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I have a cute story.

We are wayyy behind, so none of our haunt is up yet.

This year we have new neighbors across the street. They seem like a cool couple, actually they seem pretty similar to me and the lil'lady. We went over and introduced ourselves as good neighbors should. We got into a conversation and they mentioned they go 'All Out!' for Halloween. I've learned over the years that 'All Out!' from a civilian has a different meaning than 'all out' from a grizzled ol' haunter. As a result, I don't go into too much of a description of our own haunt. I don't want to be taken as a halloween fancypants or showoff. They then spent the day haning cobwebs, cutouts, lights and even a pretty cool newspaper stuffed dummy hanging from a noose.

I said it is very cool to have another Halloween fan on the street. We told them to make sure they get candy for about 300 people. They met me with a shocked look and asked why are there so many trick or treaters in this area?!? :D

I smiled and I said we decorate too!!

I think it is easy to get caught in the details and forget about the big picture. When I saw our neighbors realize that 'for some reason' hundreds of people will fill our street during the night, I was reminded how far we have come from our first year with 6 ToT's.

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300, nice!

We only had about 30 last year, hoping that will increase this year, but not that much. I only bought candy for 100.
 

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They will watch in awe as you put your display up, and next year may well get into it a lot more. Be sure to turn them on to the forum.
I wish other people on our street would decorate even a little. A couple others do some colored lights and window cut outs but that's about it.:(
 

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Ditto what Jdubbya said :D
 

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300, nice!

We only had about 30 last year, hoping that will increase this year, but not that much. I only bought candy for 100.
We steadily grew over the last 5 years, especially when a little birdy *wink* tips off the local paper every year :D .
 

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They will watch in awe as you put your display up, and next year may well get into it a lot more. Be sure to turn them on to the forum.
I wish other people on our street would decorate even a little. A couple others do some colored lights and window cut outs but that's about it.:(
Exactly! I really hope I can influence them to get into haunting. They seem like very cool people. If I have not scared them off with my crazyness by the end of the season I'll give them a couple of our retired props.

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Great story SkullAndBone. It's nice to have neighbors that share in the celebration of Halloween and I hope they get caught up in the day too and realize that having a lot of TOTs is great like we all do.
 

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Great story - thanks for sharing it.

The haunted garage down the street is beginning to take shape... and the kids have a half day off school - so the 10 year old told his friends he can't play because he's painting tombstones!
 

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Great story Skull. My neighbors get more and more in to it as the years go by. One of my nieghbors started decorating Sept 1. She told me, " mine may not be as big as yours, but my stuff was out first." Great to get the community involved.
 

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Shame on you for lying to them S&B. That was 300 LAST year, it's bound to be more this year, lol.
Ack, you just got me thinking Vlad.
When I went to lunch, I saw a flyer for a "1st Annual Downtown Halloween Carnival" for the kids on Halloween night. The thing is, the Carnival is only 4 blocks away. If word gets out it could be a very big night...
 

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Ack, you just got me thinking Vlad.
When I went to lunch, I saw a flyer for a "1st Annual Downtown Halloween Carnival" for the kids on Halloween night. The thing is, the Carnival is only 4 blocks away. If word gets out it could be a very big night...
is it just me or is halloween bigger this year in genneral?
 

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man, your neighbors are gonna freak when you set up! :D

BTW Nice Site and Pics, just thought I would tell you again in case you forgot. :)
 

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We steadily grew over the last 5 years, especially when a little birdy *wink* tips off the local paper every year :D .
My little birdie did the same this year and the local paper came out and took pics yesterday and did an interview. Of course I mention Haunt forum as an inspiration. Hope it brings the TOT's out.
By the way, great story. Maybe next year it could be a group thing ?
Wish I had some neighbors like that. :(
 
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