Last Halloween was the most elaborate front porch “haunt” I’ve done. Along the driveway and the street were black and orange luminaries, lit of course. Midway up the lawn was a wood sign pointing the way to the spooks, with a lit jack-o’-lantern on the ground below it.
On the porch, a table with an orange tablecloth was spread with old comic books (bought in bulk on eBay) for the kids to take. Under the table was the loudspeaker for a haunted sound effects CD. A disembodied hand held a sign above the doorbell that said “Doorbell” (like Thing in the Addams Family).
Hung from the roof over the porch were chained letters spelling “Happy Halloween”, and on the roof itself was a frightening looking hag looking down with her arms outspread. Hanging down from the ceiling of the porch was a black bat. In the back corner of the porch was a giant spider web with a giant black and purple spider.
On the front door was a skull face, with a motion detector, whose eyes lit up red as it said “Hey!” and “I see you!” and “What are you doing?” when anyone approached.
To the right of the door was a pyramid of three jack-o’-lanterns. On the wall next to them was a push button, with a sign inviting anyone to “Press the button for a surprise.” Doing so caused a hidden fog machine to emit a swirling cloud of fog from the top jack-o’-lantern’s face. Everyone loved that.
When I answered the door with a tray of candy, the word was “Take as much candy as you want. And have a comic book, too!”
Why not make it the trick-or-treat I would have loved to visit? It’s the most wonderful time of the year.