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I see your inspiration was the Haunted Mansion "Haunted Holidays" layover at Disneyland. Pretty cool!

We have a winner!

And the best part? I get to be lazy and use it for Christmas also, shhhhh!!!

So for the first year, I will actually be up and running after Thanksgiving! HA! Which is a good thing cause the fates are conspiring against me on this display! Both family cars died in a 24hr period. I worked a triple (which isnt really a bad thing) and was up for 40 hours (which sucks only because I did nothing to my display). lol!

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Just a suggestion, try to get a bunch of Fun-Kins from Hobby Lobby or JoAnn Fabrics when they go on sale! Use them instead of plastic pumpkins on your big Haunted Mansion display/structure! People will ask, "are those real pumpkins?" The fun part is coming up with faces, carving them yourself and telling people you did it all!

I got $1,300 worth of Fun-Kins for $150 at JoAnns one year (90% off!). That's about 65 of the 8" ones! Hobby Lobby puts ALL their Halloween stuff on sale at 90% on the second Thursday AFTER the holiday! (Same applies for Christmas stuff as well!) Last year I got 18 large Fun-Kins (reg. $27.95 ea.) for $50 from Hobby Lobby! Yep, 90% off again!

Good Luck!

BTW, nice angel!

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Just a suggestion, try to get a bunch of Fun-Kins from Hobby Lobby or JoAnn Fabrics when they go on sale! Use them instead of plastic pumpkins on your big Haunted Mansion display/structure! People will ask, "are those real pumpkins?" The fun part is coming up with faces, carving them yourself and telling people you did it all!

I got $1,300 worth of Fun-Kins for $150 at JoAnns one year (90% off!). That's about 65 of the 8" ones! Hobby Lobby puts ALL their Halloween stuff on sale at 90% on the second Thursday AFTER the holiday! (Same applies for Christmas stuff as well!) Last year I got 18 large Fun-Kins (reg. $27.95 ea.) for $50 from Hobby Lobby! Yep, 90% off again!

Good Luck!

BTW, nice angel!

At first that is what i had, but then I wanted something that would let the light through (although I still used a hidden mickey pumpkinm bottom row 4th from the right) the small pumpkins are pumpkin candy pails, and the big pumpkins and odd shaped pumpkins are blowmolds (shhhh, dont tell anyone). Those aren't just pumpkins with lights, they have firefli pixels behind them(5 firefli to cover that bad boy)! The red is the absolute best color. Here is the very first video i took. It used the old firefli irmware and for some reason it was dropping color fades, but all seems to be in order now (hope hope)!

http://youtu.be/_Fqd4rglcnk

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