Last year's Halloween yard haunt was dubbed "Spirit Grove", and as usual, the outdoor display was graciously hosted by Mother-in-Law Holidays. Grandmother Holidays was in attendance for her first yard haunt, and Father & Stepmother Holidays made the long trip out to help with the festivities. I believe it was Father Holidays' first yard haunt. He helped set up the display and cut dry ice. Stepmother Holidays, a Halloween buff, helped set up the display and counted all the trick-or-treaters.
We had a record 215 trick-or-treaters, even with some passing wind gusts and rain showers. In 2010, we had 148 trick-or-treaters with our "Wild West" theme, and in 2009, we had 210 trick-or-treaters with our classic Halloween theme.
My close friend arranged a splendid playlist of ambient-type music, which added a mystical feel to the event. This year, we will be largely repeating last year's theme, with a few, strategic alterations. Officially speaking, the title of this year's Halloween yard haunt will be "Spirit Grove II: an enchanted forest".
So, without further ado, here are some pictures with commentary mixed in.
|Left frontal view. Can you see the enchantress?|
|Mother in Law Holidays bound up some dead flowers from her backyard garden and leaned them up against each tombstone. I'd like to spray the bouquets with glitter this year for a more enchanted appearance.|
|Our faithful, but disarticulated Blucky.|
|As visitors streamed up the walkway all night, Grandmother Holidays and the crowd of family & friends gathered around her, got to watch the spectacle from the sun room behind the bushes.|
|A view from across the street. The kids just kept coming and coming. Truth be told, we'd do our annual yard haunt whether 5 or 250 trick-or-treaters showed up. It's just so much fun to see all the kids and their families enjoy the display.|
'Spirit Grove II: an enchanted forest' should be even more fun this year as we fine-tune things a bit. Grandmother Holidays will hopefully be in attendance again. Father Holidays and Stepmother Holidays will once again make the cross-country trek to participate in the festivities. Baby Holidays will get to experience his first Halloween outside of the womb, and Mrs. Holidays will not be dealing with exhaustion and "morning sickness". And once again, Mother in Law Holidays will solidify her beloved status as a beacon of community camaraderie, exquisite artistry, and Halloween spirit.