I stick with the day before. The weather is just too unpredictable. Over the past couple of days, it's been as windy as a tropical storm here in NY. All would have been a disaster if the decor was out. Luckily, I can get away with the day before. If I had an extensive setup, I'd have to be smart and do it in stages and plan for the worst because in October, the winds are tough to deal with.
I like to set up early but last year I had to wait till Halloween day and this year I have to wiat till the weekend before.
But I'm leaving it up till the meddle of Nov. Shhhhhh don't tell my Love. Muhahahahahah
I think I did two weeks or ten days in advance last year and had to take it down twice because of weather. I'm setting it up on the 30th this year with the fine tuning going on the morning of Halloween.
I've also always worried about people breaking or stealing my stuff so I'm not going to mess with that this year.
The tombstones I normally do the week before; and wind up re-positioning them everyday til halloween. (boo coastal winds) The carport, I have to wait til Halloween morning since the hubby parks his bike in there everyday.
But when we move home and finally have our own home again I'll probably start setting up the first week of October too, as longs as I don't have to worry about the hoodle heads in neighborhood.
1st weekend of October -- I got a jump start this year because (a) I've got more stuff to put out this year so I'm doing it in stages, (b) my son and the other neighborhood kids really look forward to the display, (c) most importantly, I can't wait any longer--"It's gotta go up NOW!"
I agree, if you put everything out too early, it could get stale. That's why I put out stuff in stages. Then the kids on the way to and from school notice the additions. "Oh, cool, the pirate cannons are out now!"
October 1 is my goal to begin, though usually the first weekend in the month is the actual date. The biggest determinant, though, is the "nag quotient:" How much of my wife's pestering can I stand before I give in and do as I'm told. ;>
I'll already have fall stuff up in late September anyway, so there comes a transition time between "fall" and "Halloween." Right now it looks a little odd with creepy tombstones, my reaper, and skeletons, and happy, smiling scarecrows. I'm really hoping to build a Pumpkinrot-style scarecrow to chase away those insipid hay-stuffed ones.
There is a bit of a battle between me and my wife, because I like the darker look of Halloween and she is all too willing to have tschotskes and sillier holiday fare. Basically it's become a split where she decorates the inside of the house with her quirky stuff and I can delve into the black arts outside. However, we do like to have it up no later than two weeks before Halloween so that we can actually enjoy the look of the place along with all of our neighbors.
I start on Oct 1 with outside stuff. It is just so hot here I have to do it in stages and get as much done as I can with the few cool days we get. Plus, it helps to get in the mood because we don't have the weather to reinforce the season.
I start October 1, but try to push it to the weekend before the first if I can convince the wife. I have so much stuff that I am usually out for a couple of hours each night building or setting up throughout the entire month. It's never really done, right up to when the first tots start showing up on the big day.
People always stop and ask how long it takes to set up, and I really don't know. I tell them a couple of hours each night for the month. I kind of like doing it this way because I typically have people driving by a couple of times a week to see what's been put up. It keeps the interest up throuhout the whole month. And of course the full show is running the night before and Halloween night.
I can'r set up till the day 2 reasons 1 I use my entire yard drive way included and 2 mischevius kids would break things
but I do a mini set up inside the house from mid sept untill halloween when I haule it all out side