Halloween Decorations

Becky - posted on 09/13/2011 ( 16 moms have responded )

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This is maybe a bit more of a rant than a debate...

Do you decorate the outside of your house for Halloween? How far do you go, if you do?

We really don't do much for Halloween. A jack-o-lantern is about it. Mainly because my husband thinks decorating the house for every holiday is a waste of money. I'm lucky to get away with as much as I do at Christmas! But some houses around here go all out with the whole haunted house type thing - cobwebs all over the front entry, severed heads, motion-activated ghosts and witches, etc. I am not anti-halloween in any way. I don't think it's evil or of the devil or anything like that, but houses like that bug me. For the simple reason that I have young children. As do many others who are out on Halloween. And young children are impressionable and can be easily frightened by things like that. Last year, it wasn't really an issue, although I still felt some houses could've toned it down a bit. But this year, well, we went to Michaels (a craft store) the other day and we walked past this motion-activated goblin thing and my youngest got totally freaked out! He was scared the rest of the time we were in the store. Today, I just tried to go look at Halloween costumes in Superstore and he got scared! (and then totally freaked when we walked past an older man who vaguely resembled the goblin that had frightened him, which was pretty embarassing!) So clearly, we are going to have to skip those houses this year! Now, that's not really a big deal, it's not like my kids need that much candy! But I still think that at the very least, it would be considerate if people would maybe save their scariest decorations for after dark when most people with preschoolers are already done trick-or-treating.



Am I just being over-protective or a control freak?

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Id say your being over protective, if you dont want them getting scared on Halloween (which is pretty much the point of Halloween) don't take them out, or take them to the stores that offer toned down trick or treating for younger kids, or early in the day before the sun goes down and all the animated decor is up and running.

My kids love it so and so do I so its really fun for us, and the costumes, we have so much fun with them.

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Oh if I had my house back and had money - I'd be ALL OVER THE PLACE decorating for Halloween. I 'm a HUGE fan of the holiday. NOhting would be grotesque or viciously scary. Probably a lot of tombstones and funny skellys or something like that.

When i was dating my son's father, my best friend and I set up a haunted house in their hallway/stairwell. My ex, my friend, another friend and myself had the best time taking kids up through the stairwell (to the very sweet old lady on the upper level who otherwise NEVER had trick or treaters and she was soooo happy to be able to participate that year.)

It can be done nicely.

sigh -I want to do something cool like that this year!!! (whine)

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Rosie - posted on 09/14/2011

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we love halloween, and i gotta say as much as i agree that those types of houses can sometimes cause problems for kids, halloween isn't all about kids. my husband loves halloween sooooo much. it's his favorite holiday-well at least tied with christmas. so the decorations are for him...not some cute little kids that may or may not come to our house that night. you always have the option of passing that type of house by like you said.

September - posted on 09/14/2011

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I LOVE Halloween however I do not decorate our house. I’m sure I will at some point in my life but not right now…I don’t have time for all that. We do the jack-o-lantern and that's about it at this point with our 3 year old. As far a trick or treating goes we only visit family and close friends, and none of them go over the top either. Our son actually loved our Halloween store last year and did not seem scared by it at all. If he was I'd be sure to avoid those types of stores and houses, but I think our son is a Halloween lover like his Momma! :) I don’t think your being over-protective, I think you’re just wanting to protect your child from getting scared.

Becky - posted on 09/14/2011

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I don't have any problem with people decorating. I just don't do it because like I said, dh thinks it's a waste of money and I'd rather spend the money going overboard on Christmas decorations! :) It's just stuff like severed bloody heads and the animated demon stuff with glowing red eyes and freaky maniacal laughter that bothers me. I do agree, people should be able to do what they want to on their own property. I still don't have to like it! And yes, it's all well and good if you have a good time getting scared, but I don't think my 2 year old considered getting freaked out in the store a good time the other day. He certainly didn't seem to be having a good time when he was still clinging to me and whining as we left the store 10 minutes later!
Honestly though, my bigger concern this year is going to have to be making sure I don't accidentally let him have anything with peanuts in it. :(

Carolee - posted on 09/14/2011

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I have no dea hat's in store for us this year. Corbin doesn't seem to get freaked out, but Lynn has been afraid of our lamp lately. It's just a regular floor lamp. I'll probably just end up taking Lynn to two or three houses, then having her grandparents watch her while we fnish th neighborhood with Corbin. We always skip the houses that look like there's somebody in costume waiting to scare somebody (ie - scarecrow outfit with bucket on lap, then grabbing or jumping at somebody because they think it's just a dummy).

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It has never bothered my kids, the baby of course is still to young to really know what will be going on, my middle wil be three in Jan. and she gets scared but she laughs while being scared so I think she understands its just for fun. And that is what Halloween is all about, collecting tons of candy that you wouldnt normally be able to have, and to get scared and have a good time doing it. I dont think people should have to worry about "will this be too scarey" its their home they should be allowed to go as far out as they want to. :) I LOVE Halloween, if were able to, id be one of those houses!



Oh and both my husband and I take the kids out, I honestly couldnt even tell you the last time I handed out candy lol

Minnie - posted on 09/14/2011

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Hehe you wouldn't like my dad's house. He goes all out, more than anyone I know. Don't bring your kids there because he dresses up and pretends he's just a statue and then jumps out at you.



Personally I think it's tacky and a waste of money because it's not very aesthetic and we're broke.



But we're setting out a couple of pumpkins because that makes the girls happy. We haven't yet 'done' Halloween with them because we had different beliefs in the past, but I don't think we'll be trick or treating. We can't have sugar and dyes and I would hate for them to get colorful bags of hypoglycemic attack and dye reactions to take them away from them.

JuLeah - posted on 09/14/2011

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I'd not toss my kid into a situation where I know she will freak just because, but I'd not really avoide it either.

There were a few things my kid freaked at when she was the age of your son. I'd say, "Yah, that did look scary" or "Wow, that decoration is big" ... and move on

More often then not, she'd follow my lead and feel proud when the thing didn't take her by suprise next time

There was a big dino thing she reacted to, but 20 min later, she was talking to it -

And, I have seen houses that I feel cross a line from fun to ... well

Jessica - posted on 09/13/2011

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Halloween is easily my fav holiday, this year we live out in the country so I won't be bothering to decorate..much, lol. Next year we will be back in the city and I will likly be one of "those" houses! My parents did it up when we were kids, and I plan to do the same. :)

Becky - posted on 09/13/2011

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Yeah, every kid's different. It's never bothered my oldest - although he hates Santa! - so I was a little surprised Zach was so freaked out!

Amie - posted on 09/13/2011

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My husband and I take turns going out with our kids. This year we may actually get to go together with all of them though. Since we'll be going into the city and into our old neighborhood. His parents and my brother still live over there, so we have somewhere to stop and eat. haha! No candy to hand out though means we can both walk with them.

Our youngest is two too. She's not phased by it but that could be because she's used to it. LOL

Becky - posted on 09/13/2011

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Or maybe we'll all go out - usually one stays home to hand out candy - and one of us can stay back with the little one while the other one goes up to the door with Cole, who isn't in the least bit phased by the scary decorations.

Becky - posted on 09/13/2011

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Just to clarify, my youngest just turned 2 last week. It's not like he's 10 and I'm still worried about it! :) And he was really freaked out by the decoration in the store. We do go out before dark, but I found last year that even then, a lot of people had everything going full-steam. Last year, my youngest was oblivious, and it didn't bother my oldest. Like I said, we'll just avoid those houses this year, it's not like it's every house! Just wondered if I was the only one who was a bit bothered by this. (Certainly not enough to complain to my neighbors or anything like that, that would just be rude.)
I thought the point of Halloween was to overdose on sugar! :)

Amie - posted on 09/13/2011

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Oh, my kids love it too!

I am a holiday addict and I make no apologies for it. haha! So was my mom and I have some great child hood memories because of it.

Amie - posted on 09/13/2011

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The small kids around here start trick or treating around 4-4:30 and are done around 7ish. So the scared in the dark thing really isn't an issue.



I am one of those annoying houses. =) I love it.



Since we moved to our acreage though and will have no trick or treaters - I'm lending them to the community association and helping them with the haunted house. The first night is just for teenagers and adults. Apparently they go all out. The next night they tone it down for the kids. It's held on the weekend before Halloween so the kids can still go into town or the city to trick or treat if they want too.

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