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Well...true to form I simply bit off far too much this year and currently have a garage filled with 7 half-finished projects, and have just decided to (*gasp*) not do Halloween this year. Has anyone else run into this issue before? My misery wants company.
 

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I have a lot of half finished projects but this past weekend I decided that whatever I get done this week is what goes out and the rest of the grand plan will have to wait until next year. I also made a promise to myself that I can't start any new projects for 2015 until the existing ones in the garage are finished. Sorry you're feeling all humbug. Maybe just a pumpkin and pass out candy?
 

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It sounds like you're just overwhelmed with the idea that you must get everything done. Forget it! If you can't do everything, do one thing! I think we all tend to get caught up in the frenzy and think we must set up a yard full of life-size fully animated props complete with computerized lighting or we're just no good. Nonsense! The best part of this holiday is that there is no requirement of perfection. Go get some spider webs in a bag, carve a pumpkin, hang a paper skeleton on your door, turn on the porch light and ta-da! Halloween magic! It's supposed to be fun. Nothing to beat yourself up over.
 

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Take it easy, breathe, and enjoy the night air. Just do whatever feels right, even if simply a sole pumpkin (still more than many bother to put out).
 

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have felt that way myself almost every year when I don't do what I want but when I start putting it out it seems suicide. especially if you get that Radom car
drive and they slow down or even stop
 

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Try not to be a slave to your plans....we all dream too big sometimes. (or in my case, annually)

I'm sure you've got some lights, maybe a little spooky music, or some eerie sound effects. If things go well, maybe even get a fog machine up and running. A well placed jack-o-lantern, or two, will do wonders for a home.

No one knows what you had planned, and consequently won't know what is 'missing'.

Not every prop needs to be completed, and it darn sure doesn't need to be extravagant to be excellent. :)
 

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I NEVER get all the projects finished or everything put out that I want to. That's situation normal for me.

Only you will know what you didn't finish. The neighbors and TOTs won't.
 

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I'm not doing my garage this year as my mom has been very ill, but I'm placing a few things outside and giving out candy.
 

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Scatterbrains - I love your quick witted comments.

Now for my comment - I know looking at everyone's stuff here seems like you have so much to do and you feel you can do more and more but then you just burn out. Just put out something you love from years past, change the porch lightbulb to red and you are all set to hand out candy!

just build you one of these. My garage is full of unfinished props and no where else to put them...so this is my theme

 

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Scatterbrains - I love your quick witted comments.

Now for my comment - I know looking at everyone's stuff here seems like you have so much to do and you feel you can do more and more but then you just burn out. Just put out something you love from years past, change the porch lightbulb to red and you are all set to hand out candy!
LOL. Why do people love red porch lights, anyway? Are they really clueless as to why red light districts are called redlight districts? It isn't because of the traffic control lights...

Back when I was in high school, I got in trouble for my big Christmas prank that year... I went to every house with a red porch light at dinner time and asked about the pricing of various sex acts. To this day, I am still shocked at how many times I had to explain that it is a century+ old global tradition to advertise a brothel by putting red lights on the building.

Orange! You want an orange porch light for Halloween!
 

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BTW: What are you building?
Eventually (I was wise enough to know there's no way I'm completing it all in a single season) I'll have an old haunted cathedral with a sprawling cemetery with a few crypts. Get it populated with some gypsies, zombies, and wolves (there's a backstory to the randomness, promise). Last year I managed to get some great stained-glass windows built to mount to the front porch. This year's plan was a new and improved cemetery fence and, thanks to an overly-rambunctious black lab, replacing all but two surviving tombstones. But even being so little in the grand scheme of things, it was too much for just me. And now I've managed to re-injure my bad knee, so I'm not even certain I'd be able to get the stained glass windows mounted.
 

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I may just string spiderwebs between the porch posts and change the porch lights to blue or black (really makes the webbing pop, and gives it that eerie look). I have 5 pose & stay skellies in the garage. Might string them up too. I dunno...I just feel like leaving the light off and watching Zombieland or something. :p
 

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I have some projects/ideas/extra supplies that won't come to fruition for this holiday season, but I try to look at it this way - hey! Now I've got something to keep me busy for the rest of the year to keep the Halloween spirit going....
 
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