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Sorry to crush you, but after being inundated with pirates for ten years now I think it's a theme that's gotten even more stale than the Pirates of the Carribean film series. To me the pirates theme has always been more about dress up than scary because pirates are just thieves and not monsters or ghosts or anything inherently scary.Bruzilla - my feelings were crushed. How can anyone NOT love a pirates theme? I tell you what though - its sheer size of the props that have to be built (if its to be done full throttle) costs a fortune IMO. Nothing ever is on sale for pirate props either. EVER. I know, I have been looking for small items since January.
Anyways - the most important thing in your first haunt - lighting. Whatever you pick, how big or small, if its not lit correctly - no one can see it or appreciate it.
(don't make fun of my boring cemetery haha)Bugabooloo - I looked at those lights at Home Depot today! How much area does each light cover? I'm wanting to light our house in purple.
I have been watching this thread since I am setting up my first larger size yard haunt this year, and this post made me LOL because it was basically my plan! Haha.Then allow me to suggest the perfect theme for you - "Holiday Vomit."
What is Holiday Vomit? It is the most popular of all holiday decorating themes, regardless the holiday. You've seen it plenty, particularly at Christmas. They are the homes that always look like "The Spirit of Christmas puked all over the place," with completely mismatched decorations scattered with little thought to organization.
If you're someone who can't pick a solid theme and stick to it, don't worry about it! Holiday Vomit is the theme for you! So go ahead and build that witch cauldron creeper and have her serve a tea party of evil clowns! Have the sadistic butcher serve up raw zombie like sushi to the corpse in the electric chair at the head of the table! Make the giant spiders beg for scraps like a pack of cute pet dogs!
Unorthodox - I saw that suggestion on a couple of other sites, but I also read to not use the clamps and CFLs if there was going to be precipitation or harsh weather. The weather here in TX is pretty unpredictable around that time of year, so that deterred me from buying them when we were at Home Depot. Do you have any experience using them in rain or very hot weather?There are numerous advantages to such landscaping light setups, especially in the wiring and concealment departments, but from a strictly bang for your buck perspective, it's really hard to beat a couple clamp lights and colored CFL bulbs.
Clamp lights can be found at Wal Mart, Home Depot, Lowes, etc. CFL bulbs are about $5 each.
I haven't expressly used them in heat, but don't really see how it would be troublesome.Unorthodox - I saw that suggestion on a couple of other sites, but I also read to not use the clamps and CFLs if there was going to be precipitation or harsh weather. The weather here in TX is pretty unpredictable around that time of year, so that deterred me from buying them when we were at Home Depot. Do you have any experience using them in rain or very hot weather?