Monday, January 4, 2010

What Makes A Yard Haunt?

I wonder at what point a home's display becomes a yard haunt. What exactly needs to be in place and present for a display to get that distinction? Tombstones? A coffin? Lots of lights and webs?

There seems to be a tipping point where a home goes from being decorated for Halloween to being a display, but I'm not sure what that point is exactly.

Not that it matters, since any and all Halloween decorations are incredible to see on Halloween night.

Just curious is all.

Sketch by Bean.

19 comments:

dwez said...

I'd assume a Yard Haunt is born when there is a 'plan' involved. When all the decorations are positioned to form a specific whole.

I have many decorations and they all have a current place but there is no specific plan binding them together, so I don't have a Yard haunt, just a display.

Sara said...

imho, I consider it a yard haunt when I am engaged past the point of just looking at the props. Like, when emotions are conjured up and I'm not just like, "Oh,Cool. Pumpkins and tombstones." Also, when the creep factor is high. I don't know why exactly, but I don't consider yard haunts ones with friendly looking Halloween props. Scary=haunt for me.

Mr. Chicken said...

I think a yard haunt requires that the props create some sense of realism and, more importantly, an environment, rather than a few scattered pumpkins or a couple of lighted skulls.

"Bones" said...

"Decorations" go on your door or front porch. (A wreath at Christmas, a pumpkin at Halloween, a flag for the 4th of July.)

A "display" goes in your yard.

The closer these items get to the street, the more likely it is that you have a yard haunt.

Pam Morris said...

agree with dwez...a Haunt has a theme: like your yard, your house IS a graveyard, or a toxic waste dump, or a gorey hospital/mental ward. everything ties together. decorations, well, I agree with bones...slap a wreath on the front door and stick a witch flying into a tree, well that's decoration...

Amyville Horror said...

Tell your lovely Bean...that sketch belongs in a storybook.......

Autumnleaf said...

Ditto everyone.....when the props start creating their own atmosphere then it becomes a haunt.

Mantan Calaveras said...

I remember the first haunt. When I was about 4 I came home from preschool, and my father had stuffed some old clothes with newspaper, and set a couple of rubber masks on top. I came home to a two headed mutant, sitting in the living room.

Prior to this, I am sure there had always been paper decorations and ornaments, but this was the first dummy. The first time that a Halloween decoration masqueraded as something real. That was my first haunt.

Jay's Shadow said...

Something that affects all of the human senses, emotions, and makes you remember what you experienced for a long while.....that is what I would think makes a yard a haunt.

Rot said...

So I'm thinking that it's a pretty subjective thing and it's rooted in the creation of atmosphere.

STOLLOWEEN said...

A display becomes a haunt when you can, if only for a moment, make your guests forget that they are standing in your front yard....a single moment when they are transported from the "now" into your imagination...that's when you have created a haunt.

JHMDF said...

17 pumpkins.... after exactly 17 pumpkins you have a yard haunt. ...... and at least one zombie. :)

Jay's Shadow said...

Your 2009 haunt probably would of blew some minds. With corpses towering above, a witch sitting at the end of the path looking at you as her next lunch and the smells of candles and incense burning....sounds like a lasting impression.

The Frog Queen said...

Have been pondering this myself for quite some time .....glad to see I am not the only one.

I guess I love them all (Halloween decorations)....no matter how great or small. I do have my preferences, but I don't think that is an objective way to label someone else's creations. I am still don't know......defining the word "haunt" is what seems to trip me up the most.... :)

Cheers!

Dawn said...

I think its based on a Dollar scale.

$1 - $24 = Kids decorating the yard
$25 - $49 = "They are getting in the spirit!"
$50 - $100 = "What cool parents"
$101 - $150 = "Wow, they really like Halloween"
$150 - $300 = "You really go over the top"
$300 - $1000 = I love your yard haunt, do you have a haunted house too?
$1000+ = "Oh, THOSE people!"

PS - this was said jokingly, I know that a good haunt can be done with a lot of creativity, time, and not a lot of funds. (I just haven't figured out how to omit the large funds portion of it all yet!)

Rot said...

: D AWESOME!

Dave Lowe said...

For some reason I've been pondering this question since you posted it for awhile and the answer hit me tonight

This evening while cleaning the garage, I barbarically...mushed, crammed, bended and crushed Christmas decorations into boxes far too small for them so my Halloween props would have extra space to store so as not to get mushed, crammed, bended or crushed.

In that moment I think I officially evolved from Halloween decorating enthusiast to yard haunter.

JD said...

It has nothing to do with money or any amount of decorations or props. It's when someone pours there Halloween loving heart and soul into there display, an action only obtainable by experiencing those wonderful trick or treating memories and then wanting to give that wonderful gift to the next generation. That is what a haunt is made of.

JD said...

Looking back on my comment, it was pretty cheesy. True, but cheesy. Sorry about that :D