Have any of you ever had any problems with people stealing your props from your yard?
That's terrible! Do you live in a bad neighborhood?Yes, nearly every year something gets stolen or vandalized. I guess at this point I'm asking for it if I keep putting my stuff out, but I do it every year and hope for the best. I've even had my car spraypainted and my Christmas snowmen stolen in the middle of the afternoon!
years and years ago my mom had made these beautiful wax hands and arms that reached out of a mirror... and shortly before halloween the were found hacked up... someone took our own axe and did it... the police couldn't do much about it. we had other minor vandalism before that too, but the hands being hacked up was it... from there on out the entrance to the porch gets boarded up when things start going out and the board doesn't come down till 5:30 pm the 31st, and it goes back up that night and stays up until all the halloween stuff is taken down
as for thefts there was one teen who tried to take my mom's high end crypt keeper mask the year they first came out and cost $80. she was surrounded by 20 lil kids in a 15' (guessing) space. the teen figured the mask was on our dummy 'chuck' and punched 'chuck' a couple times to show his friends it was safe to take it. he reached for the back of the mask and as he did 'chuck' grabbed him under the arms and hauled him 6" off the ground. My dad made that kid squeal like a dog toy, his friend disappeared and after he was put down he was a blur off the porch.
the only major problem after that were these punk kids who stayed on our porch for 20 min. taunting a family friend who was playing cerberus. they would swat, punch and kick at him and run back just out of the chain's reach. well one kick caught one of the masks and cerberus took off and jerked the chain so hard it came out from under the seat it was attached to. (he was a HS football player) well he had stopped at the usual spot and the kids had left, only to comeback 5 min. later. mom told cerberus that his chain was loose and that he should chase the kids as far as he wants to. they started to kick at him again, landed a kick in his chest/face... so he took off, they stopped at what they thought was a safe spot... and he kept coming at them. he chased them to the edge of the yard and watched them fly down the street screaming.
but in recent years nothing bad has happened to my house, i think we have earned respect and instilled fear into the neighborhood