I put mine out on the 31st in the early afternoon and take it all in the house that night in a spare room and then just put it away neatly over the course of a few days.
On the way up there, I mentioned to her about how it sure seems like a LOT of work, frustration, evenings and weekends out in the garage, trips to the hardware store, etc. for ONE night. I work in the accounting field and my group is responsible for month-end, financial reporting, and we're moving into budget season. So, I can't take any time off the month of October. It is seriously not allowed for us. That leaves me either rushing home on 10/31 - getting home at 5:00pm and trying to put fence, tombstones, props, fog machine, lighting, etc. out ORRRR I am going to have to do it a day or two in advance. But, the thought of that scares the crud out of me. I've read the forum posts of stuff being stolen. We live on a corner lot and have a lot of traffic. It might be that I do the fence, lights on the 30th, leaving me tombstones, static props, etc. on the 31st.
I've done gory in the past and I don't think I'd go there again. Is that my old age talking? Maybe.Wow...great responses. Appreciate everyone sharing their experiences. We live in a nice housing addition but sadly there are always teenage trouble makers (I wasn't one I swear! ). But, based on the input, I think I may start out this weekend with our fencing and go from there. At least that will give me a start and maybe a couple of weeks out I may put out the stones.
I wanted to start this because my daughter loves when I do stuff like this and I tried to start a couple of years ago and just didn't get my rear in gear. We had the idea a couple of years ago where she'd dress up in doc scrubs, wearing a gas mask and cook body parts on a grill in front of the front door. I enjoy hearing them say that they think something looks cool and am sure I'll get some satisfaction to see other kids enjoy something. Which brings me to another question for BigIron and well, really all of you. Are you gearing your yard haunts to little ToTs or bigger ToTs? Gorey...not gorey? I'm not going gorey....stones, witch lanterns on the fence, couple of 4 foot doc plague things standing around a cauldron....carved pumpkins.....and trying to figure out one other thing to put out somewhere. So, no blood or hanging limbs. Although, the idea of hanging skulls from some of the lower branches in the front yard appeals to me.