"Neighbors Who Already Have Their Halloween Decorations Up"

  • coolarmydude

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    Oct 03, 2010 5:43 PM GMT
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    Do you early decorate or know someone that does? Christmas too? Going all the way with Thanksgiving? Personally, I'll take an early decorator over a tacky decorator. But about the story, I got a good chuckle reading it.
  • creature

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    Oct 03, 2010 5:56 PM GMT
    The person who wrote this piece only wants decorations up a week before? Bah. I like early decorations. Unfortunately Ciarsolo doesn't want me using my zombie pic icon_sad.gif
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    Oct 03, 2010 5:59 PM GMT
    Most of those commenters are crazy. If you drag the decorations out too long, they lose their specialness and kill the holiday.
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    Oct 03, 2010 6:08 PM GMT
    I like to draw out the decorating process -- neighbours see me add to it piece by piece,until Hallowe'en night when the lighting, sound annd fog machine get turned on.
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    Oct 03, 2010 7:05 PM GMT
    What I especially dislike is decorating for a holiday before an earlier one has even come. The worst offender in the US is Christmas, whose premature decorations virtually eclipse those of Thanksgiving a full month before. Maybe that's why Thanksgiving stuff starts appearing before Halloween has arrived.

    I decorate more for Fall, with general harvest themes that last from late September through November. I omit the ghouls and the Pilgrims, and stick with pumpkins, Fall leaves, Indian corn, wheat sheaves, and similar, that serve for both Halloween and US Thanksgiving.

    And nothing Christmas goes up until December, usually the first or second week, and remains in place until the first week of January, when all our holiday parties are done.

    Interestingly, where I grew up as a child there was a large Russian Orthodox population a few miles away, and no doubt you know they use a different calendar than other Christians. Our own outside house lights would remain off after Jan 2, but not be taken down yet.

    And on the Othodox Christmas Eve and Night, and likewise on their New Year's, many residents like us would turn our lights back on to honor them. I always thought that a very lovely gesture, some 50 years ago.
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    Oct 03, 2010 7:49 PM GMT
    Ugh , one of our neighbors has had her Halloween decorations up almost a month now. I don't get it.. Worse is all the halloween decorations , those awful plastic tombstones, the tacky fan forced ghosts and witches etc strewn across the lawn... all that shit from Walmart, orange icicle lights along the eaves of the house.
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    Oct 03, 2010 8:33 PM GMT
    One of my BFs was very artistic and creative (well, I know, many of us are, but he was one of these guys who could do a lot with little). So for Halloween he made a circle of slender scrap wood stuck into his front lawn, about 8 uprights approx. 12 feet in diameter, each about 5-feet tall. Next he used all kinds of round things to make "heads" on them.

    Then he draped white bed sheets over each one, using white cord to cinch them below the head slightly, creating a "neck." But of course these ghosts had no body shape at this point, looking more like lollipops. Here's where his last step was inspired.

    He tied all the sheet ends to each other, forming a continuous circle. And he did it in such a way that it seemed the ghost "hands" were all touching, in a kind of ring-around-the-rosey, giving shape to their "arms" and their bodies. He had also angled each of the wooden uprights away from the circle's center, giving the ghosts the illusion of fast motion as they were circling. And then he put candle lanterns under each sheet, which made the ghosts glow slightly in the dark.

    Unfortunately his display only lasted about a week, before apparently neighborhood kids vandalized it while we were away one day. The sheets were all gone, the wooden uprights broken down, the lanterns stolen or smashed. And of course his neighbors didn't see anything. That's a big drawback to elaborate outdoor displays in today's US.
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    Oct 03, 2010 11:57 PM GMT
    UpperCanadian saidI like to draw out the decorating process -- neighbours see me add to it piece by piece,until Hallowe'en night when the lighting, sound annd fog machine get turned on.

    Yeah, well, your decorating is different. It's entertaining. Watching you try to manipulate and hang things with your one good hand must be hysterical. You cant do the decorating all at once. The people need a chance to catch their breath.

    Hire the Handicap......they're fun to watch.
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    Oct 04, 2010 12:08 AM GMT
    Are you sure they took them down from last year?
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    Oct 04, 2010 12:15 AM GMT
    Happy Halloween

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  • HndsmKansan

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    Oct 04, 2010 12:17 AM GMT
    Hey now... I have all my fall decor put up out there... the wreaths, yard light decorated and mums. It's October.. I'm even a week late because of my illness, it certainly isn't too early.....LOL

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    Oct 04, 2010 12:39 AM GMT
    i have minimal Xmas decorations, a small lighted tree outside, a natural tree inside ( NO lights) and one or two huge poinsetias . At Easter it's only a few pots of white lilies .
    As for Halloween, which i kind of detest now because of the kids' unabashed greed , it's nothing.
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    Oct 04, 2010 12:42 AM GMT
    suburban aggression...lol



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    Oct 04, 2010 12:53 AM GMT
    fastfreddie saidHappy Halloween


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    That is such a good idea. Love Halloween.
  • MuscleComeBac...

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    Oct 04, 2010 12:54 AM GMT
    I'm pathetic...I put up Halloween around September 15 so that I can enjoy it for a good long time. It comes down promptly on the first of November.
    Christmas starts to go up a day or two prior to Thanksgiving - boughs, some minor decor, wreaths, etc - and the tree on the day after Thanksgiving religiously.
    It's my one uber-gay gene - holiday decor.
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    Oct 04, 2010 12:55 AM GMT
    My local grocery store started selling Halloween candy 3 1/2 weeks ago?icon_eek.gif WTF
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    Oct 04, 2010 1:00 AM GMT
    Keene, New Hampshire has an annual Halloween pumpkin festival, with several 40-foot-tall towers on the town square that look like this. Each tower pumpkin is illuminated with electricity, except some pumpkins displayed elsewhere in town use traditional candles. When the festival is over close to 30,000 pumpkins are taken to local pig farmers as feed. For this reason none are painted, merely carved. We were in Keene last weekend, but unfortunately too early for the festival, which begins mid-month.

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    Oct 04, 2010 3:24 AM GMT
    MuscleComeBack saidI'm pathetic...I put up Halloween around September 15 so that I can enjoy it for a good long time. It comes down promptly on the first of November.
    Christmas starts to go up a day or two prior to Thanksgiving - boughs, some minor decor, wreaths, etc - and the tree on the day after Thanksgiving religiously.
    It's my one uber-gay gene - holiday decor.
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    You're Martha Fucking Stewart!!!
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    Oct 04, 2010 3:38 AM GMT
    MuscleComeBack saidI'm pathetic...I put up Halloween around September 15 so that I can enjoy it for a good long time. It comes down promptly on the first of November.
    Christmas starts to go up a day or two prior to Thanksgiving - boughs, some minor decor, wreaths, etc - and the tree on the day after Thanksgiving religiously.
    It's my one uber-gay gene - holiday decor.
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    i LOVE your decorations!!
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    Oct 04, 2010 3:41 AM GMT
    creature saidThe person who wrote this piece only wants decorations up a week before? Bah. I like early decorations. Unfortunately Ciarsolo doesn't want me using my zombie pic icon_sad.gif


    they're creepy!
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    Oct 07, 2010 4:08 AM GMT
    Don't forget the people who like attracting squirrels, mice and racoons by putting out their decorative pumpkins and squash in September to find them half eaten by October. Every year.
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    Oct 08, 2010 7:04 PM GMT
    You're Martha Fucking Stewart!!!

    NO ONE fucks Martha Stewart, including Mr. Stewart.
  • coolarmydude

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    Oct 08, 2010 7:07 PM GMT
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    That's a great idea for a decorating the mantle for Halloween.
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    Oct 08, 2010 7:10 PM GMT
    I always put up Halloween decorations each year and I pass out candy.
  • trevchaser

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    Oct 08, 2010 7:11 PM GMT
    This is my place on Halloween evening last year. The kids love it! But I only put it up the day of....It could be too much for before the special night... Especially when I use strobe lights in every front facing window!

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