Prior to having kids, Halloween was a boozy, bar-hopping night in the city with friends. Then I started having those kids and moved to the suburbs, only to realize that Halloween is a totally different animal when you head just a few dozen miles away from the big city. It’s a wholesome, family-centric affair that is way more about candy and costumes than staying out all hours and paying huge covers to enter overcrowded bars.
The town I happened to land in, it turns out, goes bananas for Halloween. There’s a parade for kids, streets shut down for trick-or-treating and induvial homes go all out in the decor department. I’m talking spider webs spanning the height of homes, gravestones dotting yards, ghosts swaying from trees and fog machines engulfing kiddos in smoke as they nervously head up a strangers’ staircase to snatch some candy.
At first I found this to be a bizarre tradition, but a few years after living here, I’ve caught the Halloween bug, too. Not only because my kids freaking love seeing a skeleton sit on their stoop and a monster try to grab them out of a tree—but because this is what my childhood Halloween memories were made of. That’s right, good ol’ nostalgia propelled me to make my front yard look like a veritable cemetery, and I relish in the reactions it receives all throughout the month of October. And, of course, I also like scaring the sh*t out of those trick-or-treaters on the 31st. And you will, too. Below are 15 optiosn that will surely do the trick...on those trick-or-treaters.
Tree Face and Arms Set
LED Hanging Clown
Hyde and Eek! Boutique Halloween Sonic Spirit
Giant Skeleton Spider
The Holiday Aisle Pose n' Stay Skeleton
Witch Leg Stakes
Hyde and Eek! Boutique Halloween Zombie Groundbreaker
5-Foot Posable Dummy Prop
Home Accents Holiday 7-Foot Towering Werewolf
Gaseous Fog Zombie Animatronic
Home Accents Holiday 12-Foot Inflatable Lighted Tall Ghost
1.4-Foot Fogging Skull Pile
Hanging Porcelain Doll
The Holiday Aisle Hanging Ghoul Lighted Display
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