Chronology of Halloween
I should probably add some of the
decorations I bought as well, since many of them feature prominently in
my yard or inside the house, but these are the ones Dani and I built.
Our first year in our own house together.
We got married in October, so all our focus was on the wedding leading
up to this.
Our first Halloween party. I wanted to add as many things outside
as possible as well as getting decorated inside. We got the
Halloween Clock done early in the year, otherwise we wouldn't have
gotten it done in time.
Stan was born! You would think that this would have slowed us
down, but it actually had the opposite effect. Dani was home on
maternity leave, so we had about 90 days of time to work on things
leading almost right up to Halloween. This may be the most
productive year I've ever had, and so far I always cite this as the
best Halloween we've ever had in part because of this.
The Sci-fi year. I completely switched gears away from the
supernatural stuff. We even dressed up as the Conehead family to
tie it all together with the flying saucer in the front yard.
We bought the new house, but we spent the months around Halloween
renovating it. We didn't have a Halloween party that year because
we had already moved most Halloween things over to the new place but we
were still living in the old house. However, I built a lot of
things in anticipation of it.
gravestones - I wanted to take advantage of the much bigger yard, so I
built a whole bunch of these between home renovation projects.
Flicker circuits - I didn't
actually use any of these on this particular year, but we got a start
at having them ready.
More Haunted fencing - We had a much, much bigger yard, so I needed
more than double all the fencing I started out with.
Our first year in the new house. Resumed having parties, so I got
the movie posters. However, I really didn't do as much decorating
as I would have liked. We were still doing a lot of projects
around the house and just getting things unpacked, so we put off
decorating until the last minute, and didn't build anything
significant. (I don't have webpages showing off any of this as of
noose - Something to string up the skeleton.
Still more Haunted fencing (enough to cover the side of the property
inside of just the front).
Jack o'lanterns - Got two big ones.
Stella was born! She was our focus, so we really didn't build
anything new for the year; I just bought a few things or expanded on
wheelchair - We had this set up with a skeleton in it both at the
Halloween party and on Halloween night.
Crank ghost - Finally got this up and running. I built this in
'11 but didn't have time to put it up. I put it up in '12, but I
didn't get it running very well, and it actually crashed out on
Halloween night. It wasn't until this year that I had it running
for about twelve days leading up to Halloween.
More flicker circuits - So I would have more for the Jack o'lanterns.
Jack o'lanterns - Had the two big ones plus another eight in the front
yard on flicker circuits.
Monster Cereals boxes - I added
these to go with the other posters.
gravestones - The 3D gravestones were weathered (via airbrushing) and
"engraved" with the names of several Halloween greats like Vampira,
Edgar Allan Poe, Vincent Price, and so on.
curtains - These are black shredded curtains I made one December night
to put in the windows that didn't feature other monsters.
Unfortunately, they got lost among all the other projects.
Still more Haunted fencing! I made two more sections this
year. We now have 17 sections of
fence! This is finally enough to go all the way around the edges
of the property without skrimping or cutting corners like I did before.
Hanging skeleton - It's a minor thing, but I installed a little hook up
on the side of the house to hang a skeleton from a noose, then made a
spotlight holder to illuminate it.
Black cat toilet paper holder -
"Angels and Demons" statues, I repurposed a rustic craft project into
something better suited to Halloween.
Horror flag - Dani started making this back in '08, but then it got
tucked away in a project box and was forgotten about. Finally got
it finished and up this year.
Revised crank ghost - I wanted a more
realistic "ghost" with real arms and a torso to "flesh out"
(though there won't be any flesh) the ghost rather than having just a
sheet. I also tried it with a larger motor, but then went back to
the original one with plans to use the new motor for something
Light in tv - Much like the previous
attempts at making the haunted
tvs, but with a string of blinking/fading color-changing LED lights
rather than using
battery-operated pumpkin lights.
Grave hands - Hands reaching from
the graves. I wanted to do custom versions (i.e., made from
resin from molds), but we just went with cheap glowing hands.
Flicker Jack o'lanters - Dani and I got an assembly line going and made
flicker circuits out of all the lights in each of the jack o'lanterns I
put in the yard.
Halloween pictures - I finally got around to decorating the stairway
with several dozen portraits of all our past Halloweens from 2003 to
This was one of our busiest
years due to moving my dad into his house,
getting him settled in, etc. (far too much to detail here), so my and
Dani's respective costumes were store-bought. She only made
costumes for the kids, and even those were relatively simplified.
Dani was out of town at a conference in the weeks leading up to
Halloween, so we didn't have a party, didn't decorate almost at all, or
much else. Instead we concentrated on other Halloween-related
things like going to haunted houses to make it up to the kids. We
did buy a lot of things for next year though.
Flicker Jack o'lanters - Dani and I made quite a few more circuits so
of them flickered independently this year rather than several Jack
o'lanterns going through a shared circuit.
Same story as last year.
Occupied with dealing with Dad and also doing serious rennovations to
the outside of the house. No new decorations, just revisions of
previous projects: different arrangements, touch-ups, etc.
barrels - I have yet to put these out even though I bought
them '09 and painted them the next year.
Knife switch - I started these in '10, but it kept getting put away in
my project box for years. It seems that I never had a drill handy
to finish putting it together.
Lights for luminaria - Similar to the
above, only I'm looking to
Bedroom eyes - A "wall of eyes" for our bedroom bay windows.
Halloween Jack 2.0 - I want to upgrade him to be a 3D monster instead
of just a head and arms.
New Halloween fence - A more gothic version I have in mind to replace
the rustic one I always do.
Obelisk gravestone - Something else more sophisticated to round out the