When you live in a 150-year old Carpenter Gothic "mansion on the hill", next to a graveyard, it's hard not to get into the Halloween spirit. The first year we lived here, after spending 13 years in the backwoods where absolutely no costumed ghouls, witches or fairies ever came, we were so excited to decorate and have visitors.
Now, each year, we try to improve slightly on our "haunted house" decor... the light from the open upstairs window is actually a "Sight Stimulator" machine, an antique from the late 1940s that has a large, whirling red disk.... spooky, tape-generated sounds have been blowing out the window all night as well.
The luminarias light the way to our door, but it is still dark enough to make some of the youngest children hesitate...
It doesn't help that my silly DH loves to wear a mask and illuminate his face periodically ... that would scare some of the braver ones, but the teenagers all laugh and many people complimented us on our decorations, as well as appreciating that we were giving out juice boxes (don't think I am kidding myself here, they really aren't that much healthier - just nice to have a beverage while running between houses).
This large spider web has been with us a few years, and has proven to be much easier to install and uninstall than the sticky web stuff that reminds me of angel hair for Christmas trees.