My Halloween was really fun. We have been decorating my parents house for Halloween and scaring kids for over 10 years. The reason I know it has been that long is, my mask has been Ghostface since before it was used in Scream in 1996. I always knew I had the mask before it was used in Scream and finally ran across this confirmation:
Craven found the off-the-shelf item at a house where they were location scouting in California. The mask was originally created by Fun World.
Once they used it in the movie, I decided to stay with it. This year I finally got a replacement Ghostface as mine was getting a bit worn and dirty and I finally found a good quality one to replace it. The cloth is not quite as good as my original and it is cut a bit smaller, but the thinner cloth makes it a bit cooler. The face is now made of vinyl instead of (I think) latex so it holds is shape much better.
We put up graveyard this year for the first time. I really liked it. I lit each grave up with a battery powered glow stick. They are a bit brighter than chemical glow sticks. They are more expensive but last between 10 and 24 hours depending on the brand (and price) and can be used again next year. Of course, if you keep your decorations up for more than one night neither is a good option, but due to frequent strong gusts of wind and vandals I only put out the cheapest stuff and lights until Halloween day. I never wanted to put up a graveyard for the same reason. I always figured some jerk would kick them over or damage them or the wind would get them. To lessen the chance, I put the nicer ones closer to the house. Thankfully none were damaged though several stakes were badly bent from the wind. The half nearest the sidewalk lost their glow sticks before the night was over. Some trick-or-treaters are just jerks. Those weren’t the first things to disappear over the years.
Other than that and my fog machine not working, this year was really good. Kids started showing up around 6:20pm but it was kind of slow until just after 8:00. We figured that is when school carnivals ended. Our last trick-or-treaters showed up around 9:45 just as we were about to shut down. I was able to scare lots of kids and parents and didn’t make any little kids cry. Since I am sitting out in the open I can see who I am scaring and can do less or completely skip scaring them if they look too young. Which also has the benefit of confusing return visitors. I may not have scared them this year so they are sure I am fake and I can get them even better next year.
Looking through the pictures I counted about 70 kids (trying not to count parents) and we only took pictures of a small portion. Here are a few of our pictures: