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Okay, this year, we cut 75% of the haunt we ususally do

it was too much work and Mother Nature was always destroying it on Halloween Day. No Tunnels, no more mazes, even no cemetary this year.

Just a huge Pumkin patch, with tons of related props. We realise it's way too much work, and Mother Nature is always destroying it on Halloween day.
It does feels good, actually, able to focus on one Theme.

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We decided, each year, we change it, as I have enought to do 6 haunts easily.

We have props to do these future themes:

Huge Spider theme (use to be the spider tunnel)
Vampire Theme
Huge Cemetary (skeletons and ghosts)
Pumking Patch theme (with scarecrows)
Witches theme
Butcher Shop theme
Silent Hill theme
Haunted House theme (with bulters)
Zombie theme

They might be I am missing right now (L).

So, what is your theme this year?
 

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I live in a townhouse, with a small front yard, so I don't have a lot of space to work with. Outside, I do a cemetery. Have a scarecrow and small pumpkin patch in the flowerbed at its leftmost corner. Inside our large front double-window, I do a witch's table that can be seen by TOTs standing on our front porch.

Will likely have to rearrange the interior setup this year, as I've added the CVS Headless Horseman and the GR Werewolf Boy.
 

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Your pumpkin patch looks great!

I guess my main theme is skeletons on parade, they are running around like loons doing all sorts of things, climbing, jumping, waving .. This year I'm in the process of adding a haunted pumpkin patch on the corner and side patio area. Made a large scarecrow with a pumpkin head .. He's sort of a pumpkin wood skeleton cross over and the guardian of the patch. My singing pumpkins will go in here .. Still working on the area, just made a sign, put up a fence and guard skellies for crowd control. Around back on the cottage it's spiders .. Main blow up spider on roof, his webbing and minions.
















 

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Every year, I say I'm going to change things up and do a theme of some sort the next year but I always either run out of motivation or money and end up doing the same basic cemetery that I've been doing for ten years now. So I guess my theme is "haunted cemetery". :) I have Haunted Mansion tombstones and classic horror tombstones that I made myself mixed in with generic store-bought tombstones. I also have a stirring witch in one corner. At one time, I had three but time and weather took it's toll on them and I took the best parts of each and combined them into one. A "Frankenwitch" I guess. I also have some hanging ghosts and this year I replaced my regular skeleton faced grim reaper with a pumpkinhead version. I love that guy - he's just what my cemetery needed! Oh - and I also have two pose & stay skeletons perched in a tree, waving at the passing cars.
So, yeah, "Haunted Cemetery" with some new additions and rearrangements every year.
 

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Going with zombies this year, after a two year break from them. The genre is still solid and lends itself to some good scares for our haunt. May change direction for the next few years but for 2014, it's all about the undead!
 

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My overall theme is of a graveyard where a witch is resurrecting the bones of the dead to do her bidding. Should the unwary visitor wander too close to her pet giant spider and it's hungry friends he is also quickly stripped of his flesh and added to the bone pile.
 

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For several years now I have had a zombie graveyard theme, I am now slowly making a spider section as well. Hopefully next year I will finally have time to build the giant spider I am planning.
 

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Ours is a Western theme. The ghost town of Tombstone, pop. 0. We've had a lot of fun with it. Already have lots of photos in my HF photo albums. Every year we also have a witches front porch area, and a mad lab guest bathroom.
 

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Spiders. I had planned to do a spider web tunnel with a bunch of automated scares, but odds are looking high that it will be a rather wet night, so I'll be condensing down to a few spidery scares in a popup gazebo and handing out candy from a coffin at the garage entrance.
 

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Spiders and spooky!

I would like to do a Beowulf theme for next year... but I don't think anyone will get it. lol

Basically just want an excuse to make a big dragon and hook up the fog machine so it "smokes" out of its mouth + have it guard some treasure like in the book.
 

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Spiders and spooky!

I would like to do a Beowulf theme for next year... but I don't think anyone will get it. lol

Basically just want an excuse to make a big dragon and hook up the fog machine so it "smokes" out of its mouth + have it guard some treasure like in the book.
Sounds awesome. One day, I'd love to do a Norse mythology-inspired haunt.

Also, a Tolkien/Hobbit/LOTR-themed haunt and a Hellboy-themed haunt.
 

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The wind is roaring outside as I read this thread. I am sure we will be back to repair mode soon. My husband and I were discussing the possibility of just eliminating the yard haunt and just put our efforts towards are garage walkthrough next year. We would put up a facade and decorate the porch so the neighborhood would still know we planned to do the haunt halloween night.

I love decorating, but the weather has been crazy the last few years. We budget as many days to repair as we do set up.
 

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Until last night it was warehouse in a windstorm. Not from the weather but from the cacophony of items spread out ion the garage!
i'm like Madame Leota. I always want to do something different but besides adding some new props it's essentially the same haunted laboratory in the garage. Outside is the cemetery, and the party theme inside the house this year is Poe.
 
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