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Have you ever scared yourself or gotten spooked in your own haunt?
There's been several times when I've gone into the garage and feel a bit creeped out walking through. I'm always expecting one of my family has moved a prop so it's in my face as I round the corner (they are always trying to scare me)
Today I was at the back of the garage touching up some fluorescent paint and I could hear noises near the front of the garage, everyone was in the house and the garage door was closed. It seriously creeped me out and I kept looking over my shoulder 馃懟 lol!
 

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That means your stuff is good! I'm feeling myself lean more towards humorous than gory - we got lots of little kids so I don't want to gross them out. I have a somewhat low gross-out tolerance as well (except for zombies ... I'm good w/ zombies ...) Your post reminded me of myself about 8 years ago - I lived in an apartment so no decorating, and actually didn't even have a party to go to, so I wanted to go big for our office Halloween party - I had started playing w/ latex and wanted to be a zombie who was killed in the gym (I'm a retired bodybuilder) by a barbell plate falling in my head - so the look involved making a latex appliance that looked like a 25 lb plate indent, and then more of the usual zombie gore - big gashes and stuff. And then I discovered you could cut white candles in half to look like exposed bone. So I created a couple test pieces and ultimately grossed myself out so bad w/ the bone pieces that I just tossed the whole idea LOL!
 

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I've gotten a jump from going into a room with one of my props postioned by the window (forgetting it was there) and suddenly catching out of the corner of my eye unexpectedly. Another year I was moving a box and had a motion detected small prop go off, had missed the battery in it and nearly dropped the box. Does make you laugh a lot afterwards.
 

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Only when I have a prop set up in the house and forget it鈥檚 there. Our whole house has those motion sensor night lights cause you never know if a dog toy is somewhere it shouldn鈥檛 be and I鈥檓 constantly falling down. There鈥檚 not much worse than a prop in the foyer and the night light turning on and seeing a body there. I鈥檝e definitely jumped a few times.

My set ups are more 鈥渟pooky鈥 than 鈥渟cary鈥 so no scares there.
 

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We have a "community cat". She's obnoxious and was generally an annoyance for a few years before I got her into the community cat program with the city, got her fixed and shots and whatnot and returned her. Part of registering, we had to promise food and shelter. So, she's not a pet by any stretch. In fact, she and I have a professional relationship these days. She's no longer afraid of me, and generally lets me check her without a fight, she seems to know I'm trying to make her feel better when she comes home with wound. She's extremely friendly to my daughter and the neighbor's kids, but generally dismissive to afraid of anyone else ordinarily.

Oh, and she kills. A LOT. like a ridiculous amount of birds, mice, squirrels, rats, etc. And has a death pile behind the shed. Yeah, she collects their freaking carcasses back there after making a show of them to Talia.

Well, she seems to UNDERSTAND halloween. Part of it was my daughter staying to help with the haunt, I'm sure, but last year, she stuck around. AND ESCORTED NEARLY EVERY GROUP THROUGH THE YARD. Just out of sight, off in the shadows, but she'd tail them. More than once, I'd hear her rustling in the leaves off to the side spooking people.

Fast forward to this year and I'm setting up, it was like this light switch went on in her brain. "OH THIS! I LOVE THIS! " She knows where the dry crunchy milkweed is, and she's purposely jumped into it several times when I'm near, startling me.

Yeah, I know it's on purpose because I've watched her freaking stalk my sons, wait till they're just near it, then leap off the shed onto the pile. I swear I can see her laughing when they jump. She's also been escorting everyone that walks past the house, walking along our fence as they go by.

Again, normally dismissive to afraid, it's like she's begging them to come in and get scared.
 

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Can't say this has ever happened to me. It takes quite a lot to startle me. Since I already know where everything is it has no effect. And after working in a few different haunted houses in my past, even those can't usually get me. I spend the whole time walking through and admiring the build and NOT getting scared. However, I've managed to spook my fiance and my son unintentionally. Since they are not usually around when I'm building or putting up props they don't know where anything is. My Son works 2nd shift, coming home about 10:30 at night. He's been startled by a hanging ghoul, skeleton or some other item that was not there when he went to work, especially before I get the lighting in. As for my fiancee', she gets started if I walk into the room unexpectedly, so all my ghouls and goblins get multiple reactions out of her every season.
 

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I have been startled by some props when I left them in different places. And I know my "larger than life" Michael Myers has scared my poor BF when he forgot it was in the family room. I mean, even without the knife in his hand he's a 6'8" dude in navy coveralls. It's when I walk up and see the back of the zombie that I'm most likely to be startled. Or when I forget how many are in the yard and see one where I didn't expect it.
 

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I set a guy out on the patio one year, looking into the kitchen window. Freaked out the husband & daughter every time they went in there, but he never bothered me.....until I took the dog outside & went around the corner of the house and saw him standing there! I'd never admit it to them. tho!
 

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I have dressed up skeletons standing up on the front lawn. During a windy day, one of them got spun around and was now facing the front door. I looked out the door window and nearly had a heart attack. I kept looking to see if it was moving closer. Kinda like the Doctor Who episode "Blink". I also get a little startle when I pull my car out of the garage and look around as I'm pulling out. They get me every time.
 

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Several years ago around midnight I was by myself working in the basement of my son's elementary school setting up for the Halloween Carnival in a few days. If I remember correctly that was the year that I was building a haunted pirate ship. Of course all of the volunteers are only available for a short while in the middle of the day and since I work full time and commute I was alone for hours. My husband and son were at home. This basement is high enough so people going by can see in but it was hard for me to see out in the dark so I was already a bit nervous not knowing who was out there possibly watching. Many of the decorations in the other parts of the basement were already up. This is quite an old school too. After a little while I heard something like a loud bang stomp stomp stomp, bang stomp stomp stomp, and so on above me. The school was supposed to be empty except me. I couldn't get out of there fast enough. I had to shut the lights off and remove dangerous power tools and lock up so it seemed to take forever. I think it was just a very old heating system but it is easy to get freaked out when you are alone and very tired. I was there even later the rest of the week but managed to get the work done without scaring myself again.
 

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I have to admit, I got a little chuckle reading some of these posts. Usually it's me startling my family but I've gotten the occasional jump. I have stuff stored all over the house during the "off" season, in the basement, attic, office, second bedroom, etc. I'm pretty good about remembering where everything is at and therefore don't usually get startled but.....every now and then one of 'em will get me. I have a life size little girl prop that sits on a swing in the yard and I keep her locked up in the basement when she's not out front:) A couple years ago I set her on the edge of the air hockey table after Halloween because I needed to fix something with her. Well, that's not where I usually keep her. About a week later I went down there for something completely unrelated and I caught her out of the corner of my eye in the dark room. Yep, heart skipped a beat on that one. Just a couple nights ago, my wife got me. We got a light sensitive "screamer" skull from Spirit a few years back and she stuck it in the refrigerator w/o me knowing. Went to get a midnight snack and almost had a midnight crap!
 

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I've had a lot of life sized props over the years but only 1 freaked me out....This guy -



His chest would heave in and out and his head moved side to side....Even though he was unplugged I felt like his eyes was following me....Too many doll horror movies maybe but late nights working alone in the building, I'd stare at it waiting for the head to move a little toward me.... It would make the hair stand on my neck after awhile thinking about it....Finally sold it in a bulk deal years ago....Don't miss it....LOL....ZR
 

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My props have scared my kiddos plenty. This year has been especially scary for one of my daughters as she moved down to the basement bedroom which was already creepy enough for her. Well I was building my cemetery watchman down in the family room. Needless to say every time she came out of her bedroom he would be standing in the family room staring at her. I tried to move him out of direct line of sight, but she would still catch a glimpse of him out the corner of her eye when she would start to head up the stairs and it would cause her jump. I had to hide the little girl I bought at Home Depot this year as that was creeping her out as well. She occasionally checks to make sure that the girl is still where I hid it and not lurking somewhere waiting to scare her.

Normally I don't get startled or spooked by my props, but every once in a while I'll catch one out of the corner of my eye while in a hurry and have my mind on other things and I will jump a little.
 
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