OK, we’ve got two weeks until Halloween. I’ve always wanted to do a big display at the front door for the trick-or-treaters, and this may be the year. My son is interested too, so it may make for a good father-son project.
Now, in addition to the jack o’lanterns, spooky lights, and other stuff, I’m considering the following props:
[ul]A skeleton or other scary mannequin in the window next to the door,
Hidden colored lights on dimmers that fade up when people come up to the door,
A mannequin in the drivers seat of the truck on the street,
A ghost that rises and runs on a cable towards the trick-or-treaters.[/ul]I don’t think I’m completely nuts to consider any or all of this. Several friends saw similar things when they were kids and other people in the neighborhood have gone all-out on Halloween in previous years.
First off, what do you think the minimum age should be for scary props? I think the dummies would be too much for younger children. The ghost especially worries me. I saw something like this when I was about five, and while I’m still here, I think kids below eight or ten should be spared this sort of thing.
Second, what stuff like this do you remember from Halloweens when you were young?