This is what I see outside my window every day AND it's totally awesome:
When our neighbors moved into our area three years ago, we had NO idea to expect this kind of grossly wonder from them. They were just your average couple with grown children and so the neighborhood expected they would most likely hand out candy to the trick-or-treaters and nothing more.
What we didn't expect was this <----
We saw him building his masterpieces in his garage during the summer and wondered what he was up to (my neighbor makes each of his props by scratch and his wife paints the faces). My kids would take a peek whenever the garage was open and would fill me in on the latest news, "He's got some blinds in there! And some sticky stuff! It looks gross!"
When he brought out the fence and placed that around his yard, my kids could hardly contain themselves, "Oh, this is gonna be GOOD! Just look at the fence!"
I'll tell ya, I was pretty excited myself. The whole neighborhood waited and watched. Halloween was going to be awesome! We could just feel it.
Then out came the headstones and the zombies. He had half zombies and full size zombies--all sorts of zombies. They just kept coming and coming.
This year he added the creepy skeletons coming out of the ground and the zombie heads in the trees. I also know for a fact that he has some super scary pumpkin spiders in his basement (he showed me) but I have yet to see them appear (perhaps next year).
Each zombie, each headstone, and figure are made from items he picks up at the local thrift shop, hardware store, and after Halloween sales. He says it's amazing what you can do with a bit of carpet glue, some plaster, and stains.
With the freakin' creepy lights he has shining on them at night, it gets pretty spooky in our neighborhood.
Well, I love Halloween (I love dark and creepy stuff) and I had tried decorating our yard with my "store bought" items. But living across the street from a zombie graveyard made my flying bat look stupid and cheesy.
So I did what any neighbor would do, I stole his stuff. Just kidding. I would never do that. I mean really.
"Hey, isn't that my zombie in your yard?"
"This zombie? Oh, no. That's my zombie. I know it looks like the one you lost, but it's not. This one is completely different. I bought it at Wal-Mart."
Instead, I asked him to help me build some super cool decorations of my own. And guess what? He did. He helped me build the most scary set of witches you will ever see (pictures to come later--I need to put some finishing touches on them. Soon. I promise).
Three green, hairy mole covering sister witches. One even stirs a stick in the cauldron. Oh it will be cool.
So does this stuff scare the neighborhood kids? Oh no. They love it. Even the little ones get a kick out of it.
And when these same neighbors, Dale and Sherry, got jobs as zombies at Lagoon last year (our big amusement park in Utah) my kids even posed for pictures.
I can tell you right now, I can't wait to see what they come up with next year.
It makes me wonder, living across the street from zombies . . . perhaps I was destined to write a zombie western romance after all. (Okay, my daughter looks a little scared there --->)
Since posting this blog earlier today, my neighbor put out the creepy pumpkin spiders. There are about five of them and they're crawling all over his house.
Check out the teeth--nasty and sharp!