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Elaine F

Trick Or Treat! My 2012 Halloween Display

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Here's my Halloween display, I have most of it up. Just a couple more things to add, like a couple of Blinky pumpkins in the window, and some cob webs. Have a few new additions this year that I love, including Zombie flamingos, and some customized tombstones. Was really looking forward to the Linus Great Pumpkin blow mold. But, since it didn't come out this year, I have my good old standby Linus flag. Just about ready for those Trick-or-Treaters!

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Could you please post a few close up pics of the zombie flamigos?

Karen (tom2005dogs) has them on eBay with a nice close-up shot:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/HALLOWEEN-ZOMBIE-FLAMINGO-BLOW-MOLD-YARD-GARDEN-PLASTIC-NEW-/200826736862?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2ec234d0de

I can take close-ups of mine tonight, if you want more.

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Those are awesome! Do you know if she makes them herself?

No, she's a blow mold reseller. They're a packaged item. Unfortunately, I already threw away the packaging, so I can't tell you who makes them.

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I think you should add more pumpkins. I didn't see any..... :P

Seriously. it does look nice.

Thanks! I have about twice as many pumpkins as I had last year, I was actually kind of surprised when I pulled them out of the attic. I didn't realize I had so many!

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Elaine, you allways do such nice work! Everything looks great, Bella looks perfect on the porch! Too bad we didn't get Linus, he would have loved your sincere pumpkin patch, but the flag works too!

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Is that a cabbage patch zombie in the last pic?

Yes! It belonged to my daughter's friend, until one day when their pit bull got ahold of it! The dog chewed off the face, and my brilliant daughter that it would be perfect for Halloween!

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Elaine, you allways do such nice work! Everything looks great, Bella looks perfect on the porch! Too bad we didn't get Linus, he would have loved your sincere pumpkin patch, but the flag works too!

Thanks, Tom! Your opinion means a lot to me. :) I think Trick-or-Treater's will enjoy being greeted by Bella!

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Here's my Halloween display, I have most of it up. Just a couple more things to add, like a couple of Blinky pumpkins in the window, and some cob webs. Have a few new additions this year that I love, including Zombie flamingos, and some customized tombstones. Was really looking forward to the Linus Great Pumpkin blow mold. But, since it didn't come out this year, I have my good old standby Linus flag. Just about ready for those Trick-or-Treaters!

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Thats a lot of jack o lanterns! Nice display!

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