Well, Halloween 2005 is in the books and I'm already looking forward to 2006. I've learned alot from preparations for this year's haunt. First of all, cats are mysteriously, magnetically attracted to any project involving glue or paint. Second, homemade faux flame urns can be aggravating enough to make you want to turn them into ACTUAL flaming urns. Third and finally, one can never have too many cool coloured flood lights or enough time to do everything you want to do. I'm going to take the lessons from my first-ever themed haunt and apply them to 2006's "Phantom Pirate Shipwreck" theme! I'm ready to start earlier and do things on a larger scale. This year's great experience has me totally psyched for 2006.
Here are the best shots I have of this year's yard. Bear with me...the camera is new and I didn't know how to take night shots with a digital. I do know now (alot of good that did me this year), so I will have to practice in order to take better night shots next year. Seeing all the beautiful long-exposure night shots that other people have taken of their haunts has me inspired. Click on the thumbnails to see a larger version of each picture.
Miss Salem supervises the decorating process...
A pretty decent shot of the house from the driveway
Here there be dragons!
Another shot of the white dragon slithering out from under the porch to see what all the Hallowe'en hubbub is. Uh-oh...looks like we have a new addition to the menagerie!
The Goblet of Fire does its thing behind the protective barrier of the front porch railing.
Welcome to Hogwarts, home of the TriWizard Tournament!
Anybody smell a rat? There's that sneaky Scabbers AKA Peter Pettigrew!
Mao Yang confers with the owls who have come down from the owlery to visit on Hallowe'en night.
Here's another shot of the front doorstep.