasn't crazy) but it was nice to see another house decorate at all. lol

Thankfully, we don't have to worry about an HOA. The builders didn't establish one prior to selling the lots/houses and if one came in now, we wouldn't have to join (and wouldn't). I'm not an extremely social individual myself so as long as I'm not breaking any municipal laws, I couldn't care less what anyone else thinks.
 

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We've lived in our neighborhood for its entire life - we were the first occupied house in a newly built subdivision. It's rather small, probably less than 50 houses, but until last year we were the ONLY house to decorate for Halloween. One put up a single sign to let ToTs know they had stuff, but that was it. Last year, a new family moved in and had a nice little set up. They, like most in this area, are military so they didn't have all they wanted (I talked to them when it wasn't crazy) but it was nice to see another house decorate at all. lol

Thankfully, we don't have to worry about an HOA. The builders didn't establish one prior to selling the lots/houses and if one came in now, we wouldn't have to join (and wouldn't). I'm not an extremely social individual myself so as long as I'm not breaking any municipal laws, I couldn't care less what anyone else thinks.
I'm not too social, self esteem gets in the way. I've talked to a few neighbors though.

I'm excited to get started in decorating though! Too bad its only April lol
 

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Ravens Grin Haunted House-No neighbors except the rears of the downtown stores and the City graveyard on the next hill. Dead end street, City Parking lots surround my house.
My family has been in this small town for probably at least .. ? 184 years, but I still try to think of the people 3/4 a mile away who live next to the graveyard and I don't have any outdoor sound-track playing, and I have asked my downtown Apartment neighbors if my running tools bothers them, if I happen to do work here outdoors late at night. No, they can't hear any of it.
This house has always been zoned Commercial and I was told I could even get a liquor license , if I wanted , LAST thing I would EVER want to do!
Screaming, Staggering Drunks are not allowed inside my house. If the effects of the last "shot" hits them once they are in here , they are escorted out.
Police response time here is hovering around 20 Seconds after I might call.
This small downtown is actually on a dead end street to nowhere (Don't tell them, might ruin their day) When I park my Spookmobile two blocks away at the highway, people stop, look, tale pictures and often drive the 2 blocks to see the house, pulling them right passed almost every other business/store front.. I know many such tourists would never have driven down through the town if it wasn't for my highly strange car parked up there.
I'm doing my part.
 

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Samie,

If you enjoy it, do it!! I thought I might have some issues with some of my neighbors, but they all love my setup and look forward to it every year. The only complaint I have had is that they have to buy 2 to 3 times the amount of candy they used to buy before I moved in because of all the kids that come to see my house. Every year there are more and more kids.

Happy Haunting!!
 

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Samie,

If you enjoy it, do it!! I thought I might have some issues with some of my neighbors, but they all love my setup and look forward to it every year. The only complaint I have had is that they have to buy 2 to 3 times the amount of candy they used to buy before I moved in because of all the kids that come to see my house. Every year there are more and more kids.

Happy Haunting!!
I will :D idk, maybe the neighborhood needs someone like me to raise their love for Halloween!
 
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