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Front Yard Display VS. Backyard ?

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I was thinking of moving my Halloween Display/ Walk Thru from my usual front yard location to my backyard. I was wondering if any of you have done such a thing and the results from it. My display is mostly just a walk through- up my driveway, down my long sidewalk and up a couple stairs to the front porch. I believe there are pluses and minuses to both and Im going to list them and if you have anything to add please do so. Thanks!

Front Yard:
+'s 1) Yard/House looks really cool
2) More viewers/passer bys that don't want to actually walk through the
display can just look and admire from the street.
3) Parents can wait on the street and be able to watch their kids as
they walk up to the house.
4) Setup was basically "built" for my front yard layout with Cemetary
gates/columns at the beginning of my driveway along with cemetary
fence bordering my entire front yard

-'s 1) I have so much stuff I wait until the last couple days before
Halloween rushing putting everything up in fear of theft/vandalism.
2) No way of "crowd control" as a lot of people like to hang out in the
driveway
3). No Seperate Enter/Exit Point. Everybody enters and exits at the
beginning of my driveway thru the Cemetary Gates.

Back Yard:
+'s 1). More Room and wide open for possible better layed out for display
2). Darker/ Scarier
3). Seperate Enter/Exit places.
4). Better "crowd control" by only allowing a number of guests in at a
time at timed intervals.
5). I could take my time setting stuff up, out of the public's view and
have no fear of theft/vandalsim (fenced in backyard).

-'s 1). Front yard would pretty much be bare and boring with no
decorations except Halloween countdown sign/display.
2). I would have to make more signs for Enter/Exit areas
3) I would have to "advertise" somehow that the Display is in the
Backyard since everybody is used to seeing everything out days
leading up to Halloween
4) Fewer Passer bys as everything will be in the back yard.
5) Parents won't be able to watch their kids unless they want to go
thru the walk thru themselves. Which I've learned almost half of
the people that come to see everything don't really ever enter my
display, they just admire it from the street.
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I use my front and back yard. I start setting up in mid September and start with the front yard to get word of mouth going and so people no I am stetting up this year. Then I start working on the back yard which usually takes until mid October to get finished. The last 2 weekend prior to Halloween I open up the back yard to guests. I ususlly see 200-400 people a night on the weekends prior to Halloween. Ilike the back yard set up because it is secure and much of it is contained in my 16x32 workshop that ge turned into a walk thru. I also keep everything that is pneumatic back there closer to the air compressor and controls.
 

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Like Detroit said, cemetery in front and the remained in the back. A single $25 sheet of foam can get you a dozen tombstones. Some 1x2s and 1/2 PVC will get you cemetery fence on the cheap as well. You can use the cemeteryto draw them in to the BY!
 
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