Without further delay... I give you... 10 THINGS YOU WILL NOT FIND IN THE WICKED WOODS CEMETERY!!!
Nope...not now... not then... not never...
Don't get me wrong. I am sure those of you with small children absolutely love them, but not in my woods.
I am sure all the ladies will grunt and groan over this...but when did glitter sneak into Halloween? Glitter has it's uses. There are a few glittery things we use during the wicKED weeKEnD Halloween party in the light/dance room, but you will never see a sparkle in my Haunt!
My Personal opinion it just makes things...unscary. I cringe whenever I go to a professional pay to enter haunt and see glitter.
Glitter is for sub standard vampires with inferiority complexes.
They are scary...but maybe the purist in me does not see them as Halloween. If done correctly I could imagine it being scary but 95% of the time, it comes off comical, cartoonish, and as a distraction from the haunt.
#4 CUTE SCARECROWS!
It sort of contradicts itself to have a non scary scarecrow.... especially the standard wall mart smiley face ones.
These are great for Fall/Autumn displays but not in the cemetery of the damned!
#5 STRING/ROPE LIGHTS!
In my humble opinion...save it for Christmas.
Another cringe worthy sight when I find it in pay to enter haunts.
Lighting is VERY important in a haunt...the wrong lighting is a game ender for me.
#6 HUMOROUS HALLOWEEN
I personaly love funny and whimsical Halloween things. My blog and my Haunt Facebook page is littered with horror humor, but I don't cross the lines with the actual Haunt itself.
The Halloween party is another matter....live it up and be goofy, funny, and insane, but I prefer to keep the haunt pure and spooky.
I love the spider... I just wont have one in my yard Halloween night.
#7 YELLOW CAUTION TAPE!
I can imagine this would have it's uses in certain slasher themed haunts...but not just thrown in haphazardly.
For the most part, it really cheapens a haunt.
#8 MISUSED SPIDERWEBS
Spiderwebs that have been "plopped" on top of Hostas, globbed through hedges, or wrapped around railings really are not my thing.
In most cases, it looks like people use them just because the have them. When they are done correctly and intelligently, they look pretty good. Walmart smiley scarecrows covered in globs of white fluff are not scary.
Strange how poorly done webs and caution tape show up together often...
#9 MIXING CUTE AND CREEP
There is nothing that distracts me more than seeing a very decent haunt with great scary and creepy props have something cute smack in the middle. Inflatables, non horror themed props, cartoon characters, super heroes, smiley face round headed ghosts.... the list goes on and on.
The only thing worse than a yard full of inflatables is a half way decent haunt with a big old inflatable in the center of the creep! Like a zit on your nose during class pictures!
#10 BLOW MOLDS!
I know there are alot of people that are going to hate me for this. Especially the vintage angle Haunters. I just don't like them in MY haunt.
It just bumps the scare factor down a notch for me.
In closing, I just wanted to say this post was not meant to call anybody out, make anybody feel inferior, or say that anybody celebrates Halloween wrong. On the contrary, if any of the above methods is your preferred method, then power to you! I would much rather have a neighborhood full of the above haunters than a town full of non Halloween fuddy duds. It would be an extreme honor to live near any of you.
I am just saying these are things that I don't/wont do and I have my own idea of Halloween and it's pure form and image.
The way I see it, you guys are celebrating one of the greatest holidays there is... and that makes you pretty damn cool in my book!