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Hey Spoopy Folks!

I'm Bridget of the Corn (because Iowa or whatever) and I've been coming to this forum for YEARS for ideas. Why I never joined is beyond me... but I'm here now! I have a new house so I was excited to have a perfect (flat & wide) front yard for Halloween decorations this year. I got ideas here to create my own tombstones which was super time consuming but WORTH IT! (foam board, pyrography pen & exterior paint). I'm doing a cemetery on one half and maybe a witch house on the other. I did mess around w/ the Atmos FX backlit display in the front windows, also (shower curtain for a screen).

Thanks for the ideas over the years and I hope I can share some of my own tips! When the weather is warm enough to open the windows in the late Spring, I think I will begin prepping! I want to add another 8+ tombstones (mostly serial killers or scary movie characters), cemetery gates, witch house (maybe), grim reaper (monster mud & HUGE), etc. etc.

How early do YOU start prepping?
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First off - welcome aboard! Sounds like you have a good start.

I have to say my wife does some serious pyrography - and if she saw me using any of her equipment on Styrofoam I'd be looking for my head! LOL

Most years I start the serious planning(new builds, update of props, etc.) just after the 4th of July (mainly because my May and June are usually taken up with other hobbies/commitments). this year it wasn't until September because of a number of family health issues - so I basically maintained my status quo.
 

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I had that pyrography pen sitting around just waiting for some Styrofoam. Surprisingly it was not too awfully damaging to the pen but I also didn't have a better way of doing what I was going for there... I am going to TRY and stick to June/July... but I'll most likely be burning up that Styrofoam in May! I'm going to make a mausoleum & Cemetery entrance archway & gates all out of foamboard this next year!
Also - if your wife ever has equipment to get rid of - try them sometime... other than the fumes, it's pretty satisfying!
 

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I had that pyrography pen sitting around just waiting for some Styrofoam. Surprisingly it was not too awfully damaging to the pen but I also didn't have a better way of doing what I was going for there... I am going to TRY and stick to June/July... but I'll most likely be burning up that Styrofoam in May! I'm going to make a mausoleum & Cemetery entrance archway & gates all out of foamboard this next year!
Also - if your wife ever has equipment to get rid of - try them sometime... other than the fumes, it's pretty satisfying!
I redid my cemetery entrance pillars this year - I used the faux brick paneling from HD, 1 X 3s, 2 X 4s and Monster Mud. I'm pretty satisfied with the way they came out.
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Very nice! I like your fencing, too. My cemetery is going to be called Spider Gates Cemetery (after a creepy one out in Massachusetts - plus it gives me a way to bring spiders into my decor) and I want to do similar w/ the name in an arch over it. I think I saw your fence tutorial on here? Or something similar. I did mine w/ rope chain & garden stakes w/ those same finials.
 

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Very nice! I like your fencing, too. My cemetery is going to be called Spider Gates Cemetery (after a creepy one out in Massachusetts - plus it gives me a way to bring spiders into my decor) and I want to do similar w/ the name in an arch over it. I think I saw your fence tutorial on here? Or something similar. I did mine w/ rope chain & garden stakes w/ those same finials.
My neighbor and I have been joined to to the Bonanza Court Haunt for 7 years. My cemetery is Aspen Grove Cemetery since I have a number of aspens in my yard and is just one scene of the entire haunt.
 

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I noticed you do something similar for your fencing like I do. I've been using the same materials for 20+ years, 4ft. tree-stakes and black plastic chain from Lowes or Depot. The only difference is I glued and nailed a piece of 1/4 inch plywood that I cut into 4 inch squares on top so I can put a lantern or small JOL on to get peoples attention. All I have to do is a few touch-ups with some flat black spray paint, and it's good to go.
 

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Welcome Bridget!
What a great yard for haunting. I’m looking forward to seeing it transformed every Halloween. Nice job on those tombstones!
 

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Welcome! I start doing my prepping in my mind for next year while I am putting up the current decorations. :sneaky: But, like you, I need to wait until the weather allows for me to start doing anything in earnest. But before actually doing the hands-on stuff, I try to design and blueprint items, shop around for deals on materials, 3D print stuff, etc. That way I can take advantage of nice weather at a moment's notice.
 
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