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Does the Halloween season seem less lively to anyone else?
In what way moondragon01? I haven't noticed as much decorating in our small town but it is only the 6th. Late for us who take haunting seriously but early for normal people.

There are less private parties in my area this year but I think that is because there are more public events since halloween falls on a Saturday this year.

I hear that prop sales are down a little. If so I think that may be because of the quality and price of props this year, as well as the economy.
 

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Never pay attention to anecdotal reports. :) My son and I went to the Walmart near my house last night to get some spray paint, and the Halloween department was pathetic. He said the one at the Walmart near his house was four times the size of this one. I think Target has really elevated the bar this year with the best props ever... and yes... I am buying them right now at full price to encourage them to keep raising that bar.

We started putting our lights up yesterday, and I noticed last night that three other houses in the neighborhood are glowing orange already, and that's a very good sign.
 

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Our neighborhood is about like it normally is. A few houses have things out already. Most don't set up anything elaborate until closer to Halloween. A few houses do haunts in their garages and they'll set up either the day of or the day before.

We have a few scarecrows and a Halloween wreath out, but nothing else will go up until Halloween day. There are a lot of kids in our neighborhood and I have kids and I don't want anything broken when they are running around my yard playing. Or worse, have a kid trip on something and get hurt.
 

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I noticed a few houses on my street already had some stuff out this past weekend, which is a good sign. When we first moved in 6 years ago, we were basically the only house on the street that did much of anything, aside from the occasional jack-o-lantern on the porch. Then I started putting my stuff up earlier and earlier in the month, and my Halloween displays started growing, and I think sometimes you end up "shaming" your neighbors into doing a little bit more. I've noticed the same trend with Christmas lights, where you keep trying to one-up your neighbors every year.

One thing that I think is definitely worse this year is "Christmas creep". Or at least it seems like the Halloween stuff gets put out early, and taken down pretty early too. At nearly every store I've been to, Christmas stuff was either already up in late August, or in the case of Target, by the end of September they'd already started reducing the size of the Halloween aisle and have started putting up Christmas decorations right next to it. At Big Lot's, they've had the Christmas stuff up for months, but by the last week or two of September, I noticed they'd already cleared out at least half of their Halloween selection, and a previously full aisle was completely bare last time I was there.

I mean, aren't you supposed to be able to start looking for Halloween stuff in late September/early October? I know people like us basically buy this stuff year-round, but most normal people aren't like that. I can't believe so many stores are already clearing it all out to make room for Christmas lights. I don't want to think about Christmas lights in September.
 

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When my family first moved into our house, the neighborhood was nothing but little kids. There ended up being a bunch of houses with lights, scares, and music playing on Halloween. 18 years later, all the kids, including me, have grown up and moved on from Halloween. We don't get as many ToT's and I see only 1-2 homes with displays up.

So yes, it's a little less lively, but it may be just because the neighborhood has grown too old. In terms of the whole country, I think we still have ample Halloween spirit! We still have Halloween specials on TV, and it's still the #2 shopping/decorating holiday (behind Christmas, of course). Hopefully we both get more action this year :)
 

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I'm going to play devils advocate. Actually, Halloween isn't the second biggest holiday. Although many people claim it to be so statistics don't show that to be a fact.

Here are two interesting links to check out:
https://nrf.com/news/the-long-and-short-of-americas-consumer-holidays
http://www.snopes.com/holidays/halloween/spending.asp

I wish it were true. Now I am going to go cover my head and hide somewhere because of all the rotten apples I'm going to get pelted with.
 
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We're about on par with past years around here as far as area decorating and events.
 

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There is nothing going on here at all. I am having trouble getting into the mood too tbh. The inside of the house is decorated and i started the front of the house tonight. I may just do a smaller display this year. I just don't have the energy.
 

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It does seem less lively for me too but my little girl just had heart surgery and that's been my #1 priority. Now that she's home I can get back to decorating and get started on a few projects just for her. :)
 

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It does seem less lively for me too but my little girl just had heart surgery and that's been my #1 priority. Now that she's home I can get back to decorating and get started on a few projects just for her. :)
Soooo happy to hear all went well with your daughter lizzyborden. That is the best news ever!
 
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