Video: More spooky fun at Ricky’s house on Halloween 2010

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Another year of tricks and treats has come and gone. Halloween 2010 wrapped up and all decorations have been put away for next year. But today I share with you a walk through of what the haunted holiday looked like at my house this year.

For the second time in the roughly six years I have lived in this house, our home owner’s association dropped the ball on Halloween night, closing our community gates before 8pm. As a result, we only received local trick-or-treaters – around 30 of them plus their parents. While the number of visitors was disappointing, it was still fun to entertain (and scare) those who did show up.

Here’s a video of my own Halloween haunt, including a “behind the scenes” look at the new front door scare that awaited trick-or-treaters in 2010:



Each year, I (with the help of my wife) put up our Halloween decorations that morning, as many of our props and electronics would not hold up under poor weather. This year I worked on the newest additions the day before, allowing me to actually finish putting everything up on Halloween before sunset! As a result, I took some first-ever daytime photos of our decorations, seen in the slideshow below.

The highlight of this year’s Halloween at my house was definitely the all-new front door scare. When a trick-or-treater stepped on a pressure-sensitive welcome mat, it triggered a creepy spirit to pop up from the darkness nearby.

Ricky's house on Halloween

Last year’s front door scare dropped down from above, so I figured an eye-level scare this year would prove to be even more surprising – and it was. The general ambience around the house was enough to put most approaching trick-or-treaters on edge and the pop-up ghost was a perfect exclamation point, producing plenty of startles and priceless looks on kids’ faces. The reward for braving the scares was a full size candy bar, Hershey’s, Reese’s cups, or Kit Kat (not the tiny “Halloween version”).

As seen in the video above, the pop-up mechanism for the ghost was taken from a “Rising From the Grave” prop bought at K-Mart. The ghost, resembling a Dementor from the Harry Potter series, was bought at Target and lit from behind its face by attaching small LED light. The combination sat atop a bar stool, attached by packing tape and rope to ensure it didn’t fly off and hit anyone.

Other new additions this year included talking busts (from Sam’s Club), a tombstone lifting ghoul (from Target), an inflatable stack of pumpkins (from Lowe’s), a talking (and quite amusing) skull-on-a-spear (from Target), and a fun green laser light effect on the front door (from Spirit).

Ricky's house on Halloween

Ricky's house on Halloween

Ricky's house on Halloween

Ricky's house on Halloween

All in all, despite the low number of trick-or-treaters, it was a successful year filled with laughs and plenty of scares. I was told by a number of visitors that they look forward to seeing our house each year and as long as that is the case, I’ll keep it going. I’m already thinking about what I can do differently next year!

Ricky's house on Halloween

More photos from my house on Halloween:

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