This year was a big step for me. I didn't dress up and try to scare kids.
We're in a new neighborhood, so I thought I'd introduce myself gently. Besides, Kate is new to the whole Halloween thing (Aussies don't celebrate it I found out - it is a North American oddity). I decided to let the house be the centerpiece.
Kate got right into the spirit (sorry) and decorated the front porch with cobwebs, bats, spiders, lanterns and such. The front lawn had three tombstones and lots of dead grass and plants (the latter being courtesy of the frost a week prior). The interior of the house got a gentle sprinkling of accessories, too. She even carved a pumpkin into a jack o' lantern to sit on the front steps. All in all, it was quite subtle and subdued, but effective.
I added one thing to the display - a technical touch called a Hallowindow. One of my workmates is friends with the creator and brought copies into work to sell. I *had* to have one. I knew that projecting the images on the living room window would mean lots of noise and would require the lights to be out in the living room, so I commandeered McMonk's room for the Big Show. The house looked great as you couldn't help but see the Hallowindow as you approached the house. Topping off the effect was the spooky illumination from the other windows on that level, as the projected images' light spilled out through the projection room. I couldn't have been more pleased.
The house was a big hit. It is a great display and we had over 200 kids. we also had a raft of Aussies (Kate's ex-pat buddies) who came by to experience a real North American Halloween.
I think they got what they came for!