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The Haunted Hollow 2015 - a newbie's Halloween

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Hi everyone! This is my first year decorating for Halloween. I've been looking around the forums, and I'm very impressed with everyone's technical ability and creativity, so I'm slightly embarrassed to post pictures of my comparatively lackluster yard decorations. I would be open to any ideas you have to add to the theme! I have a whole year to work on it. :D

First, some daylight photos.

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Looks Great! Love the mushrooms and the party at the cauldron.
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I like what you did! The shrooms are cool and the sign brings it all together with a little bit of a scare for the little ones. Ankle biters!

Column monster is a great idea. Good use of the big blank column that would otherwise be there doing nothing. Only comment on the monster would be it doesn't look weather proof (is it made of brown paper?), but not sure that's a concern where you are. It's got texture. I suppose maybe some dry brushing could bring out more character to it. I could see that column always being incorporated to your haunt somehow. If you want something re-useable, maybe consider foam panels constructed so that you can take apart and store. Maybe incorporate arms on to it, vines hanging part way down the kids have to pass under -- adding more to the witch in the woods look.

Your trolls are neat. Little Dobis. Sure all the kids know what they are. I like the look of the hands pressed up against the inside of the beautiful witch's lit dress. Are those Dobi hands under there? Giggling at the thought of naughty trolls. LOL.

I myself might have added some cobwebs to the wall the spiders are on and had the spiders more randomly spaced. Maybe one or two dangling down from the overhead beam. From the photos it's a bit hard to see them on the wall, so maybe a down light from the overhead beam or uplight highlighting would be nice. Maybe even a strobe used there? If your house is stucco like mine the webbing sticks pretty well to it if it's rough. Maybe add a jumping spider at the base if you wanted to add a scare when the kids come up to the front porch? But honestly you made great use of the space you had, have signage and you have lighting going on too. A Great first year there! Hope you had lots of kids by to see it.
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Really like the hands inside the witches dress. Nice creepy look to that, I will probably borrow it next year........which is the biggest compliment I can give you. Also like the signs explaining the scenes. Great job!

Lovely Day.
I like the Mushrooms, did they light up?
Oooh! The mushrooms are kinda brilliant! As is the column. And I love the little demons. I've been wanting to do something similar for years (based on my avatar) and have never gotten to it.

Lighting is pretty good too. Love the use of the mason jars as well.

Yard is not lacklustre at all! You've got some extremely original ideas, which puts you ahead of the game already. And the execution is darn good. I guess the only comment I'd have is that the little demons would likely cast a wicked shadow on a wall if lit right but that may not work for your situation.

As far as suggestions go: Keep at it. It's stellar so far and it'll only get better from here.
First off, no reason to be embarrassed. Keep in mind that every person on here had a "first year" too. I can tell you that my very first display looked no where near as good as yours does. One thing I am impressed with is your lighting. That is very tough and you you a great job highlighting all of your props. As someone else suggested, making some sort of reusable overlay for your column would go a long way. You might also want to consider investing in a fog machine. You have a great space for a smaller area and you could really do a lot with it. Keep up the good work. ;)
Great job!!! You're already way ahead of the curve for a newbie haunter! Loved the mushrooms
and the trolls too. You also did a good job on the lighting....which is soooo important!
Looking forward to what you do next year:D
We all start small. I have been decorating my yard for a few years now and it is still kinda small and so boring compared to yours.

Good job. The mushrooms are a great idea. I thought all the Dobis dancing around the fire are awesome.

It seems like you have a lot of creativity, which goes along way when it comes to making Halloween props and decorating. I would say you have nothing at all to be embarrassed about. Keep up the good work!
Wow, I wish my first year decorating looked as good as your set-up!

It all looks great to me and very imaginative. I really like the spider wall (and the cat silhouette, that was probably just something always there).

What are those bags lighted with? The one with all the hands inside looks terrific!

Nice job!
Maybe some cobwebs with the spiders..I tried using signs but everyone walked past them..then one year all they did was ask..where are the funny signs..go figure!
Welcome to the forum! I think your haunt is great!!! I especially like the little creatures dancing around!
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